|Lloyd says no to FB|
Instead, the panel, headed by Sir Clive Lloyd and including Paul Adams, Mike Gatting, Danny Morrison and Zaheer Abbas, played it safe and went for a majority of Indian and Sri Lankan names. The chosen XI is:
Not a bad side, and FB would be pleased to welcome most of them into his All Star 4th XI should they have a free weekend next season. But even in this selection there are some surprises - particularly the omission of Hashim Amla who has carried all before him this year. Strangely, he was also nominated as ODI player of the year, as was Gautam Gambhir who also failed to make the final XI.
Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virender Sehwag, Kumar Sangakkara, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (capt & wk),Graeme Swann, Umar Gul, Dale Steyn, Zaheer Khan, and 12th Man - Lasith Malinga
|No place for Sachin|
Tendulkar did make the ICC Test XI which was announced 2 weeks ago. It is predictably and justifiably dominated by English players - 5 in all.
The only issue FB has with this selection - accepting that his own Text performances did not justify serious consideration - is with Sangakkara as wicket-keeper since he gave up keeping in Test matches several years ago. On present form Matt Prior should be behind the stumps. Batting Kallis at 7 seems a mild insult to such a great player - could it be a punishment for his hair transplant?
Alastair Cook, Hashim Amla, Jonathan Trott, Sachin Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara (capt/wk), AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Dale Steyn, James Anderson, Zaheer Khan (12th man)
Pre hair weave
Who would be a selector - even of teams that aren't going to play.