Andy McGarry’s all-time XI

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With cricketers returning to training following an unscheduled hibernation, and hopefully, in preparation for a belated start to the 2020 season, Yellow Sport caught up with Old Southendian & Southcurch Head Coach, Andy McGarry, and spoke about his time with Essex as well as representing England at under 19s level – touring India in 2001 alongside the likes of James Anderson, Monty Panesar and Chris Tremlett.

Predominantly a right-arm fast-medium bowler, McGarry made his first-class debut for Essex against Sri Lanka ‘A’ at Chelmsford in July 1999. He would also feature for Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire 2nd XI, Suffolk and Unicorns during his career.

Basildon-born McGarry arrived at Garon Park in 2017 and notably led the Old Boys to the Sheperd Neame Essex League Division Two title last summer. He has certainly been blessed to share the greenery with some extremely talented players during his career. Here’s his all-time XI from those he’s stood beside during that period.

Sir Alastair Cook

‘Chef’ is firmly etched as one of the games iconic players following a glittering career. A fantastic England captain, consistent, reliable, calm and 12,472 runs gleaned from 161 Test Match appearances, including 33 centuries – what more can you say? Simply the best!

Grant Flower

A hugely underrated Zimbabwean and the mainstay of one of the lesser recognised test nations as a batsman during his international career. Also, a more than useful left-arm spinner to boot.

Ian Bell


An impressive career with Warwickshire and England. He made batting look easy. For me, along with Andy Flower, one of the best players of spin bowling in the last twenty-years

Andy Flower

Another batter who just made it look so easy. He averaged over 50 playing for Zimbabwe which in itself is remarkable. Andy had a knack of hitting the ball wherever the gap was, sweep shots, reverse sweeps, everything – one of the best players of spin.

Ronnie Irani

Highly regarded Essex skipper. Ronnie could bowl all day, bat all day, and win the game with either discipline. He had a knack of getting the best players out with the ball and if he got going could win a game in a session with the bat.

Ryan Ten Doeschate

Another terrific Essex skipper. He originally came to the UK as more of a bowler but turned into a top-line batsman. Without a doubt the guy you’d want coming in when the chips were down and the pressure on to finish the game. Level headed, Ryan, discovered his ability and used it wisely.

James Foster

The best stand-alone wicketkeeper in the modern era, and a very able middle-order batsman as well. I believe injuries at the wrong time and bad luck proved costly otherwise he would have forged a long and successful international career.

Graham Napier

The wild card, never quite knew what you were going to get, but when it clicked with either bat or ball Graham would win you the game. Capable of devastating hitting and quality bowling, particularly at the death.

Chris Tremlett

Hampshire and England – fast, nasty, plenty of steep bounce, particularly unpleasant to bat against. Certainly, one you want alongside you as opposed to facing.

James Anderson

What else is there to say about Jimmy? England’s all-time leading wicket-taker – pace, swing, seam – he’s got the full package. World-class!

Monty Panesar

Monty established himself as a firm favourite with the Barmy Army.
A quality left-arm spinner who genuinely turned it. A challenging opponent for many of the worlds top batsman.

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Brian Jeeves

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