United rivals- The all time best Ashes XI

United rivals- The all time best Ashes XI

United rivals- The all time best Ashes XI: Here we are at the doorsteps of a mouth watering clash. The Ashes by every parameter is one of the most anticipated and coveted bilateral rivalries in the world. The degree of tradition attached to it makes it a royal battle. The winner is obviously treated like a king and the looser is reminded of it deeds each time. You either perform or be ready to face the music. So why not have a little look as to who have made this rivalry so special and worth watching. Let us have an insight and try to figure out the best Ashes eleven of all time. Don’t be surprised if you do not find your favourite star here. A closer understanding would reveal why these men most certainly deserve a place in this dream eleven.

Pour the port, pass the cheese and biscuits and enjoy best Ashes XI below:

1. Sir Jack Hobbs (England):

Ashes statistics  Matches: 41. Runs: 3,636. Average: 54.26. Centuries: 12. Highest Ashes score: 187.

Sir Jack Hobbs
Sir Jack Hobbs. (Photo Source: AllSport UK Ltd)

Hobbs was England’s premier batsman for nearly 30 years following his Test debut in 1908. He plundered more runs than any other Englishman in the Ashes and is the most successful foreign batsman at both Melbourne and Adelaide. Three of his eight tons at the grounds came during his 1911-12 golden tour. The knocks, including his highest Test score of 187, came in successive matches, a feat he emulated in 1924-25. Sir Hobbs was a master and could deal with any delivery on every kind of wicket and came to the fore when times were toughest, relishing the challenge of a testing tracks. In his own words: “If I had to reply again to a question put to me well nigh 60 years ago – ‘What would you like to be?’ – The answer would still be the same: a cricketer. It’s a grand life.” Jack Hobbs was part of the most dominant opening pair, alongside Herbert Sutcliffe, in Ashes history.

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