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OW, Joe Root named in England’s ultimate XI

To mark the 1000th England men’s Test match, which takes place against India Edgbaston, cricket fans from across the country were asked to pick their ultimate team.

Over 6,000 supporters were given the chance to select a side, with players ranging from W.G. Grace to current Test captain and Old Worksopian, Joe Root.

England's ultimate men's Test XI

Alastair Cook

Sir Leonard Hutton

David Gower

Kevin Pietersen

Joe Root

Sir Ian Botham

Alan Knott

Graeme Swann

Fred Trueman

James Anderson

Bob Willis

Speaking about his inclusion in the team, Joe Root said:

“‘To be selected in the best-ever England men’s Test XI side by cricket fans across the country is incredibly humbling.”

Joe left Worksop College after completing his GCSE’s, deciding to concentrate all efforts on becoming a professional cricketer – but played his first Yorkshire second game team whilst still at school, scoring a 50 against Derbyshire.

The selection, which was chosen by England followers, has Test careers ranging from 1937 to the present day and encapsulates both the history of the game and showcases the players the country has produced.

Sources: Metro, Daily Express