Australian Michael Clarke to captain ICC XI

Last updated 18:38 30/08/2012
Michael Clarke
Getty Images
MICHAEL CLARKE: "It's a really exciting 12-15 months, as big a time that I will have in my career."

Relevant offers

Cricket

Hamilton set to host Black Caps' pink ball warmup for Adelaide day-night test Michael Papps takes over Wellington Firebirds captaincy as James Franklin farewelled India clinch test series despite Angelo Mathews heroics Eoin Morgan leads England to dramatic win over Australia in one-off Twenty20 Cheteshwar Pujara holds firm for India against Sri Lanka Ashes 2015: Luck really is a fortune England's Ian Bell quits one-day internationals to prolong test career Phillip Hughes' death to be subject of judicial inquiry from NSW Coroner Trent Boult, Corey Anderson need tune-up ahead of Black Caps' Aussie test odyssey Australia secure tense ODI win over Ireland

Australia's Michael Clarke has been selected as captain of the International Cricket Council's test team of the year and also been shortlisted with South Africans Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander and Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara for the International Cricketer of the Year award.

All four have been shortlisted for the Test Cricketer of the Year award, while Sangakkara has been nominated along with teammate Lasith Malinga and India's MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli for the ODI player of the year prize.

The shortlists, announced Thursday, were selected by a 32-member panel featuring media and former players from a period spanning from August 4, 2011 until August 6 this year.

The winner of the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy will be announced at a ceremony in Colombo on September 15, ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup.

Paceman Dale Steyn was selected in the ICC test team for the fifth consecutive year, joining fellow South Africans Amla, Philander and Jacques Kallis in the XI.

AB de Villiers was named as 12th man. Clarke, who has led Australia's resurgence in test cricket since replacing Ricky Ponting as captain last year, was selected to lead the honorary team which features players from six countries.

Opener Alastair Cook, wicketkeeper Matt Prior and paceman Stuart Broad were selected from England, which recently surrendered the No 1 test ranking to South Africa.

Sangakkara was selected to bat at No 3, with West Indies Shivnarine Chanderpaul at No 6, while Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal was chosen as the spin bowler. 

Amla, Kallis and Sangakkara have made the ICC test XI for three consecutive years.

''Those selected can be justifiably proud of their achievements and well deserving of the recognition they receive as great cricketers of their era,'' ICC chief executive David Richardson said. 

Other categories to be decided on September 15 include the best performance in a Twenty20 international - with West Indian Chris Gayle and Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan among those nominated - and emerging cricketer of the year. 

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should bouncers be banned from cricket?

Yes - they're too dangerous

Neutral - it is what it is

No - it's just bad luck when it goes wrong

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content