Bengaluru, Oct 18: Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has chosen his "Best Test 12" in his autobiography "My Story". He has picked spin legend Shane Warne as the captain while there is one Indian.
According to a report published on Cricket Australia's (CA) website on Tuesday (October 18), Clarke, who played 115 Tests, picked batting legend Sachin Tendulkar for the number 4 slot.
The 12-member team features 7 Australians. Sri Lankan spin great Muttaiah Muralitharan is the 12th man. (Lara better than Sachin: Warne)
On Tendulkar, Clarke wrote, "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..." (Ponting's all-time 11)
South African duo Jacques Kallis-Dale Steyn and West Indies' legend Brian Lara were the other non-Australians.
According to Clarke, Michael Slater was his "first cricket hero". He included him as one of the two openers along with Matthew Hayden. Ricky Ponting was at number 3.
"My first cricket hero. I fell in love with the refreshing, exuberant attitude Slats (Slater) 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," Clarke wrote in his book.
Here is Clarke's "Best Test 12"
1. Michael Slater (Australia)
2. Matthew Hayden (Australia)
3. Ricky Ponting (Australia)
4. Sachin Tendulkar (India)
5. Brian Lara (West Indies)
6. Jacques Kallis (South Africa)
7. Adam Gilchrist (Australia, Wicketkeeper)
8. Mitchell Johnson (Australia)
9. Shane Warne (Australia, Captain)
10. Dale Steyn (South Africa)
11. Glenn McGrath (Australia)
12. Muttaiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)