World XI by the stats
Who'd make your cricket World XI?
We've asked our readers to make their picks for a test World XI. Mike Arnott based his team on researched player performance.
I did a quick search online and gathered some information on player performance since January 1, 2013 to produce what I think is the best World XI possible. I also considered home and away form.
Cheteshwar Pujara: Average of 75.36. Lacking an opener with solid stats so I bumped him up.
Hashim Amla: Average of 57.54
Kumar Sangakkara: Average of 87.33. His average says enough.
Ross Taylor: Average of 72.16
AB de Villiers: Average of 77.75. I agree with Ed Scragg, he keeps wickets, and captains.
Misbah-Ul-Haq: Average of 50.42. He scores his runs when Pakistan is in trouble. He just beats out Clarke and Younis Khan for that reason.
Angelo Mathews: Average of 74.60. He's been scoring truckloads and getting key wickets, so an easy pick.
Ravichandran Ashwin: Average of 22.51. The best I could find, makes valuable runs with bat too.
Mitchell Johnson: Average of 16.72. Brutal.
Ryan Harris: Average of 19.45. Add his away average of 19.58 and you have matchwinner.
Dale Steyn: Average of 17.66. No need to explain.
Opposition hasn't been considered, but I'm pretty sure if I did then our Ross Taylor would miss out.
A lack of a high-performing opener and match-winning spinner seems to be a problem for every nation. Graeme Smith is probably the best true opening option but I'm not sure he can keep Pujara and Amla out.
With regards to the spinner, Nathan Lyon is probably the only one who is making good contributions on wickets that doesn't offer complete assistance.
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