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ESPN announces men's Test XI of the last 25 years

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Twenty-five years is about the length of a generation, and the riches of this one are revealed not just by the players selected but those left out.

In the Test XI below, for example, no Sangakkara or Dravid, no KP or ABD, no Cook or either of the Smiths, no Ambrose or Donald or Pollock or Steyn or Kumble - and we already have something like a full squad although we are only just getting started, Cricinfo.

This is a team that can stand tall against a fantasy XI from any other era in history. It is a team that can be as breathtakingly watchable as it can be ruthlessly efficient. Each selector sent in their XI, and a composite team was compiled from them.

1. Matthew Hayden
2. Virender Sehwag
3. Ricky Ponting
4. Sachin Tendulkar
5. Brian Lara
6. Jacques Kallis
7. Adam Gilchrist (wk)
8. Wasim Akram
9. Shane Warne (c)
10. Glenn McGrath
11. Muttiah Muralitharan

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