All-Star Test XI comprising of left-handed batsmen and right-handed bowlers
Several "All Time Cricket XI" list has been prepared by known cricketers. This list of All-Star Test XI comprises of left-handed batsmen and right-handed bowlers and hence unique in the constitution.
The players have fantastic cricket records and sound technique/temperament, hailing from all major cricket playing nations - Australia, England, Srilanka, India, Pakistan, South Africa, and West Indies.
Most of them have been either Wisden Cricketer of the Year or inductee of ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. This list contains 6 specialist batsmen, 1 bowling all-rounder, 2 fast bowlers and 2 spinners.
#1: Matthew Hayden
Hayden was one of the most destructive openers. He was similar to Gordon Greenidge but more dependable. He scored 8625 runs in 103 tests at an average of 50.73 which is phenomenal. Hayden holds the record for the highest individual test score (380) by an opening batsman in Test history. He was awarded the Australian Sports Medal.
#2: Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook is the most stylish opener ever. He is always up for the fight and scored whenever the team needed him. He has scored 12158 runs in 157 tests at an average of 45.36. He was the youngest Englishman to score 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000 and 6,000 Test runs.
#3: Kumar Sangakkara
The best wicketkeeper-batsman to have ever played the game. His timing, strokeplay, and technique were impeccable. He scored 12400 runs in 134 tests at an average of 57.4. He was named the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2011 and 2015. He has scored 11 double centuries in Tests, second only to 12 by Don Bradman.
#4: Brian Lara
Brian Lara remains an obvious choice because of his talent, determination, skill and match-winning ability. He scored 11953 runs in 131 Tests at an average of 52.88. He played pace as well as genuine spin bowling, with equal ease. He has the most centuries for a West Indian. He was inducted into ICC Hall of Fame in January 2012.
#5: Graeme Smith
Smith was brutal, savage and unfearing. He scored 9265 runs in 117 tests at an average of 48.25. He is the most successful test captain in test history (53 test wins). He is also the Captain of this side.