January 1, 2012

The teams of the year

The Test and ODI XIs of 2011, as picked by ESPNcricinfo staff
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Test XI

Lord's, Trent Bridge, Newlands, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Hobart, Melbourne, Durban - it was a fantastic year for Test cricket, and ESPNcricinfo's staffers have selected their 11 Test stars of 2011. Only one of the names, Alastair Cook, gained a full house of 18 votes, while Rahul Dravid - with three votes as an opener - and Ian Bell had 16 each. Kumar Sangakkara, who ended the year as the No. 1 batsman in the rankings, was a surprising omission, having gained just five votes, but Matt Prior didn't have much competition as keeper. Vernon Philander pushed for a spot after his fantastic start, although on the whole there was consensus on the bowlers.

Alastair Cook, 927 runs at 84.27
Could Cook continue his prolific end to 2010 over the next 12 months? The answer, emphatically, was yes. He began the year with 189 in Sydney, to finish the Ashes with 766 runs, then started the English summer with 390 runs in three Tests against Sri Lanka. He had a slow start against India, but it was a brief lapse. At Edgbaston he produced one of most monumental innings by an England batsman, with a nearly 13-hour 294, and appeared destined for the team's first triple since his mentor, Graham Gooch, hit 333 in 1990, but sliced a drive to deep point.

Mohammad Hafeez, 647 runs at 40.43, 15 wickets at 25.93
Pakistan's resurgent year is typified by Hafeez. During the team's unbeaten run against Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, he flourished at the top of the order after a sluggish start to his latest incarnation as a Test cricketer earlier in the year. Hundreds in Bulawayo and Chittagong were the standout performances. His offspin gave the bowling attack an added option and he ended the year taking the new ball.

Rahul Dravid, 1145 runs at 57.25
A year when the bowlers began to halt the free-scoring batting of recent times called for a return to some old-school skills with the willow. No one typifies those traits better than Dravid, who was one of just two players to make over 1000 runs. And his hundreds came when the going was very tough: Jamaica and Trent Bridge, especially, were not for the faint-hearted. He also did it from wherever his team needed his services, with his Nottingham ton and the unbeaten 146 at The Oval coming as opener.

Kevin Pietersen, 731 runs at 73.10
There is time yet for KP to finish with the career he promised in 2005. He still responds best to the biggest challenge, so it was no surprise he didn't fill his boots against Sri Lanka. India, however, got the juices flowing. His double-hundred at Lord's was the perfect model for a Test innings as he battled tough conditions early, then flourished against a tiring attack.

Ian Bell, 950 runs at 118.75
Nobody in this XI batted with more fluency in 2011 than Bell. He was a joy to watch almost every time he walked to the middle. In Sydney there was a first Ashes hundred, and he cashed in against Sri Lanka, but the defining innings came at Trent Bridge against India on a lively pitch. Promoted to No. 3 due to Jonathan Trott's injury, Bell produced the innings his supporters believed he would since the age of 16. Elegance, grace and timing. The performance will always be remembered for the recall by MS Dhoni at tea, but by then Bell already had 137. To cap the summer, he stroked his way to a maiden double-hundred, at The Oval. World No. 1 beckons.

Darren Bravo, 949 runs at 49.94
There were glimmers of a brighter future for West Indies during 2011 and Bravo offered many of the encouraging moments. It was in the closing stages of the year that he really flourished, converting promising starts into hundreds against Bangladesh (195) and India (166). It's tough to burden a youngster with endless comparisons, but such are the similarities in his batting to a certain BC Lara that it becomes very difficult not to. To the point that after 12 Tests, they had exactly the same stats: 941 runs at 47.05

Matt Prior, 519 runs at 64.87, 34 catches, two stumpings
Apart from an errant bat handle making contact with a window at Lord's, it couldn't have been a better year for England's wicketkeeper. Three hundreds from No. 7 gave the batting line-up formidable power, and there are few better cover-drivers in the world. Once ridiculed for his work behind the stumps, he now rarely misses a chance. He is also a very vocal presence in the overall fielding effort.

Stuart Broad, 33 wickets at 22.30, 239 runs at 39.83
Midway through the year, the chances of Broad making this list seemed non-existent. He very nearly didn't play the opening Test against India. Yet over the next four Tests he defined his season and, quite possibly, his career. Shelving the back-of-length approach which had come with the "enforcer" tag, he pitched the ball up with devastating effect. At Trent Bridge he changed the match in a manner befitting any of the game's finest allrounders. First he clubbed 64, then broke the back of India with a hat-trick. England didn't look back.

Dale Steyn, 28 wickets at 19.57
England's workload of eight Tests was a light year, but South Africa played even fewer. There were just five chances to marvel at Steyn's skill, which showed no signs of diminishing. His contest with Sachin Tendulkar in Cape Town was one for the ages, and when five-day action resumed he was a constant threat against Australia. Vernon Philander's record-breaking start to Test cricket took a lot of the headlines, but he was able to feed off the sustained pressure created by Steyn.

Saeed Ajmal, 50 wickets at 23.86
Ajmal, now firmly established as Pakistan's first-choice Test spinner, had a productive year. His best match haul of 11 wickets came in defeat against West Indies in the Caribbean, but he played a key role in the series-leveller, and then in October helped bowl Pakistan to victory against Sri Lanka. With his doosra he can run through lower-order batsmen quickly, and he also provides his captain with excellent control in the field.

James Anderson, 35 wickets at 24.85
To say that Anderson pushed Steyn to be the leading quick in the world is the highest compliment that can be paid. There was barely a bad spell with the red ball during a year that began in style in Sydney, and was summed up in his enthralling head-to-head with Sachin Tendulkar, one that Anderson dominated with skilful swing. And he didn't just do it when the pitch was green: Anderson is now truly a bowler for all conditions.

ODI XI

In a year where India sent a billion people into wild celebrations, it is unsurprising that their World Cup team is well represented in the one-day side, with five players making the cut. It's a team dominated by the subcontinent, with India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka taking nine places and the other two going to Australians (despite their quarter-final exit). Two players, MS Dhoni and Shahid Afridi, were unanimous selections. Jonathan Trott, the second-highest run-scorer for the year, didn't make it while there was a single vote for a player outside the Full Members: Kevin O'Brien of Ireland. Only Saeed Ajmal made it into both teams.

Virender Sehwag, 645 runs at 53.75, SR 123.09
He launched the World Cup with 175 against Bangladesh and capped his year with a record-breaking, breathtaking 219 against West Indies. Sehwag alone is pushing the boundaries of one-day cricket. Outside of those two innings it was actually a fairly unproductive year for him, with injury limiting him to 12 ODIs, but Sehwag is an intimidating presence in any top order.

Shane Watson, 1139 runs at 56.95, SR 108.89
There would be no shortage of sixes with Watson partnering Sehwag. Watson clubbed an astonishing 42 maximums in 22 innings, his tally boosted by the world-record 15 he struck against Bangladesh in his unbeaten 185. Throw in his very useful medium pace - which includes a good array of slow balls - and he is the ultimate one-day package.

Virat Kohli, 1381 runs at 47.62, SR 85.56
In Test cricket India are still waiting for their young batting talent to flourish, but there are no such worries in the 50-over format. Kohli led the way, topping the run charts with 1381 runs, including four hundreds. The closing stages of his year were especially productive, with two hundreds against England and one against West Indies. Although much smaller than those scores, his 35 in the World Cup final was an important hand following the early losses of Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar.

Mahela Jayawardene, 1032 runs at 46.90, SR 82.62
There is still a place for elegance and accumulation in one-day cricket. Jayawardene produced two of the finest innings of the year: his World Cup final hundred that gave Sri Lanka a chance was an innings of the highest quality, and then there was his 144 against England at Headingley - a textbook example of controlled acceleration.

Yuvraj Singh, 453 runs at 50.33, SR 81.91, 20 wickets at 26.05
Due to injury and illness, Yuvraj didn't play another ODI after the World Cup final but his impact on that tournament had been immense with a Man-of-the-Tournament display. He'd been in poor form heading into the event but struck three consecutive fifties before an unbeaten 113 against West Indies. His bowling was vital too, and his 20 scalps included a five-wicket haul against Ireland when they were been threatening a damaging total.

MS Dhoni, 764 runs at 58.76, SR 89.88
No one has played an ODI innings under more pressure than Dhoni in the World Cup final. He hadn't scored a half-century in his previous 11 innings of the year, but with the run chase at its defining moment, 114 for 3, he promoted himself to No. 5. The result was 91 of the outwardly calmest runs you could imagine while a nation (noisily) held its breath. The image of him driving the winning six was immediately etched in history. Later in the year, during the back-to-back series against England, Dhoni piled up 340 runs between dismissals to reaffirm his standing as one of the game's finest finishers.

Shahid Afridi, 45 wickets at 20.82, Economy 4.18, 462 runs at 22.00, SR 127.27
Like Dhoni, there is no argument over Afridi's place in this team. He has reinvented his career to become the most effective legspinner in the one-day game. His abilty to run through a batting order is highlighted by four five-wicket hauls during the year. Against Sri Lanka, in Sharjah, he single-handedly turned a match on its head, first with 75 off 65 balls then with 5 for 35. By and large his batting is now considered a bonus when it comes off.

Mitchell Johnson, 39 wickets at 20.94, Economy 4.43, 208 runs at 23.11, SR 106.12
This probably seems the oddest selection across both XIs, considering there is now a debate about whether Johnson will resume his career. However, for all his Test match problems, it was a very solid season in coloured clothes for Johnson. Often it's the white ball the bowlers find harder to control, but Johnson's economy rate suggests otherwise, and he also claimed important hauls, including 6 for 31 against Sri Lanka.

Lasith Malinga, 48 wkts at 19.25, Economy 4.80
The leading wicket-taker in ODIs for the year, despite missing the start of the World Cup, Malinga was again thrilling to watch in full flight. He made up for lost time with a hat-trick against Kenya in his first World Cup outing, but couldn't strike often enough in the final for Sri Lanka. His presence alone can buy wickets because batsmen know they can't bank on scoring many off Malinga's toe-crushers at the end of an innings.

Zaheer Khan, 30 wkts at 20.66 Economy 4.85
Like Yuvraj, Zaheer's one-day year ended after the World Cup, but he was a vital element to securing the major prize. Runs were unlikely to be an issue for India, but they needed someone to lead the attack and Zaheer did it with great skill. His spell of reverse-swing against England turned defeat into a tie (and almost a victory) and he chipped in during each of the knockout matches.

Saeed Ajmal, 34 wickets at 17.08, Economy 3.48
Ajmal spent much of the year forming a formidable partnership with Afridi as Pakistan strangled teams in the middle overs, yet he had only played three matches in the World Cup, with Abdur Rehman often preferred over him. For Ajmal it was his economy rate as much as his wickets that stood out, as he tied batsman down with guile and variation.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • skdev on January 3, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    this team does not refrlect the year 2011 at all after all the world"s no.01 test batsman is not in the test team and the worlds 2nd best odi bowler isn't even mentioned of .

  • on January 3, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    its not biased selection... how many times has sanga kept wickets in this year? so its for sure that he cant be in as keeper... and he was not better of this middle order... so stop this. thats perfect XI

    Just a glimmer of australia of 2000s when such teams were dominated by aussies, it has 6 test players out of 11 which are englishmen... wow. perfect year

  • on January 3, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    'and ESPNcricinfo's staffers have selected their 11 Test stars of 2011', The Selection of these players have been done through voting by ESPNcricinfo's staff and not by the ICC. Why is this so hard to comprehend?

  • landl47 on January 3, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    As usual, RandyOz has the funniest comment of the thread- Watson should have been picked for the test side. Explain to us, RO- is it his scintillating 277 runs in 11 innings , average 25 with one fifty, that wins him his place as an opener? Or his 14 wickets in 6 games- almost 2.5 wickets a game- that gets him in as a bowler?

  • on January 3, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    This is anyway ridiculous that when people said KP has scored many runs on difficult conditions while they just simply said Sanga didnt score on difficult conditions. Thats really ridiculous when western people said scoring on England grounds is the main criterio to select batsmans. We all know if subcontinent pitches are home to subcontinent batsmen then same goes to other batsmans when EA, SA, AG batsmens scores on pitches there is like home conditions. How could they be given advantages on playing on home pitches. Please be genuine before you judge players from different countries. After all, you cannot just ignore that Sanga is the no. 1 rank batsman for 2011. Luckily that sytem doesnt purely base on runs scored only on EA, SA, AG pitches otherwise one one from IN, SL, PA get to that ranking.

  • on January 3, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Guess the world's #1 Test and ODI all-rounder does not meet the selection criteria for this team.

  • on January 3, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Shocking to see Sanga been left out, after all he's only the world's #1 batsman :).

  • on January 3, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    The amount of people commenting here about the ommision of Sangakkara is ridisculous considering his performances within THE LAST YEAR! This is the 2011 TEST XI, not the all-time test XI, not the current-generation test XI, the 2011 test XI. In 2011 Sangakkara's average was 49.23, lower than any of the top 7 in this XI, besides Mohammad Hafeez who Sangakarra couldn't replace as an opener. Of the 4 series' he's played in, in all but one of these series' his average failed to get higher than 45. The series' in 2011 that provided him with 2 out of his 3 hundreds and virtually half of his runs (516 our of 1034) took place in the UAE, one of the less challenging places to make runs in world cricket. You can understand why, for example, Dravid's hundreds in swinging conditions in Endland would be seen to have more value when compiling this list than Sangakkara's runs on flat tracks, the same could be said of KP's runs in similar conditions to Dravid. Sanga has not performed well enough.

  • on January 2, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    Everyone calling for SA players like Amla and Kallis need to remember SA only played 5 tests in 2011. I agree that Sangakarra should be in there.

  • JG2704 on January 2, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    @Posted by dicky_boy on (January 02 2012, 13:35 PM GMT) - Sure , but this is a best of 2011 - The "Teams Of The Year" caption at the top gives it away. Maybe England will get found out in Pak/SL and then India and that will reflect in future end of year debates but why bring stats/form from yesteryear into a team selection purely based on 2011?

  • skdev on January 3, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    this team does not refrlect the year 2011 at all after all the world"s no.01 test batsman is not in the test team and the worlds 2nd best odi bowler isn't even mentioned of .

  • on January 3, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    its not biased selection... how many times has sanga kept wickets in this year? so its for sure that he cant be in as keeper... and he was not better of this middle order... so stop this. thats perfect XI

    Just a glimmer of australia of 2000s when such teams were dominated by aussies, it has 6 test players out of 11 which are englishmen... wow. perfect year

  • on January 3, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    'and ESPNcricinfo's staffers have selected their 11 Test stars of 2011', The Selection of these players have been done through voting by ESPNcricinfo's staff and not by the ICC. Why is this so hard to comprehend?

  • landl47 on January 3, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    As usual, RandyOz has the funniest comment of the thread- Watson should have been picked for the test side. Explain to us, RO- is it his scintillating 277 runs in 11 innings , average 25 with one fifty, that wins him his place as an opener? Or his 14 wickets in 6 games- almost 2.5 wickets a game- that gets him in as a bowler?

  • on January 3, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    This is anyway ridiculous that when people said KP has scored many runs on difficult conditions while they just simply said Sanga didnt score on difficult conditions. Thats really ridiculous when western people said scoring on England grounds is the main criterio to select batsmans. We all know if subcontinent pitches are home to subcontinent batsmen then same goes to other batsmans when EA, SA, AG batsmens scores on pitches there is like home conditions. How could they be given advantages on playing on home pitches. Please be genuine before you judge players from different countries. After all, you cannot just ignore that Sanga is the no. 1 rank batsman for 2011. Luckily that sytem doesnt purely base on runs scored only on EA, SA, AG pitches otherwise one one from IN, SL, PA get to that ranking.

  • on January 3, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Guess the world's #1 Test and ODI all-rounder does not meet the selection criteria for this team.

  • on January 3, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Shocking to see Sanga been left out, after all he's only the world's #1 batsman :).

  • on January 3, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    The amount of people commenting here about the ommision of Sangakkara is ridisculous considering his performances within THE LAST YEAR! This is the 2011 TEST XI, not the all-time test XI, not the current-generation test XI, the 2011 test XI. In 2011 Sangakkara's average was 49.23, lower than any of the top 7 in this XI, besides Mohammad Hafeez who Sangakarra couldn't replace as an opener. Of the 4 series' he's played in, in all but one of these series' his average failed to get higher than 45. The series' in 2011 that provided him with 2 out of his 3 hundreds and virtually half of his runs (516 our of 1034) took place in the UAE, one of the less challenging places to make runs in world cricket. You can understand why, for example, Dravid's hundreds in swinging conditions in Endland would be seen to have more value when compiling this list than Sangakkara's runs on flat tracks, the same could be said of KP's runs in similar conditions to Dravid. Sanga has not performed well enough.

  • on January 2, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    Everyone calling for SA players like Amla and Kallis need to remember SA only played 5 tests in 2011. I agree that Sangakarra should be in there.

  • JG2704 on January 2, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    @Posted by dicky_boy on (January 02 2012, 13:35 PM GMT) - Sure , but this is a best of 2011 - The "Teams Of The Year" caption at the top gives it away. Maybe England will get found out in Pak/SL and then India and that will reflect in future end of year debates but why bring stats/form from yesteryear into a team selection purely based on 2011?

  • JG2704 on January 2, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    @5wombats on (January 02 2012, 12:41 PM GMT) I'm guessing KP got in ahead of Trott because he was an ever present member whereas Trott missed a few tests? What I find funny is not the people who are screaming for players who are decent candidates like Y Khan and Sanga , but people who are screaming that players like Hussey and Sachin who have had at best moderate years should get in.

  • on January 2, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    I think that based on match winning status........

  • on January 2, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    Huh let the games begin Sanga all the way

  • on January 2, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    What a joke? World No : 01 batsman with over 56 run average in Tests is not considered even. Highly biased selection.Let them be happy with this at least.No can steal the class and elegance from Sangakkara.

  • on January 2, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    i think the players who are selected are on the basis of their match inning performances rather than just performances thats the only reason i can understand that they haven't picked sanga in the side cause sirilanka only won 1 test in the whole year, but he should have given a spot in the odi side cause of his efforts, he truly is the standout player from me right now along with Kallis who are unique in their class

  • hhillbumper on January 2, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    This team is disgraceful.NO Tendulkar.No Australians. What can this mean? Oh yeah they both had a crap year. Show me an Aussie player worth a place in this team. Haddin could get in for his wicket keeping. I mean come on he is just pure class.The way he moves towards the ball all silky anticipation the sound of the crowd as he drops another ball. The sound of the Aussie fans mashing their keyboards to explain why he should be dropped.

  • on January 2, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    if matt prior can make 519 runs and beat sangakkara who scored 1000 runs. this must be some kind of a joke.... what happen to Hashim Amla ? Amla current form is better than KP for sure!! y is sanga rated as the #1 test batsman if he cant make the world xi ??

  • on January 2, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    good selection but feel sorry for sanga ,kallis

  • on January 2, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    hw can these guys ignore d most reliabl HASHIM AMLA...... team s incomplt wdout that gr8 guy

  • on January 2, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    cricinfo drooling over KP as usual.

  • on January 2, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    One of the very poor team selection, Bcoz, kumar sangakkara who is the no 1 test ranker in the test. but he dosen't selected.

  • H-Shakil on January 2, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Its amazing that names like Sangkara, Trott and Kallis are not in the list. These are unarguably the best cricketing world has to offer.

  • dicky_boy on January 2, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    jg2704 in response to a discussion, I really want to see an all dominating side one that beats everyone every where, have not had one since WI, EVEN AUS STRUGGLED IN INDIA AT THEIR PEAK

  • on January 2, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Do my eyes deceive me? Where is Sachin Tendulkar ? Now i may be a pakistani but sachin should definitely be on here

  • 5wombats on January 2, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    These sorts of lists are designed to set fans at each others throats! - Objective achieved. Not quite sure why Trott isn't in the Test list. Obviously no Australians and only one (worthy) Indian player. The thing is any current England first team player could walk into any team in the world right now, most of our "reserves" would as well. So, it's just a question of which other players from the rest of the world would get into the current England team. The resulting composite Test team is what you see here :-)

  • on January 2, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    It is indeed creditable that Saeed Ajmal made it in both teams. He had an outstanding year and was one of the major reasons for Pakistan's good showing during the year in both these formats.

  • on January 2, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    sanga had a much better year than KP,matt prior and darren bravo.why exactly wasn't he selected. "He still responds best to the biggest challenge, so it was no surprise he didn't fill his boots against Sri Lanka"...what exactly is the writer trying to prove.Sl was much more of a threat to them(par one bad session) than india. besides it's not like they were playing against zimbabwe for him to be so complacent. KP is just over rated. you even missed out on amla and clarke, both had a fabulous year. i wonder what the criteria was for the selection.

  • on January 2, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    No Sachin - No test or one day cricket team - simple!

  • mahjut on January 2, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    they haven't so much selected the team as accumulated the stats!! India's shambles in England means the English team head this. But seriously, Trott doesn't make this list because of his stats yet KP does - abomination! KP never stands up when it really counts - not since his debut innings!!!

  • JG2704 on January 2, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    @Clive_Dunn on (January 01 2012, 17:14 PM GMT) - I'd be shocked if he didn't post something which made little sense

  • JG2704 on January 2, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    @Posted by on (January 01 2012, 16:47 PM GMT) - Didn't see much England bias. The stats are listed with the players. If the compilers were biased towards England they'd surely have found a way of including at least one player in the OD side?

  • JG2704 on January 2, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    @dicky_boy on (January 02 2012, 06:23 AM GMT) what has your post got to do with this particular debate? It is who has performed this year. Next year's team could be totally different

  • JG2704 on January 2, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    @Posted by on (January 02 2012, 06:11 AM GMT) - AB like Sanga does not play WK in tests and is his average etc much better than Prior's for 2011?

  • Rezwan219 on January 2, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan is number 1 Test & ODI all-rounder; however, he is not selected. Very interesting.

  • Salman.Aslam on January 2, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    test team to ha he england ke.

  • Meety on January 2, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    I would of dropped KP for Sanga in the test team.

  • on January 2, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    @ Farooq Siddiqui, yes Mr. cricket genius, stat doesn't mean anything, ranking doesn't mean anything so what does? Please enlighten us. And talking about winning matches, cricket is a game of 11 players and at least 5/6 players have to contribute along with one great player to win matches and if you have followed BD cricket you shud know how many wickets has Shakib missed for his team mates poor fielding and how many times his team left him with a situation like 10/4 or 50/4. Still Shakib has rose up to the situation and almost single handedly took his team to a respectable total. He scored 144 and got 6 wickets in a match still his team lost. That shud give you the idea why Shakib is not being able to win matches despite all his hard work. Hafeez did that for 1 year and you guys are over the board whereas Shakib have been doing it for last 4 years for his team. Stat does matter because that shows how consistent a player is. Shakib isn't holding the #1 alrndr position just like that.

  • on January 2, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    SANGAA & SAKIB... not there???? o no... must be kidding

  • on January 2, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    guess the selectors are from india basically.. poor selection.. when you select the best XI usuall good selecters look at the form and pressure handling.. just dont degrade ur recognition cricinfo...

  • erangaw on January 2, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    is there any SL cricket board member in cricinfo selection panel to omit good player like SANGA?

  • sabir1054 on January 2, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    I think Y Singh should have been replaced by M.Hafeez.

  • on January 2, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    i totally agreed with the team, though taufeeq umer was also a strong candidate for the test opening spot but Cook Rocked with obvious reasons.... Ajmal and Afridi are Proud for Pakistan....May God bless them, and love to see my All time favr8, Dravid the wall, on Number 3 in the test team...

  • on January 2, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    common Lasith , Shaid Afridi & Shaid Ajmal

  • on January 2, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    No 1 test batsman is not in the test team... Cricinfo staffs should not get biased in selections... or if you are really horrid in selections pls refer to some other sites for god sake...

  • on January 2, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Well that is poor selection i have to say.sangakkara deserves a test spot. and hafeez should be in the odi xi instead of test. amla should also be there. yuvraj should be replaced by shakib.

  • BroccoliPower on January 2, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Sangakkara, regardless of weather he keeps wickets or not should be selected on here. Why would you even have to consider his wicket keeping when he is the worlds number one batsmen, period. Leave alone the much flawed ranking systems; his record alone should qualify him into any test team let alone this pathetic excuse of a selection!

    In my opinion Sachin Tendulkar should be in the odi team in place of Shewag. shewag might have done some damage here and there during this year (we r not talking about his potential but about his performance this year!) but he was able to do so freely because Sachin was at the other end rock solid during the odi's therefore he should be in here in place of Shewag. And it is Sachin who bore the brunt of work during the world cup!

    Also trott should have been included in place f either dravid or bravo. When these guys are omitted why would u even start an argument about Sakib ul Hasan lol! These pathetic cricinfo voting is biased than a SLC election lmao!

  • The_boundary_lurker on January 2, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    And the oh so predictable outrage is pouring out in great ill-informed gushes:

    Why isn't Tendulkar in the team? Because he wasn't one of the best batsmen of 2011 Why isn't Sanga in ahead of KP? Because KP has a higher average over fewer tests. Oh, KP's average was distorted by a double century? Good job Sanga doesn't have similar distortion from a double ton. Except that well, he does. And my personal favourite, why wasn't Sanga picked ahead of Matt Prior? Er, I'm pretty sure that Sanga doesn't keep wicket for SL anymore. I would have thought that enraged SL "fans" might possibly have been aware of this.

    Don't let facts get in the way of a good rant eh? Personally I think the Test selection is pretty formidable, although I would have moved Dravid up to open and put Younis Khan in at 3. I might also suggest Chanders or Hussey in for Bravo at 6. But top selections all round.

  • on January 2, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    2011 year was the best for all fans of Cricket.

  • posybeon123 on January 2, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    no SRT????? wat and wat is prior doing??????? jayawardane just for a WC final century.. epic failure

  • dicky_boy on January 2, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    SA,AUS,ENG CANT PLAY IN THE SUBCONTINENT ,SPECIFICALLY INDIA AND SUB CONTINENT TEAMS CAN'T WIN ABROAD PERIOD , BUT INDIA HAS BEATEN ENGLAND HAD AUSTRALIA ON THE MAT IN THE LAST TEST IN 2004 and AGAINST SA THIS YEAR, BUT ALL OUR PLAYERS HAVE BECOME GRANDPAS NOW

  • on January 2, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    i think inclusion of Matt Prior as a test keeper is not a good idea, should have been AB de Villiers instead. Plus Darren Bravo, im not sure he deserves that place as yet! rest of the team looks great

  • on January 2, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Man!!! i cant believe that sanga was not included in any format's best team ..yuvraj singh is no match to sanga in ODI... and yet he is better than all the batsmen included in the best testXI. A truly unjustified selection!!!!

  • shihab37 on January 2, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    where is Shakib???....shocked!!!

  • shihab37 on January 2, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    Where is Sakib?....can't believe it!!!! don't they knew that he is the No.1 all-rounder both in Test & ODI .....

  • stormy16 on January 2, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    I hear the cries for missing Sanga, Kallis and Sachin but I preusme this is a pure statistics based selection and these three simply didnt have the numbers - doesnt mean they are bad or others are better! Its just the numbers for the calendar year. The point here is how misleading stats alone can be - for example would you select Bravo ahead of Sanga, Kallis or Sachin? I dont think I would even chose KP who ended up with a healthy average but there are two double hundreds in there. So on numbres alone you cannot actually dispute this team but that's why teams are no selected on stats alone or else guys like Ponting and Mahela and even Kallis of late, wouldnt play in the tests starting tomorrow.

  • RandyOZ on January 2, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    I am just glad the South African Strauss didn't make it into the team. He is possibly England's worst ever opener.

  • RandyOZ on January 2, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    One of the worst team compilations you could care to imagine. How Watto isn't in both is astounding. Bell, the worst player of spin in England, should be nowhere near this team. The fact KP is in over Kumar is also an absolute joke, as many have mentioned. United XI is probably the most overrated team of all time.

  • on January 2, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    after seeing this team ,i think the jury has no knowledge of cricket..where is SRT,sakib al hasan(allrounder of the year)..nd how can u choose matt prior over kumar sangakkara.....kumar is a real class..nd believe me prior is way behind him..selection of mitchell johnson in odi squad is rediculous..he was hammerd a lot dis year...i dont think thatt hafeez is a proper test batsmen, he lacks class..strauss,sehwag,amla will be the better option...

  • Ahsan_Shere on January 2, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    Younis Khan is better than Kevin Pietersen with 785runs @ 85.5.

  • Ghinva on January 2, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Tremendous year for Cricket Lovers! breath of fresh air.Love and praises for Saeed Ajmal N Shahid Khan Afridi ! It has been "Mr.Almost" year for Mr Sachin tendulkar! no offense obviously,no doubt he is a living legend and and excellent batsman!

  • ste04r on January 2, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    bloomin awful selection, yuvraj singh ???????? what the hell and why is he there he barley played the season, sort out this conspiracy!!!

  • on January 2, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    Shakib doesn't need to get into this crapinfo world XI. Of course you guys are biased and don't want to see anyone from a team like BD but please don't belittle Shakib's achievement, dedication and hard work. The people who says rankings doesn't mean anything when they are arguing about Shakib goes on saying that Kallis was at the #1 position for 10 years or Ajmal is now the #1 bowler atm. That pretty much tells how pathetically biased and ignorant these people are. Give me one name other than Vettori who plays for a team like BD and does all the job (batting, bowling, fielding) for the team while maintaining a top spot at the world ranking for 3 years now in his 6 years of cricket career? It's ok to support your own team and players but you don't have to do that by showing disrespect to other great player's achievement !!

  • ste04r on January 2, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    why oh why is Yuvraj Singh in this list, no need for him to be here, especially as he only contributed to half of the year of 2011. Likewise with Virender Sehwag. I really love these player and have a massive accolade for them. Otherwise all of these players are so deserving of this accolade for 2011. what about Shakib al Hasan in the test team, shane watson in the test team, TENDULKAR in test team?!? a bit of a rough choice cricinfo..... Take care HAPPY NEW YEAR x

  • on January 2, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    NO SHAKIB???! in 2011 in test matches shakib scored 451 runs playing 5 matches at the average of 50.11 nd took 21 wickets..in ODIs he scored 564 runs at the average of 33.17 nd took 25 wickets!!!!!!

  • TendiyaRocks on January 2, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    Shakib sure deserved a spot in the test XI - the guy averages 50+ with the bat and 28 with the ball with 2 5wkt hauls. As for ending up on a losing side - what rubbish - how the heck is it his fault that his team is crap? He plays his heart out and deserves his spot in the XI.

  • subbass on January 2, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    It's unreal how seriously some posters are taking this list. Just enjoy it for what it is(I won't bother explaining as it's painfully abvious) state who you feel should be included but for goodness sake don't get sooooo seething about it.

    I always just find this kind of thing a bit of fun !

  • johnathonjosephs on January 2, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    I must be dreaming. No sangakkara in the Test Team though he is 2nd highest run scorer with centuries in both England/South Africa plus double century in Dubai, but MAhela is included in the ODI Squad? Is it because of his century in the Final? Or is it because the teams are based on players who did well against the Indians? Hmmm....

  • johnathonjosephs on January 2, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    Ian bell easily the best test batsman of 2011, but closely followed by Sanga and Dravid. Sanga scored century in both England/South Africa and made a Double century in Dubai (all away matches) but not in the squad while English only scored in England and Aus? What is this? Or does England + Aus > the rest of the world conditions?

  • steds00 on January 2, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    I'm not sure what matches Front-Foot-Lunge has been watching, but they haven't been the ones where Strauss actually batted. He scored 316 runs @ 28.72 in 2011, without scoring a single hundred. That innings at the Gabba was in 2010.

  • chad_reid on January 2, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    as an Aussie big fan of Pakistan they are my second team big fan of ajmal as well look out England i have a strange feeling we know pak bowls well if their batting click and if they could score faster could be an upset

  • shillingsworth on January 2, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    @szaranger - The Herald XI which you praise is virtually identical to the Cricinfo team. The only changes are Sangakkara and Younis Khan for Hafeez and Dravid. You apparently object in particular to the 'amateurs' at Cricinfo who selected Bravo and yet he is in the Herald XI too. The assertion that the 18 selectors are 'just a bunch of Indians' is gratuitously offensive and not borne out by the facts - just one Indian makes the test XI, whilst 5 in the ODI team is surely to be expected in a year when India won the World Cup (as the article clearly states).

  • Blal on January 2, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    @badalrocks: WC is not the criteria. If that was the case Dilshan deserves to be there since he scored 500 runs in WC.

  • kaushiksrivi on January 2, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    I don't understand why so many people are raising their voice against the number of Indians in the XI. India have definitely not been at their best in Tests recently and that's indicative in the test XI. Only Rahul Dravid features in the test XI and deservedly so. People, don't forget that India are the world champions in 2011 and that definitively has an impact in the ODI XI of the year.

  • jamcnam on January 2, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    @szaranger You slate cricinfo and then provide a link to a "better" selection that has nine of the same players. What a joke. And read the Bravo selection again - he is in because of the runs he scored not because he plays like Lara

  • szaranger on January 2, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    There are better 2011 W XI where Cricinfo can look up to. At least take a leaf out of their book. http://www.theage.com.au/photogallery/sport/cricket/the-heralds-world-xi-for-2011-20120101-1pgub.html

  • szaranger on January 2, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    Darren Bravo is selected because he's got such similarities to Brian Lara...? what a bunch of amateurs... who employed these people ??

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 2, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    Anderson is of course rightly in the side as his form and ability have proved, certainly so in the last two years. Hafeez should've been swapped with Strauss, who, like so many England batsmen this year has hit some beautiful innings, that hundred at the Gabba was one of the best by an England captain.

  • badalrocks on January 2, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    Why is Sachin Tendulkar not a part of ODI team? He was the 2nd highest scorer in WC. 482 runs with an average of 53.55 at a strike rate of 91.98

  • szaranger on January 2, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    This is the worst selection I have ever seen. This makes perfect sense that Cricinfo can't be taken seriosuly and those who voted are just a bunch of Indians.

  • on January 1, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    This is a Joke. First number one test player couldn't find a place in the world test eleven , there is some thing really wrong in this selection.

  • Drew2 on January 1, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    @rana2000 - give it a rest. Once again it comes back to certain Indians thinking that Indian pitches decide who is the premier team. Amazingly there are 9 other Test palying nations and India rarely seem to win on abroad except in Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. More importantly, England are clearly a better Test side than India in recent times. Maybe that's why the Test team has so many Englishmen.

  • on January 1, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    disagree! without even going to stats, names pops up to mind are sanga, amla, shakib! why mitchel johnson? hafeez becoming a warrior but probably far from being best of 2011. Yuvraj is a unfulfilled talent forever. Despite a great show in wc, he also probably does not feature in best 11!!!

  • Desihungama on January 1, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    M. Hafeez won 10 Man of the Match awards in 2011. That's more then any other player.

  • on January 1, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    No offense to BD fans, but I am yet to see Shakib being able to win any match against a good side single handedly, yet u see afridi won 2 matches single handidly against SL for Pakistan.

  • Masking_Tape on January 1, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    @ Farooq Siddiqui, I don't know what grade you are in, but even if you are in the 3rd grade, you should be smart enough to know this WHOLE thing IS based on STATS. That's why next to every players' name they included their STATS to show why they are there. And yet you are saying "stats not everything" lol

    And cricket is a team sports, you can't blame Shakib al Hasan for Bangladesh's inability to win matches. How is he suppose to win a test match single handily? But he is trying, he is scoring the runs AND picking up the wickets. i.e World's No. ONE ALR in BOTH from of the game.

    /END

  • Lmaotsetung on January 1, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    @rana2000 - please go lookup England tour to India 2008...yes they got trashed in the ODI then but please do me a favor and check the 2-test series after the Mumbai attack. Please go check the Mumbai test in particular. If I remember correctly, it took a flying start from Sehwag (plenty of ball in the air but failed to go to hands) and a winning knock from Tendulkar to chase down that score...this from an England team that was supposedly in crisis (KP-Peter Moores debacle). Well see this time next year...England tours India in 2012.

  • on January 1, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    in odi sakib is better thn afridi and yuvi to b honest and in test sakib is better thn hafeez and ajmal.....hu should b in d squad!

  • on January 1, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    NO SHAKIB AL HASAAN??? He is the NO 1 test and ODI allrounder...what more can you want.

  • KingOwl on January 1, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    This team full of Englishmen will have to hope that they never get to play on tough spinning wickets. Otherwise, they would be hammered - whether in tests or one dayers - just like what happened to them in the one day series in India.

  • on January 1, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    No Sachin ... Big Joke ...

  • on January 1, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    Ridiculous XI. Shakib Al Hassan scored 564 runs and got 25 wickets in ODI and way more effective than Shahid Afridi.

  • on January 1, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    @SangakaraFan, if you dont know about hafeez , then dude, u really need to follow some cricket. Dont comment until u dont have proper knowledge about something or someone. ppl who have selected hafeez in the world test 11 are not idiots anyways. You'll get to know more about him wen he il be nominated as the cricketer of the year. Hafeez has won so many matches for his team this year unlike your Sangakkara mr. SangakkarFan!!! N ppl stop fighting over Shakib Al Hasan alraedy!!! He doent know how to win matches for his team. stats dont suggest everything.

  • Amazingarifs on January 1, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Both the team looks spot on... The only change wud have been possible is replacing Hafeez with a more prolific run scorer. But I guess apart from Cook, all other openers have failed even to achieve an average of 40.00. In that scenario Hafeez becomes an obvious choice. But as an Indian Fan its disappointing to c only Rahul Dravid in the team but there in nothing much done by other players. lets hope the coming year will C India performing good, specially in Fast bowling department. Its nice to C Kohli there, I m sure he will be there in next years Test team. Best of luck Team India.

  • on January 1, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    this must be the most ridiculous joke ever! the 2nd and 3rf leading international wicket takers for the year were devendra bishoo (who also got icc emerging player award) and ravindranath rampaul- yet none of them are in either test or ODI team. shakib al hasan is the no.1 all rounder in test and odi and he is not even here either.. this team is full of bias and unfairness. it seems like weaker teams such as west indies, bang, etc are not even included despite having some star players.

  • Blal on January 1, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    @Sam_m: My apology to Andrew and Cricinfo. It has actually been mentioned within the articles also...I failed to see that...

  • Blal on January 1, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    @Sam_m: Right, but thereare hundreds and thousands of newspapers and publications who publish stories from CricInfo as it is but hardly any of them publish the picture. I would still say that within the article itself it shoud have been mentioned that Ajmal is the only player to have featured in both the XIs...

  • on January 1, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    I think Sakib AL Hasan is a better option for ODI instead of Yuuraj Singh. Sakib is a consistent performer over the year.....

  • sam_m on January 1, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    @Blal, the significance of Ajmal being included in both sides is clearly mentioned in the caption under his photo.

  • dalersinghazrot on January 1, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    over all both team are better every player is good. someone wrote that yuvi didn't deserve this place but they chose the player after watching his performance. after WC he didn't play too much cricket. everybody knows that yuvi is the backbone of Indian cricket team. he is theman of the tournament in WC.

  • on January 1, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    @Cameron Skirving ashes is history nw, its been an year nw.. Hafeez played very well through out 2011.. he deserves it..

  • Blal on January 1, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    How come Andrew failed to give prominence to the fact that Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan is the only player to have featured in both the XIs. That's an achievement and must have been mentioned by the writer.

  • spiritwithin on January 1, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    those who r saying that Sangakarra should have been there since he scored big runs in Eng & SA should check his stats there in 2011,he scored just 184runs in Eng from 6innings at an average of 30,in SA he scored just 111 from four innings at an average of 27,dont think these r good enough stats to warrant a place for him in the world XI,infact even sachin who's said to be struggling so much still averaged around 34 in Eng and in SA played one tests in 2011 scoring a century,in aus he played one tests and scored 73 & 32 (second highest runs from both sides),so if sachin is not there in XI there's no chance that sanga sud be there...the players choosen in XI is fair enough except for Yuvraj who havent done anything except in WC

  • on January 1, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Take out Haveez for Strauss, he had a fantastic Ashes campagn for England, apart from that, I think it is all spot on. Not everyone is going to agree though lol

  • on January 1, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Fair enough decision for these elevens but people focusing on tendulkar should be aware that he is best in his era but not this year. Hope for his next good year and I hope India's Umesh Yadav will be there in test 11 next year

  • on January 1, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    We love Pakistan cricket, also love Boom Boommmmmmmm AFRIDI.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on January 1, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    For the TEST team, the ONLY change would be Sanga for KP. Sorry for Sahkib but for the sake of balance, he has to sit out since there is already Ajmal and Hafeez spinning. The most he could do is play in place of Bravo and that is a bit unfair to Bravo for he looks a more complete batsman.

  • on January 1, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    Where is Sangakara?He is good test player.

  • on January 1, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    @rana2000 Why should a year's test XI have to include the world number 1? Those rankings are based on a combination of overall career performance and performances from the last 2 years. The primary factor being taken into consideration here is how well have the players performanced in the last year. Not the last 2! Sangakkara does not deserve to be in the team when the relevant information is compared with the players chosen here.

  • sk_line on January 1, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    where is sangakkara the number one batsman in tests?

  • on January 1, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    The list has lost its credit in large with some intentional and biased omissions. Shakib is the No 1 all-rounder in both forms of the game. Okay I understand why he is not there... because this XI is some Freak picked, one eyed and partial.

  • on January 1, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    as shakib is the no. 1 all-rounder in both test n odi.. he should definitely be in the team instead of yuvraj or afridi in ODI XI.. nywz bad luk...

  • on January 1, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    the best allrounder of the current ranking is nowhere among the teams! It seems there are some very intelligent selectors of world cricket.. Thank god..there are no other species in the world instead of human...We would definitely lost with these selectors!!

  • aadi1986 on January 1, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    This is by me, from an INDIAN point of view. Neighbors producing talent at will is seriously heartening. Herath, Welagedara, Kulashekara if selected will give SA run for their money. Cheema, Gul and Ajmal will make England work. Well I still hope Varun aaron get fit and fine, aided by Dinda. Tests:1.Cook, 2.Hafeez, 3.Dravid, 4.Sangakarra, 5.Kallis, 6.Prior, 7.Bresnan/ Philander 8. Steyn, 9. Anderson, 10. Ajmal, 11.Cheema/Broad/Swan, 12th man: Hate to say this if TROT could open. Well choices for the other spots left by England : Amla, Watson, Bell, Hussey, Shakib, Younis. ODIs: 1. Amla, 2.Watson, 3.Kohli, 4. Mahela, 5. Yuvraj, 6. Dhoni, 7. Afridi, 8. Vettori/Shakib, 9. Malinga, 10. Ajmal, 11. Steyn/Gul/Zaheer, 12th man: Well in case Watson is Injured Sehwag

    No fav's for me here, But zaheer was out of action for most of the year due to injury, Sehwag fired only twice just twice, Tendulkar has not played odi's since WC11, how much i wanted hussey in this :( .

  • KushanS on January 1, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Omitting Sanga from the test squad is the joke of the year......He is No 1 in batsman rankings for a reason..And not Having Amla as an opener is another joke. We dont need part timers in a test team.if the mentioned 4 bowlers are not good enough how can a part timer be...... leave Hafeez and Amla should be added...

  • on January 1, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    What a rubbish. Out of sehwag 645 he scored 219 and 175 on two occasions. Thats is he scored scored round about 400 out of 645 in two matches. This is injustice with Muhammad Hafeez. Round about 1075 runs and 32 wickets arent enough???????????????

  • on January 1, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Actually what is Going On!!!!!!! No Sakib, Sangakara and Amla, How Zahir kahn select for ODI bowler where is ABDE Villiers for ODI, what is Mahela performance for ODI, how Yuvoraj Sing is there where Sakib should be ,,,, Sewag is not the Test opener how funny is that, Sangakara is not selected for but Matt prior Sakib is left armer spiner and best all rounder in the world there is no legy in squad...................thats the Huge jokes with the fan who watch cricket from all corner of the world,,,,,

  • ramz_01 on January 1, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Im a SL fan.bt cricinfo has to justify dis selection.im nt taking awey da talent of bravo bt i dnt knw wt s he s dng here.no 1 rank bat nt nly that sanga scored runs in england nd south africa too.if leave out a player who avarage 70s as a batter(dis avarage 2nd nly to sir donald braman) u dng a biggest mistake nd ad to dat i dunno y amla nt there as well.

  • qasim.haider1 on January 1, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    one innings of 219 gets Sewag in..what a joke.........instead hafeez should be included as he can bowl too.......yuvraj singh and zaheer khan should be replaced by shakib ul hassan and umer gul as this is the one day eleven for the entire year not just the world cupand the latter have performed well through-out the year

  • on January 1, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    6 england batsman alone have a better average this year than Sanga and 17 total who have played more than one test this year.

  • on January 1, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    common guys...where is shakib al hasan????? he deserves a place ...and no sangakara...well thats a complete shock

  • on January 1, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    The icc rankings are not just based on this year so should be irrelevant in discussing the best side of 2011. If you were picking the best players in the world you choose Sanga if you are picking the players who have had the best year he doesn't get in. If the ICC had a rankings based on just this year Sanga would not be in the top 5

  • on January 1, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    I suppose u cannot pick a world 11 without controversy. H/ever it pains me to know that there is one player who would been selected in both the test team & the ODI team, & that player is Chris Gayle(WI), had all things been in order. But they r not, how sad.

  • Charindra on January 1, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Ok wait a minute... No Sangakkara???? Is this a joke? If it is, I'm having a sense of humour failure.

  • on January 1, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Guess Rohit & Shakib just missed the bus.

  • on January 1, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    saeed ajmal should be player of the year

  • JG2704 on January 1, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    I do love it when fans boo because a player who represents their nation is not in the side. All it is is opinion of the ESPN staff. As an England fan I applaud the fact that there are so many England players in there. MAW71 on (January 01 2012, 13:24 PM GMT) disputed Broad and Prior's place in the side - why? And then you say that Hussey and Tendulkar should be in - again why? Even alot of the Oz fans said that Hussey/Ponting should be dropped prior to the last test. Surely if his selection does not meet unanimous approval in his own country then how does he get in a world XI? ST has had a fairly mediocre year by his standards. This is surely a side based on achievement in 2011 and has nothing to do with past form.

  • JG2704 on January 1, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    Re Sanga's omission , please read the below's comms esp the fact that he does not keep wicket in tests (if we're saying he should be in instead of Prior) Optic on (January 01 2012, 07:13 AM GMT) charlesandrewbudge on (January 01 2012, 16:43 PM GMT) Out of interest , why is it that KP should be outed? He has a much better average than Bravo. Also re Younis Khan's omission - Yes his average is better than KP's but maybe the team thought that it was against weaker bowling?

  • JG2704 on January 1, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    @Captain_Oblivious on (January 01 2012, 07:41 AM GMT) - You say not enough Indians in there - who should be in there who isn't ? India have not had a decent year at all. Saying English conditions don't count is about as xenophobic as you can get. Even if you took that series away they've not exactly taken the test scene by storm - or do Australian conditions not count either? There are no English in the OD XI because this reflects how they have performed this year in that format. That is why there is only one Indian in their test XI

  • on January 1, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    well done saeed ajmal on being selected for both ODI and test team...hard work pays off !!!!!!!

  • SangakaraFan on January 1, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    M.Hafeez??? Does anybody know where he came from?? I had to read to see who he is and he's in Test 11...THAT'S A JOKE..just because he scored against Bangladesh & Zimbabwe on flat tracks, you can't just put any tom,dick & harry in a WORLD TEST 11.

  • on January 1, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    A good selection. Ajmal deserves to be chosen ahead of Swann on the basis of last year's figures, but let us not forget that Swann's relatively unproductive year is largely down to his being rarely needed over the summer. On the rare occasion that he was needed, at the Oval, he did the business. And the only reason that Bresnan isn't on the list is because he can't always get a game with so many excellent contenders for the England side at the moment. Let's face it, you could pick two best teams in the world from England players at the moment, and there would still be daylight between them and the next team. Sangakkara? Shakib? Don't make me laugh.

  • on January 1, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    what happened to hashim amla and kallis? one of the best all rounder ive ever seen. allso probbaly the best opening batsman last year is amla?

  • allangerrard on January 1, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Test team looks to be in a good shape more than the odi...a fantastic year for cric it was

  • woodhaven on January 1, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    without shakib al hasan there is no world XI--- he should be in both format top XI. the guy is Number #1 allrounder in test and ODI and number #7 bowler in both test and ODI. its a joke Xi without him

  • on January 1, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    happy that pakistani players are included in the teams..............but sad for sanga and shakib...............both are really good players......................

  • on January 1, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    with more than 50 wickets haul in 2011, Saeed Ajmal, the most lethal off spinner in all formats of cricket, is the best choice over G.Swan. Afridi is another good choice. But I believe Instead of Dravid in Test XI, there should be Sachin n Instead of Yuvi, there should be Shakib-ul-hassan of Bangladesh....

  • galeeb on January 1, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    I think this is not fare in case of choosing Cricinfo XI for Test & Oneday What about the no.1 allrounder of the world Shakib-Al-Hasan???????????????

  • Choudury on January 1, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    What a joke! Shakib should be in both teams. All the more so because he is from a weaker team. Players form a stronger team get the extra support on their performance.

  • on January 1, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    lol a consistent performer in test like sanga is not in the test team... what a joke... and theres no sachin,amla,kallis and trott...

  • DesiCricketfan on January 1, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Why KP, sanga/amla is much better than KP, steyn much better than Mitchell johnson or Jimmy Anderson

  • KingOwl on January 1, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Mikey Porter - any test team without the current #1 player in the world is a joke - That is why Sanga should be in the team. And based on the Summer's test reporting, we all know that McGlashan is a joker. So, I expected nothing more!

  • maddy20 on January 1, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    @Mian Adil Farooz No Zaheer? Are you kidding me? The man bowls like a champ even though the conditions are not favourable to fast bowling in places like India. He is particularly lethal vs left-handers and with the older ball, traits which are crucial in the closing stages of a game. And Umer Gul got smacked for 20 runs in an over by Sehwag. You can watch the highlights on youtube!

  • mithunsaha on January 1, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    I am surprised that there should have Shakib-al-Hasan. As he is no. 1 all rounder in the world and very very handy in any type of cricket.

  • Clive_Dunn on January 1, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    As has already been said, Sanga doesn't keep wicket in tests and so can't be considered for the Test XI as a keeper. I'm also shocked that Jonesy ( well I suppose it is Jonesy so not that shocked really ) is calling for Hussey to be included. He's averaged 42 for the year, and most of them came on flat Sri Lankan pitches. He can still play against spin but Mr Cricket looks more like Mr Fiddle outside the off stump when facing pace.

  • on January 1, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    ajmal should be a cricket of the year he perform all format even in t20..

  • on January 1, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    many people saying yuvi and kholi should be there why wc is a big event and special performances should be applauded so yuvi deserves spot and kholi is highest run getter should be there i have a problem with sehwag what has he done to be there just a 175 and 219 just two big knocs rest all were less than 50 gambhir should have been there he had 4 50s in wc with the all imp 97 in final + 2 against eng in india and 1 against WI and what has haffez done to be in squad just centuries against weak teams he was horrible against sri sanga should have been there in place of kevin pietersen . ENG dominace will end this year when PAK SRI AND IND EXPOSE THEM IN SUBCONTINENT . cricinfo you should name captains too my captain for odi team will be dhoni and test team there isnt any captain maybe it will have to be cook or dravid publish please

  • on January 1, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Sanga nowhere!!! I am happy that there are Pakistanis... but really sad for Sanga... i am his big fan

  • on January 1, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    These are pretty good teams but the response to them in this comment section is ludicrous The biggest complaint seems to be that Sanga should be the keeper ahead of prior Which is a joke on two fronts Firstly Sanga hasn't kept all year and has averaged 49 with 4 centuries whereas prior has averaged 64 with 3 Even if you argue for Sanga being a better option over a career he only averages a tick over 40 as a keeper and prior averages 44 Sanga is a great batsman but he has averaged less than every batsman on this list apart from Hafeez the allrounder this year. To claim he should be in the test team has very little backing it up. He is icc no1 because of his career not just this year Rant over

  • on January 1, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Quelle surprise ! No English bias or love inn here is there ? Sangakara not in the team ? Shows how Andrew Mc is clearly not on best form, reminds me of Wisden too. This gargantuan ommission keeps the them and us divide in cricket well & truly alive. Yes I'm very disgruntled because it's not the first time I've read glaring inconsistency here.

  • charlesandrewbudge on January 1, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    People complaining about Prior's selection as wicketkeeper ahead of Sangakkara is laughable. Sangakkara hasn't kept wicket in a test match for almost four years, and has a vastly superior record when playing as a specialist batsman. There are very few wicketkeeper-batsmen in test match cricket who compare to Prior with regards to all-round ability both with the bat and behind the stumps.

  • on January 1, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    im glade to see SAEED AJMAL in both odi & test teams. he is unique in this quality.

  • Valavan on January 1, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    @ALL, what is this fiasco about sangakkara and Matt prior, is Sangakkara is a specialist keeper in tests now. Prior is right choice, How come Hussey replace Broad. Does Hussey bowl Fast. cricinfo please publish

  • on January 1, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    in ODI no need Yuvraj and zaheer, in Test sanga must be in

  • on January 1, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    No need of Zaheer Khan in the ODI Squad. Umer Gul is a much better choice.

  • sriuma on January 1, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    good selection,but i feel Hashim Amla is the best no.3 test batsman in the world at present.so he deserves more than KP in the squad in ODI in place of M.jhonsan , boug bollinger should come in

  • on January 1, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Worlds No 1 ranked player not in the XI...is it funny ??? couldn't understand whats d base behind selection ???? Kumar Sangakkara is the best test batsman ever produced in the game..No 1 ranked and the best averaged among current players.....

  • madraskings on January 1, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    I am surpised to see the statement "Anderson pushed Steyn to be the leading quick in the world is the highest compliment that can be paid. " .Anderson is very oridnary bowler and relies completely on the condtions.We all know what happened to him in WC2011.He can bowl well only if the conditions are conducive for swing bowling.

  • on January 1, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    really,an awesome team....indomitable....

  • on January 1, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Too many Indian's just because they won the world cup. Hafeez should have also qualified for the ODI 11

  • agam99 on January 1, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Quite fair XIs...Goes on to show how England and India dominated Tests & ODIs respectively with ease.

  • Romenevans on January 1, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Test = England | ODI = India | T20 = Any Team On Their Day!

  • ryzers on January 1, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Hi MENSAN....the only reason Sachin Tendulkar's name is not there that he didn't play ODIs apart from the world cup...pls mind it....

  • johnathonjosephs on January 1, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Replace Jayawardene with Trott or Sangakkara and Sehwag with Dilshan/Tharanga and you probably have one of the best all time ODI teams since McGrath retired

  • mrhamilton on January 1, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    rakim i wouldnt include umer gul, what the hell has happened to his reverse swing yorkers? he is a player in decline. Hafeez shouldnt be in first test 11, he made 43 average against very weak opposition.

  • on January 1, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    No Sangakkara or Amla in any eleven.......utter rubbish :(

  • on January 1, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    wat is thi s ? a big joke?the best batsmen,who just scored a match winning century in durban,sangakkra ,not in test 11? cricinfo publish this..sanga is the best

  • vajira12 on January 1, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    tragic list ....Absence of Sangakkara annd Amla needs explanations.

  • on January 1, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    this list is a joke since test number one batman kumar sangakkara is not there

  • on January 1, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    sanga shold be in both teams,without him this is jst a joke XD

  • on January 1, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    i dnt no y ppl r so jealous of indian players being included in d odi n test side...its a know n undeniable fact tendulkar is one of d best batsmen in d world..V dnt care if he is not included in d sides...he is already in hearts of millions and millions of cricket fans all over d world....

  • tristan837 on January 1, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    Very interesting to see that the one-day team is dominated by sub-continent players 9:2.... it shows that the sri lanka, india and pakistan made full advantage of the world cup being set there !

  • on January 1, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    de villiers and amla are not even in the picture??!! strange..

  • on January 1, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Finally, No Tendulkar, AWESOME , LOVE IT !!!

  • on January 1, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    need shakib al hasan somewhere in there

  • on January 1, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Sanga should hv been picked for the test squad..

  • munyapachiz on January 1, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    I am zimbabwean fun and l think Brandon Taylor deserves to be in the one day team of the year, he played fewer matches than most of the guys up there (17ins,743, 49.53 AV, 86 SR). What a year he had, he had the best and consinsent batting perfomance in 2011.

  • serious-am-i on January 1, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Sangakkara not being selected as keeper in Tests is reasonable as he doesn't keep in the test matches but he should have been selected ahead of KP. @Al_Pinto : Yuvraj was good in WC, that's the reason he's in the squad. Mind u he took wickets as well. Yuvraj has no place in test team, for now his ODI place in secure if he is back to fitness.

  • mensan on January 1, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    I am glad the teams selected on merit. Thats why Tendulkar is not there. I know Indians are annoyed because they would like to see Tendulkar's name in every XI. But in reality he did not deserve to be there.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 1, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    @QUINTUS _DIAS 191 . IN YOUR ODI TEAM NO INDIAN MEMBER IS PRESENT NOT EVEN KOHLI THE HIGHEST RUN GETTER IN ODIS OR ZAHEER WHO WAS THE LEADING HIGHEST WKT TAKER WITH AFRIDI . I SALUTE YOUR ANIT INDIAN SPIRIT .

  • Rakim on January 1, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Nice teams. I would go with Umar Gul over Zaheer Khan in ODI teams tho. Kumar Sangakarra instead of Rahul in test side would be interesting too

  • on January 1, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Hafeez n Sangakara should have a part of Odi n Test team respectively.

  • on January 1, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    While I agree with most of the selection, it is strange that Sangakara is not even in the running. It is strange how perfect performance of the no.1 ranking batsman is not in the test team..............

  • Sinhaya on January 1, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Utterly ludicrous that Sangakkara is not included!

  • Sano27 on January 1, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Mohd. Hafeez to open along with Alistair Cook...oh dats ridiculous....Hafeez is a better allrounder who can open the innings...but i dont think we can consider him as a genuine opener...this guy played most of his matches in 2011 against minnows like Zimbawe & Bangladesh....i dont think thats a good pick...also bit surprised with the exclusion of Sangakkara & Philander in tests...Shakib Al Hassan needs a place in ODI format...

  • on January 1, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    % INDIAN player in ODI World Side its half INDIAN side;)

  • on January 1, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    well, selected team is good, but YOUNUS KHAN in his current batting and fielding form is the automatic choice for any playing eleven be it test cricket of ODI , see his records in 2011 and situational runs scoring and then consider him,

  • KHAANZ on January 1, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    @all ok guys i`m not a big fan of ODIs so let me talk anout tests here, i agree selection is good, but now see my 11 and tell me if we are goin to have a match against this cricinfo11 vs my team, tellme who will win.... 1.hashim amla 2.ab de villars 3. sachin 4. sangakkara 5.Vvs laxman 6.younis khan .7 kallis 8.vittori 9. pattinson 10.philander 11.zaheer khan have a look guys, thus this team contain 7 batsman, 2 all rounders, 4 pacers and 1 spinner...... i bet my team will beat this cricinfo11....

  • Mr.cricxpert on January 1, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    aaaann......TEST X1 is just ENGLAND11

  • on January 1, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    not having sangakara in test squad is a joke i agree

  • on January 1, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    It's stupid to leave out Sangakkara! He should be in both the ODI and the Test teams! Very stupid selection this!

  • yasasm on January 1, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    No Sanga!! The no 1. test batsman and ICC ODI cricketer of the year. This is some kind of a joke. He is from a team that had a poor run during the yar except for the world cup. I think it is even more diff to perform well when the team is doing badly than when the team is winning and moral is high.

  • on January 1, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    it feels so proud to see LaLA and Saeeda in the ODI n TEST Teams !! Pakistan Zindabad ! keep ur the good work guys !!

  • pxm1969 on January 1, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    I'm and England fan and I'm pleased to see Matt Prior finally recognised as the best wicketkeeper batsman in test cricket. I would definitely have picked Kumar Sangakkara ahead of Pietersen though. Anyone who scores over 1000 test runs and four centuries in a year must surely make the team. Pietersen was inconsistent in 2011 - he scored half of all his test runs in two innings.

  • on January 1, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    great team...missing m.hafeez in the odi's because of his great run in the odi's as well welldone saeed ajmal welldone shahid afridi both pakistan's hero

  • longlivewoodoo on January 1, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Fair enough. Common guys grow up. This selection is not about who is better player than whom or about icc ranking or maintaing a place in squad now . It's about performance in 2011. So stop doing why this and why not that. There is always will be a selection on edge of few players.

  • on January 1, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    Not having Sangakkara in the test XI is indeed a big joke? would love to know the excuses on why he was excluded

  • Al_Pinto on January 1, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Matt Prior better than Kumar Sangakara in the Test squad - don't think so. There's got to be a better player than Yuvraj Singh in the ODI squad. He doesn't even make the Indian team. Why not Trott - the second highest run-getter?

  • on January 1, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    haffezz mainly played in subcontinent and averages 40 against weaker team hmmm poor selection pakistan this year played against weak team that too mainly in asia reality check will bein 2012 for pakistan average medium pacera bowling at 135 132 no hope and they have got good spinner ajmal not sure of haffez against good teams

  • on January 1, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Im am appauled that Sangakarra is not in the test side this is truly a joke, Sanga by far the most consistent player and the only player to fight against almost every test side.

  • on January 1, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Shakib is a great player. Formerly the best ODI player inthe world, now the best test allrounder in the world. That's consistency. Bangladesh players should try and play in English county cricket like Shakib has done for a couple of years. It seems to be a great finishing school for talent, and we'd love to see Tamin and some of the better batters and spinners over here.

  • on January 1, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    @ozobozo i don' t think southampton or durban in subcontinent .& England & South Africa not weaker teams.

  • on January 1, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Hafeez should have been included in the ODI Team too . He's the second Ranked bowler in the world . And no Sangakara in the Test team ? Are you kidding me ?

  • on January 1, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    This is really stupid.. Why people are wasting time for this selection?

  • on January 1, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    No Tendulkar, Ponting, Sangakkara? What Rubbish!

  • on January 1, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Shakib played 5 test, scored 451 runs with an average of 50.11. He also took 21 wickets as well, Why he is not in the Test 11 ? what about sangakkara? It's a really joke... The selection panel always want to select players from india & England. Ya,Both the team have quality palyers. But the panel should be neutral to select palyers. To CHAPTHISHOT, Chanderpall won ICC player of the year in2008 with out any success of his team westindies.

  • MAW71 on January 1, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    This is a joke, right??? Matt Prior & Broad in the test XI ??? Where is Tendulkar, Hussey and Sangakkara??

  • allblue on January 1, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Ha! England have six in the Test side and none in the ODI side - and you can't really argue with that! It is strange the disparity between their performance in the two formats, especially as they keep winning T20s! Whereas the Test team is very settled - there's not much debate about the top order and the quicks can rotate as they are such a strong group, but in the ODI we still don't know who to open, who to keep wicket and so on. As an England fan I'm not too bothered by this, obviously I'd like to see us do better in the shorter game (although to be fair the home record over the last couple of years is pretty good) but as with many over here we do place much more importance on the Test side, and that does seem to work it's way through to the results of the ODI side. You'd probably need a sociologist to work out why though!

  • AidanFX on January 1, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Can't argue with the Eng players making most of the Test line up - The fact people are arguing that Peterson's spot should not have been at the expense of Trott says something of their depth and dominance this yr. I must admit I feel as though Trott was unlucky to miss out. Guess the amount of Indian players in the One Day team is justified by their world cup; so fair enough. Apart from the disappointing WC campaign I would actually say Aus were the better one Day team through the yr as a whole but it is the WC that counts and India won that - not surprising SL players feature there too.

  • on January 1, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Who is no. 1 all-rounder in cricket world?

  • on January 1, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    so the current number one batsman in test cricket, as per ICC rankings is missing.. so the ICC ranking is flawed!! atrocious!!

  • on January 1, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    2012 begins with a big joke... Without no 1 batsman there's a test team... If no 1 can not get a opportunity in the team.. Who else can?

  • on January 1, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    I think people have to stop giving knee-jerk reactions to this list and should understand why certain players have been ommited. A lot of questions have been raised as to why Shakib has not been included in either side. He has not been chosen for the test XI as they are obviously going for a four man bowling attack. So it makes sense they would include the superior spinner of Adjmal insteaad of a less who spinner who can bat. Whilst with the ODI XI they are obviously going for two spinners. Shakib may be rated as the best all rounder but Afridi and Ajmal are better spinners whilst Afridi still gives something for the bat. I cannot however think of an explanation to explainy Sangekarra has not ben included....

  • on January 1, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    interesting to see Sakib Al Hasan didn't get a place in either of the side being no 1 in both the formats.

  • RNikh on January 1, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    As good as it can get, if you had to choose 1 between dravid and sangakkara for no.3 it had to be dravid... Good teams!

  • on January 1, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Fair selection with a few exceptions; Yuvraj & Kohli dont derserve space anywhere. I would like to see Hashim Amla & Sangakara in the teams. Great to see Pak players in both teams, Pak cricket is having great time and sure they'll give tough to England. Go Pak Go.

  • lifesapitch on January 1, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Matthew Orior best wicketkeeper bastman in the world ahead of Kumar Sangakarra? Now doesn't this smack of typical English blindness towards talent in the rest of the world!

  • on January 1, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    It is FUNNY, & i repeat again FUNNY, not seeing the top allrounder of test & ODI cricket not in any of the team!! This selection has no credibility to mass people.

  • AsadCricFan on January 1, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Good teams but definitely surprised not to see Sanga in the test XI

  • on January 1, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Johan Botha should have been included in the World ODI squad in the place of either L. Malinga or M. Johnson. J. Botha is an unrecognized match winner, perhaps only slightly behind Afridi and Ajmal (overall), but with regard to batting consistency he is better than both. M. Johnson might be a slightly better batsman than Botha, but the latter is a far superior ODI bowler. I will also be very surprised if both Botha's ODI bowling and batting averages are not better than that of L. Malinga.

  • on January 1, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Absolute joke,,Sanga is the ICC`s no 1 batsman..Highest run getter odi + test + T20 combined,only batsman to score 100 in both formats !

  • ChrisCole43 on January 1, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    What is this obsession with people picking Kumar Sangakkara as the wicket keeper in these World X1s? when he hasn't done the job since 2006 (I think).

    Predictable responses because Sachin wasn't included I see.

  • gunnerr4life on January 1, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Omission of Hashim Amla is as surprising as the omission of Sangakara ! ! ! I would not include Darren Bravo in this list ( though he's an exceptional talent ) ...

  • Stark62 on January 1, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    How did Bravo get ahead of Sanga in the Test 11?

    The first name in that middle order of the Test 11 should have been Sanga's name plus, Younis Khan had a case with an average of 85.00 with 765 runs scored.

  • on January 1, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    no Srt .:( England players deserved Place there.

  • umairasgharbutt on January 1, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Pakistan always produce quality bowlers !!

  • Shah-Ji on January 1, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Missing Younus,Misbah,Shakib,Sanga,

  • BoonBoom on January 1, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Generally the selection reflects good performers in 2011. Good job done by cricinfo staffers except inclusion of Zaheer Khan..... There were many who did better than him.

  • Jaggadaaku on January 1, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    I am not surprised, Tendulkar is not in any team of both format-Tests and ODIs. Because the author already included the players with their numbers of averages and statistics. Tendulkar used to the step-father of cricket, but now he is history for that position. And i am sure he will be nothing to remember when he would blast his 100th ton because I am sure the100th ton wouldn't come pretty soon. And these days, there is myth-"If Sachin blasts century, India lose the match." When other people was saying about the pitches in India are flat-track, and Indian batsmen only play well on those flat-track pitches, I was always get angry. But now there is an evidence. Indian batsmen couldn't play well in England, nor they are playing well in Australia in current series. Last years England series reminded me of 1940s-1950s Indian team when team-India wasn't winning any matches. I am still afraid, in current series, some main Indian PLAYERS would go back to India giving fake reason as "INJURED"

  • bishalbhandari on January 1, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    Where is no 1 all rounder SAKIB UL HASAN, TENDULKAR, KAllIS, AMLA, ?????????????????????????????????

  • on January 1, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    and what the hell is Virender Sehwag doing in ODI XI?? just 2 innings 175 vs Bangla and 219 vs W.Ind put him in XI... so wat about Mohammad Hafeez in ODI XI with 1000 runs & 30 wkts (the only feat by any ODI player this year)

  • on January 1, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Where's Sangakkara??? :O :O

  • reeja on January 1, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    who are the members of panel..... please name them

  • Herath-UK on January 1, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    One of the best Test matches in the year,if not for sometime is Sri Lanka's win at Durban turning the tables no one expected.Sanga's century in ideal fast bowling conditions worth gold in comparison to others and he is number one batsman by a long mile. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Quintus_Dias191 on January 1, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    if i have selected then my team will look like ODI TEAM:chris gayle,shane watson,hashim amla,kumar sangakkara,ab de villiers,kevin pietersen,umar akmal,johan botha,dale steyn,jimmy anderson,mitchell johnson.TEST TEAM:hashim amla,shane watson,jacques kallis,ricky ponting,kumar sangakkara,jonathan trott,darren bravo,saeed ajmal,dale steyn,jimmy anderson,mitchell johnson.

  • OhhhMattyMatty on January 1, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Finally Matt Prior is recognised as the best Test keeper in the world. The ICC's embarrassing choice of Sangakarra and the omission of Prior has made their future Team of the Year selections void.

  • on January 1, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    ODI cricket is played outside Asia and Australia believe it or not

  • on January 1, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    they must have included tendulkar in both XI's. his ODI year ended just like zaheer n yuvraj, but had a bigger impact than both in WC. 11 odi's in total wid plenty of runs secures in place in ODIs. plus his test match efforts were just less than dravid in 2011... though he continously failed to make 100's... but contributed hefty runs for india... even on losing occassions. kumar sangakkara must be another to get a place in test XI. he was the only fighter for SL against PAK. iam also missing hussey here (forget NZ n SA tests... he was brilliant against SL).

  • Prashi_Hyd on January 1, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    6 players from English Team in TestIX...They Deserve.

  • AidanFX on January 1, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    Interesting no Eng player in the One Day squad (whether rightly or wrongly) - sure generally speaking Tests more important (with WC being about equal) - but one reason why Yes Eng fans can crow about their solid team by all means - but only so far - still early days in their resurgence; but embarrassing their One Day team hasn't caught up with their Test squad - which is why it is still doubtful whether they will have a dynasty of success. Many of the traits applicable for Tests also translate to 50 Over cricket (unlike 20/20) so it is strange they are still mediocre here. Alister Cook had an incredible yr - kudos to him.

  • on January 1, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Yes SRT is not there in the list. But a few players in the list have very tough time with him. SRT remains as a bench mark for every cricketer. Take 2-3 occasions of bat and ball war of 2011, certainly SRT will be involved more than one occasion.

  • NightRider001 on January 1, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Thanks God that Mr. SRT is not there.

  • on January 1, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Why not Sakib Al Hasan & Sangakara!! Is this a joke!!

  • on January 1, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Also worth noting that Steyn had a batting average of 33.8 this year in Tests - with some very important lower order contributions. He is becoming a handy number batsmen and shows more spine than most of the SA batting order!.

  • chapathishot on January 1, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Shakib does not deserve to be in any eleven ,what has he done to be included in the eleven,has he contributed any thing in the world cup has he even drawn a test match for bangladesh.

  • supunghz on January 1, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    ICC Test XI in full:

    Alastair Cook, Hashim Amla, Jonathan Trott, Sachin Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara (capt/wk), AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Dale Steyn, James Anderson.

    ICC ODI Team of the Year

    Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka), Virender Sehwag (India), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), AB de Villiers (South Africa), Shane Watson (Australia), Yuvraj Singh (India), MS Dhoni (India, wicketkeeper/captain), Graeme Swann (England), Umar Gul (Pakistan), Dale Steyn (South Africa), Zaheer Khan (India). 12th man: Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)

  • Sakthiivel on January 1, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Where is ten Doeschate, Sangakara, Kiven o brien ? These people deserve the place...

  • Rockits on January 1, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    I mostly agree with the Test XI. I personally would have chosen 1)Cook 2)T Umar 3)Dravid 4)Bell 5)Younis Khan 6) Pietersen 7)Prior 8)Ajmal 9)Broad 10) Philander 11)Steyn

  • mubee on January 1, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    surprising y amla is missing????

  • Adamgilchrist34 on January 1, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    what no aussies!!!!!! unbelievabe

  • on January 1, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    where is sakib al hasn, the best all-rounder of the world? He performed in all three aspects of the game and add to these pressure was there every time he came out to bat or bowl..

  • popa115 on January 1, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Lendil Simmons of the west Indies should have made this one day side his statistics were fantastic this year (LMP Simmons (WI) 17 17 1 792 122 49.50 993 79.75 1 8 1 58 24) average 49.50 and strike rate of 79.75. a century and 8 half centuries and only played 17 games and amassed 993 runs . I think the statistic speaks for it self . A barbadian

  • on January 1, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Interesting selection. For those that have said Sanga should be in the test team instead of Matt Prior, umm, no! Sanga doesn't keep any more!!But I do feel he is worthy of a spot in the batting line up at the expense of KP. The ODI team shows that Australia are a dominant team without any really outstanding individuals. I think MJ still has a role to play in the ODI arena, and based on his 2011 stats is worthy of a place in the XI. He can kiss goodbye to his test career now though! Have a happy new year all.

  • TMA11 on January 1, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Everybody Who Says That Sangakkara Should Be In The Team I Would Like For U To Look At His Recent Scores This Year :D

  • on January 1, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    well hafeez deserve in ODI XI,for me he is best oppenr who can samesh ball evry where in front of any fast bowler,most importantly with the bowling average he got in last year.No reason to select youraj in ODI XI.But hafeez will show his more class in upcoiming sereis against England.

  • on January 1, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    The test XI should be: A Cook (Eng), R Dravid (Ind), K Sangakara (Sri), B Taylor (Zim), D Bravo (WI), Shakib Al-Hasan (Bang), M Prior (Eng), J Pattinson (Aus), D Bracewell (NZ), D Steyn (SA), S Ajmal (Pak).

    The ODI XI should be: M Hafeez (Pak), S Watson (Aus), J Trott (Eng), B Taylor (Zim), L Simmons (WI), Shakib Al-Hasan (Bang), MS Dhoni (Ind), J Oram (NZ), S Afridi (Pak), L Malinga (Sri), M Morkel (SA).

  • on January 1, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    The number of dismissals administered by Dhoni is missing, surprisngly!

  • Baundele on January 1, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    I can easily understand the omission of Shakib and Sangakkara. Team comes first, then the player. Weaker teams should not have any representative in the XI, because they can not win matches for their teams. ICC ranking is a joke. Everything that matters is the impression a player makes to whoever is making this list. Although Shakib is #1 in both the test and odi allrounder ranking and Sanga is the #1 test batsman, the tour of Pakistan to England deserves more publicity.

  • aamamun on January 1, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    I think Shakib Al Hasan may be in either Test or One day squad for his all round performance in last year. Shabash shakib. Hopefully bangladesh will play better in new year.

  • on January 1, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    why there is no kumar sangakkara in test squad...?

  • on January 1, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    What a joke! Sanga is #1 test batsman and he is not in. Shakib Al Hasan is #1 all rounder in Test and ODI and he is in neither of the format.

  • on January 1, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    y is virat kohli selected instead of sanga...nd mahela instead of amla? sanga nd amla deserve the odi spot instead of mahela and kohli really a comedy!!!!!!

  • on January 1, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    no Trott in test team?! mainly English and Indian players in both teams cuz England is #1 in test and india won world cup which was in april

  • heathrf1974 on January 1, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    After playing NZ, WI, Zim, SL and Bang I am not surprised there are so many Pakistani players. It will be interesting when England go to UAE to play Pakistani.

  • on January 1, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Surprised to find Sanga missing in the test team,one reason for the success of Englishman they played in favorable condition,interested to see how Bell,KP tackle spin bowling in the upcoming series against SL & Pakistan,and how Broad ,Anderson exploit subcontinent pitch

  • KarachiKid on January 1, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Though a big asset for the Pakistan setup and though I am a big fan of Hafeez for his talent and positive approach, I think Hafeez may consider himself lucky being selected in the test 11.

  • on January 1, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    I do not think the selection is fair enough. Lots of good players missed out in the selection like Younis Khan & Misbah Ul Haq from Pakistan Sangakara from Srilanka, Bravo from WI who are averaging more then many players listed above.

  • erangaw on January 1, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    no1 in world ranking, 1000 runs in test & ODI who were those selection pannel ommit Sanga from world team?

  • on January 1, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Dravid, Bravo and Peiterson above Sangakarra? Interesting.

  • on January 1, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Can't understand why Bravo is in ahead of Sangakkara, Sanga had a pretty good year in tests, Younis Khan had a better year than Bravo too, though Bravo is no doubt one for the future. Hafeez not being in the ODI team is understandable, there is no one who can be dropped on performance to make room for Hafeez

  • er.Vaibhav on January 1, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    glad to see 5 indian player out of 11 in the odi's...

  • Don_Simon on January 1, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    @Optic: You need to consider the quality of the opposition too rather than raw averages. KP scored these runs against pathetic SL ans IND bowlers. And Sanga scored these runs in Winter against good ENG bowlers, in UAE against the best subcontinent attack and against SA in bowlers paradise. If you go by just numbers Younis Khan deserves a place than KP !!

  • on January 1, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    hafeez deserved in ODI 11.... replacing sewag

  • swingstowin on January 1, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Where are Younas Khan and Kumar Sanga in the test side??? it could easily have been younis in palce of KP,and Kumar in place of Bravo...if a team is selected on the basis of the performances in 2011,surely these two did way better than the two that have been included! Plus,no Amla in the one day side!?! he's by far the best opener as far as one day cricket is concerned.

  • on January 1, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    are you kidding me... no sangakkara in test 11?????? cmone man he is the worlds number 1 ranked batsman with 56+ average... and a good wicket keeper..he must be in the world 11.. this is a joke

  • niaz_bd on January 1, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    the number 1 ranked all-rounder in both formats is missing in both of XIs....thats really funny.

  • on January 1, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    nooo tendulkar surprising....................

  • WeeBee on January 1, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Only one correction should be made !!! ... Hafeez should be in the squad on place of yovraj , such a talented hafeez! .. he has made more tha thousand runs and eared more than 30 wickets, awesome! ... Ajmal , he is a magical bowler, after saqlain and murali , he is the one who can disturb any team with his perfect magical variations.

  • 200ondebut on January 1, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    I'm surprised to see Dravid ahead of Sanga - if they knocked off all the runs others scored after he had dropped them his stats would be much worse. As clearly the best side of the year England deserve their six test entries.

  • realsledger on January 1, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Wow. With so many englishmen and pakistani players selected, its clear that the level of cricket has plumbed new depths.

  • on January 1, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Wouldn't have a KP in there, a decent summer boosted by a double ton. With the batting line-up could have moved Bell up one and slotted in Shakib who is acknowledged as the best all-rounder at the moment (sorry but he does more bowling than Kallis and carries Bangla more than Kallis does the Saffers)

  • on January 1, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    world No1 test ranked Batsman Sangakkara Not in the twat XI ... LOL .. what a lame selection

  • 161969 on January 1, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    good selection, but i miss the best cricketer mr.kallis from the both teams.

  • kesy777 on January 1, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Surprise.. No Sanga r Sachin n da test team,, If this test team plays a match n India r Sri Lanka, good luck wit english boys performace... lol

  • bandon1988 on January 1, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    I actually would select Dravid as an opener, and thus free up a space for Sangakkara. Dravid is the better of the two, but with his performance in England there is no reason why the can't both be in the side. Also, as good a year as Bravo had, Younis Khan had a better one and for a successful side. I picked my XI here: http://www.forwarddefensive.com/2011/12/30/2011-xi/

  • on January 1, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Hafeez should have also been included in the ODI XI's. More Pakistanis deserved to be in the ODI side.

  • on January 1, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Good to know that Tendulkar is not in the lists :)

  • on January 1, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    well sangakara deserve the place of no.3 but Dravid also did well in England... However, dissappointing to see Yuvraj and Kohli in one da eleven. man, v r picking best year player not WC XI, Amla and Devilliar deserve that place...

  • on January 1, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Cricinfo selection commitee also like Sri Lankan selection commitee.They selected Stuart board ahead of Philander???? Michel Johnson is not even good enough to play for ausies now.Wer is Hashim Amla & Kumar Sanga.What is the justification of select zahir khan..he is injured throgh out the year.Hafeez been selected as the test opner and not selected for one day team...................commedy of errors

  • FatBoysCanBat on January 1, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    Taufeeq Umar should have been picked ahead of Hafeez for the Test team. Umar scored 831 runs @ 46.16 and while Hafeez's hundreds were only against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, Umar scored his 3 against West Indies, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. RAQQ suggested Sangakkara should have got Dravid's position in the Test team, While I agree that Sangakkara should have got in I think it should have been in the position of Bravo. As for the bowlers it is impossible to argue. My Test XI: Cook, Umar, Dravid, Sangakkara, Pietersen, Bell, Prior, Broad, Steyn, Ajmal, Anderson.

  • on January 1, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Hafeez in test XI and not in ODI XI. (might be a typo) Hafeez is a must in ODIs XI. Don't know whether he should be given a place in test XI or not. He has scored 1000+ runs and took 32 wickets in ODIs in 2011. He might get in for Yuraj. and Trott deserved to be there more than Mahela. and Younus khan has the 2nd highest average in tests in 2011 (top Ian Bell), He should've been accommodated in test XI. A tests XV and an ODIs XV would've been more agreeable.

  • smalishah84 on January 1, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Ajmal is such a gun bowler

  • khurramsch on January 1, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    i thnk younis khan should b in test 11. And sangakara also. I m not too sure about hafez in test team.yes he was good but sanga or younas mght b in but may b panel thought about part time bowling.

    In odi though i think mohamad hafez should have ben in as he became only 3rd in history to get 1000+ runs and 30+ wickets and we have seen how good part time or ful time spining option he is with very good economy rate.

  • on January 1, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Kalis? Amla? Hussey? Sangakara? Shakib??????? Tendulakar?????? whats happening man......

  • on January 1, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    three green tigers from pakistan

  • Balumekka on January 1, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    No Sanga despite scoring heavily (1034 runs with vital centuries in Eng and SA) and being No: 1 test batsman!!!!How come Bravo ahead of Sanga??? this describes the yardsticks of selection committee!!! Again reminds how underrated Sanga is!!!!!

  • indianpunter on January 1, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Now wait for the tsunami of indian fans outrage.. about where Tendulkar is??, He DID NOT deserve a place in either 11. As such, he should retire from ODIs right away.

  • on January 1, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Dravid doesn't deserve the No. 3 spot, Either Amla or Sangakkara should definitely occupy the No 3 Spot since they performed much better than dravid @ No. 3. And Amla should be the No 3 in ODI as well, he is the No1 ODI batsman as per rankings. The selection should be based on comparison between the batting spots...

  • on January 1, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    The most bizarre selection of the test team is Kevin Pieterson ahead of Kumar Sangakkara who scored 1000 runs in both Tests and One Dayers in 2011. There is no arguements in this bizarre selection because sangakkara played as batsman the whole of 2011 in Tests.

  • on January 1, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    Hafeez shouldv`e been a part of the ODI 11.Only the third player to reach 1000 runs and take 30+ wickets in a calendar year(2011).Climbed upto number 2 bowling spot and number 3 in allrounders.Must be in the best 11!

  • FreddyForPrimeMinister on January 1, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    As usual, too much bias from the sub-continent comments here. Sanga and Shakib are two of my very favourite cricketers but overall I think KP just shades Sanga by virtue of his ability to turn to a match, whilst Shakib is class but in ODI mode especially doesn't score quickly enough and therefore potentially costs Bangladesh games by putting too much pressure on the other batsmen to score quickly (like Jonathan Trott!) Although the No.1 all-rounder, in a world 11 you don't necessarily need an all-rounder as you have top quality specialist batsmen and bowlers. Overall a good selection for both teams - and I'm pleased to see Pakistan well represented after their troubles over the the previous 12 months.

  • on January 1, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    I loved that Bell Century against India... A treat to watch indeed...

  • Captain_Oblivious on January 1, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Terrible selections... nowhere near enough Indians. Most of these non-Indian players don't perform on dry sub-continental wickets, which is the only criteria for judging players. English conditions don't count.

  • mars33 on January 1, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    I don,t undestand why should shakib name no 1 allrounder both test & oneday if he fail to complate the list

  • on January 1, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Sakib Al Hasan.... No. 1 in test & Odi ( all rounder). But he is missing...!!!!! surprising!!

  • on January 1, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Hell Yeah, I agree with HARIS355! I can not understand why Misbah-Ul-Haq and Younus Khan aren't there on the list? Man, you can check their stats. Talking about Misbah In the year 2011, he had been outstanding with an healthy average of above 85 in Both One Days and Tests. He had been a hero for Pakistan this year. Now, coming back to Younus Khan his stats had also been wonderful. Lol, BOTH OF THEM deserved to be in this ESPN's Test and ODIs XI.

  • on January 1, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    @Dinesh if ajmal is a genuine thrower than what is ashwin...........And can anybody explain me what yuvraj singh did for the rest of the year except WC that he is selected for the odi team.......And it should have been hafeez instead of sehwag in the odi team........

  • on January 1, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Kp?? not deserved to get selected!! Sanga is missing!!!! mitchell johnson is not good either!!!! shakib al hasan deserve a place ! i wonder why they don't pick dhoni for test 11??? haha they have done it if india were so called no.1!!! mohammed hafeez in test 11???? he should be in odi but not in test team!!

  • filizant on January 1, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Why Shakib Al Hasan is not there is baffling to say the least! That omission discredits both teams already!

  • on January 1, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    @rags57 this is a team for 2011 not present best team so virat and yuvi deserve to be there and virat is highest run scorer of 2011 but what has haffes done be there get 100s against weak teans instead of viru in odi team there should have been gautam gambhir takink no credit out of viru but viru had two big knoks but they were the only significant scores by him this year gambhir had 4 50 in wc 2 50 against eng 1 50 against WI EXPECT NO english next year in the squad becouse in 2012 they have 10 test in subcontinent and only 6 at home while in 2011 they 7 at home and 1 away that too in Australia Eng will be exposed this year but for this year they deserve to be there but Why is Ishant sharma not there second highest wicket taker was in good form this year

  • on January 1, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    @rags57 this is a team for 2011 not present best team so virat and yuvi deserve to be there and virat is highest run scorer of 2011 but what has haffes done be there get 100s against weak teans instead of viru in odi team there should have been gautam gambhir takink no credit out of viru but viru had two big knoks but they were the only significant scores by him this year gambhir had 4 50 in wc 2 50 against eng 1 50 against WI EXPECT NO english next year in the squad becouse in 2012 they have 10 test in subcontinent and only 6 at home while in 2011 they 7 at home and 1 away that too in Australia Eng will be exposed this year but for this year they deserve to be there but Why is Ishant sharma not there second highest wicket taker was in good form this year

  • FAB_ALI on January 1, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Sangakkara missing from Test team!! Not acceptable..Should exclude KP. There is not only difference of runs but also a gap in grades of these two players.

  • Optic on January 1, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    @HARIS355 LOL I loved that bit of manipulation you've done to try to justify Sangakkarra but he only averaged 49 this past year, only averaged 30 in England and 27 in SA and 44 in his home conditions against Aus. He got a lot of runs in the UAE but as we all know they have the flattest decks in the world and he made the most of it. The facts are KP averaged 731 in 7 tests, Sangakkara averaged 49 in 11 tests in what planet does he get in over KP or for that matter Dravid who scored more at a better average.

  • cjanap on January 1, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Im a sri lankan who just loves Saeed Ajmal.....the way he bowled at us was mindblowing.......

  • FAB_ALI on January 1, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    No captain in the Test team!! I wonder who would lead this team? Any suggestions.......

  • Trickstar on January 1, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur Honestly people like you make me laugh, if England don't have experience of playing in flat pitches how come they've been able to rack up massive totals in the last couple of years, what more not every pitch in England is swinging and fast, far from it, Lords and Cardiff are renowned for being some of the flattest pitches in the world. In the last few tests England have put on scores of 591,710, 544,474,486,496,513,620,517 and that's just in the last year or so. What more their bowling attack has rolled out sides cheaply on these batting pitches 9 innings victories in little over a year. To think England are going to struggle on batting paradises is foolhardy, one eyed and desperate, especially as it seems you keep posting the same thing on every topic lately, almost trying to convince yourself by the sounds of it.

  • on January 1, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    Where is world no-01, Test and One day All rounder Shakib Al Hasan !

  • Touseef117 on January 1, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Sanga should be included in test team instead of KP and hafeez instead of yuvraj singh..........the others seems ok

  • on January 1, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    where is sakib and sangakkara???????yuvraj ...........FUNNY............my XI is the best better than cricinfo XI...

  • dinosaurus on January 1, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    Here in Australia the fans worry more about actual results than "ratings". But, even in a not so good phase, I think the team deserved more representation in the ODI, and maybe even the test, selections. By the way, Australian curators don't prepare fast green pitches just to catch out visiting teams. Cricket here is played on such pitches all the time. In fact, when the pitches are criticised here it is if people charge that they have lost their traditional character. And all of the pitches have their own distinctive character. Even though I get sick of being thought a "provincial" because I don't live in Sydney, I think the SCG is a wonderful cricket ground. Great atmosphere, and usually a great pitch.

  • on January 1, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    where is my sachin in the team ????

  • PACERONE on January 1, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    How could Sanga and Amla miss out.Two of the most entertaining and brilliant stroke maker in the game today.They also score runs for their team.Pietersen and Bell are not in the same class. One guy is calling for Misbah,maybe he also wants Trott..people would be sleeping in the stands.

  • Nish8738 on January 1, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    They should also have an award for the best captain of the year. it would have gone to andrew strauss for test cricket and MS dhoni for ODI cricket. the best bowler would have been phillander. they should have an award for the best catch the best run out also just to give some cridit to the fielders.

  • Nish8738 on January 1, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    Great great year for cricket. the world cup was a really big success unlike 2007 world cup. england became number 1 test team. india wins the world cup. pakistan back on winning road. west indies showing good signs. SL just beat SA in SA after everyone laughed at them. australia beaten by NZ after a long long time. great moments in test cricket. i hope the next year is even better for cricket cheers!!

  • WaldermaltCricketer on January 1, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    Where is Kumar Sangakkara??? This is same as Crickinfo insulted Sri Lankan team by saying "SL needs a Christmas Miracle.." on the preview of the 2nd Test Match against SA.. Why can't U put Sanga in to the Test team on behalf of Bravo..did U see how many matches saved by Sanga when all other SL batsmen failed??? this is BULLSHIT..

  • on January 1, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    How Mat Prior came ahead of Sanga.... and why hafeez in the side? if u want an all rounder go for Dan Vettori. Saeed ajmal is there as the off spinner so why not go for vettori his batting is awesome in 2011......left armer will be handy.... Sanga's exclusion can not be accepted for any reason.....

  • on January 1, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    where r laxman n tendulkar, no test team is complete without them, it is unacceptable

  • ozobozo on January 1, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    I see lot of people wanting to have Sangakara and Younis Khan in the test team. But common, both Sangakara and Younis Khan played most of their test in sub-continent. Especially, Younis Khan played against BAN and got 200 not out in flat pitch of BAN and also played in Dubai. What i'm trying to say is, they both have weaker opponents. thats it. great list. can't complain!!!

  • on January 1, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    I think it is not the XI but the Joke of 2011.No Shakib Al Hasan despite of being the no.1 allrounder in both forms of cricket.

  • aa61761 on January 1, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Saaed Ajmal is the only player who is selected in both teams. This shows how he is. At present he the best spinner in the world.

  • on January 1, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    This is the biggest joke of 2011 - Sangakkara not making world test XI. ESPNcricinfo staff has a lot of reasoning to do here i guess.

  • on January 1, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    omission of Sanga from the Test team is understandable since he only averages 49 in the year despite his career average hits 57.But he averages 51 in ODI's with a total of 1000+ runs..

  • on January 1, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    :/ WTH :O no YK in top XI huh Who is avg'ng 2nd highest in year 2011 after Ian Bell (118) and Where is hafez from ODI format ?

  • on January 1, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    How Mat Prior came ahead of Sanga.... and why hafeez in the side? if u want an all rounder go for Dan Vettori. Saeed ajmal is there as the off spinner so why not go for vettori his batting is awesome in 2011......left armer will be handy.... Sanga's exclusion can not be accepted for any reason.....

  • on January 1, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    i mus say a very gud selection indeed....!!

  • landl47 on January 1, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    I'd have had Sangakkara for Pieterson (I'd also have picked Trott over Pieterson) and Shakib for Bravo, but otherwise it's a pretty good squad. I think Hafeez' figures are flattered by not having played against very good opposition- an opening bat with an average of 40 who only played against W.I., Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and Banladesh hasn't really achieved anything very special, but none of the openers had a good year apart from Cook. The ODI team is as I'd have expected.

  • on January 1, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    Mitchel Johnson's place in team is ridiculous. Also Malinga is very good thrower, dont consider him as bowler ever.

  • on January 1, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    nice to see pkaistan players that were under the flames of conspiracies.welcome country men and still long wayto go to become number one team.team pakistan.

  • jonesy2 on January 1, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    how watson and hussey didnt make both is beyond me

  • on January 1, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    This really a pathetic decision to omit Sangakkara from Test who is the number 1 test batsmen in the world for most of 2011, Therefor i dont agree with the selection and its really poor...

  • on January 1, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    No sangakkara in any XI......totally surprised about this.....the only batsmen to pass 1000 runs in both formats.......but this is a view from espn staff.....so considering abt some of their articles this ain't a surprise at all.......the history knows the truth

  • donda on January 1, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Credit goes to espn for selecting a good eleven. But one thing is wrong that if you are selecting ODI team on the basis of world cup only then why not choose Dilshan and Sachin too. Also Sehwag don't deserve to be in IX with two great great innings. but still 219 is too much to stop him for being selected.

    Only afridi deserve ODI player of the year award and Ian bell for test .

    in the end good selection of teams.

  • Hrit24 on January 1, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Where is Brendan Taylor? He deserves to be in both of these teams. We just have to see his record in both One-Day and Test matches this year to understand how well he has played this year. In 3 Test matches in 2011, Taylor scored 358 runs with two centuries at an average of 71.60. (Source: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/55814.html?class=1;home_or_away=1;home_or_away=2;result=1;result=2;result=4;spanmax1=01+Jan+2012;spanmin1=01+Jan+2011;spanval1=span;template=results;type=allround). In 12 ODI Matches, he scored 653 runs inclusive of three centuries (half his total number of centuries in ODIs) at an average of 65.30. (Source: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/55814.html?class=2;home_or_away=1;home_or_away=2;result=1;result=2;result=4;spanmax1=01+Jan+2012;spanmin1=01+Jan+2011;spanval1=span;template=results;type=allround). So, Taylor's exclusion came as a bit of surprise to me. The rest is OK.

  • on January 1, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Well....this could be the best 11s for CRICINFO...but the official list from the ICC is still weeks away.....hope sakib al hasan and sanagakara would be included in the teams somwhere.

  • Gupta.Ankur on January 1, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Don't think englishmen would be dominating the scene next year as they would have to perform in sub-continent and not custom made swinging pitches and balls....

    @Saurabh agarwal: right mate, i think you should be on it for making us "laugh out loud"....

  • JaneJosephene on January 1, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    good team selection but Sangakara deserved the place of Rahul Dravid

  • Rags57 on January 1, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    The world cup has influenced the selection of the ODI team a bit too much in my opinion. Else I would not find Kohli and Yuvraj in a world XI team - they are both good players but I would not pick them over players like De Villiers or Amla or Jacques Kallis. Australia is the No.1 ODI team today but I find just two players from there - with one (Mitchell Johnson) being a dubious selection.

  • on January 1, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    Shahid afridi and Saed Ajmal awesomely got their position......they realy deserves to get that place

  • on January 1, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    younas khan nt in best test xi?

  • on January 1, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    any idea why Sangakkara is not in the test team here???

  • er.Vaibhav on January 1, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    very good selection for both test and odi...but i think two players are missing :- shakib and sangakara

  • HARIS355 on January 1, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    So with out being patriotic, how did KP end in Cricinfo 2011 test team ahead of Younis Khan who with one inning more has scored more runs at a better average?! KP 11 innings, 731 runs, 202* best at an avg of 73.10 compare to YK who is 12 innings scored 765 runs, 200* best avg 85. Also Misbah needed to be there instead of Darren Bravo. Proud of Ajmal to be making it to both ODI and Test team of the year. And three cheers for the ODI basher Boom Boom Afridi.

  • on January 1, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    Sachin missing from both teams... surprising!!!

  • likeintcricket on January 1, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Great to see some Pakistanis in both the teams and congratulations to Saeed Ajmal.

  • shashwat_manit on January 1, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    One striking difference from other articles is that Sachin is absent and may be deservedly so. Seems like the next generation in Test and One-day has arrived (Dravid being an exception in the list).

  • on January 1, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    Not a correct team!!! Need Sangakkara as a batsmen in test XI :\

  • on January 1, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    Really....the best selection by ESPN for 2011.....lets wait for some more excellent crickter in 2012. Witj England Touring Pakistan..really it would be the most high-profile series of the year...with Indian Touring Australia and many more..!! really anxiously waiting for 1st Test Match between Pakistan and England at Dubai on 17 Jan..!!

  • on January 1, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    NO shakib al hasan??!Despite being the number 1 Allrounder in both Test and ODI .... Really shocking! :(

  • on January 1, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Very glad to see 6 players from the English team out of 11...

  • on January 1, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Glad that cricinfo didn't get too intimidated by the stature of the supposed god of cricket to include him in this team. He doesn't deserve to stand amongst these top performers.

  • chandau on January 1, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    LOL TEST TEAM OF THE YEAR does not have Sangakkara who made over 1000 runs in 11 tests during the year and was ranked among the top 3 ending with #1. KP made 731 runs in 8 matches but 200 came in one inning! Maybe crickinfo wants to highlight the man who was fighting for his place in the England team. Rangana Herath took 41 wickets and Abdur Rahman took 36 wickets with left arm spin. Obviously they merit inclusion than S Braod who could not buy a wicket against Sri Lanka under the most helpful conditions. ODI TEAM has Yuvraj who did not do much during the year. Trott would have been a better option to stabilize the team given Shewag's unpredictability. Also with Afridi in there is no place for Yuvi's pies :) Also need a 12th man , a very important member in this modern day cricket . ALL THE VERY BEST FOR 2012. CHEERS :)

  • on January 1, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    ALL ARE TRUTH.EXCEPT THE ARRIVAL OF AJMAL IN THE MIDDLE.......HE IS A GENUINE.......................THROW BOWLER

  • on January 1, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    why isnt hafeeez in O?DI...?

  • Saghyr on January 1, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    very nice ! its unbelievable for me that a spinner selected from Pakistan rather a geniun fast bowler. still a proud!

  • rahulcricket007 on January 1, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    alaister cook looks more like a hollywood hero to me .

  • on January 1, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    I am surprised not to see test no.1 all-rounder shakib-al hasan.I hope you would rethink about it as he certainly has an upper hand over Darren Bravo.

  • on January 1, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    shakib al hasan, no 1 allrounder in world in both forms of cricket, constantly performing in a weak team, cant get into any of the XI? shocking

  • on January 1, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    One thing ridiculous about this 11 is that, the description for the inclusion of Kevin Peterson itself tells you that he should have been excluded. 731 runs...against 2000 odd runs in all conditions for Sanga seems like a very difficult choice. Sanga scored more than 500 in one series when KP scored only 731 in whole year. Seriously do I still need to read it. And KP has failed big time against subcontinental team and their spinners, whereas sanga thrashed every attack on his way to the highest run getter this year.Luckily these articles are just for pure fun, more like page2.BTW Happy New year everyone.

  • on January 1, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    A very nice selection indeed. Jayawardene's and Johnson's selection were a bit surprising. Sangakkara and Southee my replacement. Sanga is equally elegant, but more consistent. Southee had a fabuluous year, and he can also play a few cameos

  • on January 1, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    No kumar sangakkara ? , you gotta be joking . hes the best batsman of the year .

  • alexczarn on January 1, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Odd how Johnson is a lot better in ODI and has a good economy rate too!

  • on January 1, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    Overall not very bad selection for the teams, though Hafeez deserved a spot in the odi team as well, scored valuable runs and took wickets as well and most importantly helped pakistan with opening with ball and taking valuable wickets at the very early stages of the innings. he probably deserved Youvraj's place.

  • on January 1, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    No place for Kumar Sangakkara in either team?He's the second highest run getter in Tests and fourth in ODIs.He is the highest run getter in 2011 in all three formats of the game!surprise!

  • on January 1, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Overall not very bad selection for the teams, though Hafeez deserved a spot in the odi team as well, scored valuable runs and took wickets as well and most importantly helped pakistan with opening with ball and taking valuable wickets at the very early stages of the innings. he probably deserved Youvraj's place.

  • on January 1, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    no sangakkara? most of his runs came against top 3 bowling attack (England, SA and Pak). and that too away from home.

  • Fahii on January 1, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal has been the most consistent performer of the year in all format of the Cricket.

  • YashSLC on January 1, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    why dont u select a world t20 eleven.

  • on January 1, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    no place for Shakib Al Hasan? *facepalm*

  • on January 1, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    ok..... is this the joke of the 2011? gosh how did they missed sanga? he is the second highest run's scorer, world no. 1 in ranking, highest run's scorer for when combined all 3 formats.. what else he needs to prove???? grow up...

  • on January 1, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Great selection! Both test and Odi teams are justified well

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  • on January 1, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Great selection! Both test and Odi teams are justified well

  • on January 1, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    ok..... is this the joke of the 2011? gosh how did they missed sanga? he is the second highest run's scorer, world no. 1 in ranking, highest run's scorer for when combined all 3 formats.. what else he needs to prove???? grow up...

  • on January 1, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    no place for Shakib Al Hasan? *facepalm*

  • YashSLC on January 1, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    why dont u select a world t20 eleven.

  • Fahii on January 1, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal has been the most consistent performer of the year in all format of the Cricket.

  • on January 1, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    no sangakkara? most of his runs came against top 3 bowling attack (England, SA and Pak). and that too away from home.

  • on January 1, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Overall not very bad selection for the teams, though Hafeez deserved a spot in the odi team as well, scored valuable runs and took wickets as well and most importantly helped pakistan with opening with ball and taking valuable wickets at the very early stages of the innings. he probably deserved Youvraj's place.

  • on January 1, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    No place for Kumar Sangakkara in either team?He's the second highest run getter in Tests and fourth in ODIs.He is the highest run getter in 2011 in all three formats of the game!surprise!

  • on January 1, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    Overall not very bad selection for the teams, though Hafeez deserved a spot in the odi team as well, scored valuable runs and took wickets as well and most importantly helped pakistan with opening with ball and taking valuable wickets at the very early stages of the innings. he probably deserved Youvraj's place.

  • alexczarn on January 1, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Odd how Johnson is a lot better in ODI and has a good economy rate too!