2012 Review

The teams of the year

The Test, ODI and T20I XIs of 2012, as picked by ESPNcricinfo staff

Kanishkaa Balachandran

January 5, 2013

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Saeed Ajmal picked up all the five Sri Lanka wickets that fell until lunch on the second day, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 2nd day, June 23, 2012
Ajmal may have missed out on an ICC award or two but he's in all three of ESPNcricinfo's XIs of the year © AFP

Test XI

Alastair Cook: 1249 runs at 48.03
The first name on everyone's team sheet. The second-highest run-scorer of 2012, behind Michael Clarke. Cook took over the captaincy full time after Andrew Strauss retired following the home series against South Africa. Three of Cook's four centuries came in India, where his batting was the cornerstone of England's series win. His 176 in Ahmedabad couldn't save the game, but his next two tons were in winning causes, and he became the first England captain to win a Test series in India since David Gower in 1984-85.

Graeme Smith, 825 runs at 48.52
Smith had the distinction of leading South Africa to No. 1 in the Test rankings, and his side had series wins in New Zealand, England and Australia in 2012. He didn't have a bad year as a batsman either, scoring 131 in the innings win at The Oval and top-scoring with 122 in the first innings in Adelaide.

Hashim Amla, 1064 runs at 70.93
With four centuries, including a triple-hundred, Amla was in sublime form, and finished third on the run-charts. His 311 at The Oval deflated England at the start of the Test series and was a symbol of South Africa's dominance. He returned to haunt England with 121 at Lord's. Amla started the Australia tour with a century in Brisbane, and finished it with 196 in Perth - an innings that helped take the game and series away from Australia, and in the course of which he nearly scored 100 runs in a session.

Michael Clarke, 1595 runs at 106.33
The leading run scorer in 2012, with an astonishing three double-centuries and a triple-hundred. Clarke launched the year with an unbeaten 329 against India in Sydney, followed it up with 210 in Adelaide, scored back-to-back double-centuries against South Africa, and rounded off the year with 106 against Sri Lanka in Melbourne. In the process he broke the Australian record for the most runs in a calendar year.

Kevin Pietersen, 1053 runs at 43.87
It would be hard to sum up Pietersen's 2012 in 140 characters. After an audacious 149 against South Africa at Headingley - one of the best innings of the year - he announced a shock retirement from international cricket when he was dropped for the next Test over text messages he allegedly sent to South African players. After a reconciliation, he was included for the Test tour of India, where his presence was pivotal to his team's success. His 186 in Mumbai was the turning point of the series; its impact was similar to that of his 151 against Sri Lanka in Colombo in April, which helped England square the Test series.

Marlon Samuels, 866 runs at 86.60
Samuels likes to remind everyone of the two years he missed due to match-fixing allegations. He seemed determined to make up for lost time in 2012, establishing himself as one of West Indies' best batsmen. He scored 386 runs in five innings in England and followed it up with a century against New Zealand and a double-century (his highest Test score, 260) against Bangladesh. He said after the World Twenty20 final that Test cricket was his No. 1 priority.

Matt Prior, 777 runs at 38.85, 29 catches and seven stumpings
Possibly the most dependable wicketkeeper-batsman in world cricket. His 36 dismissals in 2012 were the most by a wicketkeeper in the year. Prior struggled for consistency with the bat at the start of the year but made up for it with fifties in all three Tests against South Africa and 258 runs against India.

Vernon Philander, 43 wickets at 21.11
He may not have the pace of Dale Steyn or Morne Morkel, but Philander has the accuracy, swing and the discipline with which to nip out wickets in helpful conditions. After his dream start to Test cricket at the end of 2011, Philander took his good form to New Zealand, where he picked up 21 wickets in three Tests. He wasn't as consistent in England, till the final Test at Lord's, where his 5 for 30 in the second innings helped South Africa seal the series. And he was rather unlucky to walk away empty- handed at the ICC Awards.

Saeed Ajmal, 39 wickets at 20.56
Ajmal edged Rangana Herath out for the specialist spinner's spot in the XI. He spun England out in the UAE, with 24 wickets in three Tests, helping Pakistan sweep the series. He took 15 in the three Tests in Sri Lanka but was let down on occasion by poor umpiring. His bosses and fans cried foul when he failed to make the shortlist for the ICC Test player of the year.

James Anderson, 48 wickets at 29.50
One of the best new-ball bowlers in the world, Anderson only took one five-for (5 for 72) in 2012, but he was consistent for England through the year - and nowhere was it more apparent than on the tour of India, where he took ten wickets in the last two Tests and was the best fast bowler on both sides.

Dale Steyn, 39 wickets at 29.71
He may have been overshadowed by Philander, but Steyn was just as effective in 2012, spearheading South Africa's seam attack. Two performances stood out. The first was his five-for at The Oval that led to England's collapse in the second innings. The second was his match haul of seven in Perth, which put Australia on the back foot. Steyn mostly bowled within himself and saved the top-drawer swing and speed for when the team needed them the most.

Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, the two centurions, West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd ODI, Kingston, July 7, 2012
Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle both feature in the T20 XI © WICB


Tillakaratne Dilshan, 1119 runs at 41.44
Dilshan gave up the captaincy after the South Africa tour, and he seemed to bat with greater freedom in the CB Series, scoring a career-best 160 - incredibly, in a losing cause. He smashed another century in the second final to help Sri Lanka draw level. Still one of Sri Lanka's most valuable players in the limited-overs format.

David Warner, 840 runs at 35.00
Warner made a career-best 163 in the first CB Series final, against Sri Lanka, and followed it up with an even 100 in the second. He has established himself as an opener in all three formats, and would form a destructive partnership with Dilshan.

Virat Kohli, 1026 runs at 68.40
After topping the ODI run-makers' list in 2011, Kohli proved in 2012 that that achievement was no fluke. Two innings defined his year. He clobbered an unbeaten 133 against Sri Lanka in the CB Series to help India get a foot in the door to the finals. The second was his 183 against Pakistan in the Asia Cup. At 24, he already has 13 ODI centuries with an average of over 50, and is edging close to 4000 runs. He provided the silver lining in an otherwise ordinary year for India.

Hashim Amla, 678 runs at 84.75
One of South Africa's most consistent batsmen in Tests and ODIs, Amla started the year with a century against Sri Lanka. He was consistent during the tour of England, where he scored a career-best 150 in Southampton and was the leading run scorer in the series, with 335 runs in five games.

Kumar Sangakkara, 1184 runs at 43.85
The top ODI run scorer in 2012. His 102 in Johannesburg helped Sri Lanka to a consolation win. He was also consistent in the CB Series, in the course of which he went past 10,000 ODI runs, and in the home series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

AB de Villiers, 645 runs at 107.50
Makes it to the line-up for that average. De Villiers played 13 games, scored two centuries, both of which were unbeaten, and went past 5000 ODI runs in 2012.

Thisara Perera, 246 runs at 18.92, 32 wickets at 26.84
The pick for the allrounder's slot, Perera has established a reputation as an "impact player", breaking partnerships at the start of a new spell and muscling runs lower down the order when needed. He was one of the stars of the home ODIs against Pakistan, taking a career-best six-for (including a hat-trick) and orchestrating a spectacular batting collapse in Colombo. He was the third-highest wicket-taker of the year (a list his team-mate Lasith Malinga topped, with 47).

Saeed Ajmal, 31 wickets at 21.12
The only player in all three XIs, Ajmal was the fourth-highest ODI wicket-taker of the year. He started with a five-for against England in Abu Dhabi and went on to get on top of Australia in the one-day series in the UAE, where he was the leading wicket-taker with 10 (including a match-winning 4 for 32 in the second one-dayer).

Steven Finn, 25 wickets at 20
Finn took 25 wickets in the year, which puts him seventh on the ODI list. That included identical 4 for 34s in successive matches against Pakistan at the start of the year and a 4 for 37 at Chester-le-Street that swung the series against Australia England's way.

Sunil Narine, 34 wickets at 17.64
Narine was in prime form in home conditions in the West Indies, with a four-wicket haul against Australia and a five-for against New Zealand. He also proved just as potent in helpful conditions in Bangladesh, taking eight wickets in three games. He finished the year as the second-highest wicket-taker in the format.

Morne Morkel, 20 wickets at 21.15
Morkel started the year with 4 for 10 in Sri Lanka's sensational collapse for 43 in Paarl. He then took 4 for 38 against New Zealand in Napier, and ended the year as South Africa's leading ODI wicket-taker.

Virat Kohli slashes one during his 38, India v England, 2nd Twenty20 international, Mumbai, December 22, 2012
Virat Kohli was the lone bright spot in India's dismal year. He makes it to two of our three teams of the year © BCCI


Chris Gayle, 368 runs at 46.00, SR 144.88
When Gayle patched up with the West Indies Cricket Board, his team had everything to gain - particularly in T20s. He promptly smashed an unbeaten 85 against New Zealand in Lauderhill, Florida, and followed it up with three fifties in the World Twenty20, where his destructive, unbeaten 75 was responsible in getting West Indies to the final. He may have flopped in the final, but his unique celebrations reminded the rest of the world how much they had missed him, both as a batsman and a character.

Shane Watson, 406 runs at 40.60, SR 143.97, 17 wickets at 15.82
Man of the Tournament in the World Twenty20 with 249 runs at 49.80 (including three fifties). And he picked up wickets in all but one of his 11 T20s in the year. Watson may struggle to hold his Test spot due to frequent injuries but he remains one of the best allrounders in T20.

Virat Kohli, 471 runs at 39.25, SR 132.67
The second-highest run scorer for the year, just one run behind Martin Guptill. Kohli scored four half-centuries, including an unbeaten 78 in the win against Pakistan in the World Twenty20.

Brendon McCullum, 459 runs at 30.60, SR 135.69, two catches and two stumpings
His standout innings was his 123 against Bangladesh in the World Twenty20. In his previous game, against India in Chennai, he fell nine short of a hundred. Consistency remains a problem, but when he is in form, McCullum is hard to control.

Marlon Samuels, 325 runs at 40.62, SR 143.17, 9 wickets at 24.11
Played the innings of his life in the World Twenty20 final, where his 78 lifted a faltering West Indies and took them to a match-winning total. He scored more than half his team's total of 137, and his bowling kept West Indies alive in the tournament when he swung the one-over Eliminator against New Zealand West Indies' way. He finished the year with an unbeaten 85 against Bangladesh.

Yuvraj Singh, 224 runs at 28.00, SR 141.77, 15 wickets at 11.93
Yuvraj looked cancer in the eye and lived to tell the tale in one of modern cricket's more remarkable comebacks from illness. To cap the dream return, he nearly took India to victory in his first full match back, against New Zealand in Chennai. He ended the year with a match-winning 72 against Pakistan, and was also effective as a wicket-taking bowler, outperforming some of India's specialist spinners.

Dwayne Bravo, 260 runs at 43.33, SR 133.33
Bravo may have cut down on bowling to protect himself from injury but he remains destructive as a lower-order batsman. He smashed 37, with three sixes, in the World Twenty20 semi-final. The top-class fielding is a bonus.

Steven Finn, 17 wickets at 16.77
Finn tied with Graeme Swann for the most T20I wickets by an England bowler in a year, taking wickets in all but one of his 11 games. That included two three-wicket hauls, both in winning causes.

Mitchell Starc, 14 wickets at 13.71
Starc sent Pakistan crashing for 74 with 3 for 11 in a one-sided T20 in Dubai. He bowls a mean yorker and is particularly potent when the ball is swinging. Part of Australia's plans in all three formats, he is one of their most promising young fast bowlers.

Saeed Ajmal, 25 wickets at 15.64
The top T20I wicket-taker of 2012, six ahead of his team-mate Umar Gul, Ajmal took two match-winning four-wicket hauls, against England and New Zealand. Wickets aside, he finished the year with an impressive economy rate of 6.10. He bowled his full quota of overs in all his matches, and conceded less than 20 on three occasions.

Sunil Narine, 16 wickets at 18.37
After going wicketless in his first three matches of the year, Narine hit back with seven in his next two games, including 4 for 12 against New Zealand. His most telling contribution was in the World Twenty20 final, where he took 3 for 9 to spin Sri Lanka to defeat. He ended 2012 with an economy rate of 6.16.

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Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 8, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

@ JG2704. Big time scrutiny of AB started when he took over keeping in tests. In Eng he averaged 40.25, and in Aus averaged 55.25. For the year, when keeping he averaged 48.55, and not keeping 75.60, but that is a bit inflated by a 160 not out score vs SL. In NZ, when not keeping, he averaged 43.60. In tests he hit a bit of a slump in 3 games before taking the gloves, and 3 games after taking the gloves. But for him, an average of 43 - KP's average for the year - is considered a slump. And his slump is still better than most keepers averages!

In ODIs AB kept all year, and really struggled batting, only managing to average 107.5 :) Yes, 107.5, no typo there.

Posted by JG2704 on (January 8, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

@Greatest_Game on (January 08 2013, 07:48 AM GMT) Apologies there. I concede I am incorrect. After a fairly lame start in the England series he had a couple of big scores vs SA. Maybe they thought his WK was better or even that Prior had it tougher as he more often had to bat with lesser batsmen or the tail and play an unselfish game

Posted by JG2704 on (January 8, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

@Meety on (January 08 2013, 10:56 AM GMT) You make a very solid case for Siddle above Anderson. However I will just put some points across reasoning with the Jimmy selection.

1- Re in one less test Siddle took 2 less wickets - But in 3 tests (because our batsmen were so poor) Jimmy only bowled in 1 inns. I know Pak did bad twice in the 1st test but the 2nd inns but needing just 15 runs hardly counts 2- Of Siddle's 46 wickets I make it that 35 of those wickets came in home series vs SL and India (who have both looked very fallible in recent years on seaming pitches ) whereas Jimmy's wickets are more spread out inc 30 wickets in SC where it is not supposed to be so good for pace bowlers. If you take away the SA home series where both bowled you have Siddle playing at home vs India and SL and away vs WI and Jimmy playing at home vs WI and then away vs SL/Pak and India. So maybe they took into consideration where Jimmy has bowled?

Posted by Meety on (January 8, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

@JG2704 on (January 05 2013, 19:00 PM GMT) - Siddle instead of Anderson. Siddle's year was in SOME ways superior to Phillander & head to head with Anderson it is a no contest.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 8, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

Really, I'm staggered. Who in their right minds includes an ODI opener with a batting average of 35? Warner is simply a waste of space in an ODI lineup.

There are many candidates, but consider that Nasir Jamshed, ave 66 for 2012, is a proven opener, who has spanked India and Aus. He is ahead of other suggested candidates like Bell, KP, Cook, Dilshan…and Warner is a speck in his rear view river.

Saeed Ajmal is not alone. There are other Pakistani cricketers - and some of them can bat too! Perhaps Cricinfo staff should take a good look at their stats? As a Saffer I am not underestimating them one bit in the upcoming series. Pakistan are like Kallis - amazing, world beaters but no one in "the establishment" wants to give them their due respect. It really is a shame!

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 8, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

@ JG2704 on (January 05 2013, 18:58 PM GMT) For one of the best informed commenters here, you have an inexplicable set of blinders. When you wrote "And re Prior - You may find he's averaged better than AB this year," you were hopelessly wrong.

Matt Prior, 2012. 15 matches, average 38.85, 29 catches, 7 stumpings. AB de Villiers, 2012. 10 Matches, average 58.21, 19 catches, 1 stumping.

Yes, AB averaged 20 MORE per innings than did Prior, & more than Strauss' 33.19, Cooks's 48.03, Trott's 36.65, KP's 43.87, Bell's 33.6.

Haddin, Ramden, Dhoni ave more than Prior. Wade, Boucher, Jayawardene McCullum a few less.

Minimum 3 matches, AB averages no.9 for the year. (5 Saffers beat the entire Eng team!) JRudolph, dropped by SA, beat Prior, who can keep, but is an average bat. AB is dismissed under 50 it is called a failure! AB kept when growing up & knows the job. Even Healy grudgingly admits he is very good.

AB should be in the squad ahead of Prior. He's worth more. Stats don't lie!

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 8, 2013, 6:03 GMT)

The argument for including Pietersen in the test squad is that he makes a big knock here or there. It is the same argument for including Richard Levi in the T20 squad…BUT... Levi is NOT in the Cricinfo T20 squad. (only SA selectors fall for that again and again!)

KP's knocks were not even special. They were only given glowing press cos he plays for Eng. In India he scored 1 century in 7 innings - ave 48.2 - Cook, Pujara, Ashwin, Prior averaged more. Before Eng's tour, Ross Taylor scored a ton in India, Darren Bravo scored 2 & Chanderpaul 1, & before that, McCullum, Ryder, Williamson, McIntosh, Watson & North hit tons. Players do score centuries in India.

In 2010, in India, in 3 innings Amla scored 253*, 114 & 123* - a mere average of 490! Now THAT IS SPECIAL! 3 tons in 2 tests is special. 3 in a year is maybe average!

Kallis outscored KP in the SA vs ENG series, & throughout the year. If Kallis played for Eng, & KP for SA, would Cricinfo still have picked KP? Really? Its laughable.

Posted by Bring_back_Wright on (January 8, 2013, 2:42 GMT)

Agree with the many here who think Chanderpaul should be in the test team - surely he's been better than KP? I think Kallis is also unlucky - I would go for him over Samuels as he also offers a lot with the ball. I agree with the other batters and Prior for wk. In the bowling department, I would go with Herath and Ajmal. No ground has been nominated for this hypothetical team to play at, therefore I would prefer to pick the most deserving bowlers rather than worry about the balance of the attack. For me, those 2 are clearly in the top 3 best performers for the year along with Philander. The last bowling spot - take your pick from Anderson, Steyn, Siddle (41 wickets @ 23.09) or Roach (39 @ 22.25). I think I would go with Siddle for his effort (although as a Kiwi it pains me to plump for the Aussie!).

Don't really care as much for the limited overs games, but was disappointed Guptill wasn't in the 20/20 team. Top scorer in 2012, averaging higher than anyone in that team!!!

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 22:57 GMT)

Kumar Sangakkara is not in the test team what a joke, man is this for real! lol!

Posted by Josh1942 on (January 7, 2013, 21:17 GMT)

No Kallis?

Scored more runs than KP at an average of over 67!

J Kallis 11 wickets @28.27. By the way thats more wickets than KP !!!!

Kallis might have taken just 11 wickets but his list of victims include Bell, Kevin Pieterson, Cowan, Ponting, Thirimanne and Vettori who was proving to be a nuisance on 46. He seems to get that important wicket when it matters and he have been doing it through out his career. .

I have no idea what more Kallis can do before these scribes actually remember his name? Ian Chappell appears never to have heard of him. Needs to hire a good PR company.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

KP any amount of guys can go ahead of him, including Chanderpaul !

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

What is Yuvi doing there? Why B McCullum? Surely Hafiz has a case in T20 & One-Day. Isn't he one of the most economical bowler and did loads with the bat in 2012?

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

KP must be replaced by Kallis or Hussy in tests

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

Test - Should have included Rangana Herath for James Anderson and Kumar Sangakkara for Kevin Pieterson (:

Posted by ravikb on (January 7, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

@jonesy2 on (January 05 2013, 07:42 AM GMT) , why don't you just list down all 11 Aus players that took the field in Sydney?

Posted by DownThePitch on (January 7, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

The number one t20 side have no entries.. Surely mendis and malinga have a case.. Maccullum as the wicket keeper, 4 dismissals for the year, unjustifiable the inclusion of him as the wicket keeper..

Posted by JM_RSA on (January 7, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

Test Team - I would drop KP and have Kallis or Hussey. ODI Team - What is David Warner doing in the ODI team? 35 avg! says a lot. Also Amla opens in ODI, why is he at 4? T20 Team - the only team that looks fare

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 4:01 GMT)

no Rangana Herath in the Test XI?? The highest wicket taker of 2012 is not in here?? I think that sums up this article!

Posted by PadMarley on (January 7, 2013, 3:48 GMT)

Not sure on what basis you have excluded Malinga and Mendis in your T20 team. They did better than the bowlers you have chosen in T20 in 2013.

Posted by Meety on (January 7, 2013, 3:10 GMT)

IMO - Siddle got ripped off for a Test spot. Anderson? - Fair dinkum! Siddle in one LESS Test took two less wickets than Phillander, their stats were almost identical. Anderson's S/R for 2012 was 70, Siddle was 47! Averages Siddle 23 v Anderson 29. Wickets per match Siddle 5.1 to Anderson 3.5. Anderson has done some very good things in his career, but this just blows wind up his preverbial for nothing much! I'd also have taken Roach over Anderson (purely on 2012). Also - I rate Heraths 2012 as better than Ajmal's (no offense to Paki fans). I think Samuels shouldn't of been on that list as Kallis, Chanderpaul were better, & whilst KP played 2 BRILLIANT innings in 2012, Kallis, Hussey AB deVilliers & Chanderpaul were all CONSISTANTLY BETTER? In the ODIs - how the hell does Malinga get overlooked??? Finn & Morkel????? In ODIs - Starc has a S/R of 24 in 2012, 2nd only to the again overlooked Roach. Glad these sides are not going to play for the future of the world!!!!

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 3:04 GMT)

Without the best all-rounder in Test and ODI, for 11+ months of the year, those teams are basically emotional choices rather justified.

Posted by Sulaimaan91 on (January 7, 2013, 2:55 GMT)

you know how good these selections are when you see no player from the top ranked T20 team in the world and the runners up at the WT20 tournament.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 1:02 GMT)

The Highest Wicket Taker in Test Omitted from the Test Line Up.. That's Unacceptable Rangana Herath Deserves a place in the test XI

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 23:59 GMT)

A test team without one of the most reliable batsman for over a decade? How come Pieterson and Samuels are selected before Chanderpaul? Would someone please check some records or is age a factor here?

Posted by kandykolla on (January 6, 2013, 21:29 GMT)

Hello Mr Kanishkaa Balachandran !! Why Lankans players are not in the test or in T-20 teams ?? Did they refuse to give interviews or what ??

Posted by DeckChairand6pack on (January 6, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

You have to have Kallis in the test team no question and I would pick AB as keeper as well. He has more raw talent in his little finger than most decent players. When we lost Bouch so sadly I would never have thought of the unexpected and pleasant implication it would have. Fair enough he has not had the best of years but he has runs in him guaranteed. When we went to NZ before the Eng tour it was amazing to see the things he was doing with the bat. He has shown glimpses this year as well, and when he does he makes all attacks look like the local 2nd XI after a heavy night out.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:19 GMT)

where are tamim iqbal and shakib al hasan?Indian are always jealous with bangladeshi players success and that's why they don't want to play with bangladesh.They know if they play they may loose

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (January 6, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

@Bruisers - There's nothing wrong with Bangladesh playing teams like Zimbabwe, Ireland etc because they are minnows sometimes by fans like you better than Bangladesh but thanks for rating us highly can't have it all your way besides, nothing worse than a player achieving a 100th milestone against a minnow what is it? 20 100s against teams like Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Namibia etc that's just one example. Spinners don't take 5 wicket hauls in places like England and South Africa. Yeah Hafeez is probably likely to claim the number 1 all-rounder position but we all know why but his batting performance against India shows otherwise :D

Posted by AzAb12754 on (January 6, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

@Bruisers: hahaha First tell Hafeez to finish a game off then you may have a case. 29 test matches and still less than 30 test wickets whereas Shakib 26 test matches and already 102 test match wickets. Still no 100 ODI wickets yet, quantity is nothing in any sport let alone Cricket have a nice day hope I showed you the place :)

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:23 GMT)

The test team should have Kallis and Chanderpaul infront of Pietersen and Samuels... Dwayne Bravo in the T20I team? i dont think so.. wouldn't it be better to play another specialist batsman??

Posted by AzAb12754 on (January 6, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

@Bruisers: Funny! one-day Cricket in 2012 Shakib 4 matches, Hafeez 20 matches, Tests Kallis 10 matches, Shakib 2 and still Shakib holding number 1 one-day ranking and only 1 point behind Kallis in test just shows his class. In those games he has played, he performed very well and had he gotten to play enough games like these players then he will obviously been dominating those rankinsg so I don't understand why you said "these players showed him his place" when really they didn't good luck next time he'll soon this year regain those back. In T20s same he only has played 24 matches whereas Watson, Hafeez etc over 35 and 45 numbers don't lie :) :P

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (January 6, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

@Bruisers: Don't be jealous, Who was player of the Asia Cup? exactly! he didn't play many games in 2012 but if he did then we all know he would be dominating these all-rounder rankings. Hmm...Did Watson, Hafeez, Yuvraj, Jadeja etc like our man ever achieve a test 100 and 5 wicket haul in the same test innings? exactly! don't get that desperate mate our Shakib is the youngest and quickest all-rounder in history to achieve more than a 1000 runs at ODIs and Tests and Take more than a 100 wickets at ODIs and Tests all at the same time end of story ha ha :)

Posted by MmpRubel on (January 6, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

Bruisers, what shakib does will take for u man to achieve if u were not an english or whatever. and FYI he is still no.1 in odi and surely will be 1 in test in the upcoming series against Srilanka, IN SHA ALLAH. OK.

Posted by cric4world on (January 6, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

@Karthikvijayan Vijayasekaran . ajmal bamboozled england n then took 15 against sri lanka who have never been spin bunnies. and just in case u didnt see recent Pak v Ind ODI series, ajmal has taken 8 wickets in 3 matches. so forget england , even ur spin experts indian dont seem to find a way to play him.india all out for 167 with ajmal 5 for. still wanna talk about ajmal?

Posted by JG2704 on (January 6, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

@cricinfo - I wonder if you could revise the stats slightly by adding the SRs of the test bowlers and also the economy rates of the bowlers in the T20 and ODI formats - esp the latter where economy in T20 is as important as taking wickets. I notice you have ERs of a couple of the T20 bowlers but it would be good to see all of them

Posted by JG2704 on (January 6, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

@Rally_Windies on (January 06 2013, 00:47 AM GMT) Funny how you (obviously researched) Jimmy's SR but failed to notice that Jimmy trumps Steyn on the 2 stats they gave.I'm not sure what others SRs are but from the stats they have provided Jimmy has taken more wickets than Steyn (may have been in more tests so maybe we can't read too much into this) and with a slightly better average too. Also Jimmy bowled in 3 series in SC conditions - not renowned for helping seamers. Just wonder if it's possible you could put a more constructive comment across and put a better candidate as well as comparative stats? I guess not but please surprise me

Posted by JG2704 on (January 6, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

@Perera32 on (January 05 2013, 21:57 PM GMT) Listen - I'm not saying Herath is not a decent bowler. I'm just responding to your minor tantrum about Ajmal being in the side. Yes Herath had a better ratio vs Eng but SL were pretty much a one bowler side vs England whereas Pakistan also had guys like Rehman taking a load of wickets. If Rehman wasn't in the side I reckon Ajmal would have taken more wickets. Yes I remember the KP inns and I also remember KP and others not having a clue about how to play Ajmal in UAE - You see my point?

Posted by Bruisers on (January 6, 2013, 8:07 GMT)

@BanCricFan - You need to double-check the rankings. Kallis is the No.1 allrounder in Tests, Hafeez No.1 in ODIs and Watson No.1 in T20s.. No more No.1 for Shakib and that is because Bangladesh had no series against Zimbabwe/Ireland/Afghanistan last year. Sir Shakib has been finally shown his place :)

Posted by Bruisers on (January 6, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

No place for Kallis and Chanderpaul in the Test XI? Strange!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

Gd to see Ajmal in all three formats after that horrible decision by ICC to keep him out...but i wd have loved to see Kallis in Test XI in palce of Samuels and Chanders for Pieterson...One more name who is missing is Hafeez( for Kohli ) in T20XI considering his allround abilities...The captains??...Clarke(tests),,AB(ODI),,Mccullam(T20).

Posted by nafzak on (January 6, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

Chanderpaul gets no respect. All he did was score 987 runs with 3 centuries in 9 matches with average of 98. And was twice ranked #1 batsman in the world during this period.

Posted by Neuen on (January 6, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

Where is Kallis? Seriously no all rounder no balance in that test team. Sameuls is no where near Kallis even if he throws himself a couple of wicket or two.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

after the awful ICC decision ,Well done Saeed Ajmal and thanks to Cricinfo and the fans to at least recoginze hir greatness here

Posted by piyush_Daredevils on (January 6, 2013, 5:35 GMT)

In ODI's instead of perera, any one of watson , hafeez , saqib ul hassan or matthews could have been more suited .

In Test,Kallis is more deserving than Pieterson as he also provides a useful seam bowling option . Also,AB Devillers in place of Matt prior .

In T 20 ,AB should be in place of Mccullum because of his consistency . Instead of Bravo, saqib ul hassan more deserving .

Posted by JB77 on (January 6, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

Pietersen out of the Test squad and Mike Hussey in. I don't care what stats back up Pietersen's inclusion, Hussey is teamwork and reliability personified and the only text messages Hussey would ever send to a rival team would be to wish someone happy birthday. Pietersen's effect on team harmony is enough to keep him out of any team, ever. An absolute crime that Hussey retires while that fool plays on.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

Well done Saeed Ajmal and thanks to Cricinfo and the fans to at least recoginze hir greatness here, as ICC is blind and could not see the talent, the magic, the statistics and the match winning contirbuiton of this great Spinner in 2012. to be in team for all three formats is sometihng we all are proud on Ajmal!

Posted by saimrasheed on (January 6, 2013, 3:49 GMT)

i think Muhammad should be in t20 suqad.he is best all rounder.

Posted by BasliSooriya on (January 6, 2013, 2:49 GMT)

Where is the test highest wicket taker of the year, Rangana Herath in the list? What happened to left hander Chandrapaul? Suggest to include Mahela in the limited overs and T-20 for leading the side.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 2:47 GMT)

I am very surprise not to see MS Dhoni in any format..

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 2:30 GMT)

not fair were is martin guptill in t20

Posted by Dr.Qwert on (January 6, 2013, 1:59 GMT)

Give me Kallis or Hussey over Pietersen for the test team. 43 is a less than impressive for a world best 11. Kallis and Hussey both had brilliant years! And also, if you were selecting a team to win, you'd much rather have one of those 2 to Pietersen.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 1:46 GMT)

i think pujara shud make the cut instead of KP.....#reason - consistency if the odi team is listed as per batting order....then no. 5 for sanga is way lower i think warner shudnt be there because of inconcistency .... odi team - dilshan, amla, sangakarra, kohli, morgan/clarke , ab, perera, ajmal, finn, narine, morkel we dont need sloggers at top in odis.....cool head of amla will sparkle with dilshan's detructive strokes.

Posted by steve19191 on (January 6, 2013, 1:12 GMT)

personally I find it offensive that a bloke that chucks it gets into any on these XI´s.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (January 6, 2013, 0:47 GMT)

James Anderson, 48 wickets at 29.50 (Anderson has a terrible sr of 70)? on the test side? bahahahahaha ..

English author for sure

BW Hilfenhaus 37 wickets at 21.67 sr-54 Tino Best 18 wickets @ 16.27 sr-32 (insane, and he cannot be a team regular) Kemar Roach 39 wickets at 22.25 sr -41

any of these would make my test 11 before Anderson ...

Posted by AH_USA on (January 5, 2013, 23:44 GMT)

@Perera32 In the first two tests of SL versus AUS, Herath's bowling figures were:

Test#1: 75/0 and 95/5 Test #2: 95/0

So, the overall figures were 53 runs/wicket in three innings.

Posted by Punters_Mate on (January 5, 2013, 22:59 GMT)

Would have thought the leading wicket taker in test cricket i 2012 (Herath) would have made the team. The batters were selected based on runs scored however Ajmal gets picked based on subjective opinion. Not very consistent guys and looks like a pay back to the ICC.

Posted by kc69 on (January 5, 2013, 22:39 GMT)

Though i'm an Indian i feel that there is one Pakistani cricketer named Umar Gul who is always kept in sidelines but is a very good pace bowler(Especially in limited overs cricket) would have felt happy to see him in ODI and T20 teams instead of Steve Finn and Shakib-Al-Hasan(Bangladesh) instead of Thisara Perera just for ODI's.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 22:32 GMT)

headbandenator, i agree that its the opinion of the writer however there is no denying that chanderpaul is a top batsman and he has scored runs this year and has done so for many years running. its my opinion that he should be the 4 on any world side.

Posted by indians_always_rock on (January 5, 2013, 22:29 GMT)

T20 XI 1-Chris Gayle, 2-Shane Watson, 3-Virat Kohli, 4-MJ Guptill, 5-Marlon Samuels, 6-Yuvraj Singh,7-KA Pollard 8-GP Swann, 9-Mitchell Starc, 10-Saeed Ajmal, 11-Steven Finn

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 22:22 GMT)

I'm glad to see West Indians included in all formats of the game. Marlon, Narine and Finn are included in more than one format...interesting! And Ajmal is the MoM as he is the only player featured in all three formats, wow.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 22:16 GMT)

Mostly makes sense - but Herath as the second in line spinner???????

Posted by indians_always_rock on (January 5, 2013, 22:14 GMT)

ODI XI 1-Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2-Hashim Amla, 3-Virat Kohli, 4-Kumar Sangakkara, 5-AB de Villiers, 6-MS Dhoni, 7-Thisara Perera, 8-Morne Morkel, 9-SL Malinga, 10-Saeed Ajmal, 11-Sunil Narine,

Posted by Headbandenator on (January 5, 2013, 22:06 GMT)

@Randy Samlal - it's called an opinion. Were you good enough to be writing the article rather than just commenting on it, you could include Chanderpaul wherever you liked.

Posted by indians_always_rock on (January 5, 2013, 21:58 GMT)

TEST XI 1-Alastair Cook, 2-Graeme Smith, 3-Hashim Amla, 4- Jack Kaliis, 5-Michaell Clarke, 6- Shiv Chanderpaul, 7-AB DeVilliers, 8-Vernon Philander, 9-Rangana Herath, 10-Dale Steyn, 11-Saeed Ajmal.

Posted by Perera32 on (January 5, 2013, 21:57 GMT)

@ JG2704: Look, Herath picked up 19 wickets vs England in the 2 test matches in SL. The 2nd Test was played at the P Sara Oval - which was a very flat pitch that had very little assistance for spinners (KP scored a brill 100 that game remember?). Ajmal played 3 matches and picked up 24 wickets in the UAE, which were more spinner friendly pitches than the P Sara pitch. Ajmal also had assistance from Rehman however Herath was on his own. No disrespect to England and English fans but England still has a lot of problems with playing spin, even though they were brilliant vs India in India.JG2704, surely you have to admit that too especially with the cricket knowledge you seem to have.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (January 5, 2013, 21:45 GMT)

In my previous comment I meant that Sangakkara couldn't make the TEST IX. And 2012 leading wickets taker Herath who is doing amazing on bouncy Australian pitches is also not here too. Not to mention that Malinga couldn't make the ODI or T20. But The biggest surprise is that Sanga is not in the test IX... Are you serious ????

Posted by geoffw on (January 5, 2013, 21:24 GMT)

What I find interesting about that lot is that there are no Aussie bowlers anywhere. I think that speaks to their challenges for the upcoming Indian and pommie series, and why they didn't beat SAF at home (they should have won in Adelaide); I'd like to think that they can have a good go at the poms, Bird looks like he can bowl in England (he has the seam/swing Anderson look about him) otherwise the cupboard is full of injured wannabes. Darn :)

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

Only 1 Pakistani and 0 Bangladeshis in 33 spots! I think Gul, Hafeez, Shakib, deserved a spot somewhere in the shorter formats. But the lists do reflect the relative strengths of the teams at the moment with only 9/33 slots (3 a piece to Pak, Ind, SL) going to the 4 South Asian teams and 24/33 going to the 5 non-subcontinental teams. That is nearly a 1:3 ratio! Even with "anti-biasing" filters, there is a sizeable gap between the two geo-groups, with SA/Aus/Eng dominating.

Overall good selections. Nothing to cry as much foul about as some commenters, though the brit bias in testXI is a bit blatant :).

And proud to see Ajmal feature in all three teams!

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

Apparently the writer of this article is under the assumption that Chanderpaul has been retired for years, otherwise I cannot see why he was excluded.

Posted by mikey76 on (January 5, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

Jimmy2. The idea of playing 2 specialist spinners in England or Australia for instance is stupid, if the spinner is as good as Ajmal or Swann then he only needs to play alone. In asia its a different story. As far as Chanderpaul goes, yes he's a wonderful player but the bulk of his runs were scored against a weak Bangladesh attack. I dont think Swann particularly benefitted from DRS in 2012, by his standards he didnt have a great year due mainly to an elbow problem but still managed to bag almost 60 wickets including a ten for in Sri Lanka and 20 wickets against India, he's certainly a better bowler than Herath, and slightly behind Ajmal.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

How come Malinga is highest wicket taker in T20s? He hasn even got 50 wickets..

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

It is very interesting how Imran Khan termed Saeed Ajmal as a bowler who would only contain the flow of runs. He instead, took several wickets and is now the leading wicket taker in all formats of the game.

Posted by maqk on (January 5, 2013, 19:58 GMT)

Ajmal deserves the reward too, this is another proov of it, what a shame

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

Kallis averaged more than 50 with the bat and 30ish with the ball in addition to his catches-he should be in place of K.P.Also A.B is better than Prior batting-wise and would strengthen the team.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

Just adding to your information there Malinga is the Highest wicket taker in T20's cheerz mate..

Posted by JG2704 on (January 5, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

Re the Eng bias thing - surely with Eng's ODI form this year , the author could have put guys like Cook , Swann and even Bell in that side too if the selection process was jingoistic. With the exception of KP in the test side I challenge anyone to give a statistically better replacement for any of our players. BTW I do feel Swann has been our best T20/ODI bowler (better than Finn) but I guess they are going for a 2 seam/2 spin attack

Posted by JG2704 on (January 5, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

Wow , loads of little hissy fits re players being excluded but very few based on stats. As an Englishman it seems strange to have 4 players in the test side where we've had a fairly mediocre year but to my mind 2 of them are fully deserved (Cook and Prior) , one is borderline (Jimmy) and KP probably shouldn't be there - as others have mentioned guys like Shiv and Kallis should be there - Kallis adds his bowling and Shiv has batted in a poor WI side and come out well. As for Prior , who has averaged better this year as a WK? And as others have pointed out - Jimmy is statistically better than Steyn this year (if only slightly by ave) but is called a joke selection and yet none of these people say Steyn is a joke selection. Re Mallinga chilled_avenger on (January 05 2013, 07:17 AM GMT) backed up why he wasn't in the side but I suppose the stats are also a joke? Even KP has scored over 1000 runs this year so while there may be better alts it's hardly awful is it?

Posted by JG2704 on (January 5, 2013, 18:58 GMT)

@Perera32 on (January 05 2013, 11:16 AM GMT) re "Ajmal got most of his wickets vs a poor English team that had no clue playing any spinners" - So by that logic how come this very poor England side (clueless vs spin) do better vs SL with Herath in the side than Pak with Ajmal in the side?

@Michael Gahagan on (January 05 2013, 07:38 AM GMT) Has Hussey averaged better than Samuels this year? And re Prior - You may find he's averaged better than AB this year. Re Jimmy - yes he's controversially in ahead of Morkel (not sure what Morkel has averaged this year) but if you read the test team again VP is already in it so Jimmy has not been picked ahead of him

Posted by JG2704 on (January 5, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

@mikey76 on (January 05 2013, 06:24 AM GMT) I thought the 1st test vs SA was on a featherbed and KP still didn't score big. You still have to score the runs on whatever pitch. Clarke has been immense and has played on the same pitches that guys likeSmith, Kallis.Jaya,Sanga and Amla have played on and yet he's trumped all those guys in series against SA/SL. KP has played some amazing inns but at other points (UAE I believe was this year) he looked woeful.

@jonesy2 on (January 05 2013, 07:37 AM GMT) No , the biggest joke cricinfo is responsible for is continuing to post the clown comments

@lukecannon -We all have our preferences but this is based on performances for 2012 . Have Starc and Finn not statistically performed better than Mallinga this year? If they haven't then you may have a point. Personally I prefer Swann over Finn but I guess they are going for a 2 spin,2 seam attack

@maf17 (January 05 2013, 09:27 AM GMT)Maybe the author did it by way of batting order when he sai

Posted by JG2704 on (January 5, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

@Dhonimania on (January 05 2013, 04:20 AM GMT) Not sure if they have Sanga or AB keeping wicket , if the former you have a fair point. If the latter then AB has a higher average

@FAB_ALI on (January 05 2013, 06:36 AM GMT) Re the captaincy you're booing about. How did India do under Dhoni this year? Being that it's team of the year , there's your answer.

@pulkit10 on (January 05 2013, 06:41 AM GMT) Only Jimmy (as an Eng bowler is in the test side) Finn is in the other 2 formats where I'm not even sure if Siddle plays and not sure how often Hilf plays the other formats or what Steyn's stats are like in the shorter formats.VP hasn't played much (if any) shorter formats cricket He (Finn) trumps MM in the wickets and average column in the ODIs so maybe you should research what each have done in shorter formats. Re Jimmy , fair shout - maybe they took into consideration that he bowled well in SL/Ind and UAE (not renowned for being seam friendly places)?

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

where is malinga in the odi team? he's the leading wicket taker!!!!!!!!! am i the only one who noticed it?

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 18:25 GMT)

Saeed Ajaml is a top class bowler of all kind of cricket.

Posted by P.K.Sutradhar on (January 5, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

It's nothing but a very unwise selection of the players! I'm astonish to see a allrounder like Perera in the ODI XI except Shakib Al Hasan, the No.1 ODI allrounder! What a joke!

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

The ICC Test Player of Year Kumar Sangakkara not in the Test 11. Thats bull.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

Just about sums up the pathetic year for India in Test Cricket... Not a single player comes even for contention in the test squad.. i am amazed that swann, wasnt in as the best spinner for the year.... Ajmal success is mainly due to poor application of english batsman, Swann in India, showed Indian bowlers how to bowl... Swann also made decent contribution with the bat and deserved his place

Posted by wrenx on (January 5, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

Um, the reason for Finn inclusion in the T20 side is for having the joint-highest number of England wickets??? Is that because the compilers decided on a minimum quota for English players??? Where's Jayawardene? And Pietersen over Chanderpaul in tests? How can you leave Dhoni out of the ODI team? What did Hussey do to miss out, especially when they picked Perera? Ugly team selection, very biased towards an overrated England side in 2012

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

MashaAllah what a year for Ajmal!!

Posted by EnglishCricket on (January 5, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

David Warner is a fast track bully and whenever he performs on slow tracks with lots of spin, he's clueless. I hope people haven't forgotten the Pakistan series in UAE. His average will considerably go down when he faces India in the test series just watch.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

no one from t20 runnerup team in wolrd t20..In India one can easily score runs even 220 can be chasable,all t20 pitches are flat but on the other side pitches in sri lanka are slow and low so in my point of view scoring runs when it matters is more practical than looking at just runs ie:virat kholi may score 80 runs in a 220 pitch but dilshan might score 60-70 in a 120 pitch,which is more valuable?

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

hahaha...perera over shakib seriously??

Posted by wrenx on (January 5, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

@cric_J You seem to not be qualifying your statistics: both Swann and Herath played far more test matches than Ajmal, so their statistics don't really compare. Swann in particular has a paltry haul compared to what Ajaml achieved in 6 matches, all away, and both Ajmal and Herath didn't benefit from consistent DRS availability, while Swann only had to do without on rank turners in India

Posted by mikey76 on (January 5, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

Jmcilhinney. Jonesy2 just seems to have a pathalogical hatred of all things English. It's really quite disturbing. What's worse is he'll just post some baseless drivel and then not have the decency to reply. His test side is not balanced for one, two spinners only really works in Asia. Warner ahead of Smith is clearly Aussie bias as is the ridiculous assertion that Wade is a superior keeper to the matchless Prior. As for Siddle over Anderson, well you have to ask where the two have bowled. 10 of Anderson's tests were in Asia, his bowling in India was sublime. Let's see how Siddle does over there in a couple of months.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

wo wo woo wooo... where is Muhammad Hafeez is the t20 and ODI formats?? why you forget to bring in Nasir Jamsheed??nd where is mike Hussey?in my suggestion these three players must be included along side with MS Dhoni from india and Shakib from Bangladesh..Methews from SL and Gayle from WI. Rgrds/ a cricket lover from Pakistan

Posted by RandyOZ on (January 5, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

Thanks for selecting the team George Dobell. The fact that KP is there instead of Hussey automatically makes this list void.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

Teams seem decent but I would have liked to see Moh'd Hafeez in the ODI team maybe in place of Dilshan or Perera. He adds so much balance to any team as a bowling option. Disappointed not to see him in the ODI XI. But the tests and T20s seem good.

Posted by mikey76 on (January 5, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

Peter56. I couldn't care less what wisden says. Jayawardene can't score runs outside of Sri Lanka, he is the archetypal home track bully. I'm saying the innings KP played, particularly the 149 at Headingley could only have been played by him, not Clarke, not Amla. He had a rough time with off the field antics but still produced three of the great innings of 2012, he's the best player in the world and watch out for him in 2013, he's gonna give the Aussies and absolute pasting.

Posted by cric_J on (January 5, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

I would definitely want to know why Rangna Herath doesn't make the test XI despite being the highest wickettaker of 2012.He has taken 60 wickets at an average of 23.61, much more than Ajmal's 39 at 20.61.Even Swann was better than Ajmal with 59 wickets.Agreed that he blew away England but that was more due to to poor English batting than something specil from him.Look how the same English batting lineup was brilliant in India.Maybe it was more to do with their belief in batting well against spin than their skill to do so.They believed in themselves in India and got the results.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

I think Dhoni should have been picked as wicket-keeper in all formats. He's a class player. The list doesn't tells who's the captain either. A cricket fan from Pakistan.

Posted by 158notout on (January 5, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

jonesy is so funny! He thinks Jimmy A is a joke in the team despite the fact he took more wickets than Steyn at a better rate. And he has some sort of strange obsession with Matthew Wade. :-) As for David Warner, dream on son.

I think the Test team is spot on. Of course there will always be players unlucky although I would not necessarily complain if Shiv made the team, probably in place of KP. otherwise it is perfect.

One player that could have come into the ODI team under the radar is Ian Bell. He did not make as many runs as Warner or Dilshan but he made them at a considerably better average - 549 runs @ 54.90. I would drop Warner for Ian Bell. One player that looks like he is making an early claim to be in the 2013 side is Junaid Khan. lets wait and see.

Whoever the poster was that suggested Dhoni? I presume not in the Test side :-) If there weren't already 2 wickies in the ODI side he might have got a look in.

Posted by peter56 on (January 5, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

@mikey76 You are heavily outnumbered here the vast majority here say Kp averaging 43 in 14 tests with 3 tons should no way be in the team. with figures like that, he would not even make it in to a test second xi for the year. it was a case of virtually one hundred every 5 tests not good enough forthe middle order of a world XI. all his hundreds were top drawer no doubt but Mahelas 180 matchwinning effort against England is Wisdens greatest test innings of the year none of KPs 3 tons are independently rated in the top 3. his first entry is his 186 rated the 5th best

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

I agree with everyone saying Chanerpaul deserves his place. second best batting average behind pup average 98.70 including 150* and 203* albeit both against Bangladesh. Although, He also scored 103*, 94, 68, and 69 against Australia. And Warner was on struggle street big time before making those two hundreds in the odi triangular series last year, and hasen't done enough to justify his place in the odi xi of the year.

Posted by The_Ashes on (January 5, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

Cricket is in such a mess right now i.e. Sri Lanka have played 34 ODI games in 2012 whereas a team like Zimbabwe only 3 ODI games, Cricket is a weird sport that doesn't at all give most other nations any games needs to sort yourself out otherwise Cricket with dismal crowd attendances will just fail as a sport.

Posted by AzAb12754 on (January 5, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

I can't pronounce the name of the writer of this article but to include Perara over Shakib in the ODI line-up is beyond my belief. We should all know quantity is nothing its all about quality. Perara with a pathetic batting average 16 despite playing so many games was picked as a genuine all-rounder. Lets see what he does in Sri Lanka series with Bangladesh next month and have a battle with number 1 ranked.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

Good to see that Dhoni is not in all three eleven. Dhoni usually finds a place in such XI's under ""BCCI quota"". So this time ESPN's selection is free of bias.

Posted by i_amVIVA on (January 5, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

Yuvraj there, Perera there, but you omitted Shakib. This list makes little sense. Looking at the country, influence, power over the merits of the players appears to be the criteria in your farce list, and that's very unfortunate for cricket. No wonder this game don't spread much farther worldwide!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by NBZ1 on (January 5, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

@Cricstar: No national biases at work, I am from a country unlikely to produce a player in this list in the foreseeable future.

Anderson is normally one of the best bowlers in Eng/SA/Aus, but in 2012 he struggled in the pivotal SA series in home conditions (this is after all a 2012 team). He was excellent in India and okay in the UAE. So I do not think he is an automatic choice in the team, but nor do I think any of the other contenders (Siddle, Roach, Morkel, Herath) are automatic picks. Take out Ajmal and Philander, in fact, and you are left with quite a lot of bowlers who were pretty good but not amazing in 2012, one of whom happens to be Anderson.

Incidentally, given the kind of turners we have seen in SL, India and UAE in 2012, no team would play in those conditions with less than 2 spinners, even to accommodate Anderson. So perhaps the best bet is to pick one of Anderson/Morkel/Siddle/Roach in the XI and have a spinner as your 12th man for subcontinental conditions.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

hai .. who named a test 11 with out rangana herath with putting ajmal in.. well herath is at his best n should not kick off from best 11. that is called silliness.also in T20 side there should be a place for dilshan ahead of bravo .don't forget sanga on test 11 .

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

world t20 xi without ajantha mendis, this is a joke!!!!

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

Could not agree more with the teams. This list shows a couple of things 1) India - The sad state of the Indian Team (not Indian Cricket - as anyone following the Ranji season will agree). We usually had at least a couple of players in the test/odi side, but this year none in the test team (and rightfully so) 2) Graeme Swann vs Saeed Ajmal - Even though swann bowled well in India, Ajmal is edging him out now. I think both of them are equals, but this year was Ajmal's. For Ajmal to be considered in the likes of Warne/Murali/Kumble he will need to perform like this over the next few years. Currently, he is performing like Harbhajan at his best (first half of last decade)

Posted by NBZ1 on (January 5, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

@mikey76: If this was an exercise to decide the best Test innings of the year, KP would be the 1st man on the list. As it is, you cannot just conveniently brush away the fact that KP has had a very mixed year from a Test batting perspective. He struggled in all 3 Tests in UAE as well as all the other Tests England lost in the year (except the 3rd Test against SA), so he also holds part of the responsibility for those losses. By contrast Kallis (to take just one other deserving candidate) had a uniformly good year and scored centuries in all the series he played in. And if you're looking for efforts in heroism, how about the depraved injury-defying batting displays in both innings in Adelaide that were pivotal in SA securing a draw.

By the way in that same Eng-SL series, Jayawardene scored a match-winning 180 and another hundred against an England attack that I reckon was stronger than SL's both in pace and spin. That innings does not get much adulation: I wonder why.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 14:23 GMT)

where is msd in odis ?

Posted by king78787 on (January 5, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

agree with you on chanderpaul,also hit a double century and a 150 against bangladesh where is sanga?hit two scores in the 190's Herath should be in the test XI, took most wickets in 2012. De villiers should keep. My test XI: 1-cook 2-sangakkara 3-Amla 4- Clarke (capt) 5- Pietersen 6-Chanderpaul 7- De villiers (wkt) 8- Herath 9- Philander 10- Steyn 11- Anderson

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

Where is Shakib Al Hasan!?! This list is unworthy to be published on cricinfo. He is Man of the Tournament of Asia Cup for god's sake! he deserves far more credit than he is given. And thisira perera can't even hold a candle to shakib

Posted by IshaqSohag on (January 5, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

I wonder, you people didn't pick Mohammad Hafeez.... it's quite strange!

Posted by raybarker50 on (January 5, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

what the hell where is chanderpaul in the test xi he avg 98 and isnt there and played far less tests than those above him. kp shouldnt even be there and why ghe hell is samuels there? come on shiv ahould be in the test xi and to top it all off he is # 2 IN WORLD COM ON PPL. MY TEST XI 1.A.COOK 2.G.SMITH 3.HM.AMLA 4.J.KALLIS 5.M.CLARKE 6.S.CHANDERPAUL 7.M.PIROR 8.V.PHILANDER 9.D.STEYN 10.AJMAL 11.ANDERSON WHO CAN TOP THT PLS SAY THANK U

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (January 5, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

Cricinfo should allow a young team 11 for each format (under-27) and allow us fans to choose by have a voting system in Cricinfo or something, that would be cool and fair because most of us fans choose accordingly even when we're not from those countries.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

Ajmal may have missed out on an ICC award or two but he's in all three of ESPNcricinfo's XIs of the year © AFP

Isn't it a question mark on ICC selection panel?

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (January 5, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

Well even though this selection was unfair, these Cricinfo staff who picked them didn't even have the courage to forward their names when picking this controversial team 11 for each format so it doesn't really matter in the end :)

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

Where is Rangana Herath in Tests and Martin Guptill in T20Is

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (January 5, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

Its funny so called "all-rounder" Perera is picked over NUMBER 1 ranked ODI all-rounder Shakib even though Perara has a pathetic batting average of 16.

Posted by THE_MIZ on (January 5, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

@hhillbumper, how many dropped chances do you recall by De villiers? How many unnecessary byes? I don't remember too many... He was solid all year

Posted by THE_MIZ on (January 5, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

My Test XI : 1-Cook , 2- Smith , 3-Amla, 4-Kallis , 5-Clarke, 6-Chanderpaul, 7-AB , 8-Philander, 9-Ajmal , 10-Herarth, 11-Anderson/Steyn.... The Steyn vs Anderson argument is very subjective. Steyn outbowled Anderson in the SA vs Eng series and retains no.1 throughout the year. More pace, aggression - An argument for Steyn. However, Anderson did well against India (albeit these days poor team) in testing conditions. Also the better swing bowler. - Arugment for Anderson. Tough one as both never set the world alight which is why I'd include both spinners. Also, a reason for Pietersen's exclusion is that while his knocks were often crucial in UAE, he failed.

Posted by Resalat on (January 5, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

Where is Shakib Al Hasan ????? Who is Thisara Perera ???? How come he got the place in ODI as allrounder, when there is one Shakib Al Hasan ???? Very biased selection. Tamim Iqbal also had a wonderful year in ODI, making 5 fifties in a row, very few players in the world had done that.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

Pollard not Bravo!! Pollard hit 3 sixes in the T20 semis

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 12:06 GMT)

Saeed Ajmal figures in all teamz.....i.e; Tests, ODIs n T20s

Posted by Navide on (January 5, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

Where is SHAKIB AL HASAN! It is made by INDIANs

Posted by Joel_S on (January 5, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

Obvious English Bias.... KP shouldn't be there, nor Anderson. Chanderpaul averaged almost 100 for the year, and almost scored as many runs Pieterson even when batting in 10 innings less. Siddle should replace Anderson. Sids took almost as many wickets as Anderson in just over half the matches. Siddle averaged far better too, although the biggest difference between the two is their blowing strike rates. Anderson took a wicket every 70 balls (poor for a regular bowler, let alone one who claims honours of best team of the year). Siddle had a remarkable strike rate of 47! Easy choice if you ask me...

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (January 5, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

Worst selections ever, some i dont agree with, i.e kallis not being in test team. Also what is wrong having 2 spinners in a test?

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

Where is Malinga in T20 or ODI s ??

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

I express only my Choice :)


AN Cook(Eng) ... HM Amla(SA) CA Pujara(India) MJ Clarke (Aus)--(CPT) S Chanderpaul(WI) JH Kallis (SA) AB de Villiers (SA)--(WK) VD Philander(SA) PM Siddle(Aus) HMRKB Herath(SL) KAJ Roach (WI)


TM Dilshan (SL) HM Amla (SA) V Kohli (India) KC Sangakkara (SL) AB de Villiers (SA) MS Dhoni (India)(CPT+WK) SP Narine (WI) M Morkel (SA) SL Malinga (SL) Abdur Razzak (Ban) ST Finn (Eng)

MY 2012 T20 ELEVEN

MJ Guptill (NZ) CH Gayle (WI) SR Watson (Aus) V Kohli (India) Yuvraj Singh (India) MN Samuels (WI) MS Dhoni (India)(CPT+WK) GP Swann (Eng) Umar Gul (Pak) ST Finn (Eng) BAW Mendis (SL)

Posted by hhillbumper on (January 5, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

Did people genuinely suggest de Villiers for wicket keeper? Obviously they forget that you actually have to take chances as a keeper?

Posted by Stark62 on (January 5, 2013, 11:23 GMT)

Why wasn't Nasir Jamshed considered for the ODI 11?!?!

He had a great year against Aus, Ind and the Asia cup with an average of 71.00 and a strike rate of 86.06!!

Posted by Perera32 on (January 5, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

No players from the no 1 T20 team, what a joke. I agree Ajmal is a brilliant bowler but Herath had a better year than Ajmal, Ajmal got most of his wickets vs a poor English team that had no clue playing any spinners. Herath has done well in Australia with wickets with no assistance and Herath did well in South Africa too. Ajmal should have a better year next year though, us Sri Lankans love him.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

Hussey seems a better candidate than almost 3 batsmen in the Test-XI: Smith, Pietersen and Samuels. You can't always go by averages alone.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

I don't get some people's problems on here. Malinga averaged 32 in ODI's. THIRTY-TWO. Kohli took him for 96 (I think) in the space of 8 overs in one game. Agree Kallis should have been in the Test side. Dhoni did not really do much in ODI's to win games for India, just look at his recent final innings. He also bats too low, gets his average bolstered by not outs. Should be batting MUCH higher, him and Kohli and 3+4, not down at 6/7. Shakib does not feature in the top 50 ODI batsmen OR bowlers this year, so has less than 250 runs and less than 8 wickets! Some people on here need to get their ideas sorted...

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

Much more comfortable with lukecannons team...

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

Chanderpaul and Herath should have been in the team as well. Herath was the leading wicket-taker for the year with 60 scalps at an average of only 23! Chanders averaged 98 with the bat and scored almost 1000 runs. He definitely deserves a place more than Marlon.

Posted by RaadQ on (January 5, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

Herath comes close to Ajmal in test matches. Chanderpaul over Pietersen for me. He played well despite his team's struggles and performed exceptionally well against Aus at home and England away, and averaged 350+ in Bangladesh with a double and a century. I cannot see how Warner got into the ODI list :/ He struggled outside of the two performances mentioned, proven by the fact he still ended up with a miserable average of 35. How about Jamshed, who averaged 66 in 2012 with 2 centuries and a 97 from 8 innings, and a century in 2013 which doesn't count.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 10:37 GMT)

How could they leave Kallis out? He made 944 runs and averaged 67 in 2012 with 4 centuries. He is easily ahead of Samuels and KP. He bowls, too.

Posted by Naikan on (January 5, 2013, 10:36 GMT)

Some of the responses are pitting Herath Vs Ajmal. Hey all of you, dont you see? How the issue is getting diverted? Have a look when these two went head to head in tests in 2012. There is not much to choose between them - They Both got 15 wickets each in 3 tests - though Herath scored better on the average as he conceeded lesser runs. However I ask why should two spinners not be in? Why cant they both be in? Two fast bowlers in the team got their year''s haul at nearly 30 per wicket which does not put them in the great performer league at all. So you should be pushing to include both these spinners who averaged less than 25 per wicket. While Ajmal on one hand had the best average, Herath got more wickets than all those in the team and that too against a good mix of top teams. So it is only fair that they both should get included.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

Ajmal <3 now ICC needs to re-think whether they did the right thing by not giving any award to Ajmal

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

The oLy selection I'd take issue with is KP . Once again he's market on style over substance. People seem to have some sort of blind sport where he is concerned. Oh, and irony is not a synonym for bad luck. Only Alanis Morissette thinks that.

Posted by Icyman on (January 5, 2013, 10:11 GMT)

Why is Yuvraj there in the T20 squad ? He has only played and performed vs NZ in India. Just cause he is a cancer struck person, does not mean that he should be sympathised with. His form has been poor and does not deserve to be a part of the team.

Posted by Hardy1 on (January 5, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

Bit biased towards England to be honest in the Test team to be honest. Yeah Pietersen had 3 great innings but how can you possibly include him over Chanderpaul, Kallis (how can you possibly miss him out as the all rounder), ABDV (who should be the WK) or about 20 other players who had better averages? As for Anderson & Steyn, agreed that they are probably the best, especially considering they bowled in all conditions although there's a case for guys like Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Roach & Southee.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

Mohammad Hafeez should be included in odi or t20 cause he one of the most consistent and top ranked allrounders after watson.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

Selecting KP ahead of Kallis in the test team leaves me at a loss for words! Kallis gives you stability and excellence with the bat, and an extra 10 overs per game of seam and bounce. The perfect slip fielder and his fantastic stats with bat and ball in 2012 were achieved almost entirely away from home (he played exactly 1 home game in the year). Let's not even begin to question whether KP would contribute more or less to the team spirit. Like I said, I am actually quite disappointed in the cricinfo selection panel.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

How did warner get in the ODI as an opener surely Amla was way better than him this year in that position then you can have Dhoni or bell or even KP who still managed same amount of tons as Warner but in only 4 innings?

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

Ajmaal, oh my word ,is standout candidate there. Did,nt icc recognize it earlier ,when icc COY ,was awarded to someone else , baised and pathetic i would say. This man is of supreme skill in his business and most humble.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

AB De Villiers year 2012 10 16 2 815 169 58.21 1440 56.59 2 2 He should be ahead of Matt Prior.

Similarly Jacques Kallis with better average and performance this year and also being an all rounder should be ahead of Kevin Pietersen.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 9:32 GMT)

1 think to consider, that these are stats from 1 jan 2012 - 31 dec 2012. and mentioning of ajmal not nominated in icc player of year list, that award period also included half of 2011 and on that period ajmal was way above allothers most wickets in all formats.in this team period he played only 6 tests and got 39 wickets.

Posted by maf17 on (January 5, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

Cook first on everyone's team sheet? Ahead of Clarke? I wasnt aware Cook had scored 4 doubles, which no-one else in history has done. I'm sorry, Cook had a great year, but Clarke was on another level entirely. He was No. 1, daylight second.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

For the test team: Shiv Chanderpual really deserved a place, probably ahead of Samuels, his performances against Australia and England were amazing. As for Pieterson, I would pick about 10 other players before him, even if he scored runs at pressure situations, not consistent enough. Sangakarra and Kallis were unlucky as well, but both had some bad form during the year. Kallis perhaps takes Pieterson's spot. Herath deserves the spinners spot as he was very consistent even in unhelpful conditions (Hobart), he didn't have the support of Abdur Rehman's quality like Ajmal either. I think ABs poor from in England is enough to justify Prior's selection. The rotation policy cost the Aussie quicks a spot, the NZ bowlers shared theire form around and Junaid Khan blossomed too late, so they got the quick bowlers right I think.

Posted by inefekt on (January 5, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

Cook is the first player on everybody's Test list? Is that because he's an opener or because they all thought he was the standout player? If it is the latter then Clarke should be insulted, his year was one of the all time great years for a batsman in test history. He should easily have been the first player to make any Test list for anybody that has even the slightest expertise in this game.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

This is such an indian biased article, i mean you have even written that guptill scored more runs and at a higher average batting kept aside his fielding is also way better than kohli's. All of this is coming from an indian

Posted by Trickstar on (January 5, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

@ lukecannon Go on then I'm interested to know, why no way Anderson in the test team, more wickets and better stats than Steyn and bowled on far flatter pitches all year long than any other pacer, the guy had 9 tests in the sub continent and took 30 wickets @26 over there.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

and still Ajmal doesnt get the Cricketer of the Year award, not even any other ICC award! The irony...

Posted by sifter132 on (January 5, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

Outside the 2 ODI innings you mentioned for Warner, he has STRUGGLED! Hasn't mastered the art of building an ODI innings at all, and even that 100 vs SL in the 2nd final was an uncharacteristic battle for him. Plenty of better options that him. I think Pietersen is getting into that Test side on name value as well (arguably Anderson and Steyn as well). Plenty of guys have had better years than KP. Particularly when you consider his off field shennigans. Not saying he's completely at fault, but it hardly helped the English team did it?

Posted by lukecannon on (January 5, 2013, 8:36 GMT)

T20 XI 1 - Chris Gayle 2 - Mahela Jayawardene 3 - Shane Watson 4 - Virat Kohli 5 - Marlon Samuels 6 - AB DeVillers 7 - Dwayne Bravo 8 - Graeme Swann 9 - Lasith Malinga 10 - Saeed Ajmal 11 - Ajantha Mendis

Posted by Jimmyrob83 on (January 5, 2013, 8:33 GMT)

Hussey should be in place for that way OVERRATED Pietersen. George Dobell must of had a hand in that. WOW. Siddle is also extremely unlucky.

Posted by lukecannon on (January 5, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

ODI XI 1 - TM Dilshan 2 - Hashim Amla 3 - Kumar Sangakkara 4 - Virat Kohli 5 - AB Devillers 6 - MS Dhoni 7 - Thisara Perera 8 - Sunil Narine 9 - Saeed Ajmal 10 - Steven Finn 11- Morne Morkel

Posted by Trickstar on (January 5, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

Personally can see why they went with Ajmal over Herath simply because I think he's the better bowler and more dangerous everywhere in the world. Hearth in the away tests he's played in Aus has been pretty mediocre averaging 40, although Ajmal hasn't been out of familiar conditions this year.

I can see why people object to having KP in the side, although he'd be in my side because he's one of the most destructive test players around and can win you a game in a day, like he showed on 3 occasions this year, which many pundits rate some of the best ever, although his series in the UAE lowers his average a great deal. For the balance of the side you could defo argue for his inclusion, with 3 fairly stodgy batsmen before him,but I've no problem with either Kallis or Chanders though.

Not for a moment would I not pick Prior, easily the best keeper batsman, always plays key inning for England and always plays for the team. ABD isn't a patch on him with the gloves and only had 1 good inning.

Posted by Jawwad123 on (January 5, 2013, 8:25 GMT)

Where's Shakib??? Would've been nice to see him

Posted by lukecannon on (January 5, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

Test XI 1 - Alastair Cook 2 - Hashim Amla 3 - Jack Kaliis 4 - Michaell Clarke 5 - Shiv Chanderpaul (average of 98 in 2012 second only to Clarke) 6 - Marlon Samuels 7 - AB DeVilliers 8 - Vernon Philander 9 - Rangana Herath 10 - Dale Steyn 11 - Saeed Ajmal

Posted by siddhartha87 on (January 5, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

malinga bowls well in t20 only, he may be highest wicket taker, but he failed against top teams.He is way too costly.

Hafeez is good but not good enough to be in any of the year ending XI

Swann and panesar are better bowler than Herath. So even the test xi would have 2 spinners it would have been Swann or Panesar only. Not Herath.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

So ridiculous selecting these teams on stats!! Jacques Kallis not good enough for selection in any of these three teams .are those selecting these teams for real, or are they having a laugh!!

Posted by Vikram94 on (January 5, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

No Lasith Malinga ?Post this on a comedy forum.

Posted by lukecannon on (January 5, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

Where's MALINGA?? in the ODIs and T20s ?? Steven finn and Starc over Malinga? what? This is a joke..

Posted by Trickstar on (January 5, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

People screaming for Malinga obviously haven't looked at his stats in one day cricket, he averages 32 in 50 over & has 10 wickets @25 in T20, no where close to the other guys, looks like some people are picking him on reputation.

@NBZ1 How exactly would leaving Anderson out make it more certain 20 wickets would be taken in 'Eng/SA/Aus and India/UAE/SL', when he's one of the best bowlers in the world in the first 3 countries and have you not seen what he can do in the last 3, he's been amazing this year in the UAE, SL I mean I can see why people want their own players in the side when it's a close call but at least make a legit argument.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (January 5, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

@lukecannon on (January 05 2013, 07:45 AM GMT), because Smith is an opener and Chanderpaul refuses to bat anywhere but #5. The idea is that the team is one that you could put on the field to play a game. You want to play a game without openers?

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

So Pieterson gets picked averaging 43 and being suspended for a match, Hussey averages 60 and makes 4 centuries but isn't picked in the test team???

Posted by lukecannon on (January 5, 2013, 8:07 GMT)

@jonesy2 - I just figured out who doesn't know a think about cricket.Warner,Wade and Siddle? feeling a bit patriotic aren't we ? lol

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 8:06 GMT)

pathetic selection....where is hussey,hafeez,kallish,dhoni,malinga.....?

Posted by jmcilhinney on (January 5, 2013, 8:04 GMT)

@jonesy2 on (January 05 2013, 07:37 AM GMT), interesting that you single out the England players only. I'm not saying that I necessarily agree with every selection but if Anderson's average was better then Steyn's for the year then why scoff at the selection of Anderson in the Test team and not that of Steyn? Of course, I don't expect you to provide any factual justification for your statements as that's not your style.

Posted by lukecannon on (January 5, 2013, 7:59 GMT)

Whoaaa hold your horese!! Where is Jayawardene and Ajantha mendis in the T20 team? Steven Finn and Mitchel Starc over Ajantha Mendis? Brendon Mccullum over Mahela Jayawardene?? hahaha what a joke of a team

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 7:57 GMT)

No shakib Al hasan seriously?? Bangladesh played better ODI than India West indies in 2012 and yet the list is full of them....Totally biased indian writer...SHame on cricinfo

Posted by Trickstar on (January 5, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

I suppose you can't please everyone with things like this but come on Cook in 50 over cricket averages 47 this year with 3 tons, far more than both openers and Swann's got 17 wickets @ 14 in T20's and has been far better than Narine internationally this year.

@amilag Mahela averages 40 this year in tests and doesn't deserve to be anywhere near the side.

@pulkit10 You comment shows either shows an agenda or a serious lack of cricketing knowledge, on which planet is Finn & especially Anderson not better bowlers than Siddle, Hilfenhaus (lol) & Morkel, for a start Finn is a better one day bowler than any of those mentioned and has proved it this past year & Anderson is a level above those as a test bowler and has proved it the last 3 or 4 years, he's averaged a touch less than Steyn with more wickets this year and has bowled on some of the most seam unfriendly pitches around, UAE, SL and India.

Posted by lukecannon on (January 5, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

No way... Jimmy anderson in the test team???? Where on earth is the leading wicket taker of 2012 Rangana Herath? How can you possibly not find a place in the test 11 for him ?? The man took 5 wicket hauls in South Africa and Australia even. Where's Shiv Chanderpaul ? His average in tests for 2012 is 98.. how can you choose people like Graem Smith over Chanders??? Only clarke has a better average than him.. This is very dissapointing.. But a very good selection for the shorter formats of the game i must say.

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 5, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

someone who has no idea what cricket even is has just picked random names out of a hat and put them into the sides. for people who actually want to know what the actual teams of the year are ill start with the test side: warner, cook, amla, kallis, clarke, hussey, wade, siddle, philander, herath, ajmal.

Posted by sanjaycrickfan on (January 5, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

Saeed Ajmal - very good bowler. Kohli - outstanding.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 7:38 GMT)

There cannot be any sensible Test team selection that excludes Jacques Kallis and Michael Hussey.

Here are the choices:

Exclude Smith, and move Hashim to open and Kallis to 3. Leave out Petersen, and bat Kallis at 4 and Clarke at 5.

AB de Villiers batting is a nature asset ahead of Matt Prior.

Hussey in for Samuels.

And, Herath instead of Ajmal.

(And I haven't even dared to add Philander or Morkel ahead of Anderson. Eish!)

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 5, 2013, 7:37 GMT)

no surprises that this is an utter joke. how the hell is anderson and peterson in that test team?! steven finn! ahahahahahaha this is the biggest joke cricinfo has put on and thats saying something. obviously done by a delusional england fan

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

Funny that Malinga doesn't get a place in the ODI team even after being the highest wicket taker. Obviously his figures in t20 didn't do him justice this year but still surprised at the ODI thing

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 7:27 GMT)

Lol. No Lasith Malinga for the ODI or T20 teams? Seriously? He's one of the best bowlers when it comes to T20. This is probably some of the poorest team choices I've seen recently.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

Srilankan fans sound soo disappointed...I guess Malinga has an automatic place in the shortest format, his exclusion is just not fair. Other than that I think a pretty decent selection. After a terrible decision of not short listing Ajmal in the awards some sort of reconciliation by keeping him in all formats and rightly so. All those who think Herath should have been in there ahead of Ajmal I really dont know which cricket youve been watching, there is simply no comparison (in any format). Pietersen could have been replaced with Chanderpaul or Kallis in tests. Shakib might be the best Bangladeshi player but cant really see him replacing anyone in the current lineups. Happy that Prior has been selected, hes such a good player. @Sujan this team is made of individual performers I dont think apart from Malinga anyone from SL has a place in the T20 team. @NBZ1 again I would say its not about how eng performed, cook, james and prior thoroughly deserve their places jus not sure about KP.

Posted by Happy_AusBang on (January 5, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

An excellent piece of analytic work Kanishkaa. I have only one issue to raise. You rightly pointed out that Philander was unlucky at the ICC Awards. If true, then surely Saeed Ajmal would have to be even unluckier, more so when you take into account some of the atrocious umpiring decisions that deprived him. Clearly his performances were more striking and as you yourself admitted he is the only player in all three formats of the game. He should have been the undisputed ICC Cricketer of the Year.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 7:19 GMT)

From a test team point of view, I would suggest Kallis (944 runs from 9 test matches at 67.42 - plus 11 wickets) deserves a spot ahead of Pieterson. Likewise, AB de Villiers (815 runs from 16 innings at 58.21) would earn a spot ahead of Prior, in my team.

Posted by chilled_avenger on (January 5, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

@Jayesh Mohan Do you even watch Cricket? Malinga hasn't played tests since 2010! How can he be on Test team of the year? And his economy rates in ODIs(5.66 per over) and T20s(7.93 per over) were pretty mediocre this year and hence he was exuded! Teams of the Year should not be based on overall performance,but only on the year concerned! And to Shakib fans,your favorite All-rounder played only 2 tests and 4 ODIs this year,so others who maintained their consistency throughout the year were preferred over him!

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

poor selection how J.Kallis nt in Test team, wid an average of 35 wat warner is doing in ODI n nt picking Dhoni is a joke who averages 60 + n also malinga nt in t20 who jus had 1 bad game.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

Hence proved, it is impossible to make everyone happy! (After reading comments) :)

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

Superb! So much balance in all the three sides. Ow-some work Thumbs Up!

Posted by amilag on (January 5, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

This is a Joke. No hearth, sanga,kalis,mahela in test and no malinga,mahela,dhoni in T20.You must be kidding....

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

It is very unlikely that you see a bowler featuring in all of the formats among the top ranks. Ajmal did so..

Posted by Sulaimaan91 on (January 5, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

How does Ajmal get in over Herath?? Herath was by far the best bowler in 2012, in friendly conditions in SL, Ajmal looked so ineffective.Bringing him into the test team based just on his performance against Eng is a really poor choice. Kallis needs to be in the Test team ahead of KP as well and Warner is a really poor choice as ODI opener, Amla should open and Dhoni should come in as just as a batsman.The rest look OK but in there really could have been far better choices.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

poor frm cricinfo...hw cn narine be picked ahead of mendis in T20 team...i think they hv takn ipl performance of him against poor indian batsman........and hw cn they include 3 fast bowlers on a balanced team and ahead of the years leading wicket taker, Hearath..needs sm explanation..sri lanka ws d most impressive n T20 wrld cp except fr d final....but none of their playrs included in t20 team....a real nonsense......

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

quite surprised that Mallinga was not in any of limited overs team.. ???????????

Posted by Muralibomb on (January 5, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

No Lasith Malinga for twenty 20. Surprising considering his success in IPL and the WT20.

Posted by pulkit10 on (January 5, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

Took a step forward by picking Ajmal over other spinners then took two back by picking Anderson and Finn. They are terrific bowlers but when stacked up against Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Steyn, Morkel and Philander, they don't come across as great. I'd just put the South African attack for Tests and throw Ajmal in there.

Also...Kallis had a great year, he should have been in the test team and Warner is more T20 material.

Posted by FAB_ALI on (January 5, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

Without MS Dhoni the one-day team looks incomplete...He is arguably the best one-day batsman in the world at this time!!!! And the team also lacks a good captain..... where I mean AB is still to prove his ability as captain in one-day format.... Sangakkara or Dilshan cant be considered as an option here.

Posted by The_Mystery_Ball on (January 5, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

No Mohammad Hafeez ?? You have got to be joking. An economic bowler and a technically sound batsman, he could easily have been in all three formats.

Posted by dmx7 on (January 5, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

No Sangakkara in Test XI??? you must be joking......

Posted by mikey76 on (January 5, 2013, 6:24 GMT)

NBZ1. KP played the three best innings of the year on varying wickets. His 151 in SL was sublime and match winning. The 149 where he made Steyn look like a club bowler should have been match winning and the 186 on a raging turner in Mumbai could only have been played by him. All that while he was going through all sorts of off the field issues. Or you could just pick Clarke who scored a stack of runs on featherbeds!

Posted by Naikan on (January 5, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

Hi ESPN team, While in general your list is good - it is a pity that you have fallen prey to the same media sickness that most media were prey during the Sachin era - that of hype, all the time lapping up in his flamboyant glory without giving sufficient due to the other guys who were actually fetching the victories (I am talking of test cricket only). Poor Herath he ends the year with 60 wickets at 23.6 a piece that contain two 10-wicket hauls and seven 5-wicket hauls and against all comers and still gets knocked out by others who have done lesser. Is there a rule that you can have only one spinner? Even as we speak we can see that he is doing it down under in Australia too - though he is alone at it. I fail to see why Anderson or Steyn can be justified and Herath cannot. While these two fast bowlers are great in their own right, we are talking of the year's performance and not the career record. At 34 if Herath does not get into your list I am not sure if he ever will.

Posted by AlpiBhalla on (January 5, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

Great team selection. Selection done on performance in 2012 while ranking is not on the basis of 1 year performance only. Agree with all the choices. Ajmal deserves place in all three teams. In a way it's bad for the game that a talent like him started performing and got recognition that late in his career.

Posted by mikey76 on (January 5, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

Cook should be in the ODI squad. Miles better than Warner.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (January 5, 2013, 6:15 GMT)

1. test team- no 4 should be Kallis and No 5 should be Clarke, No.6-Chanderpaul

2.ODI-No warner at opening slot,replace him with Amla No .4 - Bring Pietersen For WK- Dhoni at No 6,Drop Sangakarra

So top order is-Dilshan,Amla,Kohli,Pietersen,AB,Dhoni

3.T20-Morgan ahead of Yuvraj at No 6

Posted by I-Like-Cricket on (January 5, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

Also just reading through some of the comments. Herath (who is undoubtedly a great bowler) only took so many wickets because he is by far and away Sri Lanka's best bowler. Ajmal had to compete with other talented bowlers for all of his wickets and he only played 6 tests. Though depending on the pitch they played on I'd swap him in for Jimmy Anderson. I'd also have De Villiers in the test team and not Prior but I'd have Dhoni in the ODI team, definitely not as a captain though. Also Brendon McCullum in the T20 team? No way, he made one big score but that was it, I'd take almost any wicket-keeper batsman before him. To add to my other comment I'd just drop Samuels and KP, then slot Shiv into number 6, push Clarke to 5 and Kallis at 4.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 6:11 GMT)

really the worst team selection ever seen. No herath, No Malinga in test and ODIs. And Yuvi in for T20s!!! Where is kallis and Chanderpaul in tests. Where is Bangaldesh captain All Rounder Shakib... I think you just selected on the basis of most runs and most wickets scored in a calender year. Thats not fair in all case. It would be better if you re- select the teams.

Posted by I-Like-Cricket on (January 5, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

Yeah definitely would've had Chanderpaul in for Samuels or Pietersen, bit of a poor selection there

Posted by Resalat on (January 5, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

Where is Shakib Al Hasan??? How did he miss it in the ODI squad? In all senses his performance was way better Thishara Pereira !!! This is injustice.

Posted by NBZ1 on (January 5, 2013, 5:54 GMT)

It's difficult to understand why England has 4 players in the Test XI after the kind of year they had. It seems the experts have been blind-sided by their recent success in India and forgotten their failures in Pakistan and England. So it is that the English players selected have the worst averages in this XI. Sometimes statistics do tell a story.

I'd definitely exclude KP, simply because other middle-order batsmen (Kallis, Chanderpaul) have been much more impressive on a consistent basis, not just in cherry-picked games that the media likes to fondly remember. Cook stays, and possibly Prior too, who had an excellent year (though I'd give serious thought to picking AB de Villiers). Anderson I'm not sure about. You could argue that Siddle/Morkel/Roach had equally good years. You could also argue that by picking Kallis instead of KP and thus having a 3rd pace option, you can free Anderson's spot for Herath and thus have a team able to take 20 wickets in both Eng/SA/Aus and India/UAE/SL.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

No Chanderpau, Kallisl and herath in tests...No Mendis and Malinga in T20...Prior keeping in tests when AB devilliars battled for 225 ballls in Australia to save test..then scoring century in last...Is this a team selection or a joke posted on wrong website...

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

Herath should be in test ahead of ajmal

Posted by Greg-Willson on (January 5, 2013, 5:35 GMT)

Not too sure why Chanderpaul is not there nearly averaging 90; and nearly 1000 runs for the year - twice as good as Pieterson who is in the team???

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

Not only Sri Lanka is T20 Runners Up, They are also the world No 1 ranked team. But Not a single player there in the T20 teams of the year. What am I missing here.

Posted by Gunbuddy on (January 5, 2013, 5:16 GMT)

lol.. worst ever team selection..

Posted by BanCricFan on (January 5, 2013, 5:10 GMT)

Funny as expected!!! How come Shakib Al Hasan misses the all rounder slot for the ODI squad??? check the ranking...

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 5:09 GMT)

Why does Dhoni's name appear in the related links? He does't seem to be in any of the teams.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 5:08 GMT)

what kind f a Selection this is? Malinga the highest ODI Wicket taker not in ODI Team!! Highest Test Wicket Taker Herath is not in the Test Team!!! are you kidding Cricinfo? YV Only Played T20 after September but he is in the Team... Bizarre!!

Posted by Alexk400 on (January 5, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

Crappy Team selected by cricinfo

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 5:00 GMT)

With due respect to Kanishkaa Balachandran and his work, from ODI list 1 person is missing who averages more than 100 this year and one of the only positive of current INDIAN team, a man who leading from the front is MS Dhoni. Without him ODI team is incomplete

Posted by warnemcgrath on (January 5, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

chanderpaul 987 @ 98.7 and not in test xi, good one

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 4:57 GMT)

David Warner is not in the list .... and no Sri Lankan ....

Posted by real26_03 on (January 5, 2013, 4:56 GMT)

No Kallis in the test team!! Seriously?? And what is Warner doing in the ODI team?? Just look at his average.. He is over hyped!!

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 4:46 GMT)

No malinga in t20 or ODI. Are you kidding.?

Posted by Rickey77 on (January 5, 2013, 4:46 GMT)

Kanishkaa Balachandra.......seems like u missed matches of srilankans.....For heaven shake Herath is the leading wicket takers in 2012 in test give him some respect by making him listed to test team.....and where is malinga or mendis on t20 slot???? the sensation of 20-20........don't make people to look as if u are bias.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 4:45 GMT)

Where is Sakib-al-Hasan? No 1 all-rounder. Shame on him who selected the teams. In ODIs, Bangladesh was one of the most successful team in 2012.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 4:45 GMT)

Where is Dhoni for ODI team? He is by far the best ODI player on the circuit and he doesn't mke the cut ? This is ridiculous , look at his average and consistency much better than Sangakara's

Posted by silverline15 on (January 5, 2013, 4:35 GMT)

How about Shiv Chanderpaul, 987 runs, 98.70 Avg, 3 Hundreds and 5 Fiftes. all at his age. What more does he have to do?

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 4:35 GMT)

Saeed Ajmal in list of all three categories and praised all over the world.............. but only blind ICC cant see his skill and disgracefully discarded from the ICC awards....... and people still say that they are not biased........ isn't it amazing to know???????????

Posted by pauliangenius on (January 5, 2013, 4:29 GMT)

not fair.. biased team pickings

wher is hafeez man??

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 4:28 GMT)

AJMAL in all three formats. Inspiring bowler and impressive cricketer.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 4:24 GMT)

atrocious - herath should be there in place of ajmal; averages close to identical but herath's ticket tally is 40 clear of ajmal; also wickets taken in south africa and australia

Posted by Dhonimania on (January 5, 2013, 4:20 GMT)

Where is dhoni in the ODI team??14 innings at 65.50???

Posted by FLIPPER_99 on (January 5, 2013, 4:18 GMT)

Cant believe Ajantha Mendis isnt listed on the T20I team as he is the rank 1 bowler in the format and also took the best figures in the format (6-8) albeit against Zimbabwe. he was destructive throughout the tournament & certainly deserve a spot here with his mystery bowling which causes concern in every opposition mind

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

Ajmal is the best spinner in the world now... unfortunate he cant play enough matches ..... good luck this year...

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

This seems really ugly. Sri Lanka, the Runner Up of the T20 series But no player in the T20 team list. Herath took about 60 wickets and he is not in the Test list. Where is Malinga? Sangakkara? Unfair ranking.

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