ZIMBABWEAN batsman Brendan Taylor was yesterday named in the International Cricket Council (ICC) team of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 with New Zealander Brendon McCullum as captain.
Taylor, who leaves Zimbabwe today to take up a three-year Kolpak deal with Nottinghamshire, UK, was named as the 12th man after finishing with 433 runs in six matches.
McCullum was chosen as the captain following his aggressive, innovative and inspirational leadership during the 44-day tournament that was the cornerstone of his team’s progression to the final where they lost to Australia by seven wickets.
McCullum scored 328 runs in nine matches with four half-centuries at a strike rate of 188,50.
The team was chosen by a select group of experts who were given the task of picking a balanced side on the basis of performances during the tournament. Statistics were used, but were not the sole basis for selections.
In addition to McCullum, the side includes four New Zealanders – Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Martin Guptill, Daniel Vettori – three Australians – Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith and Mitchell Starc – two South Africans, AB de Villiers and Morne Morkel, with Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara as wicketkeeper-batsman.
ICC general manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice, chair of the panel, said: “The panel had an extremely difficult choice of selecting a 12-member squad at the back of an outstanding tournament, highlighted by some eye-catching individual performances including two double-centuries, 38 centuries, two hat-tricks and 28 four-wicket hauls.
“There were a number of other players that were discussed as possible selections in the team. These included batsmen Mahmudullah (Bangladesh) and Shaiman Anwar (UAE), fast bowlers Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami (both India), Wahab Riaz (Pakistan) and spinners Imran Tahir (South Africa) and R Ashwin (India).
“But there were so many brilliant individual performances during the tournament that it was not possible to fit them into the team.
The panel eventually came up with this side, which, in their view, was the most balanced outfit that is capable of beating any side on any given day.”