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ICC Test Team of the Year

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by RickRipper (U4866149) 10 September 2008
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For those who haven't seen it, the ICC have just named their test team of the year, and is as follows:

Graeme Smith (SA, capt), Virender Sehwag (Ind), Mahela Jayawardena (SL), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI), Kevin Pietersen (Eng), Jacques Kallis (SA), Kumar Sangakkara (SL, wk), Brett Lee (Aus), Ryan Sidebottom (Eng), Dale Steyn (SA), Muttiah Muralidaran (SL). 12th man: Stuart Clark (Aus).

It's based on performances in the last 12 months, not the calendar year itself, so Steyn, Sidebottom and Kallis get into the team despite their recent poor form. I'm a little surprised by the inclusion of Sangakkara as a wicket keeper, since he doesn't keep wicket for SL in their test team. When I was coming up with my own team in recent days, most of the same players came to mind, so I see why they're included, but my team would be as follows:

M Jayawardena (capt)
Chanderpaul
M Hussey
Pietersen
Dhoni (wk)
Flintoff
Oram
Vaas
Lee
Anderson
Mendis

12th man: Smith

On a seperate note, it's nice to see Chanderpaul awarded the cricketer of the year accolade, he's my favourite batsman to watch, I've seen him play a couple of innings for Durham this season and he deserves all the plaudits he gets.

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posted Sep 11, 2008

"He has had a good period which is dropping away at the moment with injury and fitness, I don't see how that can suddenly lauch him into the Worlds best XI."

It is a team of the year, and his good period coincided with the year in question.

For a team of the year clearly a good year should be able to launch you in to the side, otherwise t wouldn't really be a team of the year.

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posted Sep 11, 2008

i went with this team before the awards.

Smith, Hayden, Jayawardene, Kallis, Chanderpaul, A Symonds (bleh, that was hard to admit), Mccullum, Kumble, Lee, Sidebottom, Steyn

I guess muralitharan for kumble isn't a bad swap and sehwag did hit a triple hundred. I do feel symonds had done enough to be selected as one of the most important batsmen even though I dislike him and sanga as WK is cheating.

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posted Sep 11, 2008

Sorry Sachin was too busy filming an advert for glow in the dark plastic spoons

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posted Sep 11, 2008

Sangakkara batting at seven
bet hes impressed with that

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posted Sep 11, 2008

Obviously JP Duminy should've been included just cos his name is so great.

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posted Sep 11, 2008

ODI TEAM

1.Hayden
2.Jayawardena
3.Pietersen
4.Chanderpaul(c)
5.Big Fred
6.Yuvraj
7.Kallis
8.Smith (WK)
9.Sidebottom
10.Murali
11.Lee

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Thats the badjer

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posted Sep 11, 2008

The dearth of Aussies is ridiculous, as they're the best team
Based on Test match play, the only 'Englishman' I'd pick would be Pietersen, the Tony Greig of the 21st century.

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posted Sep 11, 2008

Trust a BBC copy-writer to muddle the two British women in contention for Women's Cricketer of the Year. "Charlotte Taylor" (sic) plastered all over the cricket pages.

Anyway, many congratulations to Charlotte EDWARDS for winning it - and to Claire TAYLOR for coming a close second, both Brits in case anyone's in doubt.

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comment by mark (U11100461)

posted Sep 11, 2008

im glad to see that someone is applauding chanderpaul for his efforts instead of calling him selfish. after all its not his fault that he scores half of the windies runs and ends left there not out at the end, thats what you get for being truly great in an average team.
Quite simply chanderpaul is one of greatest batsmen to play the game and anyone who cant see that doesnt know much about cricket.

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posted Sep 18, 2008

Since when did Smith keep wicket?

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