James Taylor picks his dream team comprised of players he has played with


The young retired English batsman, James Taylor picked his dream team with the cricketers with whom he has played.

Taylor was forced to retire at a young age of just 28 years due to heart problems, however, he got a promising start to his international career, which proved to be a short-lived one.

His team comprised of following players:


Alastair Cook



“He’s a great leader on the pitch too, and he is someone that always looks to improve – and it’s clear to see that he has done that throughout his career, especially over the last few years,” he said about Cook.


Andrew Strauss

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“Throughout his career he was a really intelligent cricketer, a good guy again to have in the changing room, and another leader which is always important to have in the side,” Taylor praised Strauss.


Joe Root



He rated Jonathan Trott very high, but, he picks Root over him. “Jonathan Trott was a brilliant No.3 for England, but Root just pips him because he is probably the fastest learner I have ever played with on a cricket pitch,” he stated. obviously he has grown into one of the best in the world now – he will be one of England’s main men for a very long time,” he added.


H.D Ackerman



He seems owe a lot to him. “He helped me a lot with my game when I was younger, particularly at the time that I was progressing through the ranks at Leicestershire into first-class cricket,” he said.


Jonny Bairstow



Taylor has named Bairstow in his team due to his prime form and the drastic improvement he has shown in his batting.


Ben Stokes



“He’s probably the best all-rounder in the world – batting, bowling, and fielding – at the moment,” he said about Stokes.


Jos Buttler

England's batsman James Taylor, second left, and Jose Buttler leave the pitch after the 3rd One Day Internationals between Pakistan and England at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)


Former England’s batsman may not pick Buttler in his dream team of test cricket, but, for other formats, he is a definite choice for him. “He’s the best striker of a cricket ball I’ve seen, and I was always in awe of how he could hit it from ball one,” he hails.


Chris Woakes



James Taylor admires Chris Woakes’ commitment and the improvement he has shown in his overall cricket, bowling as well as batting. He was probably the best player against Pakistan in the series they played.


Graeme Swann



Swann is not picked by Taylor for just his quality spin bowling, but, also for his witty humour. “Absolutely hilarious guy, and it’s always important to have your funny men in the changing room. But more than that with the ball he was so consistent and so threatening at the same time. England haven’t had anyone else like him since unfortunately.”


Stuart Broad and James Anderson as a pair


“You have to pick Broad and Anderson together, really, as they have been the best partnership England have ever had with the new ball in my opinion. They’ve both got great skills, great pace, and know their own weaknesses so they complement each other really well.”