England is one of the most successful teams in the cricket world right now. They are the reigning ICC T20 World Cup and ICC World Cup champions. The English team has also performed brilliantly in Test cricket ever since Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes took over the charge of the squad.
While England has produced some of the best talents in the world, their squads have also featured many players who were not born in the United Kingdom. Current Test captain Ben Stokes, fast bowler Jofra Archer and all-rounder Chris Jordan were not born in the UK. A majority of the players who played for England but were born outside the UK were from South Africa. Here’s an all-time XI of such players:
Openers – Andrew Strauss (c) and Jason Roy
The left-hand right-hand pair of Andrew Strauss and Jason Roy will open the innings for this team. Strauss will also be the captain of the side. Roy is an aggressive opener, while Strauss knows how to build an innings. Their contributions have helped the English team win multiple matches.
Middle Order – Craig Kieswetter, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen and Matt Prior (wk)
The middle-order consists of two wicket-keeping options, namely Craig Kieswetter and Matt Prior. Both specialized in different formats of the game.
Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen will be the backbone of this team’s batting lineup. Trott was one of the most consistent players of his time, while Pietersen had great adaptability in different formats and different conditions.
All Rounders and Bowlers – Chris Smith, Stuart Meaker, Basil D’Oliveira, Tony Greig and Jade Dernbach
The all-rounders and bowlers’ section consists of former English players Chris Smith, Stuart Meaker, Basil D’Oliviera, Tony Greig and Jade Dernbach. Smith was an off-spin all-rounder, while Tony was a valuable all-rounder. Dernbach and Meaker bowl pace, and Basil D’Oliveira is the man after whom the England vs South Africa series trophy is named.