All-time Ashes combined XI

Legendary English opener Jack Hobbs
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The Ashes have been played for 135 years and remain, to date, one of the most historic rivalries not only in cricket, but in world sport.

During that period, scores of hugely gifted cricketers have turned out for either team and made the rivalry one of the most riveting cricketing contests due to the high-quality cricket that many of those players delivered over the years.

Which is why choosing an all-time Ashes XI is quite a tough ask and some fine cricketers will need not find themselves out of the team. The record in the Ashes series is the only metric that has been used to put together this eleven. So, here is the all-time Ashes combined XI.

1 Jack Hobbs

Legendary English opening batsman Jack Hobbs is not only the highest run scorer for England in Ashes but the most prolific batsman against Australia overall with a tally of 3636 runs. Hobbs' technical excellence and the ability to blunt bowling attacks made him one of the best opening batsmen to have ever played the game.

However, in the Ashes, he punished Australia over 41 Test matches spanning 22 years between 1908 and 1930. In total he scored 12 centuries and 15 half-centuries against the old enemies while clocking an average of 54.26.

No combined Ashes side can be complete without Hobbs as one of the opening batsmen.

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Edited by Anuradha Santhanam
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