Border reveals his All Stars Ashes team over last 30-yearsJune 24th, 2009 - 5:01 pm ICT by ANI
Sydney, June 24(ANI): Former Australian cricket captain Allan Border has named Australia’s best players to have played against England in the past 30 years in July’s special Ashes issue of Alpha magazine.
Border, who made his Test debut 30 years ago, was the skipper of the 1989 Australian team to tour England, and the ensuing 4-0 thumping set the tone for a 16-year Aussie dominance that lasted until 2005.
Though no cricketer has had an essential role as Border had in the team, he still hasn’t included himself in the All Stars list.
“I’m the team manager and orange boy,” Fox Sports quoted Border, as saying.
Border’s list includes- Mark Taylor, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting, Greg Chappell, Mark Waugh, Steve Waugh, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Dennis Lillee, Terry Alderman and Jeff Thomson.
Commenting about Mark Taylor, Border said: “His performances against England, both home and away, were outstanding at the top of the order. I have very fond memories of 1989. His 839 runs really got us on our way and made things a lot easier.”
Ricky Ponting has been depicted as the dominant player of his era, and Border argued that Ponting would end up as Australia’s second best-ever batsman, behind Donald Bradman. He didn’t have a great time of it in England last time, but his performances overall have been very good, he said.
While praising Shane Warne as one of the best ever bowlers he has played with, Border also said that Warne could have made a very good Australia captain.
“At times when I captained him I probably over-bowled him. He was just so compelling at the crease and it was so hard to take him off because he always looked like he’d take a wicket,” he said. (ANI)
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