ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2019
Cricket.com.au's Team of the World Cup (so far)
Ahead of the semi-finals this week, we’ve put together our best XI of the World Cup to date
8 July 2019, 07:47 PM AEST
1) Rohit Sharma (India)
Matches: 8 | Runs: 647 | Average: 92.42 | Strike rate: 98.77 | 100s: 5 | 50s: 1 | High score: 140
A record-breaking campaign from India’s star opener, whose five centuries are the most by any player in a single World Cup. Losing Shikhar Dhawan to injury meant India needed Rohit to stand up in this tournament, and he’s delivered with six scores of 50 or more in just eight innings to guide his side into the semi-finals.
2) David Warner (Australia)
M: 9 | Runs: 638 | Ave: 79.75 | SR: 89.48 | 100s: 3 | 50s: 3 | HS: 166
We were tempted to opt for Aaron Finch as the second opener in our side, as much for his brilliant captaincy as his superb batting, but Warner’s numbers are just too hard to ignore. Six 50-plus scores from nine innings following a 12-month ban is an exceptional return and his strike rate of around 90 is still solid, even if he hasn’t quite been at his destructive best in every innings. The likes of Finch, Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy could easily fit into this side as openers, but Warner gets in on weight of runs.
3) Babar Azam (Pakistan)
M: 8 | Runs: 474 | Ave: 67.71 | SR: 87.77 | 100s: 1 | 50s: 3 | HS: 101*
Six of the top 10 run-scorers in the tournament are No.3 batsmen but we’ve opted for Pakistan’s first drop after an eye-opening campaign. Babar’s lowest score from eight innings was 22 and his match-winning century under immense pressure against New Zealand was arguably the batting performance of the tournament. He also played vital innings in wins over England, South Africa, Afghanistan and Bangladesh so while other players - like England’s Joe Root and India’s Virat Kohli - might have superior numbers, we can’t go past this classy right-hander.
4) Kane Williamson (New Zealand) (c)
M: 8 | Runs: 481 | Ave: 96.20 | SR: 77.20 | 100s: 2 | 50s: 1 | HS: 148
Much like Babar, Williamson’s ability to hold his nerve under immense pressure gets him a spot in this side. New Zealand’s openers have had a miserable tournament meaning in five of Williamson’s seven innings, he’s come to the crease with less than 15 runs on the board and the opposition buoyed by an early wicket. But the Kiwi No.3 has stood form and his match-winning hundred against South Africa was one of the highlights of the tournament so far. And having steered his side into the semi-finals, we’ve made him captain of our team as well.
5) Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)
M: 8 | Runs: 606 | Ave: 86.57 | SR: 96.03 | 100s: 2 | 50s: 5 | HS: 124* | Wkts: 11 | Ave: 36.27 | Econ: 5.39 | BB: 5-29
There’s was absolutely no doubt that Shakib would make it into our side after such a standout campaign, the only question concerned where he would bat in the order. The top-order dominance at this tournament means we’ve reluctantly shifted him down to No.5, where he’s batted 133 times in his career, but we’d back him to fire anywhere given his current form. Seven 50-plus scores from eight innings, a match-winning century against the West Indies, a five-wicket haul against Afghanistan … need we say anymore to justify his spot?
6) Ben Stokes (England)
M: 9 | Runs: 381 | Ave: 54.42 | SR: 95.01 | 100s: 0 | 50s: 4 | HS: 89 | Wkts: 7 | Ave: 29.14 | Econ: 4.65 | BB: 3-23
Some uncharacteristic top-order stumbles from England at this tournament means their star allrounder has been tasked with a recovery mission more often than he’d be used to. But the left-hander has delivered with several vital innings under pressure while still maintaining a strike rate approaching 100. On a bowling front, he’s played a containing role more than that of a wicket-taker and his tournament economy rate of 4.65 is the fourth-best of any bowler to have bowled more than 40 overs. Then there’s the matter of that ridiculous catch against South Africa…
7) Alex Carey (Australia) (wk)
M: 9 | Runs: 329 | Ave: 65.80 | SR: 113.44 | 100s: 0 | 50s: 3 | HS: 85 | Ct: 17 | St: 2
Australia’s wicketkeeper-batsman has delivered the most prolific World Cup campaign by a No.7 batsman ever, a performance even he could have only dreamed about. The left-hander’s ability to steady after a collapse of wickets as well as accelerate in the late overs has led Steve Waugh to declare him "a hybrid of Michael Hussey and Michael Bevan" and he’s been ultra-consistent as well, failing to reach 20 just twice in eight innings. He’s missed a few chances behind the stumps but has also completed some important dismissals at key moments.
8) Mitchell Starc (Australia)
M: 9 | Wkts: 26 | Ave: 16.61 | Econ: 5.18 | SR: 19.2 | BB: 5-26 | 4wi: 4
Australia’s left-armer certainly loves World Cups! The player of the tournament four years ago, Starc could well win that award again after a standout campaign that has already equalled the record for the most wickets in a single tournament. His big hauls against England and New Zealand have been the highlights, but he also delivered match-winning spells against the West Indies and Pakistan when Australia were on the ropes late in the game.
9) Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand)
M: 7 | Wkts: 17 | Ave: 18.58 | Econ: 4.96 | SR: 22.4 | BB: 4-37 | 4wi: 1
The Kiwi speedster has added plenty of firepower to New Zealand’s attack, forming arguably the best opening pair at the tournament alongside left-armer Trent Boult. Ferguson has taken three or more wickets in four of his seven games, rocking some of the best batsmen in the world with impressive pace, movement off the pitch and a nasty short ball. The way England dominated NZ’s attack last week, a game that Ferguson missed due to a minor injury, underlines how important he’s been to their campaign.
10) Jasprit Bumrah (India)
M: 8 | Wkts: 17 | Ave: 19.52 | Econ: 4.48 | SR: 26.1 | BB: 4-55 | 4wi: 1
India’s star paceman is just so impressive at all stages of an innings, his skipper Virat Kohli must have a hard time just figuring out when to bowl him. A strike weapon with the new ball, Bumrah is almost impossible to get away at the death as well and his tournament economy rate of just 4.48 is incredible given he’s bowled plenty of overs late in the innings when batsmen are swinging hard. He’s the top-ranked ODI bowler in the world and he’s No.1 for a reason.
11) Shaheen Shah Afridi (Pakistan)
M: 5 | Wkts: 16 | Ave: 14.62 | Econ: 4.96 | SR: 17.6 | BB: 6-35 | 4wi: 2
Contrary to pre-tournament predications, pace has so dominated spin at this World Cup - Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the only slow bowler with genuine claims on a spot in this team - that we’ve opted for a four-man pace attack, especially with Shakib offering a spin option in the middle order. And while he only played five games, Afridi has won the final pace spot ahead of the likes of Mohammad Amir, Trent Boult and Jofra Archer. The classical left-armer is a delight to watch and after a slow start to his campaign, his spells against New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh were some of the best in the tournament.
2019 World Cup
Australia's squad: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa
June 12: Australia beat Pakistan by 41 runs
June 15: Australia beat Sri Lanka by 87 runs
June 20: Australia beat Bangladesh by 48 runs
June 25: Australia beat England by 64 runs
July 14: Final, Lord's
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