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)
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.