ASSIGNMENT:

Pick your World XI for test cricket

ED SCRAGG
Last updated 12:00 10/01/2014
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NO. 4: Black Cap Ross Taylor.

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I don't like cricket, oh no, I love it! And what better way to show my love for the great game of patience, guile and bludgeoning brute force than to pick a World XI for tests.

As fickle as these exercises can be, it's always interesting to take the pub conversation and put it to the public to see what others think.

There's been a ton of test cricket lately with the Ashes, New Zealand vs Windies, Sri Lanka vs Pakistan and India in South Africa, so there's much recent form to consider. 

In making my XI I wanted to make a balanced side, filled with matchwinners and preferably with a good mixture of countries represented.

I found the hardest spot to fill was the spinner, so went for a reliable player, not necessarily a matchwinner.

I gave the captaincy to Graeme Smith and the wicketkeeping gloves to AB de Villiers.

The batters and bowlers were picked on a combination of form and matchwinning potential.

I had to get Wato in there somewhere, despite batting lower down the order. Perhaps he can show our own Baz how it's done from down there.

Ed's World XI

  • Graeme Smith - Captain of the world No.1 team must be doing something right.
  • Cheteshwar Pujara - Golden form in South Africa against the world's top team.
  • Virat Kohli - Awesome since breaking onto the international stage.
  • Ross Taylor - Come on Ross, we back you all the way. No. 4 spot is yours.
  • Michael Clarke - Horrible captain. But run-scoring has been first class.
  • AB de Villiers - Best glove-wearing batsman, hands down.
  • Shane Watson - Offers so much with bat and ball. Can't be left out. 
  • Mitchell Johnson - Brutal.
  • Dale Steyn - Picked as spearhead along with South African teammate as best new ball partnership.
  • Vernon Philander - As above.
  • Rangana Herath - Would've gone with Swann. But he's out, so Herath, here's your chance.

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