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Last week’s Cricket World Most Valuable Player (MVP) ratings didn’t lie as South Africa, whose players dominated our Test Match dream team, were victorious over England in the final Test and claimed the number one world ranking spot.
Next on the agenda for the South African touring party is a One Day International series against England. This week's MVP dream team will look at the world’s best ODI team. By John Pryor.
The opening partnership this week is a mix of power and finesse; Chris Gayle and Nasir Jamshed have both posted massive scores in ODI cricket this year, Gayle scored a massive 125 from 107 balls against New Zealand while Jamshed hit 112 from 104 balls back in March against India in the Micromax Asia Cup.
The obvious choice at number three would be Kevin Pietersen who is currently ranked joint third in our MVP batting rankings, but due to his recent dressing room controversies we thought it would be best to leave Kevin out this week. Replacing him is this week's captain and wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum; though he has not posted any gigantic scores in a while his batting has been consistent this year, against South Africa he scored 85 from 96 balls and 56 from 57.
The Indian Virat Kohli is in at four, like Jamshed he also performed well in the Micromax Asia Cup scoring a mammoth 183 from 148 deliveries versus Pakistan. A regular fixture in our dream teams, AB de Villiers comes in a five, not only has AB recently proved his capability as a substitute wicketkeeper he has also had a good year with the bat. In February he scored 106 from 106 deliveries against New Zealand.
Ross Taylor makes it two New Zealanders in this batting line up. Taylor earned his place in this team by scoring 110 versus the West Indies back in July. The lack of an all-rounder at the top of our MVP rankings means that this week we have selected an extra batsman with some bowling ability. Karim Sadiq from Afghanistan has an average of 25.94 with the bat and a highest score of 114 but also has a bowling economy rate of 3.99, he is ranked 9th in our MVP batting ratings.
On to the bowlers now and it is Peter Borren who continues to be a regular fixture in our MVP bowling attack. Borren’s recent figures of 4 for 32 and 2 for 45 against Afghanistan make him the number three ranked MVP bowler. Spearheading the attack this week is none other than Tino Best, ranked joint first in the MVP bowling rankings Best has posted figures of 2 for 58 and 4 for 46 against New Zealand this year.
Clint McKay is the only Australian in this week's line up, he is currently ranked 4th in our MVP rankings and has earned his place in this team by picking up regular wickets throughout the summer. The spinning spot deservedly goes to Sunil Narine of the West Indies after getting a five-wicket haul having only conceded 27 runs against New Zealand in July.
Team list – Chris Gayle (West Indies), Nasir Jamshed (Pakistan), Brendon McCullum (New Zealand), Virat Kohli (India), AB de Villiers (South Africa), Ross Taylor (New Zealand), Karim Sadiq (Afghanistan), Peter Borren (Netherlands), Tino Best (West Indies), Clint McKay (Australia), 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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