Joe Root named in England's best-ever XI alongside Botham and Pietersen

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Current skipper Joe Root, Pietersen who quit under controversial circumstances but was one of England's most influential batsmen during the memorable phase in the 2000s, and leading swing bowler James Anderson find a place.

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At three and four are two former England captains in David Gower (117 Tests, 44.25 average) and Kevin Pietersen (104 Tests, 47.28 average) - with Root scheduled to bat at five.

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"To be selected in the best-ever England Test XI by cricket fans across the country is incredibly humbling".

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All-rounder Botham slots in at number six, ahead of wicketkeeper Alan Knott and England's most successful spinner, Graeme Swann.

And Anderson is joined in a formidable pace attack by Yorkshire legend Fred Trueman (307 wickets in 67 Tests) and Bob Willis (325 wickets in 90 Tests, including 8-43 in historic 1981 win over Australia).

England fans have voted for the nation's best ever Test XI, with current stars Joe Root, Alastair Cook and James Anderson all making the cut alongside favourite faces from the past.

ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison added: "To be playing our 1000th men's Test is a true testament to the enduring importance of Test cricket".

'This selection, chosen by England followers, has Test careers ranging from 1937 to the present day and encapsulates both the history of this great game and showcases the fine players we've produced in this country'.

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