Michael Kasprowicz picks his all-time best XI, four Indians in the list
Michael Kasprowicz retired from all forms of cricket in 2008.
Updated - Oct 4, 2019 4:17 pm
Australia has been one of the powerhouses of producing great fast bowlers like Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson and later the baton was passed down to Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood and Pat Cummins who are currently leading their pace attack. Currently this is one of the most deadly trio in world cricket among all the nations.
Amidst all these greats, there was Michael Kasprowicz, a fast bowler from Queensland, who might not have gotten the spotlight but was looked down as a replacement the legendary bowler McGrath to partner Lee. He was known for his swing bowling and also a utility bowler who can get reverse swing in the dead pitches of subcontinents. Michael made his debut against West Indies in Brisbane in November 1996. Now, he has come down with his Best playing XI among the best red-ball cricketers he played in his career.
Former Australian picks his Best XI in red-ball cricket
The former cricketer has picked Virender Sehwag the bashing opener from India alongside Alastair Cook as his opening batsmen as per ESPNcricinfo. He feels that Rahul Dravid, who is regarded as ‘The Wall’ should bat at number three followed by the great Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara whom he reckons should play in the middle order. Sachin and Lara are two of the greatest cricketers that this sport has ever witnessed.
He picked former English player Andrew Flintoff and Wasim Akram as the specialist all-rounders. The spin department of the team will be looked by Anil Kumble who has taken more than 900 wickets for India across all the formats. He also included the West Indies all-time great Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh to lead the bowling attack. This duo from Caribbean land holds more than 1,300 international wickets conclusively and can be a nightmare for any batsman.
Kasprowicz has represented Australia across all the formats. He played 38 Tests, 43 ODIs and 2 T20Is and managed to get more than 150 international wickets during his tenure with the national squad. The 47-year-old former cricketer was also a member of the team that broke India’s 35-year domination at home with a series win there in 2004. Currently, he is an active chairman of Sport Cor, a company that designed the technology for the Kookaburra smart ball.