ICC names Test and ODI teams of the year 2015

ICC names Test and ODI teams of the year 2015
Steven Smith (left) and Trent Boult (right) feature in both the Test and ODI teams of the year.
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the Test and One-Day International teams of the year captained by Alastair Cook and AB de Villiers respectively.

The qualifying period for the selection was between 18th September 2014 and 13th September 2015 whereas the selection panel was headed by the chairman of the ICC cricket committee Anil Kumble.

The Test team of the year consists of David Warner and Cook at the top of the order both of whom have more than 1200 runs in 2015.

Kane Williamson, Younis Khan, Steven Smith and Joe Root make up for the middle order and together, the top six players are the six highest run getters in Tests this year.

Stuart Broad finds a place in the Test team of the year for the fifth time since 2009, while Trent Boult and Josh Hazlewood form the seam attack.

Having taken 61 wickets in the qualification period Yasir Shah is the lone spinner in the XI with Sarfraz Ahmed included as the wicket-keeper while Ravichandran Ashwin is the 12th man.

Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan and now retired Kumar Sangakkara along with South Africa’s Hashim Amla and de Villiers take up the top four spots in the ODI team of the year.

ICC Test team of the year

David Warner, Alastair Cook (captain), Kane Williamson, Younis Khan, Steven Smith, Joe Root, Sarfraz Ahmed (wkt), Stuart Broad, Trent Boult, Yasir Shah, Josh Hazlewood, R Ashwin (12th man)

ICC ODI team of the year

Tillakaratne Dilshan, Hashim Amla, Kumar Sangakkara (wkt), AB de Villiers (capt), Steven Smith, Ross Taylor, Trent Boult, Mohammed Shami, Mitchell Starc, Mustafizur Rahman, Imran Tahir, Joe Root (12th man)

Smith and New Zealand’s Ross Taylor complete the batting line-up while England’s Joe Root has been included as the 12th man of the team.

Sangakkara makes his fourth appearance in the ODI team of the year and is also named as the wicket-keeper of the side. 

Mitchell Starc, who has the most wickets in ODIs in 2015 leads the bowling attack alongside Boult, Mohammad Shami, Mustafizur Rahman and Imran Tahir.

Rahman becomes the first ever Bangladesh player to be selected for the ODI team of the year, while Smith and Boult are the only players to be selected for both the teams for 2015.

Kumble congratulated the players who were selected and further added that players who have missed out only indicate the high quality of cricket on display during the qualification period.

"I would like to congratulate all the players for their selection in the Test and ODI teams of the year.

“It is an achievement for each of them to be proud of and a recognition for their good performances in the qualifying period.

“Testament to the quality of cricket played is the calibre of players to have missed out on selection.

“While selecting these squads, the selectors considered various combinations and took into account several factors in overall performances.

“Congratulations to all of the players on their selections." 

The surprise omission from the ODI team of the year is Williamson, who despite being the highest run-scorer in the qualifying period finds no place in the side. 

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