I suppose the dear old CC has a decent case too, now I think about it.
The majority of the last two dominant test nations (Windies and Oz) have at least been partly schooled in the CC. When they weren't terrifying test batsmen yer Ambroses and yer Walshes put in full shifts with Northants and Glous.
Even now our being in the EU means anyone with a European passport can play here as a "domestic" player. The rules over Kolpaks have (thankfully) been tightened, but we're powerless to stop the likes of Pothas (Greek passport), Di Venuto (Italian) or ten Doeschate (Dutch).
- As featured in The Independent.
"This is not the time for namby-pamby promising youngsters who might just do something; not the time for building for the future. Pragmatism rules and they don't come more pragmatic than Rogers."
- Victor Marks makes the case for stiff-legged and stiff-armed 35 year old left-handers in Ashes squads