Cape Town - Following the completion of the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the International Cricket Council has picked the team of the tournament.
Brendon McCullum named captain of the side which includes five New Zealanders.
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.
In doing so, McCullum also 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 in 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 in 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.
Zimbabwe’s Brendan Taylor, who finished with 433 runs in six matches, was named as the 12th man.
Team of the 2015 Cricket World Cup in batting order:
Brendon McCullum (New Zealand (captain)
Martin Guptill (New Zealand)
Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) (wicketkeeper)
Steven Smith (Australia)
AB de Villiers (South Africa)
Glenn Maxwell (Australia)
Corey Anderson (New Zealand)
Daniel Vettori (New Zealand)
Mitchell Starc (Australia)
Trent Boult (New Zealand)
Morne Morkel (South Africa)
Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe) (12th man)
*The selection panel that chose the team consisted of:
Geoff Allardice (ICC General Manager - Cricket)
Andrew Alderson (Journalist, New Zealand Herald)
Harsha Bhogle (Broadcaster)
Richard Kettleborough (Member of Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and ICC Umpire of the Year 2014)
Chloe Saltau (Journalist, The Age)
Michael Vaughan (Former England captain and broadcaster)