Well, it is that time of year again. The time where obsessed cricket fanatics (such as myself) sit down, ponder for hours, and then finally write some sort of scribble about the top players for the year.
This is a first for me, and I’ve decided to pick 13 players worldwide who will make up my inaugural World XIII. They are in no particular order.
When some of you read this, you might ask ‘where’s Brendon McCullum, or perhaps Hashim Amla?’ Yes, I did consider them, but in my mind didn’t make the cut for 2012. Their years were both excellent and helped lead their teams to some great victories, but in my mind they were beaten by others for consistency and other similar factors. Add to the fact that picking just thirteen players is extremely difficult.
Dubbed ‘Melbourne’s favourite cricket team,’ the MCG will be swamped with green this summer as the Melbourne Stars vie for the BBL|02 title.
Making the finals last year by the skin of their teeth, and bowing out gracefully against the Perth Scorchers, the Stars have once again recruited a strong team, with the likes of Captain Shane Warne, David Hussey, and Sri Lankan icon Lasith Malinga.
As the Australian summer draws ever closer, the Aussies must overcome their recent series loss to Pakistan in the UAE (and their subsequent rankings drop) and contest the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka, starting on September 18.
Well off the top of the ICC T20 rankings, with South Africa and England sitting first and second respectively, Australia must progress into the final if it has any chance of pushing itself up the rankings, currently in tenth position, prior to the 3rd T20 against Pakistan to be played on Monday night. Continue reading Cricket: ICC World Twenty20 Preview→