New Delhi: Shane Warne selected his "greatest" Australian One-day International and Test teams from the last quarter of a century as promised last month. The spin legend shared his teams on two separate Facebook posts on Saturday.
The 45-year-old named Alan Border as the captain to lead both the sides, but Mark Taylor - who was named the best captain last month (he has played under) failed to make the cut in the best XI's. Mark Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Mitchell Johnson and Glenn McGrath are the only other players besides the captain and spinner himself to have featured in both the teams.
Interestingly, Warne opted not to include multiple World Cup winners Steve Waugh, Mathew Hayden, Dean Jones and also recently retired Michael Clarke in the ODI XI. It certainly was a tough job for him to choose the best XI from the last 25 years, which had their golden generation of cricketers. In this period, Australia won four World Cups, including three consecutive from 1999 to 2007.
Here's the ODI team:
Mark Waugh, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey, Alan Border (C), Michael Bevan, Andrew Symonds, Mitchell Johnson, Shane Warne, Bret Lee, Glenn McGrath
Hours later, the spinner shared his greatest Australian Test team, and stated the obvious fact that "it's really hard to select these teams." He deliberated on each position before deciding on the final XI.
Here's the Test team:
Matthew Hayden, Michael Slater, Ricky Ponting, Mark Waugh, Michael Clarke, Alan Border (C), Adam Gilchrist, Mitchell Johnson, Shane Warne, Ryan Harris, Glenn McGrath
On August 26, the leg-spinner had named Bob Simpson, Mark Taylor, Mark Waugh and Ian Healy as the best coach, best captain, best all-round fielder and best wicket-keeper from Australia in the last 25 years.
Warne acknowledged that "he felt privileged to have played with these great players and in a wonderful era of Australian cricket".
Regarded as one of the greatest bowlers of all-time, Warne took 708 Test wickets in 145 matches, which is second only to Sri Lankan wizard and his long time rival Muttiah Muralitharan's 800. The Aussie great also took 293 wickets in 194 One-Day International matches, for a 1001 career total.
After making his debut in 1992, Warne retired after 15 years of unparalleled cricket career in 2007. In 2000, he was selected as one of the five Cricketers of the Century by a 100-member panel appointed by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. He was the only bowler included in the quintet, besides batting greats Donald Bradman, Garfield Sobers, Jack Hobbs and Vivian Richards, thus ensuring his legend.