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ICC announces official World XI Test Team of the Year

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced its official World XI Test Team of the Year, as chosen by a specially-appointed selection panel chaired by Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar



Ricky Ponting - World Test XI captain © Getty Images
The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced its official World XI Test Team of the Year, as chosen by a specially-appointed selection panel chaired by Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar.
The announcement was made at the ICC Awards celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney. Presented by Hyundai in association with FICA, the ICC Awards recognise the best international players of the past 12 months.
The World XI Test Team of the Year (in batting order) is:
1. Virender Sehwag (India)
2. Graeme Smith (South Africa)
3. Ricky Ponting (Captain, Australia)
4. Jacques Kallis (South Africa)
5. Brian Lara (West Indies)
6. Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan)
7. Andrew Flintoff (England)
8. Adam Gilchrist (Wicketkeeper, Australia)
9. Shane Warne (Australia)
10. Chaminda Vaas (Sri Lanka)
11. Glenn McGrath (Australia)
12th man: Anil Kumble (India)
Seven teams are represented in the 12-man line-up and six players - Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, Jacques Kallis, Adam Gilchrist, Chaminda Vaas and Shane Warne - were also named in the World XI Test Team of the Year in 2004.
Australia captain Ponting was named captain of the World XI Test Team of the Year, the second year in a row he has received that accolade.
The World XI Test Team of the Year was chosen by the ICC's specially appointed expert selection panel comprising Sunil Gavaskar (Chairman), Sir Richard Hadlee, Courtney Walsh, Rodney Marsh and David Gower using their knowledge, judgement and expert opinion.
Selection for the Test Team of the Year was based on performances between the voting period of 1 August 2004 to 31 July 2005. Statistics were available as a guide but were not necessarily a determining factor in the choices made.
Test statistics for the players during the voting period were:
BATTING
Matches
Inns
Not out
Runs
Av
S/R
HS
100s
50s
Virender Sehwag
11
19
1
1128
62.66
71.8
201
4
3
Graeme Smith
15
27
2
1270
50.79
54.41
148
4
7
Ricky Ponting
10
18
5
915
70.38
65.21
207
2
5
Jacques Kallis
15
26
5
1497
71.28
48.22
162
6
8
Brian Lara
7
13
0
825
63.46
72.49
196
4
1
Inzamam-ul-Haq
7
13
2
721
65.54
61.46
184
3
3
Andrew Flintoff
10
14
2
366
30.5
53.82
77
-
4
Adam Gilchrist
13
19
3
1003
62.68
89.07
162
5
3
Shane Warne
12
15
2
222
17.07
67.88
53*
-
2
Chaminda Vaas
8
13
2
291
26.45
45.11
69
-
1
Glenn McGrath
13
15
6
136
15.11
61.26
61
-
1
Anil Kumble
11
16
6
222
22.19
43.52
37*
-
-
BOWLING
Matches
Balls
Runs
Wickets
Av
S/R
Econ.
Best
5wi
Graeme Smith
15
744
426
4
106.5
186
3.43
2-145
-
Ricky Ponting
10
42
25
-
-
-
3.57
-
-
Jacques Kallis
15
1721
823
20
41.14
86.04
2.86
4-13
-
Andrew Flintoff
10
1999
1086
44
24.68
45.43
3.25
4-44
-
Shane Warne
12
3110
1536
62
24.77
50.16
2.96
6-125
2
Chaminda Vaas
8
1732
719
37
19.43
46.81
2.49
6-22
3
Glenn McGrath
13
2860
1165
68
17.13
42.05
2.44
8-24
3
Anil Kumble
11
3673
1814
64
28.34
57.39
2.96
7-48
5
Individuals selected for the Test and ODI Teams of the Year each receive a commemorative, hand-crafted cap which varies in style to reflect the different forms of the game.
The caps were presented by Michael Holding, the former West Indies captain, fast bowler and a member of the voting Academy.