ICC news December 3, 2013

Cook, Dhoni lead ICC Test, ODI teams

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • 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)

  • 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

  • dummy4fb 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)

  • dummy4fb 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)

  • dummy4fb on December 5, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Meaningless without KOHLI in the ODI team.

  • dummy4fb on December 5, 2013, 4:15 GMT

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

  • SeekingAlpha on December 5, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    Great. Now who will these teams play against?

  • 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.

  • gvarun1975 on December 4, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    why dilshan in ODI team and no Kohli.

  • Greatest_Game on December 4, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    @Waheed_Vadi Why Anderson. He had a pathetic year - averaged 28+?