With the England versus Australia series coming to a conclusion and the West Indies versus New Zealand series underway John Pryor presents our latest MVP ODI. Two weeks ago the dream team lined up as followers, 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), but fluctuations in form have forced some key changes.
We have a change at the top with Chris Gayle replacing Martin Guptill; Gayle has had a stunning start to the series versus New Zealand scoring 63no in the first ODI and 125 in the second. In contrast Guptill has had poor scores of 1 and 11 alongside a solitary 50 moving him down to 7th in the MVP batting rankings and out of the side. Partnering Gayle is the Pakistani Nasir Jamshed, his success in the Micromax Asia Cup back in March places him third in the MVP batting rankings. Hashim Amla retains his place in the team but moves down to three to make way for Jamshed. Following Amla are two justified, but controversial selections; Brendon McCullum retains his place in the side and a ranking of 5th despite not featuring in the first three ODI’s versus the West Indies. As a result of his success against Pakistan in the winter the talented Kevin Pietersen joins McCullum in 5th place on the rankings and therefore also makes the team, despite recently retiring from ODI cricket. AB de Villiars maintains his no1 batting ranking and also holds on to the captaincy in this team. After good performances against Afghanistan and Kenya Peter Borren takes the place of an all-rounder in this side, although his bowling is far stronger than his batting the batting talent in this side compensates for this. Jacob Oram drops out of the team after dropping down to 19th in bowling and 9th in the overall MVP rankings after poor performances so far in the West Indies series. Clint McKay, Morné Morkel and Sunil Narine maintain their places in the bowling attack with Steve Finn completing the line-up. Finn performed exceptionally against Australia this summer taking four wickets in the fourth ODI.
Though this team still has a strong South African presence, a few new faces make this a more diverse line-up with the West-Indies and England profiting from their recent success.
Cricket World MVP Dream Team (ODI): Chris Gayle (West Indies), Nasir Jamshed (Pakistan), Hashim Amla (South Africa), Brendon McCullum (New Zealand, wicket-keeper), Kevin Pietersen (England), AB de Villiers (South Africa, captain), Peter Borren (Netherlands), Clint McKay (Australia), Morné Morkel (South Africa), Sunil Narine (West Indies), Steven Finn (England)