Former Test captain Michael Clarke has revealed his best Test line-up in his autobiography My Story, as he names old teammates alongside old foes in this start studded team.
Clarke chose seven Australians and named Shane Warne as the captain of the side, while also naming Muttiah Muralitharan as the 12th man.
Michael Clarke's World Test 12
“My first cricket hero,” Clarke wrote. “I fell in love with the refreshing, exuberant attitude Slats brought to the game.
“I didn’t play international cricket with him, but was lucky to share the field with him on a number of occasions for New South Wales.”
“Having certain players in a team makes everyone walk taller. Matthew Hayden was like that in the Australian team I came into.
“Physically and psychologically, he could dominate the best attacks.”
“He was a such a supreme batsman and mentor to young players, but if I could put his legacy in a nutshell, I would say that I most admired him for his performances with the bat when his country needed him most.”
“The Indian master had the best batting technique I have ever seen.
“Sometimes you know that you have met your superior, and that was what Sachin was for me…”
“I only played against him in the last years of his career, but he had been my idol since I was a little boy.”
“Jacques Kallis ended his career with a better batting average than Sachin Tendulkar and more wickets than Brett Lee…the complete cricketer, he couldn’t be left out of any World Test 12.”
“Because his batting revolutionised the game and drew all the attention, people underrated him as a wicketkeeper, and he was also the best vice-captain I ever knew.”
“The greatest athlete I played with.
“He scored Test centuries and took many great catches, as well as being a great all-round fielder. He was a very quiet individual, but when he walked on the field he gave everything.
“His bowling, at its best, was terrifying, unplayable.”
Shane Warne (captain)
“It doesn’t take me to say he was the greatest spin bowler of all time.
“But I also think he was the best captain Australia never had. His insight into the game, from every aspect – tactical, physical, psychological – is second to none.”
“As skilful with reverse swing as anyone, he could also crank it up to over 150 km/h.”
“We had some great battles on the field as we gave everything to the get our countries on top. I value the runs I scored against him more highly than any others.”
“The best fast bowler I’ve ever played with or against. Not the fastest, but definitely one of the smartest and most skilful.”
Muttiah Muralidaran (12th man)
“When conditions were hard for him he was tight and persistent. When they favoured him, he was a nightmare.
“I loved facing spin and that was a strength of my game, but Murali challenged my skills to the utmost with every ball he bowled.”