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Cook and Dhoni were named captains of the ICC’s Test and ODI Teams of the Year
England’s Alastair Cook and India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni have been named captains of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test and ODI Teams of the Year.
South Africa pace bowler Dale Steyn was included in the Test Team of the Year for the sixth consecutive year, while Dhoni also made his sixth consecutive appearance in the ICC ODI Team of the Year.
South Africa batsman Hashim Amla was included in the Test squad for the fourth consecutive year, while Cook was drafted in for the third year in a row.
The teams were put together based on performances between of August 7, 2012 and August 25, 2013.
The teams were chosen by a panel, which was chaired by ICC cricket committee chairman Anil Kumble.
ICC Test Team of the Year (in batting order)
Alastair Cook (capt), Cheteshwar Pujara, Hashim Amla, Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni (wk), Graeme Swann, Dale Steyn, James Anderson, Vernon Philander, R Ashwin (12th man)
ICC ODI Team of the Year (in batting order)
Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shikhar Dhawan, Hashim Amla, Kumar Sangakkara, AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Saeed Ajmal, Mitchell Starc, James Anderson, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan (12th man)
“It is always tough to decide on the Test and ODI teams of the year, with so many worthy candidates to consider based on the players’ performances between 7 August 2012 and 25 August 2013,” Kumble said. “The selection panel had a lengthy debate on all the top performers during the performance period and a number of combinations were considered.
“The selectors did utilise a vast amount of statistics from the period under observation, but we also took into account other factors like the opposition, pitch conditions, match situation and the like. But when you have only 12 places to fill from a big group of world-class players, there will always be a few who will miss out. In the panel’s expert opinion, it has selected the best Test and ODI teams based on performances over the past 12 months.”