Mike Holmans December 23, 2010

Dear Santa

Dear Santa,
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Dear Santa,

I hope I've been good rather than bad and nice rather than naughty this year, and that you will therefore look kindly on my Christmas wish.

What I want is a series of five-day cricket matches between my team and yours. Obviously there will be some difficulty fitting it into the international calendar, so what I suggest is that you simply give the World Cup to India and then we can have the matches when that bloated waste of time was scheduled. In South Asia if you like, but only if you can find a couple of pitches there that will assist the pace bowlers: there needs to be a decent variety of conditions for the five-match rubber.

My team is a pretty good one, though by no means unbeatable. The basic criterion for selection has been that I really enjoy watching these players, and I hope you'll enter into the spirit of it by picking players who are at least interesting if not necessarily as attractive as mine. So that means no Bangladeshi pace bowlers or Australian slow bowlers, and above all it means no Jacques Kallis because even thinking about him makes me yawn.

My first opener is Tamim Iqbal because his Lord's hundred was the most enjoyable innings I saw all year. He paid no respect to the solemnity of a Lord's Test match and simply went out there and had fun, which annoyed the England fielders no end. And a good thing too.

Partnering him will be Chris Gayle. The way he uncoils to launch the ball over the boundary reminds me of a bear swatting away buzzing insects which are disrupting his attempts to get on with some serious sleeping. Admittedly the middle of a cricket pitch isn't a very sensible place to try and have a good kip, but then I'm not going to try arguing with a bear, especially not a grumpy one.

Since we're liable to be 36 for 2 by the end of the fourth over as often as we reach 180 for 0 by lunch, we'll probably need a bit of rebuilding. At number three will therefore be Rahul Dravid, the calmest of today's defensive batsmen. Where most defenders make it obvious that the bowling is dangerous, Dravid plays his forward defensive and looks down the pitch slightly puzzled, as if wondering why they are making things so easy.

At number four comes the captain, Mahela Jayawardene. He has to captain because he is one of those, like Graham Gooch, who is transformed by captaincy from a pretty good batsman into a world-beater – he averaged 67 during his stint leading Sri Lanka. He can play the long rearguard innings when required, but it's really for his twinkling feet and jewel-precise stroke-making when in the ascendant that I'm picking him.

The most compelling of today's batsmen is Kevin Pietersen, who will slot in at five. Watching him fills me less with pleasure than with awe, but no other Test player astonishes more often with the audacity of his hitting; although the shots are quite deliberate, you weren't expecting him to hit that ball in that direction.

My current favourite batsman comes in at six. Over the last year, Ian Bell has shown that he doesn't lack bottle and that he can score hundreds even if no one else does, thus nullifying the two major criticisms previously levelled at him. To me, he is the successor to Michael Vaughan as the premier exponent of classically elegant batting. He has the strength to give the ball a good, solid clout but relies far more on pinpoint timing and excellent placement to keep the runs flowing like champagne at a tycoon's party.

I was going to be really stuck for a keeper until a few days ago, since I don't think a great deal of any of the current crop of international stumpers, and Kamran Akmal is offensively bad. But then Mark Boucher demonstrated his trick of running people out with his back to the wicket and earned himself a spot in this XI.

Graeme Swann will be the main spinner, because of his attitude. He is an attacking spinner rather than one who relies on boring batsmen out, and he has an engaging personality. He knows that playing a game as a job is inherently ridiculous and refuses to take it too seriously – until there's a batsman standing thirty yards away as he starts his run-up. And just as it was once thought that legspin was destined to become a type of fairly useless bowling practiced only by weird Asians until Shane Warne proved the opposite, so Swann is doing his bit to show that conventional finger spin is not obsolete and can be fairly tricky on any wicket, not just a dustbowl.

Dale Steyn is the obvious choice to lead the pace attack. He is in the line of fast bowlers stretching back through Michael Holding, Dennis Lillee and Fred Trueman, with a controlled run-up which seems to expend little excess energy and a beautifully clean action unleashing highly accurate lightning bolts.

First change will be Fidel Edwards. His run-up is anything but economical, being a full-tilt charge, the only thing really missing being smoke being blown out of his nostrils before the explosion at the end. What gets down to the batsman isn't quite as frightening as the run-up might suggest, but he's still a pretty lively customer.

He won't be opening with Steyn because Chris Martin does swing the new ball a little. I've always felt that Martin is slightly underrated as a bowler; not that he's an unsung genius, but he's a cut above the average hack and a worthy Test match competitor. However, I will admit that what gets him into the side is his batting. Though you know in your heart that he is more than likely to add to his large collection of ducks, there is an exquisite suspense in waiting for the inevitable.

So that's my preferred playing XI. Obviously for a five-match rubber I'll need to have a squad, but you can have first pick of the rest. I'll just say that if you don't want them, my backups would be Graeme Smith, Andrew Strauss or Gautam Gambhir as openers, Younis Khan, Michael Clarke or Jesse Ryder for the middle order, Suleiman Benn as backup spinner and Jimmy Anderson and Ryan Harris as reserve pace men.

Santa, I realise that this is a pretty tall order and you probably won't be able to deliver. But could you (or some of my readers) at least say who you would pick as the opposition so I can at least fantasise about the games?

Best wishes,

Michael

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  • Abdul Qadir on September 10, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    My Team M.Hafeez Cris Gyle Shahid Afridi Yonus khan Kamran akmal Umer Akmal M.Ammir Abdul Razzaq Branden Mcollum Aziz Cheema Wahab riaz Umer gul

  • Nilesh chavan on July 28, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    Dear Michel My team will surely beat your team

    My team is

    1. Virendra Sehawagh

    2. Shane Watson

    3. Jack Kallis

    4. Sachin Tendulkar

    5. A.B. Develiers

    6. Sakible Hassan

    7. Mahendra Singh Dhoni ( Captain)

    8. Shahid Ajmal

    9. Zaheer Khan

    10. Brett lee

    11.Jimi Anderson

    Back for Openers ( Dilshan )

    Back Up for middle order ( Amala / Mike Hussy / VVS Lakshman)

    Back Up for Spin ( Ajanta Mendis)

    Back Up for pace ( Morne Morkal / Bollinger / Ishant Sharma )

    Best of luck for your team

  • shikhar on July 27, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    My team:- A)Openers viru and gayle (both two times triple centurians and devastating batsmans one left handed and other right handed so left/right combinations works murdering the bowlers from both ends) Middle Order 3)Dravid(captain)(THE WALL always the most reliable batsman) 4)TONdulkar(when god wanted to play cricket he sent sachin) 5)Kevin Peterson (most extraordinary and charismatic cricketer) 6)Kumar Sangakara(wk)(the best keeper/bat in the business) 7)Shane Watson/VVS (both are gr8 players) Bowlers Graeme Swann (best spinner in recent times) Zaheer Khan (LEFTIES beware zak is present in my team) Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel (one has got pace and swing other has pace and bounce both has got the ability to put the best batsman in trouble and has done in the recent past seems like the pair of ambrose/walsh is back but the white ones)

    Reserves Jimmy Anderson Ricky Ponting Saeed Ajmal

  • shikhar on July 27, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    I don't know how ppl here have suggested bhajji and dhoni's name in there teams.However my team would be:- 1)Chris Gayle (the triple centurion openers) 2)Virender Sehwag 3)Rahul Dravid(c)(if he wants to) 4)Sachin Tendulkar 5)Kevin Peterson 6)Kumar Sangakara(wk)(otherwise my second choice for captain) 7)Shane Watson 8)Graeme Swann 9)Zaheer Khan 10)Dale Steyn 11)Morne Morkel

  • sorry on January 16, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    how can u not have Sachin at no 4? u call it best eleven?

  • Rahul Uk on January 13, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Suliemann Benn... Thats a little to optimistic.....

    Anyways My Opponent XI

    1. V. Sehwag 2. A. Cook 3. J. Kallis 4. S. Tendulkar 5. S. Chanderpaul 6. M. Hussey 7. B. Mccullum (as Wk) 8. D. Vettori 9. Z. Khan 10. L. Malinga 11. K. Roach

  • Fabian on December 28, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    Sorry Mike,You did specify "No Kallis" So his replacement would be AB De Villiers. As for Amir being banned...I forgot. What a silly silly boy you are Amir. I guess it's going to have to be Mitch Johnson then. Please,please get that line and length right Mitch.

  • KOUSHIK DAS on December 26, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    Seein ur XI,i thnk ur sum choice r ri8 n sum r rubbish! MY XI acrdin 2 ordr: 1.VIRENDER SEHWAG 2.HASIM AMLA 3.RAHUL DRAVID 4.SACHIN TENDULKAR 5.MIKE HUSSEY 6.MS DHONI(c & wk) 7.DANIEL VETTORI 8.GREAM SWANN 9.MICHETTEL JOHNSON 10.ZAHEER KHAN 11.DALE STAYNE -jst luk at my team... IQBAL is jst began 2 ply,a nwcumr,h shuld nt part f ds XI..y do u pick him?

  • riz on December 25, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    Dravid's batting is surely defensive. Even though batting has become all about hard-hitting & scoring quickly, Dravid's batting is still wonderful to watch. Great pick!

  • waterbuffalo on December 24, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    I agree with the poster who said that picking the "World's Best" is boring, I'd rather create a team out of a certain philosophy and see what happens, so to start with, let's have four spinners-Ajantha Mendis, Harbhajan Singh, Danny Vettori, Shakib Al-Hassan- next, wicky, Mahendra Singh Dhoni,Openers-Sehwag and Shane Watson, Watson can take the shine off the ball, 3-Amla,4-Mohd Yousuf ( two bearded guys running around will confuse the opposition and bring back memories of WG Grace)5-Mike Hussey (too good to be left out) 6-Jesse Ryder, who will share the new ball with Watson, they can bowl 8 or 10 overs and then give it over to the spinners.7-MS Dhoni (Captain)8-Harbhajan Singh.9-Daniel Vettori.10-Shakib al Hassan. 11-BAW Mendis. As you can see, this team bats to number ten, and the spinners will have 4 men around the bat with Amla at forward short leg, no more ring fields and sweepers and negative boring fields that you get from pace men, pure attack, Bishen Bedi style, that's my team.

  • Abdul Qadir on September 10, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    My Team M.Hafeez Cris Gyle Shahid Afridi Yonus khan Kamran akmal Umer Akmal M.Ammir Abdul Razzaq Branden Mcollum Aziz Cheema Wahab riaz Umer gul

  • Nilesh chavan on July 28, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    Dear Michel My team will surely beat your team

    My team is

    1. Virendra Sehawagh

    2. Shane Watson

    3. Jack Kallis

    4. Sachin Tendulkar

    5. A.B. Develiers

    6. Sakible Hassan

    7. Mahendra Singh Dhoni ( Captain)

    8. Shahid Ajmal

    9. Zaheer Khan

    10. Brett lee

    11.Jimi Anderson

    Back for Openers ( Dilshan )

    Back Up for middle order ( Amala / Mike Hussy / VVS Lakshman)

    Back Up for Spin ( Ajanta Mendis)

    Back Up for pace ( Morne Morkal / Bollinger / Ishant Sharma )

    Best of luck for your team

  • shikhar on July 27, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    My team:- A)Openers viru and gayle (both two times triple centurians and devastating batsmans one left handed and other right handed so left/right combinations works murdering the bowlers from both ends) Middle Order 3)Dravid(captain)(THE WALL always the most reliable batsman) 4)TONdulkar(when god wanted to play cricket he sent sachin) 5)Kevin Peterson (most extraordinary and charismatic cricketer) 6)Kumar Sangakara(wk)(the best keeper/bat in the business) 7)Shane Watson/VVS (both are gr8 players) Bowlers Graeme Swann (best spinner in recent times) Zaheer Khan (LEFTIES beware zak is present in my team) Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel (one has got pace and swing other has pace and bounce both has got the ability to put the best batsman in trouble and has done in the recent past seems like the pair of ambrose/walsh is back but the white ones)

    Reserves Jimmy Anderson Ricky Ponting Saeed Ajmal

  • shikhar on July 27, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    I don't know how ppl here have suggested bhajji and dhoni's name in there teams.However my team would be:- 1)Chris Gayle (the triple centurion openers) 2)Virender Sehwag 3)Rahul Dravid(c)(if he wants to) 4)Sachin Tendulkar 5)Kevin Peterson 6)Kumar Sangakara(wk)(otherwise my second choice for captain) 7)Shane Watson 8)Graeme Swann 9)Zaheer Khan 10)Dale Steyn 11)Morne Morkel

  • sorry on January 16, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    how can u not have Sachin at no 4? u call it best eleven?

  • Rahul Uk on January 13, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Suliemann Benn... Thats a little to optimistic.....

    Anyways My Opponent XI

    1. V. Sehwag 2. A. Cook 3. J. Kallis 4. S. Tendulkar 5. S. Chanderpaul 6. M. Hussey 7. B. Mccullum (as Wk) 8. D. Vettori 9. Z. Khan 10. L. Malinga 11. K. Roach

  • Fabian on December 28, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    Sorry Mike,You did specify "No Kallis" So his replacement would be AB De Villiers. As for Amir being banned...I forgot. What a silly silly boy you are Amir. I guess it's going to have to be Mitch Johnson then. Please,please get that line and length right Mitch.

  • KOUSHIK DAS on December 26, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    Seein ur XI,i thnk ur sum choice r ri8 n sum r rubbish! MY XI acrdin 2 ordr: 1.VIRENDER SEHWAG 2.HASIM AMLA 3.RAHUL DRAVID 4.SACHIN TENDULKAR 5.MIKE HUSSEY 6.MS DHONI(c & wk) 7.DANIEL VETTORI 8.GREAM SWANN 9.MICHETTEL JOHNSON 10.ZAHEER KHAN 11.DALE STAYNE -jst luk at my team... IQBAL is jst began 2 ply,a nwcumr,h shuld nt part f ds XI..y do u pick him?

  • riz on December 25, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    Dravid's batting is surely defensive. Even though batting has become all about hard-hitting & scoring quickly, Dravid's batting is still wonderful to watch. Great pick!

  • waterbuffalo on December 24, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    I agree with the poster who said that picking the "World's Best" is boring, I'd rather create a team out of a certain philosophy and see what happens, so to start with, let's have four spinners-Ajantha Mendis, Harbhajan Singh, Danny Vettori, Shakib Al-Hassan- next, wicky, Mahendra Singh Dhoni,Openers-Sehwag and Shane Watson, Watson can take the shine off the ball, 3-Amla,4-Mohd Yousuf ( two bearded guys running around will confuse the opposition and bring back memories of WG Grace)5-Mike Hussey (too good to be left out) 6-Jesse Ryder, who will share the new ball with Watson, they can bowl 8 or 10 overs and then give it over to the spinners.7-MS Dhoni (Captain)8-Harbhajan Singh.9-Daniel Vettori.10-Shakib al Hassan. 11-BAW Mendis. As you can see, this team bats to number ten, and the spinners will have 4 men around the bat with Amla at forward short leg, no more ring fields and sweepers and negative boring fields that you get from pace men, pure attack, Bishen Bedi style, that's my team.

  • MODES cpt on December 24, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    my team of the year based on runs and wickets , WHICH IM CERTAIN WOULD PUT FEAR INTO ANY BOWLING AND BATTING ATTACK 1.V SEWAG (IND) 2.A COOK(ENG) 3.H AMLA (RSA) 4.S TENDULKAR(IND) 5.J KALLIS (RSA) 6.M HUSSEY (AUS) 7.A DE VILLIERS (RSA)WK 8.M JOHNSON (AUS) 9.D STEYN (RSA) 10. G SWANN (ENG) 11.M MORKEL (RSA)

  • warren on December 24, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    So much fun So many teams up here - no one is going to notice mine! Good! :) 1. Watson 2. Smith (c) 3. Sanggakara (wk) 4. Kallis 5. Amla 6. Laxman 7. Hussey 8. Broad 9. Swann 10.Steyn 11.Morkel

    Cant believe ive managed to fit my currently favourite batsman in at 7. :)

  • sanjeev shrestha on December 24, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    1.Virendra Shewag (look at his average and strike rate) 2.Hasim Amla (His hobby is to make centuries) 3.Kumar Sangakara(wk/captain)(man for all season) 4.sachin Tendulkar (my favorite.....no comment) 5.Mike Hussey (at least half-century is guarenteed) 6.VVS Laxman (Match winner, when least expected) 7.Chris Gayle (spin bowler no. 2) 8.Morne Morkel (to assist dayle steyn) 9.Gramme Swann (perfect spin bowler in asian condition) 10.Dayle Steyn (best bowler in world rightnow) 11.Lasith Malinga(he is really a pocket rocket) 12th man, Jacques Kallis (an allrounder) back up, Shane watson (opener), Kevin peterson(no.4), zaheer khan(for lasith malinga) and mark boucher (reserve wk)

  • Nithin Mohanan on December 24, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    My team Sehwaq Smith Kallis Tendulkar De Villers Sangakkara Dhoni (C & Wk) Swann Z Khan M.Morkel Steyn

    Reserves : Johnson Watson Vettori

    I am sure...My team can match any XI team and would give them a arly pre -new year exit on the boxing day match :)

  • sudeep das on December 24, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    Mike, this is a good attempt to popularize your blog by keeping out two players who will be in any list made by people who love the game without any bias to nationality. Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar will waltz into any line up. By omitting them you have ensured that the Indians will bombard your blog with their choices. Smart move albeit a cheap one. FYI the most compelling of modern batsmen who plays audacious strokes is Sehwag (obviously you haven't seen him play). Furthermore the pitch should not be a lottery where the toss decides the fate of the match - we find these in England, New Zealand and South Africa. Finally I fail to understand your pathological hatred towards India except for Rahul Dravid, of course.

  • waqar on December 24, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    surprisingly no one thought of Michael Clark & Muhammad Yousuf both are very effective in indian conditions and good players of spin.

    [Mike: I did - I listed him as a squad member if no-one else wanted him in their XI.]

  • lakesidey on December 24, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    Virender : Armed with a license to thrill, his sole directive is to put the fear of God into the bowlers. (God will then come in at #4!) Say wah!

    Shane : What's on? A quick fifty and some wickets. Plus a Shane, W on the scorecard might unsettle some...

    Jacques : In a "callous" mood after the statements above. 'nuff said.

    SRT: "Such-an" awesome player. If only that old bat can hold up for 5 matches!

    AB : The deVil makes hitting sixes look as easy as ABCD...er, ABD!

    Hashim: Bowlers pe hAmla!

    MSD : Wickeeper and vicaptain. "Anhoni ko dhoni kar de..."

    Vettori : Thinker, tailender, bowler, bat, also wears the captain's hat. Dan da Man.

    Kemar: The fiery appRoach helps.

    Mohammed : "As if" my fast bowling team could be complete without him!

    Hamid : The x-factor; the typical batsman Has'n't ever played him! Will blog too, and score on average at least 5 runs more than his opposite #11.

    Strauss, Sanga, Swann, Slinga, so many options, so few seats :(

  • saroj_chili on December 24, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    MY TEST XI

    sehwag amla dravid sachin kallis hussey sangakara swann johnson steyin zaheer

    replacement- devilliars jayawardhane malinga anderson

  • varun on December 24, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    v shewag c gayle R ponting S Tendulkar vvs laxman Ms dhoni D vettori S watson l Malinga z khan M Johnson

    replacement k sangakara (wk) harbhajan singh d steyen gambir

  • Rafa on December 24, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    Though you took Dravid, Steyn, Swann and Boucher, I feel my team could still give yours a run for its money. Assuming its for a Test match, utilising unbanned players and based (mostly :) )on this years form:

    Sehwag Watson Amla Tendulkar Laxman de Villiers Sangakkara(wk) Vettori(c) Zaheer M. Morkel Roach

    Replacements: Gambhir Harbajhan Haddin Broad

  • Craig on December 24, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    @MikeHughes- It takes a true cricket fan to appreciate the beauty of Dravid's batting. Those defensive shots are just double rainbow all the way. Go watch T20 if you think sixes=exciting. @Author-Great picks! I am surprised Sehwag is not in your most exciting to watch list, but then again, personal preference.

  • sajjo on December 24, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    where is shivnarine chanferpaul? the man is a great test player, and nobody has chosen him

    [Mike: Probably because he's dreadful to watch, and this post and thread are about watchable players.]

  • AndyZaltlmannsHair on December 24, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    My Bad Boy XI. They're likely to destroy you and then get into a fight with themselves over just who really is the best. They're also likely to punch the mirror because they lost a staring contest with their reflections.

    1. Herschelle Gibbs. 2. Kumar Sangakkara 3. Jesse Ryder. 4. Andrew Symonds 5. Shahid Afridi. 6. Shoaib Malik 7. Harbhajan Singh 8. Suleiman Benn. 9. Sree Sreesanth. 10. Mohammad Asif 11. Shoaib Akhtar

    12th Man: Kevin Pietersen.

    Honourable mention should go to Kamran Akmal, but then I realised he's not a bad boy at all, he's just a bit rubbish at wicketkeeping.

  • nisal on December 24, 2010, 1:28 GMT

    My XI:

    1. V Sehwag 2. C Gayle 3. K Sangakkara 4. AB De Villiers 5. M Hussey 6. A Mathews 7. A Morkel 8. H Singh 9. S Broad 10. D Steyn 11. L Malinga

  • wetman on December 24, 2010, 1:21 GMT

    my enjoyable eleven

    chris gayle shane watson hashim amla kevin pieterson ab devillers mike hussey kumar sangakarra(wk) daniel vettori dale stern kemar roach mitchell johnson

  • Jotun on December 24, 2010, 1:17 GMT

    My side will kill yours for real viewing pleasure, Mr Holmans

    1. Shane Watson, you can't help but marvel when he drives the ball back past you for a searing four 2. Virender Sehwag, even though Steyn would probably get him nine out of ten times 3. Hashim Amla, better than Ponting and far more graceful on the eye 4. Ross Taylor, watching him treat Graeme Swann and Chris Martin with the disrespect they deserve would be fantastic 5. VVS Laxman, for his wristy elegance and to annoy you if your team actually gets in a position to win, because you won't 6. Jesse Ryder, because I giggle every time the man who ate all the pies appears on the TV 7. Tim Paine, he's the only keeper I really like 8. Morne Morkel, watching him terrify Asian batsmen into foamy heaps will be awesome 9. Ryan Harris, he's a Queenslander now 10. Suraj Randiv, beautiful action and real spin 11. Kemar Roach, pace like fire!!!

    [Mike: This is one of the best comments in this thread: your team and mine ought to produce a superb series to watch. No idea who would win, which is excellent.]

  • Meety on December 24, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    LOL - love the comment about weird asian spinners. My XI to take on your XI would be. 1. Ashraful (for much the same reason as you picked Chris Martin) 2. Mohammad Shahzad (I love the way the Afghani's play he be the w/k too!) 3. Nafees (you took Tamim!) 4. Laxman (I'm an Aussie & he is one of the few players in the world I can watch murder our bowling, have been a fan since that crazy ton @ the SCG about 10 yrs ago) 5. Afridi (Hopefully he won't be too hungry!) 6. Symonds (He won't play for QLD or Oz but maybe he might play for this team) 7. Watson (Because I'd love to see what new way he gets out for 90 something) 8. Vettori (He won't be required to drive the bus, peel the oranges & pack the kits) 9. Mortaza (if we are about to win I want to watch him cry with joy) 10. Hamid Hasan (Same as Shahzad) 11. Murali (I'd consider batting him at 6 or 7 just to make sure he bats. Also is the token weird Asian spinner!) Not sure if we would win but thats a team I would watch.

  • Michael Loughrey Senior on December 23, 2010, 23:35 GMT

    1.V Sehwag 2.G smith 3.H Amla 4.J Kallis 5.S Tendulkhar 6.A.b de Villiers 7.MS Dhoni 8.D Vettori 9.M Johnson 10.M Morkel 11.J Anderson

  • BatRoberto on December 23, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    Although you stole a couple of my favorites, here comes a team that I'd LOVE to watch. Would we win? Would we lose? Actually, to think about cold numbers is an insult to such an aestethicall-pleasurig team. Ladies and Gentlemen, the

    POETRY IN MOTION XI:

    -Shane WATSON -Brendon MCCULLUM (C) -VVS LAXMAN -AB DE VILLIERS -Kumar SANGAKKARA -Fawad ALAM -Matt PRIOR + -Shakib-AL-HASAN -Mitchell JOHNSON -Ajantha MENDIS -Lasith MALINGA

  • Brett Robson on December 23, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    You left out the only two current players who deserve the tag "great" - Kallis and Tendulkar.

    [Mike: And so what? There are players I enjoy watching more than those two.]

    You might find Kallis boring but that wicket in a first over combined with being the second best bat in the world means you'll win more games. If you don't enjoy watching Tendulkar bat, there is something wrong with you.

    [Mike: I didn't say I didn't enjoy watching Tendulkar bat. I just don't enjoy watching him as much as I enjoy watching the players I've picked.Your tastes are obviously different. Big deal. ]

    As an aside, ask the leading batsman in the world who is the better spinner, Swann or Vettori. I think I know the answer, based on how they play each.

    [Mike: And this is relevant to which of them I enjoy watching more? Do explain.]

  • phil on December 23, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    my dream team will be sehwag of course gayle sacin watson mcculum of course brendon de villiers dhoni (c)(wk) vettori steyn johnson morne

  • Will on December 23, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    1) Watson 2) Mccullum 3) Trott 4) Amla 5) Clarke 6) Bell 7) Haddin (WK) 8) Swann 9) D Steyn 10) Onions 11) Hilfenhaus

    Backups: Batsmen: Duminy All-rounder: Matthews Bowler: Bollinger, Hauritz

  • wijnand on December 23, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    ey mike, U get first pick and then you pick them lot ;-). Would probably only miss mahela, kp and Steyn from my 11. There we go:

    Sehwag Watson Amla Sangakarra Sachin Hussey Dhoni (c) Harbhajan Vettori Anderson Malinga 12th man zaheer khan

    Haddin and Mohammd Yousuf make up the 14

    this team must be able to beat yours two every three times!

  • neeraj anand on December 23, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    sehwag de velliers sangakara (keeper) sachin kallis hussy watson harbhajan zaheer malinga aamir 12 th man cris gayle

  • neeraj anand on December 23, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    sehwag de velliers sangakara (keeper) sachin kallis hussy watson harbhajan zaheer malinga aamir 12 th man cris gayle

  • Wayne Voss on December 23, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    Well anyone who says Jacques Kallis is a boring player needs to check again. My favourite 11 will be:

    1. Andrew Struass 2. Chris Gayle 3. Hasim Amla 4. Jacques Kallis 5. Matt Prior 6. Suchin Tendulkar 7. Mitchell Johnson 8. Dale Steyn 9. James Anderson 10. Greame Swann 11. Morne Morkel

    Well I really think this is a powerful team. The batting is brilliant and bowling attack will be defenitly be dangerous. All in all a good all round team

  • fabian on December 23, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    Sehwag Katich Amla Kallis Pietersen Sachin Haddin Swann Amir Steyn Anderson

    I would have put Watson with Sehwag but they are both aggressive shot players so Katich would hold one end up. As for the bowling,I have 3 mainline quicks with Kallis who can bowl useful spells. You have to have Swanny as he has proven to be world class and Sachin & KP can bowl their dibbly-dobblers!! Oh well, at least my time has a different look to it and could whoop most of the others!!

    [Mike: If that's the Amir I'm thinking of, he's banned. And I specifcally said "no Kallis".]

  • Venkat on December 23, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    Ok, I will take that World Cup :-)

    Now for the team that I would like to watch:

    Sehwag Gayle Ponting Tendulkar Amla Ryder Prior Steyn Anderson Malinga Swann

  • Hazey on December 23, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    My eleven to thump urs tho u took my steyn wud be 1)Viru 2)Gayle 3)Amla 4)AB 5)KP 6)JP Duminy 7)MS(wk) 8)Imran Tahir 9)Morne 10)Mitch 11)Lasith Tho shit kud happen

  • ShadySlim on December 23, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    KP is pretty compelling Mike, but THE most compelling and audacious Test batsman is Virender Sehwag...by far. (Just FYI, Sehwag scores 22 more runs per 100 balls than KP!)

    My XI: 1. Sehwag 2. Smith 3. Amla 4. Tendulkar 5. De Villiers 6. VVS 7. Boucher 8. Swann 9. Steyn 10. Anderson 11. Zaheer

    12th man -- Jonty Rhodes!

  • Darius on December 23, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    Everytime I read about a best XI, I always look to see who will be officiating the match. That information is always lacking. You can't have a game without officials.

  • MANDY on December 23, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    MY TEAM WILL BE THE WINNER....

    1) SEHWAG 2) AMLA 3) KALLIS 4) MASTER BLASTER 5) SANGAKKARA (WK) 6) HUSSEY 7) VETTORI 8) SWANN 9) ZAHEER 10) STEYN 11) HARRIS

    SEE THE PERFECT BALANCE OF MY SIDE....

  • Anonymous on December 23, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    my choice: Tamim Iqbal Virender Sehwag Hashim Amla Sachin Tendulkar Kumar Sanggakara(C) Micheal Hussey Brad Haddin(WK) Shakib Al Hasan Dale Stein James Anderson Morne Morkel(outside subcontinent)/Graeme Swann(in the subcontinent)

  • bhuvnesh on December 23, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Santa's team 1) Sehwag 2) Shane Watson 3) Amla 4) Tendulkar 5) Kallis 6) DeVilleirs 7) Sangkara (WK & Capt) 8) Vettori 9) Zaheer Khan 10)Morkel 11)C Martin

  • Anonymous on December 23, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    sehwag watson amla sachin sangakkara hussey pietorson swann steyn zaheer johnson

  • krquet on December 23, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    Mike and his selection rock (go r.s.c)! For those missed the point, he's picking the ones he cares to watch, not the current world beaters XI.

    I agree with his entire team, I'd just replace Dravid with that Ali kid from Pakistan if watching the paint dry is Mike's cup of tea for number 3.

    Cheers, and season's greeting to all.

  • shiraan on December 23, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Hi....noice teams everyone...my 12 are Sehwag ghambir Amla Ponting/Kallis Devilliers (Wk)/ Dhoni Johnson Anderson Steyn Harbhajan/Swann Harris

  • pete fieldwick on December 23, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    1. Andrew Strauss 2. Virender Sehwag 3. Kumar Sangakarra 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. Mahala Jayawardena 6. V.V.S Laxman 7. Stuart Broad 8. Daniel Vettori 9. Dale Steyn 10. Peter Siddle 11. Ajantha Mendis

  • Jake the snake on December 23, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    Somehow my previous post didn't get published...

    This team is the business. Kallis has hit more 6s than any other batsman in test cricket this year. Haddin is the most elegant batsman to watch. Sanga had to get moved down but it's not that important. Mitch will play while Jimmy Anderson has another baby 1. Sehwag 2. Cook 3. Amla 4. Tendulkar 5. AB 6. Sanga 7. Haddin (wk) 8. Mitch 9. Swann 10. Morkel 11. Steyn

  • Abdullah Saleem on December 23, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    Hi,

    I'd go with Andrew Strauss and Sehwag as openers.

    You missed Younis Khan & AB in middle order. That's not fair...!!!

  • harrison on December 23, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    My TEAM rules the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Watson Gayle Amla De Villiers Ryder Bell Mcculum Johnson Steyn Morkel Mendis

    This team will cream any team plus everybody is under 30

  • Usman on December 23, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    Can anyone beat my Best XI? Never!!! 1) Hashim Amla (Bat) 2) Shane Watson (Bat/Medium) 3) Ab devilers (Bat) 4) Maila Jayawardanay (Bat) 5) Mike Hussey (Bat) 6) MS Dhoni (Bat/WktKpr) 7) Shahid Afridi (Bat/Spin)) 8) Danial Vettory (Spin/Bat/C) 9) Shoaib Akhtar (Fast) 10) Mitchle Johnson (Fast) 11) James Anderson (Fast) 12) Abudul Razzak

  • Richard S on December 23, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    The only player I will completely rule out is Greame Smith, I dont like his attitude, but more than that he is the most ungainly and ugly batsmen I have ever seen in my life. The word functional could have been invented whilst watching him play. I'll open with Sehwag and Gayle, for obvious reasons really. At 3 I'll have Amla, he's a nice player to watch and seems to able to defend and attack with equal ease. At 4 I'll take Ross Taylor from New Zealand, at 5 I'll have Pietersen for although he seems to be off it more than on it lately, when he is on it there is no one quite like him. At 6 Bell, because no matter whether it is a poitless Pro 40 game at the end of a County Season or a live Test Match v Australia he is worth watching. Keeping wicket I'm tempted to go for Matt Prior but will take Brendan McCullam instead, mainly for his ferocius batting. Swann as spinner and then Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel with the new ball and Jimmy Anderson, the Ian Bell of bowlers, first change.

  • Priyank on December 23, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    My XI against yours would be- Virender Sehwag Hashim Amla Jacques Kallis Sachin Tendulkar Mike Hussey Shakib-Al-Hasan MS Dhoni(wk)(c) Graeme Swann Morne Morkel Zaheer Khan James Anderson

  • ndigits on December 23, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    When I clicked the link, I knew all along that there wont be many sub continent players in the eleven. Forget exclusion of the most prolific opening batsman (Sehvag) and middle order (Tendulkar), but what made me laugh out loud is Ian Bell's inclusion. Thank goodness you rested Jonathan Trott then. About time poms start hailing him as best one down test batsman in the world with an average of 57+.

  • Kit on December 23, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Anyone from world cricket. Hmmmm. My team would look like this:

    1. Strauss 2. Cook 3. Trott 4. Morgan (in Petersen’s absence) 5. Collingwood 6. Bell 7. Prior 8. Broad 9. Monty (in Swann absence) 10. Anderson 11. Finn

    Reserves: Tremlet, Shazad, Bresnan, Hildreth and Lythe.

  • Rituraj on December 23, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    hi mike,

    Here is my top 11 1. Viru 2. Strauss 3. Amla 4. Sachin 5. Michael Hussey 6. VVS 7. Dhoni 8. Zahir 9. Vettori 10. Anderson 11. MG

    For back i like to choose ( Bajji, Bolinger, Guti, Dravid)

  • Sandeep on December 23, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    We disagree with any team (ODI/Test) which does not have Tendulkar in it so long as he plays :-p

  • GauravSaxena on December 23, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    Hi Michael,

    You have seen so many teams lined up to beat ur team..here is the one which will beat "ANY" team in this world:

    1. Virender Sehwag(obvious choice for the opening slot) 2. Shane Watson (a got a good bowler free with an opener) 3. Jacques Kallis 4. Sachin Tendulkar (Cant think of anyone replacing him at no. 4) 5. AB De Villiars 6. Mike Hussey 7. MS Dhoni(WK and Captain) 8. Harbhajan Singh 9. Greame Swann 10. Zaheer Khan 11. Lasith Malinga (for his sheer accuracy)

    I am also one of the weird asians(Indian to be precise) hence u will see 5 Indian players in the playing XI.

    Bring it on Mike !!

    Cheers, Gaurav

  • Sujay on December 23, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    Hi Mike,your wish is really exciting.Granted!

    However, We'll play next week.Need a bit of sleep post christmas duty. Would be watching the Ashes thereafter to decide whether Steven Smith looks as blond as that Burger eating-SMS friendly-Legspinning Bloke of the old.

    Few requests- plz bring beer for my boys and their coach,Andrew "All Round" Flintoff. And yes, since Afridi has eaten my entire set of cookaburrahs, can you assist me with a few cricket balls?

    My team is here: Openers- Ryder and Sehwag - Jesse would be great at this- so good at opening Beer cans! Sehwag, for the "no frills- All thrill" stuff. 3-Trott-Ricky has become so rickety these days.. 4-Tendulkar- yippie! Jesus agreed to play after he's done in Durban. 5-Pollard- Fun Guaranteed! and he doesnt eat cookaburrahs! 6-Hussey- Like Old wine, getting better all the time. 7-Dhoni, for dance-while-defend shots 8-11-Bowlers-Bhajji for antics,Mitchell for his tattooes,Morkel and Zaheer for awesomeness!

    Over!!

  • Ram on December 23, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    Here is my team of oldies ;)

    Sehwag [ He is above 30] Dilshan Sangakkara/Ponting[ He just needs to hit one pull shot] Sachin [nothing to say] VVS Hussey Sangakkara/Dhoni Vettori Zaheer Anderson/Hilfenhous Saeed Ajmal[ Harbhajan singh has been a waste]

    I am tempted to pick Kallis at number 3 for his bowling credentials, but yet again K and A and then his batting comes to mind..'THUD!'..no..whaa...ehh..yep I am awake...;)

  • Fad on December 23, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    A lot of people took this article too seriously with opting for for world beaters like tendulkar and co, bla bla bla. Tired hearing those flat pitch conquering names.

    So here is my XI

    Brendon McCullum Alistair Cook Hashim Amla Azhar Ali AB D Villiers(c) Kane Williamson Tim Paine(wk) Stuart Broad Morne Morkel Daniel Vettori Mohd. Aamir

    Atleast now my team has a younger fresher next generation look.

  • anirudh narsaria on December 23, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    hi mike, i will be honest by saying that i did not like your team.My team will definitely beat your team.My favourite current test XI would be: 1.VIRENDER SEHWAG 2.SHANE WATSON 3.KUMAR SANGAKKARA 4.SACHIN TENDULKAR 5.MD.YOUSUF 6.MIKE HUSSEY 7.MS DHONI 8.DANIEL VETTORI 9.DALE STEYN 10.ZAHEER KHAN 11.RYAN HARRIS

  • Anshul Sharma on December 23, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    Mr Mike, Here is my Team ready to match-up with your team in your fantasy. Virendra Sehwag Kumar Sangakara Jack Kallis Sachin Tendulkar Thilan Samarveera Michael Hussey Shivnaraine Chanderpaul Zaheer Khan Morne Morkel Mitchell Johnson Harbhajan Singh

    Back-Up AB De Villiers Alistair Cook Daniel Vettori VVS Laxman Stuart Broad

  • Shashank on December 23, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    Man... i loved this article... lemme see if your team can beat mine.. Virender Sehwag Andrew Strauss(Capt.) Hashim Amla Sachin Tendulkar Mike Hussey A B de Villiers Kumar Sangakkara(WK) Daniel Vettori James Anderson Mitchell Johnson Ryan Harris

  • Samiul C on December 23, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    My playing XI would be...

    Tamim Iqbal, Hashim Amla, K Sangakkara, J Kallis, Sachin Tendukar, Jessy Ryder, Shakib Al Hasan, Stuart Broad, Dale Steyn, Lasith Malinga, and G Swann

  • Hank on December 23, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    Where's AB de Villiers ????

  • Santa Claus on December 23, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    Hi Mike You have been very good this year, and I shall grant you your wish. A test match like that does sound fun, especially given the antics of the Grinch. He's been pretty cocky since he came up with the IPL. We shall play on Boxing Day, after I'm done with all my work spreading joy. The following is my XI

    1) Virender Sehwag : God was in a Christmassy mood when he created this little bugger

    2) Philip Hughes : THAT square cut

    3) Sangakkara : All the chatter behind the wicket, and elegant to boot

    4) Hashim Amla : I just really wanna see who's beard is longer

    5)Misbah -ul-Haq : Let's see if he can divine another way of being dismissed this Christmas

    6)Darren Bravo : Did you SEE that backlift?

    7)Shahid Afridi : He still plays tests, right? Or did he retire? I don't know

    8)Harbhajan Singh : More for his batting than his bowling

    9)Mitchel Johnson : Pacy. Santa like.

    10) Sreesanth : Swinging and singing

    11) Suleiman Benn : Feisty

    There you go Mike. Merry Christmas

    Mr. Claus

  • Sajeesh on December 23, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    Really surprised that a VVS Laxman didn't come in at number 6.. or Sachin Tendulkar at number 4.. We could move Jayawardene to 3.. and keep Dravid out of the attack... Is Edwards better than Malinga or Morkel.. At least Malinga has the same smoke from his nostrils and the side-arm action, a better economy rate and out-of-the-world accuracy..

  • M S Srinivas on December 23, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    Sure, Michael. You do have a fine team that on it's day can give any decent side a run for their money. And since you have such an attractive team, I decided I will challenge you with a list of flamboyant and attractive players myself. So how about this team to play against your side?

    Virender Sehwag, Shane Watson, Kumar Sangakkara (as wk and captain), Younis Khan, VVS Laxman, AB De Villiers, Tillekaratne Dilshan, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Sreesanth and Shoaib Akhtar.

    All flamboyant and stylish, attacking players who can devastate any attack when in mood. Problem is any of my fast bowlers can break down any moment and I really don't have similar attractive back-ups :( but otherwise, it's game on!

  • Iyer on December 23, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Ha Mr.Mike : Here is my XI against Yours and am one of those Weird Asians. Team India has definitely better chance for WC than ur Poms.. My XI :- Shewag, Strauss (Since you choose Smith n Gauti as backup. Viru is miles ahead of your Two and Strauss is perfect to provide him the strike and backup), Amla at 3 followed by Tendulkar, Laxman and Hussey ( Now my middle order is more Exciting than yours and well a better performing one), Keeper is Dhoni(Sanga is better bat but he is no more keeping in tests, P.Jayawardane is though good keeper, MSD is exciting and captain), Zak will open the newball with Morkel and Bhajji will don spin duties with Vettori (since you said of Asian pitch 2 spinners is must).. My bowling is not as best as yours but since u selected first up I had to be content. Yet in Subcontinental conditions this side ll whack yours..

  • Srikanth on December 23, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    Ah, you've claimed Rahul Dravid and Dale Steyn! That makes selecting my opposition XI a bit tougher, but here goes.

    Starting XI: Virender Sehwag, Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Mike Hussey, MS Dhoni (wk, c), Mitchell Johnson, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Lasith Malinga

    In addition to these eleven players, I'd have as backups Brad Haddin (wk), Doug Bollinger, Shane Watson, and Kumar Sangakkara to round off the squad of sixteen

  • Mike Hughes on December 23, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    You didn't want Kallis because he is boring and then you picked Dravid? He is even worse. Look at the number of sixes they have hit. Their ODI strike rates aren't any better. Dravid, for me, is the batsman that I'd least like to watch. The Indian batsmen in general are great to watch but when Dravid is batting, I catch up on the news channel!

  • John on December 23, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    Brilliant!

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  • John on December 23, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    Brilliant!

  • Mike Hughes on December 23, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    You didn't want Kallis because he is boring and then you picked Dravid? He is even worse. Look at the number of sixes they have hit. Their ODI strike rates aren't any better. Dravid, for me, is the batsman that I'd least like to watch. The Indian batsmen in general are great to watch but when Dravid is batting, I catch up on the news channel!

  • Srikanth on December 23, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    Ah, you've claimed Rahul Dravid and Dale Steyn! That makes selecting my opposition XI a bit tougher, but here goes.

    Starting XI: Virender Sehwag, Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Mike Hussey, MS Dhoni (wk, c), Mitchell Johnson, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Lasith Malinga

    In addition to these eleven players, I'd have as backups Brad Haddin (wk), Doug Bollinger, Shane Watson, and Kumar Sangakkara to round off the squad of sixteen

  • Iyer on December 23, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Ha Mr.Mike : Here is my XI against Yours and am one of those Weird Asians. Team India has definitely better chance for WC than ur Poms.. My XI :- Shewag, Strauss (Since you choose Smith n Gauti as backup. Viru is miles ahead of your Two and Strauss is perfect to provide him the strike and backup), Amla at 3 followed by Tendulkar, Laxman and Hussey ( Now my middle order is more Exciting than yours and well a better performing one), Keeper is Dhoni(Sanga is better bat but he is no more keeping in tests, P.Jayawardane is though good keeper, MSD is exciting and captain), Zak will open the newball with Morkel and Bhajji will don spin duties with Vettori (since you said of Asian pitch 2 spinners is must).. My bowling is not as best as yours but since u selected first up I had to be content. Yet in Subcontinental conditions this side ll whack yours..

  • M S Srinivas on December 23, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    Sure, Michael. You do have a fine team that on it's day can give any decent side a run for their money. And since you have such an attractive team, I decided I will challenge you with a list of flamboyant and attractive players myself. So how about this team to play against your side?

    Virender Sehwag, Shane Watson, Kumar Sangakkara (as wk and captain), Younis Khan, VVS Laxman, AB De Villiers, Tillekaratne Dilshan, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Sreesanth and Shoaib Akhtar.

    All flamboyant and stylish, attacking players who can devastate any attack when in mood. Problem is any of my fast bowlers can break down any moment and I really don't have similar attractive back-ups :( but otherwise, it's game on!

  • Sajeesh on December 23, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    Really surprised that a VVS Laxman didn't come in at number 6.. or Sachin Tendulkar at number 4.. We could move Jayawardene to 3.. and keep Dravid out of the attack... Is Edwards better than Malinga or Morkel.. At least Malinga has the same smoke from his nostrils and the side-arm action, a better economy rate and out-of-the-world accuracy..

  • Santa Claus on December 23, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    Hi Mike You have been very good this year, and I shall grant you your wish. A test match like that does sound fun, especially given the antics of the Grinch. He's been pretty cocky since he came up with the IPL. We shall play on Boxing Day, after I'm done with all my work spreading joy. The following is my XI

    1) Virender Sehwag : God was in a Christmassy mood when he created this little bugger

    2) Philip Hughes : THAT square cut

    3) Sangakkara : All the chatter behind the wicket, and elegant to boot

    4) Hashim Amla : I just really wanna see who's beard is longer

    5)Misbah -ul-Haq : Let's see if he can divine another way of being dismissed this Christmas

    6)Darren Bravo : Did you SEE that backlift?

    7)Shahid Afridi : He still plays tests, right? Or did he retire? I don't know

    8)Harbhajan Singh : More for his batting than his bowling

    9)Mitchel Johnson : Pacy. Santa like.

    10) Sreesanth : Swinging and singing

    11) Suleiman Benn : Feisty

    There you go Mike. Merry Christmas

    Mr. Claus

  • Hank on December 23, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    Where's AB de Villiers ????

  • Samiul C on December 23, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    My playing XI would be...

    Tamim Iqbal, Hashim Amla, K Sangakkara, J Kallis, Sachin Tendukar, Jessy Ryder, Shakib Al Hasan, Stuart Broad, Dale Steyn, Lasith Malinga, and G Swann

  • Shashank on December 23, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    Man... i loved this article... lemme see if your team can beat mine.. Virender Sehwag Andrew Strauss(Capt.) Hashim Amla Sachin Tendulkar Mike Hussey A B de Villiers Kumar Sangakkara(WK) Daniel Vettori James Anderson Mitchell Johnson Ryan Harris