List of World XI Test cricketers
This page contains a list of World XI Test cricketers.
A Test match is an international cricket match between two of the leading cricketing nations. The International Cricket Council declared that a six-day Super Test between the side leading the ICC Test Championship table at the requisite time would play a team made up of the top players from the rest of the world, and that the game would have official Test status. The game, which was held from the 14th to the 19th of October, was preceded by three one-day games between the side leading the ICC One-day International Championship table and a rest of the world side that would have official One Day International status. The matches were sponsored by Johnnie Walker, the drinks company, leading to their being named the "Johnnie Walker Super Series". All games were played in Australia. Australia won the one-day series ; and the super test. There is some controversy among cricket statisticians whether these games should be included in official test statistics.
The original aim was that the Super Series would be played every four years. However, immediately after the completion of the first Test match, Malcolm Speed, the ICC Chief Executive, removed it from the regular ICC schedule, noting that it may be played in the future when, as now, there is a clear world champion.
Australia led both the ICC Test and One-day Championship Tables at the requisite time, meaning that they would play against a team from the rest of the world.
The World XI selectors named a shortlist, from which the 11 Test players were named. The selection panel comprised:
- Sunil Gavaskar of India (chairman)
- Mike Atherton of England
- Sir Richard Hadlee of New Zealand
- Clive Lloyd of the West Indies
- Jonty Rhodes of South Africa
- Aravinda de Silva of Sri Lanka
The shortlist they named was: Andrew Flintoff (England), Steve Harmison (England), Michael Vaughan (England), Rahul Dravid (India), Virender Sehwag (India), Sachin Tendulkar (India), Anil Kumble (India), Brendon McCullum (New Zealand), Daniel Vettori (New Zealand), Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan), Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan), Younis Khan (Pakistan), Mark Boucher (South Africa), Jacques Kallis (South Africa), Makhaya Ntini (South Africa), Shaun Pollock (South Africa), Graeme Smith (South Africa), Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka), Brian Lara (West Indies), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies)
After first being reduced to 13, who travelled to Australia, the final 11 players to take the field were selected by the Chairman of Selectors, Sunil Gavaskar in consultation with the appointed team director, the coach and captain of the team, who will be appointed by the selection panel.
World XI Test cricketers
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- English, Peter (17 October 2005). "Super Series' future uncertain". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 25 August 2013.