Stuart Broad is the 3rd highest wicket-taker in Tests for England © Getty Images
Stuart Broad is the 3rd highest wicket-taker in Tests for England © Getty Images

It was Yuvraj Singh‘s six sixes in an over in ICC World T20 2007 which has kept Stuart Broad in headlines ever since. For any bowler, it would have been very difficult to make a comeback but Broad was able to put behind the disappointment. Currently, he has 368 Test wickets, the third-most by an English bowler after James Anderson (467) and Ian Botham (383). Broad is on his way to be considered among one of the most successful England pacers. He has revealed his all-time XI, and the first name was obvious as was was of Alastair Cook, who is also the captain of his team, followed by Matthew Hayden as the second opener.

“He’s such a solid, dependable batsman and England’s all-time leading run-scorer, so he’s great to have there and I think Hayden would have complemented his style a lot with his aggressive approach, quite scary to bowl to,” said Broad. Moving to third spot, Broad picked Ricky Ponting. The middle-order starts with Sachin Tendulkar. “His record speaks for itself,” Broad  commented on Tendulkar. After Tendulkar, at No. 5, he picked another legend and the stylish batsman from the Caribbean. Yes, he is Brian Lara. Broad finds himself lucky to be the part of Lara’s farewell match for West Indies in One-Dayers.

At No. 6, Broad named Jacques Kallis, whom he calls the greatest all-rounder in his view. Coming to No. 7 spot, he took former English wicketkeeper Matt Prior and called him an “influential in England’s beginning to win Ashes series because he helped change the mindset of the team to become winners and front up to teams.

The bowling department starts with Sir Richard Hadlee, who is also famous being a Nottinghamshire legend besides being a Kiwi great. Not to forget, Broad represents Nottinghamshire County team. At No. 9 is  Shane Warne, who is also the vice-captain of his team. Broad wanted to Warne as captain of his team but since the Australian spinner was never tried out as a leader in international level, “would be intriguing to see but the greatest leg spinner of all time and the way he created theatre when he bowled as well.”

The final two in the list are two greats from Australia and England, who will also open bowling in his team. They are Glenn McGrath and James Anderson. Broad sarcastically said, “They’re both fighting it out for the No. 11 spot as well.”

“Glenn McGrath was my hero growing up, had a real influence on how I look to play the game and Jimmy I’ve learnt a huge amount from playing with. I’ve watch a lot of his overs live from the other end. He’s been brilliant to play with and a big influence on my career,” said Broad.

Stuart Broad’s All-Time XI: Alastair Cook (c), Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Jacques Kallis, Matt Prior (wk), Sir Richard Hadlee, Shane Warne (vc), Glenn McGrath, James Anderson.