December Stars: Crafting a World Cricket XI

This side boasts some more rather amazing statistics than Team of the Month, which I featured in November: A November-born World Cricket XI. Remarkably, two of its members were born on Christmas Day, and one on New Year’s Eve. Only four of its players appeared before WWII, while another is one of the world’s best current players. The batting order happens to be significantly Anglo-centric. Jack Hobbs tops the batting order having scored 61 Tests, during the period of 1908-30, and 5410 runs at 56.94, with 15 centuries. Alastair Cook, the left-handed Cook who debuted at age 21 and played his last Test at age 33 also finds a spot in the order. Ricky Ponting, one of Australia’s best-ever batsmen, is another key player, as is Peter May, one of the finest English batsmen of the modern era. There is also Joe Root, one of the most outstanding batsmen ever to represent England, along with Les Ames, England’s first great wicketkeeper-batsman, and Andrew Flintoff, a hard-hitting batsman and fast-medium bowler. The all-rounder Tim Southee and Joel Garner, a fast-medium bowler also find spots in the list of cricket greats born in November.