Last years team had an extra weighting for World Cup matches. This year there's an extra weighting for matches against top 9 opponents (Bangladesh have performed well enough this year that any results against them are certainly valid) and also for matches away from home.
Openers: Amla and Nasir Jamshed
This is only chosen based on what the players did as openers, and only from players who played at least 5 innings as an opener.
|HM Amla (SA)||9||678||77.05|
|Nasir Jamshed (Pak)||8||462||58.69|
|G Gambhir (India)||13||570||39.44|
|DPMD Jayawardene (SL)||12||425||36.52|
|IR Bell (Eng)||11||549||36.31|
|AN Cook (Eng)||15||663||34.09|
|TM Dilshan (SL)||30||1119||33.61|
Jamshed probably secured his spot in the team with his big innings against India in the last match of the year. A not out hundred against one of the top teams, away from home at close to a run a ball is certainly a good way to boost your ranking.
Top order: de Villiers, Kohli, Morgan
|AB de Villiers (SA)||10||597||105.21|
|V Kohli (India)||17||1026||59.54|
|EJG Morgan (Eng)||12||364||53.57|
|KC Sangakkara (SL)||29||1184||33.92|
|MJ Clarke (Aus)||13||619||33.66|
|SK Raina (India)||13||326||31.61|
|BB McCullum (NZ)||10||416||31.58|
|LD Chandimal (SL)||26||800||29.31|
|JP Duminy (SA)||8||273||27.75|
When I looked at the batting of players while they were keeping there wasn't much comparison. AB de Villiers was 1st on 116.7, then BJ Wattling on 70.2 and MS Dhoni on 57.4. Given the massive disparity, the next thing that the team needs is an all-rounder who can close out the batting. We already have a keeper, so we need someone who can make a contribution with the ball occasionally.
|DJG Sammy (WI)||17||33.06||25.75||7.31|
|AD Mathews (SL)||21||33.56||34.13||-0.57|
|DJ Hussey (Aus)||15||42.89||53.91||-11.02|
|AD Russell (WI)||14||26.75||40.29||-13.54|
I was expecting Andre Russell to come out on top here, but he actually came out last of the players who had batted and bowled enough to count.
Bowlers: Narine, Abdur Razzak, Morne Morkel, Finn, Roach
|SP Narine (WI)||17||17.64||3.66||13.01|
|Abdur Razzak (Ban)||9||20.75||3.95||16.40|
|M Morkel (SA)||11||21.15||4.89||16.71|
|ST Finn (Eng)||14||20||4.2||16.81|
|KAJ Roach (WI)||8||19.88||5.07||16.98|
|RS Bopara (Eng)||14||25||3.43||17.16|
|Saeed Ajmal (Pak)||17||21.12||4.31||17.39|
|SR Watson (Aus)||14||23.05||4.27||17.46|
|CJ McKay (Aus)||17||23.88||4.52||18.80|
I had to make some decisions on the formula, as neither England or Bangladesh had played away from home, so I used a different formula for these teams. It seems a fairly balanced bowling line up, with Roach, Finn and Morkel bringing the heat up front, and then Narine, Razzak and Sammy to take the pace off the ball later on.
So the full team:
AB de Villiers (w)
Darren Sammy (c)
I made Sammy the captain, because I think he is fantastic at getting the best out of his players.