MCC have opted for a tried and tested combination for Thursday's match against a European XI at Lord's. All but one of their eleven-man squad were in the party that toured The Netherlands last year, and eight of them took part in the inaugural fixture between the two sides in Rotterdam.

The exception is former Indian Test opening batsman Akash Chopra, who played 10 Tests between 2003 and 2005 and who has made a total of 6767 runs in first-cricket at an average of 44.51. He has made 16 centuries for Delhi, with a highest score of 222.

The MCC side also includes former New Zealand Test star Chris Cairns, who played a key role in the 2006 match, taking three for 26 and then making 61 not out, sharing a match-winning sixth-wicket partnership of 68 with captain Rob Turner, who again leads the side this year. They turned the game around after the European XI had reduced MCC to 97 for five, chasing 162.

As well as Bailey, the team largely comprises former county stalwarts, including Darrin Bicknell and John Stephenson, who played one Test for England and who now doubles as MCC's Head of Cricket. But the international contingent also includes Kenyan batsman Hitesh Modi, now living in England, and Afghan seamer Hamid Hassan.

The full side is:
RJ Turner (captain), TMB Bailey, DJ Bicknell, G Bulpitt, CL Cairns, AS Chopra, JPC Hamblin, Hamid Hassan, PM Hutchison, HS Modi, JP Stephenson.