Former Australian captain Michael Clarke names his World XI No.1 draft pick

Clarke picked an allrounder and two of the best batsmen in the game at the moment.

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The game of cricket has been evolving since it’s induction and has witnessed a plethora of innovations over the years. Be it the format of the game or the shot-making with batsmen moving around the crease, cricket has come a long way just like any other sport. Subsequently, the need and choice of specific role players have become important to suit the modern-day game. Captains these days prefer choosing teams based on his priorities, which has, in turn, paved the way for so many players to flourish on the world stage.

An age-old question, that’s been kindling with the minds of fans and critics as to who would be picked first in a World XI was answered by three Australian legends. In a recent podcast called the “The Unplayable podcast,” former Aussie captains Ian Chappell, Michael Clarke and wicketkeeper Ian Healy gave their views on the question. The trio was asked to choose their No.1 pick for drafting a World XI to play a Test match at the Gabba.

Michael Clarke makes his choice

36-year-old former captain revealed he would pick Ben Stokes as his first player. Stokes is the perfect example of a complete player who has mastered most aspects of the game. After struggling in the initial phases, the Englishman has really come into his own in recent times and his power-hitting has provided a major boost to the Three Lions. The all-rounder has been extremely clinical of late in every format of the game and Clarke believes he’s the hottest project currently in international cricket.

His next picked Indian skipper Virat Kohli as his first-choice batsman. Suffering an injury earlier in the year, Virat has struggled to find back his rhythm. He had a mixed IPL season and an eventually unsuccessful Champions Trophy campaign as the Men in Blue failed to defend the title under his leadership. However, the dynamic right-hander has been amongst the top run-getters for his country and is expected to get past the rough patch soon.

Clarke’s next choice was present Australian captain Steve Smith. He said in the podcast, “He’s either my No.3 or No.4 in that team. Smithy’s runs are unbelievable, all forms of the game, he’s been playing some unbelievable cricket.”