John Pryor introduces our latest MVP feature - with the England vs Australia ODI series just beginning and the number one world ranking up for grabs, this week’s dream team will consist of the most valuable ODI players.
Obviously, a cricket team needs balance and therefore cannot simply consist of the eleven most valuable players; however, the first name on the team sheet would undoubtedly be AB de Villiers, ranked most valuable batsman and overall player.
With a batting rating of 104.6 de Villiers not only provides fire power as a batsman but is arguably one of the best fielders in world cricket. Success as captain of the Proteas makes him an obvious choice to captain the side.
Opening slots go to most valuable batsman, the New Zealander, Martin Guptill, and South African Hashim Amla ranked fifth with a rating of 73.5. Both batsman bring with them form, stability and fluency making them the ideal opening partnership. Brenden McCullum is the clear-cut choice to bat at three and keep wicket.
McCullum, ranked third on the MVP batting rankings with 75.3 brings firepower to the batting line-up, athleticism to the wicket-keeping role and is an additional leader in the dressing room. At four is the talented Indian youngster Virat Kohli who starred in the recent Asia Cup; ranked third alongside McCullum in the MVP batting rankings, Kohli scored a stunning 183 in the final game against Pakistan.
Following Kohli, at five is the captain, AB de Villiers with the final speciality batting spot going to Indian batsman Manoj Tiwary, ranked seventh in the MVP rankings.
Every great team has a great all-rounder and this week's spot goes to the veteran all-rounder Jacob Oram the number one overall MVP in ODI cricket. Oram brings hard hitting to the lower order as well as providing a solid pace bowling option.
With a batting average of 20.37 and a bowling rating of 72.4 making him joint first in the MVP bowling list, the surprise addition of Dutchman Peter Borren adds medium pace swing bowling and an extra batting option to the side.
Clint McKay and Morné Morkel provide the pace in this bowling attack; no doubt the Australian Mckay will be called to justify his number 5 MVP ranking against a solid England batting line-up in the current ODI series. Morkel is arguably the more reliable selection; he has been a regular performer for South Africa over recent years excelling in their recent series against New Zealand.
Spinner of the week, Sunil Narine, is the West-Indian addition to the team. Although he was quiet in the West-Indies recent ODI series vs England, Narine’s right-arm off-break bowling is still good enough for him to be ranked third in the MVP bowling rankings. The young Narine would bring an extra option alongside the pace of McKay and Morkel and the variation of Borren.
The team this week is noticeably dominated by South Africans; in batting there is stability at the top coupled with firepower in the middle order. Arguably, there is solid batting right down to number seven while the bowling attack has a mixture of pace, spin and swing bowling.
Cricket World MVP Dream Team (ODI): Martin Guptill (New Zealand), Hashim Amla (South Africa), Brendon McCullum (New Zealand, wicket-keeper), Virat Kohli (India), AB de Villiers (South Africa, captain), Manoj Tiwary (India), Jacob Oram (New Zealand), Peter Borren (Netherlands), Clint McKay (Australia), Morné Morkel (South Africa), Sunil Narine (West Indies)
The Cricket World MVP Ratings are designed to offer an at-a-glance breakdown of which players are in form at the moment, rewarding performances from the past 12 months only. Players must feature in three matches to gain a rating.
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