5. Ross Taylor

He has served New Zealand for over a decade contributing massively with his bat. The middle-order batter has played many incredible innings around the world to win his side important Test matches. Taylor is a well-respected figure in New Zealand cricket and has often referred to the late Martin Crowe as his mentor and idol.

4. Joe Root

Root has played a significant amount of red-ball cricket all over the globe and has performed in the most challenging of conditions. He is compact in his defense and also possesses a wide range of shots in his armoury. The batter has primarily batted at the number four position in England’s batting order.

3. Alastair Cook

The southpaw in his playing career was seen as one of the only few cricketers who could potentially come close to Sachin Tendulkar’s monumental records. Cook played Test cricket with his full commitment and gave his best each time he faced up the red ball. He was an out-an-out match-winner and also boasts of impressive captaincy records.

2. Stuart Broad

The other half of the famed Anderson-Broad duo, Stuart Broad sits second on the list with 152 Test matches. He has picked 537 wickets at an average of 27.80. He has 19 five-wicket hauls and three 10-wicket hauls to his name. Broad has been instrumental in winning England many Test matches with his skill full fast bowling.

1. James Anderson

It is however fair to say, Anderson has not taken to franchise T20 cricket much like his peers. For the longest of times, English cricketers were more involved in national duty than playing league cricket. Thus, with the workload being managed well for the bowler, it has helped Anderson achieve the feats that he so far has.