Graeme Swann named in ICC’s ODI team of the year
The 32-year-old spinner is the only Englishman in the 2011 side, captained by India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni
England spinner Graeme Swann has been named in the International Cricket Council’s one-day international team of the year.
The 32-year-old is the only Englishman named in the ICC’s 50-over team of the year, with the side captained by India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The team features four Indians, all of whom were involved in India’s World Cup victory over Sri Lanka in Mumbai in April.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Lasith Malinga, who were all part of the side that lost out to Dhoni’s men in the final at Wankhede Stadium, are also selected .
The side was chosen based on performances between 11 August 2010 and 3 August 2011. The judging panel was headed by Clive Lloyd and also included South Africa’s Paul Adams, England’s Mike Gatting, New Zealand’s Danny Morrison and Pakistan’s Zaheer Abbas.
Lloyd said: “This has been an outstanding year for 50-over cricket. I think everyone saw in the ICC Cricket World Cup how exciting this format can be.
“The ICC Cricket World Cup was rightly applauded as one of the greatest in history and no one who was in Mumbai will forget that remarkable evening.
“The ODI team of the year reflects the success of India with four players selected – Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, M S Dhoni and Zaheer Khan. Yuvraj was, of course, the player of the tournament and MS Dhoni, the man of the match in the final, whilst fellow finalists Sri Lanka has three players in the side.”
ICC ODI Team of the Year 2011
Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka), Virender Sehwag (India), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), AB de Villiers (South Africa), Shane Watson (Australia), Yuvraj Singh (India), MS Dhoni (India, wicketkeeper/captain), Graeme Swann (England), Umar Gul (Pakistan), Dale Steyn (South Africa), Zaheer Khan (India).
12th man: Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)