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Wisden honours Kallis, Steyn

2011-04-13 18:16

London - Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn have both been honoured in the 2011 Wisden Cricketer’s Almanack by being named in their select Test XI for the 2010 calendar year.

The Almanack was officially launched on Wednesday.

Sachin Tendulkar has not surprisingly been named as Wisden’s Cricketer of 2010 following a year in which he made more than 1 500 Test runs and made the first double century in the history of ODI cricket.

The select Test XI includes five players from India, two each from South Africa and England and one each from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Wisden select Test XI for 2010: Virender Sehwag (India), Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), Sachin Tendulkar (India), Jacques Kallis (South Africa), VVS Laxman (India), MS Dhoni (India, capt), Graeme Swann (England), Dale Steyn (South Africa), Zaheer Khan (India), Jimmy Anderson (England).

Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola has promptly congratulated Kallis and Steyn on their prestigious recognitions.

"Dale and Jacques have been the No. 1 ranked players in the world for Test cricket in the categories of best bowler and best all-rounder respectively for some time and this recognition is richly deserved," he commented.

"The battles between Dale and Sachin Tendulkar in last year's two series between South Africa and India gripped the imagination of the cricketing public around the world.

"None of us who were lucky enough to witness it will ever forget Jacques' tremendous batting in the Newlands Test when he made centuries in both innings in spite of being in considerable pain and finished the series as the joint No. 1 ranked Test batsman along with Tendulkar.

"Cricket South Africa is extremely proud of their achievements."
 

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Comments
  • A.K - 2011-04-13 18:31

    well done boys....

  • Kaneti di Pusini - 2011-04-13 18:43

    Yeah , but where's the world cup?

      Sieta - 2011-04-13 19:07

      Kaneti, you surely are one. And I don't want to see you.

      Kyle - 2011-04-13 19:15

      Test cricket supposed to be more important than the WC.

      Brendon - 2011-04-13 19:35

      India have it, forgotten already?

  • BardofAvon - 2011-04-13 19:19

    Well done guys... it's not your fault the selectors picked a captain who didn't understand the art of cricket.

      Ricky - 2011-04-13 19:57

      Well said ! You know your cricket mate !

      BardofAvon - 2011-04-13 20:32

      Thanks, Ricky...

      BardofAvon - 2011-04-13 20:32

      Thanks, Ricky...

      BardofAvon - 2011-04-13 20:34

      Thanks, Ricky...

      Alexander Luthor - 2011-04-14 10:15

      Thanks, Ricky...

  • BardofAvon - 2011-04-13 19:20

    P.S. Great pic!

  • saliem - 2011-04-13 20:22

    Jimmy Anderson? Tamim Iqbal?? VVS Laxman??? How the frikadel did they get there? Also no place for Ponting or Afridi? If that side were to take the field against the rest they would be onto a spanking of note. Kallis and Steyn definitely deserve their places. Quite interesting to see that they have 7 players from the sub continent in that side, but not a single Pakistani player. I can think of several players who deserve to be there ahead of Anderson, Iqbal and Laxman. I wonder when last a Wisdon selection has not had a single Ausie in it?

      krisryali - 2011-04-13 20:33

      VVS played very important role in every test match that India won. He surely deserves a place. Afridi, for your information, has retired from test cricket, and never deserved it when it comes to test matches. Ricky ponting's poor form resulted his exclusion. The team based on the performances of the players in the year 2010. I actually believe Dhoni doesn't deserve it to be in the team as he is not a great test batsman yet, but he is of course captain of number one test team as well as the team that won world cup for India.

      krisryali - 2011-04-13 20:33

      VVS played very important role in every test match that India won. He surely deserves a place. Afridi, for your information, has retired from test cricket, and never deserved it when it comes to test matches. Ricky ponting's poor form resulted his exclusion. The team based on the performances of the players in the year 2010. I actually believe Dhoni doesn't deserve it to be in the team as he is not a great test batsman yet, but he is of course captain of number one test team as well as the team that won world cup for India.

      krisryali - 2011-04-13 20:34

      VVS played very important role in every test match that India won. He surely deserves a place. Afridi, for your information, has retired from test cricket, and never deserved it when it comes to test matches. Ricky ponting's poor form resulted his exclusion. The team based on the performances of the players in the year 2010. I actually believe Dhoni doesn't deserve it to be in the team as he is not a great test batsman yet, but he is of course captain of number one test team as well as the team that won world cup for India.

      krisryali - 2011-04-13 20:34

      VVS played very important role in every test match that India won. He surely deserves a place. Afridi, for your information, has retired from test cricket, and never deserved it when it comes to test matches. Ricky ponting's poor form resulted his exclusion. The team based on the performances of the players in the year 2010. I actually believe Dhoni doesn't deserve it to be in the team as he is not a great test batsman yet, but he is of course captain of number one test team as well as the team that won world cup for India.

      krisryali - 2011-04-13 20:35

      VVS played very important role in every test match that India won. He surely deserves a place. Afridi, for your information, has retired from test cricket, and never deserved it when it comes to test matches. Ricky ponting's poor form resulted his exclusion. The team based on the performances of the players in the year 2010. I actually believe Dhoni doesn't deserve it to be in the team as he is not a great test batsman yet, but he is of course captain of number one test team as well as the team that won world cup for India.

      saliem - 2011-04-13 20:58

      Ok @krisryali didn't know that Afridi stepped down. Agreed that Ponting didn't have a great year but he's still an awsome player. If it's based on 2010 though their were others who performed exceptionally well. For instance, there were a few English players who did really well during the Ashes series. However, I am not convinced at all that Anderson should have been there. Your comment about 7 players from the sub-continent?

  • Jason - 2011-04-13 20:27

    Excellent! Nicely done boys - two players of whom we can be rightly proud!

  • marco - 2011-04-13 20:43

    3 years ago Graeme Smith would've not only made it into this Test 11 team,but most certainly would've been captain of the lot aswell.Instead he decided to ****off to Ireland to "vry in die stilte met sy Ierse nooi"all the while deciding to abnegate facing the music back in the Republic following his ignominious failure at the Worldcup.Where is the loyalty one needs to ask when it comes to giving your all for your flag and country and putting your hormonal urges on the back burner?Instead that vuilgat Indian Dhoni spoegbek gets to be in Smith's place and captain aswell.Pathetic really the backwards downfall of a once called by ESPN Cricinfo.com as a "colossus of a captain Graeme Smith "-to say the least.

  • Proffie - 2011-04-13 21:49

    Amazing! Not a single Auzzie in the squad. Well done Jacques and Dale. I'm chuffed on your behalf.

      Mxo32 - 2011-04-14 07:55

      Hussey is better than some of these batsmen

      Redback - 2011-04-14 09:35

      Australia just haven't played quality test cricket for some time. Shane Watson was the best contender as he's been solid in all forms of the game. Hussey also had a good Ashes series, but prior to that lacked consistency, so it makes sense. This Test XI decided upon seems to be fair enough. Dale Steyn was a given for his quality bowling efforts! I thought Alastair Cook may have made his way on the list, but possibly same reason as Hussey...inconsistency before hand. Hashim Amla must have been close, that blokes damn good.

  • Mxo32 - 2011-04-14 07:54

    Where is Hashim Amla? Amla for Laxman

  • Pete OJ - 2011-04-14 10:40

    Amla for Iqbal. How is the thinking working here?? Anderson is great if there is swing - otherwise is a ordinary up-and-down bowler. If you wanted to include a player on form from England, surely Trott is the real form guy and has been for a long time. Real solid nr 3. But what the heck, it is actually a meaningless exercise this and serves only to give a resemblance that somebody is doing their job.

  • Staalbal - 2011-04-14 12:16

    I love the hair transplant add below the pic of Kallis

  • Sipho - 2011-04-14 13:38

    Amla should be on here. Then again. this list is based on an English perspective... Hence Jimmy Anderson and Graeme Swann make it. Not the most accurate list??

  • Sipho - 2011-04-14 13:38

    Amla should be on here. Then again. this list is based on an English perspective... Hence Jimmy Anderson and Graeme Swann make it. Not the most accurate list??

  • Sipho - 2011-04-14 13:42

    The first name on this wisden 'team' should be Hash AMLA. By the by, there have Anderson and Swann, it tells you alot of this 'team'. Wonder who picks it? KP and some other MCC fatcats. Joke selection.

  • wmdupreez - 2011-04-14 14:00

    where the hell is AB

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