The International Cricket Council has picked twelve players, who performed exceptionally well in the last one year (August 4, 2011-August 6, 2012), for the Test Team of the Year. Australian captain Michael Clarke has been named the captain of the side. And here are the other members. (AP & AFP Photos)
Alastair Cook (England): England cricketer Alastair Cook had an impressive season with the bat in the last one year. He played 12 Test matches and scored 1005 runs which also include his 294 vs India. His another century (115) came against India. He could have easily taken his tally of centuries to four had he not been dismissed on 94 twice against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Hashim Amla (South Africa): This Protean batsman seldom looks out of form. He too enjoyed a great year as he scored 915 runs in 10 Test matches with the help of three centuries, which include his 311 vs England, and four half-centuries.
Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka): Kumar Sangakkara has come of age and it seems he just toys with the bowlers and scores with ease. In the last one year, Sangakkara played 14 Test matches and scored 1444 runs at an amazing average of 111.77. Having played maximum Tests against Pakistan, Sangakkara scored four centuries against them and mind it all of them have been big hundreds.
Jacques Kallis (South Africa): He is almost 37 but he is relentless. Jacques Kallis is one of the best cricketers and certainly the best all-rounder of all time. There has hardly been an off season for him. In the last season, Kallis played nine Test matches and scored 660 runs and picked nine wickets. He scored three tons, including his 224 vs Sri Lanka.
Michael Clarke (Captain, Australia): The Australian skipper has also been appointed the captain of the ICC Test Team for his ability to lead from the front. He too had a tremendous season. He scored 1355 runs in 14 Tests at an average of 58.91. He scored heavily against India earlier this year, including his unbeaten 329. In the season he hit five centuries and also picked eight wickets. As a captain he also led his side to nine Test wins out of 14. The Aussies lost just two while three ended in draw.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies): Shivnarine Chanderpaul has been the backbone of the otherwise unpredictable Caribbean batting lineup. In the season gone by, Chanderpaul scored 975 runs in 11 Tests at an average of 48.67. In the process this No. 6 batsman scored two centuries and six fifties.
Matt Prior (Wicketkeeper, England): Had Sangakkara still been keeping wickets, Matt Prior might not have made it to the list. But he has and that too with some good numbers. As a batsman he scored 442 runs in 12 matches. But he was more impressive behind the wickets, which is his primary job. He took 25 catches and executed five stumpings.
Stuart Broad (England): Pacer Stuart Broad has made it to the Test Team of the Year on merit. In 10 Test matches, he picked 47 wickets, which include two five wicket hauls (5/69 vs South Africa and 7/72 vs West Indies). He also chipped in with the bat whenever his team required him.
Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan): He might not have made it to the list of players nominated for ICC Awards 2012, but Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal had a tremendous season. In 12 Tests, he picked 72 wickets. He is the lone spinner in the list but the kind of form he is in, he doesn't even need a partner.
Vernon Philander (South Africa): This South African pacer made his Test debut in November last year and soon formed the deadly pace trio with Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. In nine Tests, Philander picked 56 wickets. And stats show, his success with the ball is directly proportionate to his team's victories.
Dale Steyn (South Africa): Same can be said about ‘Steyn'Gun. In 10 Test matches, Steyn picked 44 wickets and contributed in his team's five victories.
AB de Villiers (12th Man): And the team ends with another South African. AB de Villiers can double up as wicketkeeper. In the last season, de Villiers scored 807 runs in 10 Tests at an average of 62.07. As a wicketkeeper, he took 15 catches.
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