Kane Williamson named 12th man as Pakistan dominate Champions Trophy team

Kane Williamson, who scored a century against Australia at Edgbaston, made the Champions Trophy team as 12th man.
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Kane Williamson, who scored a century against Australia at Edgbaston, made the Champions Trophy team as 12th man.

Victorious Pakistan players dominated the Champions Trophy team of the tournament which was announced on Monday (Tuesday NZ time) with their captain Sarfraz Ahmed named captain of the side.

The Blacks didn't win a single game at the tournament, although they were in the driver's seat when rain ended their match against Australia, and this was reflected in the tournament team with Kane Williamson sneaking in as 12th man due to his form with the bat.

Fakhar Zaman, who scored a match-winning 114 in Pakistan's 180-run victory over arch-rivals India in the final, was picked alongside the tournament's top scorer Shikhar Dhawan of India.

Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal was slotted in at number three after driving his side to their maiden semi-final at a major global tournament.

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Joe Root represented semi-finalists England for his aggregate of 258 runs while Ben Stokes was rewarded for his all-round contribution.

The bowling line-up was led by Pakistan paceman Hasan Ali, who finished with 13 wickets, and his team mate Junaid Khan. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who claimed seven dismissals for India, was also named.

England's Adil Rashid was the only spinner after claiming seven wickets.

"To be appointed as captain of the Team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which includes some of the finest and most attractive cricketers of this generation, is the perfect icing on the cake," Sarfraz said in an International Cricket Council statement.

Team: Shikhar Dhawan (India), Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan), Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), Virat Kohli (India), Joe Root (England), Ben Stokes (England), Sarfraz Ahmed (Pakistan) (captain and wicketkeeper), Adil Rashid (England), Junaid Khan (Pakistan), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (India), Hasan Ali (Pakistan), Kane Williamson (New Zealand) (12th man).

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 - Reuters

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