Chris Barrett makes an entirely fair call. Right, Malcolm Conn?
THANK goodness for the rain. England was oh so close to challenging for unprecedented status in world cricket - being ranked No. 1 in Tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20. A downpour at Edgbaston drowned those ambitions for now - even victory over Australia at Chester-le-Street today and then Old Trafford won't be enough to steal top spot on the one-day international ratings and complete the collection. But as we bemoan the thought of eventually handing England the ultimate bragging rights it is worth noting its success isn't entirely home grown. Here is an England XI of players who have represented the country in the past three years but hail from outside its borders.