Fans have their say to mark 10th anniversary of Twenty20
With the 2013 Friends Life t20 now underway, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today announced a best XI of players to have appeared in the competition since its inception 10 years ago – as voted for by cricket fans.
The chosen XI sees explosive Twenty20 specialists such as David Miller and Luke Wright line up alongside some of county cricket’s most established names of the last decade, including Dominic Cork, Marcus Trescothick and James Tredwell.
Somerset captain Trescothick, a Twenty20 Cup winner in 2005, is joined at the top of the batting order by Warwickshire and England’s Jonathan Trott, Northamptonshire’s David Sales and South African overseas batsman David Miller, whose powerful hitting took Yorkshire through so memorably to last year’s final.
Kent’s stalwart all-rounder Darren Stevens is the fans’ overwhelming choice for the first all-rounder slot, followed by one of the undoubted stars of the Twenty20 format, Sussex and England’s Luke Wright. Former England wicket-keeper Geraint Jones, part of Kent’s victorious 2007 side, is voted into the XI, holding off the likes of Leicestershire’s Paul Nixon and Essex’s James Foster.
The bowling attack is led by Dominic Cork, who represented Derbyshire and Lancashire in the competition before captaining Hampshire to victory in the 2010 final. England spinner James Tredwell makes it a trio of Kent players, while two seamers complete the XI; Somerset’s Alfonso Thomas and Worcestershire’s Jack Shantry. Here is the full team:
Marcus Trescothick Somerset Batsman
Jonathan Trott Warwickshire Batsman
David Sales Northamptonshire Batsman
David Miller Yorkshire Batsman
Darren Stevens Kent All-rounder
Luke Wright Sussex All-rounder
Geraint Jones Kent Wicket keeper
Dominic Cork Hampshire Bowler
Jack Shantry Worcestershire Bowler
Alfonso Thomas Somerset Bowler
James Tredwell Kent Bowler
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