India's captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has been named as captain of the ICC's Test Team of the Year, an honour he also claimed in 2009, in a line-up that also includes two other players, Sachin Tendulkar and Dale Steyn, from last year's selection.
Five countries are represented in the 11-man line-up, which includes three Indians in Tendulkar, Dhoni and Virender Sehwag, two Englishmen in Graeme Swann and James Anderson, three South Africans in Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn, two Australians in Simon Katich and Doug Bollinger, and one Sri Lankan in Kumar Sangakkara. Steyn is the only player to have featured in three consecutive years, having first been picked in 2008.
Clive Lloyd, the chairman of the awards selection panel, said: "This year's Test team has an extremely strong batting line-up that I think would set a suitable challenge to the world's best bowlers and coupling with the superb batting skills, I feel we have selected a bowling attack which could dismiss its own batting line-up."
Lloyd was joined on the panel by former Australia batsman Matthew Hayden, former England bowler Angus Fraser, former Zimbabwe player and England coach Duncan Fletcher and former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri. Statistics were available as a guide but were not necessarily the overwhelming factor in the choices made.
ICC Test Team of the Year 1 Virender Sehwag (Ind), 2 Simon Katich (Aus), 3 Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), 4 Hashim Amla (SA), 5 Kumar Sangakkara (SL), 6 Jacques Kallis (SA), 7 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind, capt & wk), 8 Graeme Swann (Eng), 9 James Anderson (Eng), 10 Dale Steyn (SA), 11 Doug Bollinger (Aus).