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Cook, Dhoni lead ICC Test, ODI teams

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December 3, 2013

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Alastair Cook and MS Dhoni have been named captains of the ICC's Test and ODI Teams of the Year. Dale Steyn was included in the Test side for the sixth successive year, while Dhoni made the ODI line-up for the sixth consecutive year as well. Performances between August 7, 2012 and August 25, 2013 were considered by a panel chaired by former India captain Anil Kumble, also the ICC cricket committee chairman.

ICC Test Team of the Year (in batting order)

Alastair Cook (capt), Cheteshwar Pujara, Hashim Amla, Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni (wk), Graeme Swann, Dale Steyn, James Anderson, Vernon Philander, R Ashwin (12th man)

ICC ODI Team of the Year (in batting order)

Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shikhar Dhawan, Hashim Amla, Kumar Sangakkara, AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Saeed Ajmal, Mitchell Starc, James Anderson, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan (12th man)

Hashim Amla was named in the Test side for the fourth straight year, while Cook made an appearance for the third year on the trot.

"It is always tough to decide on the Test and ODI teams of the year, with so many worthy candidates to consider based on the players' performances between 7 August 2012 and 25 August 2013," Kumble said. "The selection panel had a lengthy debate on all the top performers during the performance period and a number of combinations were considered.

"The selectors did utilise a vast amount of statistics from the period under observation, but we also took into account other factors like the opposition, pitch conditions, match situation and the like. But when you have only 12 places to fill from a big group of world-class players, there will always be a few who will miss out. In the panel's expert opinion, it has selected the best Test and ODI teams based on performances over the past 12 months."

The other members of the panel were former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis, former England captain Alec Stewart, former South Africa batsman Graeme Pollock, and former New Zealand women's player Catherine Campbell.

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Posted by Pindia on (December 7, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

The Ashes and I think the upcoming series look like making a bit of a mockery of these teams. For test matches I would amend to: Cheteshwar Pujara, Hashim Amla, Michael Clarke (capt), Ian Bell, AB de Villiers, Brad Haddin (wk), Saeed Ajmal, Dale Steyn, Mitchell Johnson, Vernon Philander, Md Irfan. 12th man David Warner. For ODIs Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Quinton De Kock, Virat Kohli, Misbah Ul Haq, AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Saeed Ajmal, Mitchell Johnson, Md Irfan, Dale Steyn, Shahid Afridi (12th man)

Posted by sunny4748 on (December 6, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

They have decided both test and odi teams, but why was t20 team announced , it will be good to see three teams.my t20 squad is here Finch,charls,watson, raina,de villiers,dhoni,narine, saeed ajmal, steyn,malinga,faulkner.(alex hales)12th man

Posted by   on (December 5, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

I am sorry. I was referring to M Prior to be the WK instead of Haddin. The teams should be: Test Team: A Cook (capt), H Amla, K Sangakkara, M Clarke, AB de Villiers, M Prior (WK), D Steyn, J Anderson, V Philander, R Herath, S Ajmal, M Hussey (12th man) ODI Team: T Dilshan, S Dhawan, H Amla, K Sangakkara, V Kohli, AB de Villiers (capt & wk), S.P. Narine, Saeed Ajmal, Dale Steyn, M Morkel, Lasith Malinga, Misbah-ul-Haq (12th man)

Posted by   on (December 5, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

After careful study, I selected the following teams. Due consideration was given to skills, performances and balanced team compositions. I have not noticed any noteworthy performances from Dhoni, Ashwin or Swann to be included in anyone of the teams ahead of the selected players. Though Pujara has played well, he is nowhere near Sangakkara's class. Even though P Jayawardana is the best WK in the world, Haddin (not far behind Jayawardana as a keeper) got the nod due to his batting. It is unfortunate that Misbah couldn't make the ODI playing 11 even though he has performed creditably for Pakistan. Morkel got the nod ahead of Anderson due to his economy rate. Test Team: A Cook (capt), H Amla, K Sangakkara, M Clarke, AB de Villiers, BJ Haddin (WK), D Steyn, J Anderson, V Philander, R Herath, S Ajmal, M Hussey (12th man). ODI Team: T Dilshan, S Dhawan, H Amla, K Sangakkara, V Kohli, AB de Villiers (capt & wk), S.P. Narine, S Ajmal, D Steyn, M Morkel, L Malinga, Misbah-ul-Haq (12th man)

Posted by   on (December 5, 2013, 7:18 GMT)

Meaningless without KOHLI in the ODI team.

Posted by   on (December 5, 2013, 4:15 GMT)

where is name of sanga in test team......

Posted by SeekingAlpha on (December 5, 2013, 2:52 GMT)

Great. Now who will these teams play against?

Posted by Sageleaf on (December 5, 2013, 0:39 GMT)

Hmmm go India go...wondering how come Kohli did not make it to any side?...Sangakkara should have been in both formats. It looks all good for India playing most of their matches in India. Lets see how they are going to perform outside India...Any team will do well on their own soil but the real test begins once they play in foreign land. I'm looking forward to the India South Africa series.

Posted by gvarun1975 on (December 4, 2013, 21:43 GMT)

why dilshan in ODI team and no Kohli.

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