Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) has congratulated AB de Villiers
on being named captain of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) ODI team of
the year for 2015 as well as two of his Castle Lager Proteas team mates, Hashim
Amla and Imran Tahir, on also making the select XI.
This is the first time that De Villiers has been named as
captain and the fourth time that he has made the select XI in the past 5 years.
This is Amla’s second selection as he was also honoured in
2013 while Imran is a first-timer.
Despite being the number 1 ranked Test team, none of the
Castle Lager Proteas Test squad has made the ICC Test XI for 2015. This is due
to the fact that the ICC teams are selected largely on the basis of statistics
and the Proteas only played 5 Test matches in the period under review between
September 18 2014 and September 13 2015.
Two of those Test matches against Bangladesh were badly
affected by the weather which only left the three-Test Series against the West
Indies. Both De Villiers and Amla averaged more than 100 in that series while
Steyn took 13 wickets at 22.15.
This brings to an end a remarkable sequence by Steyn
stretching back to 2008 when he has been named in the ICC Test team for a
record 7 years in a row.
De Villiers was named 5 times between 2009 and 2014, only
missing out in 2012.
“Congratulations to AB, Hashim and Imran on their selection
to the ICC ODI team,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat. “They
continue to make the nation proud and AB deserves a special mention for what he
has achieved over the past year both as player and as leader. He is truly a
global icon of the game and I have no doubt that his selection will be cheered
the world over.”
ICC Test XI for 2015
Alastair Cook (England, capt), David
Warner (Australia), Kane Williamson (NZ), Younis Khan (Pakistan), Steve Smith
(Australia), Joe Root (England), Sarfraz Ahmed (Pakistan), Stuart Broad
(England), Trent Boult (NZ), Yasir Shah (Pakistan), Josh Hazlewood (Australia).
12th man: Ravichandran Ashwin (India)
ICC ODI XI for 2015
AB de Villiers (SA, captain), Hashim
Amla (SA), Tillekeratne Dilshan (SL), Kumar Sangakkara (SL, wicketkeeper),
Steve Smith (Australia), Ross Taylor (NZ), Trent Boult (NZ), Mohammed Shami
(India), Mitchell Starc (Australia), Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh), Imran Tahir
(SA). 12th man: Joe Root (England)