VIDEO: Kevin Pietersen, Sachin Tendulkar drafted in Ian Bell’s All-Time XI; Andrew Strauss misses out

English cricketer Ian Bell is widely reckoned for his elegance and prowess with the bat against the red ball. On this occasion, Bell has named his All Time XI and his selection would surprise many. In a video posted by Lord’s Cricket Ground on their official YouTube channel, Bell hand-picked his best players and the measure of selection is based on players should have played with or against them or have influenced by them. Also Read: Angelo Mathews’ All-Time XI: Tendulkar, Sangakkara are openers; while de Silva is the captain

English Test skipper Alastair Cook and South African legend Graeme Smith will open the batting for Bell’s XI while former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting will come at three. Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has been drafted in the middle-order whereas England’s one of the most prolific batsmen Kevin Pietersen makes it to the side at five. Kumar Sangakkara is the wicket keeper-batsman for the side as he grabs the number six position.Also Read: Sachin Tendulkar, Chris Gayle chosen as openers in Brendon McCullum’s All-Time XI

The pace battery hails of Mitchell Johnson, Dale Steyn, Glenn McGrath and James Anderson. These names inspire confidence and can tear apart the best batting line up on any given day. The only spinner to make it to the side is Shane Warne; the wily leg-spinner has been one of the greatest to have played the game.  ALSO READ: VIDEO: Matthew Hayden, Virender Sehwag as openers in Jason Gillespie’s All-Time XI; Brett Lee misses out

Ian Bell All Time XI: Alastair Cook, Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, Kevin Pietersen, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Dale Steyn, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, James Anderson. 

Check out the video where the Ian Bell reasons out.