World XI: Proven and consistent
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In picking this test World XI, experience was an important factor, but a young player who is good enough should not be excluded. Well done Cheteshwar Pujara
FRANK'S WORLD XI
1. Graeme Smith (South Africa).
Scoring more than 9000 runs at an average of just under 50 is quite an achievement, more so for a player facing the swing of the new ball. Gets the captaincy over other candidates because of his experience and maturity.
2. Cheteshwar Pujara (India).
Early in his career but already establishing himself as a world-class batsman. He may not have the technique of Rahul Dravid, but he is just as reliable.
3. Hashim Amla (South Africa).
His triple hundred against England at The Oval in 2012 demonstrated the talent this man has. Plays his shots with elegance and precision.
4. Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka).
Often overlooked in terms of his batting ability, despite a lofty average of 56 and more than 10,000 runs, Sangakkara is a world-class batsman. Reliable behind the stumps, I would trust him to take every opportunity, so he makes the side as keeper.
5. Michael Clarke (Australia).
He may not have had the best Ashes series by his high standards, but Clarke is still a quality player. Very reliable in the middle order.
6. Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies).
Chanderpaul may not have the most orthodox approach, but he certainly scores the runs and is the rock of the West Indies batting.
7. AB de Villiers (South Africa).
World's best batsman. Good timer of the ball and makes scoring runs look so easy.
8. Vernon Philander (South Africa).
Philander proves you don't need to be express pace to pick up wickets. The right seam position and a little swing, and wickets will come. His record speaks for itself.
9. Peter Siddle (Australia).
Perhaps the surprise selection. Siddle contributes a lot to the Australian attack by wearing down batsman and often picking up the key wickets. If there is one bowler who is safe and reliable yet threatening to opposition batsman, it's Siddle.
10. Dale Steyn (South Africa).
Steyn is feared all around the world. His record is outstanding. One of the best fast bowlers of the modern era.
11. Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan).
The Pakistani spinner uses his variations in pace to keep batsman guessing. He knows all the tricks and is a threat on any pitch.
Honourable mentions: David Warner (Australia), Virat Kholi (India), Ross Taylor (New Zealand), Ravichandran Ashwin (India), Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh), Mitchell Johnson (Australia) and Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka).
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