My Dream XI: Sussex batsman Laurie Evans

Brendon McCullum

Where do you start with Brendon? He’s an amazing player. It was only a season or two that we played together but it was incredible to play with him in the T20s. He’s up there with one of the best players ever. Not only that but he’s a good bloke as well.

Luke Wright

He’s another destructive batsman and will work well alongside Brendon. He strikes fear into opponents when you see him batting. I remember a ton he scored against Glamorgan last year, which was pretty special.

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Mark Ramprakash

Ramps was a great player. His record speaks for itself in terms of the number of centuries he produced. He’s as good as anyone I’ve seen play in the world. He was up there with some of the best. He knew exactly what his game was and he was never flustered or phased at the crease. He was also an Arsenal fan, which helped!

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

He was an extremely calm player, all of the time, no matter what situation. He loved the game. He’s still going now but he made batting look remarkably easy which was always a joy to watch on. He always told me to go into the nets and face the bowling machine instead of having throw-downs before going into bat.

Ali Brown

He was a classy batsman. He can hit the ball harder than most people I’ve played with. I think he was very much ahead of his time as a batter. I have a feeling he would have earned a lot of money in the IPL if he had played in the last couple

of seasons. It’s an honour to have played alongside him.

Luke Ronchi

We’ve got to have a wicketkeeper in there and there’s no better than this man. He could smack the ball to all parts of ground. Not only was he a fierce player but he was also a great bloke to have around.

Azhar Mahmood

A great batter and bowler to have in the side. We played together at Surrey for a couple of seasons. No matter what format we would play, Azhar was a very reliable player both with the bat and the ball.

Chris Woakes

He’s one of the best bowlers I’ve played with. He can lead the attack and he gets valuable runs as well. I’ve seen him hit so many runs. He’s starting to show that in white-ball cricket lately but he can seriously bat. I wouldn’t be surprised if he finished his career averaging 40 with the bat. He’s one of the most skilful bowlers I’ve played with and he’s

always likely to remove an opener.

Chris Jordan

I actually first played against Chris when I was at Whitgift School and he had just come over to England. He was playing for Dulwich College. I’ll never forget that experience. He was so fast that the wicketkeeper had to stand on the edge of the circle.

Jeetan Patel

Not only the best spinner I’ve played with, but also the best competitor I’ve taken to the field with. He really drives the team even when he’s not bowling. He had such a desire to win and instilled the highest standards in the team. He’s a genius.

Chris Wright

It’s between Chris Wright and Keith Barker for this spot. Both of them completely destroyed most batting     line-ups the year we won the Championship at Warwickshire in 2012. Both incredibly dangerous bowlers, but I’ll go with Chris Wright.

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