By Aaron Callaghan
No Warner. No Finch. No problem?
The ICC released their officially unofficial ICC team of the tournamen for the 2019 cricket world cup. No, Ben Stokes sliding bat isn’t in there and the super over is batting six. Before we dive in and go under the hood of the all-tournament team, let’s just get a take out there that is completely free of bias - A count back to determine the tournament winner is completely ridiculous and the BCCI ICC needs to review this before 2023’s tournament. The ICC bowed to the almighty flex of the BCCI to change the format to a 9 game round-robin, I am not on board with this. The tournament needs pressure from the very first game and there needs to be minnow nations involement. Who doesn’t want to see the Dutch or Ireland play international cricket?
Jason Roy returned to the England team and completely turned their fortunes around. He is one of the premier opening batsmen in one day cricket. Along with Rohit Sharma who averaged 81, make for a formidable opening partnership.
Honourable mentions: David Warner perhaps unlucky to miss out having hit 647 runs at 71 anchoring Australia’s sometimes frail batting line up. Johnny Bairstow brutally unlucky to not earn a spot in the team, he could even perhaps bat lower and keep wickets instead of Carey, pick your poison on that one - Bairstow scored 532 runs at 48.
Kane williamson is a walk up start in any team in the world right now, has been for a few years. Williamson’s importance to New Zealand’s success is only rivaled by perhaps Shakib for Bangladesh. Joe Root averaged 61 and deserves his spot.
Honourable mentions: Babar Azam help Pakistan together at times in the middle, averaging 67 for the tournament. Interesting omissions Kohli and Smith, the two premier batsmen in world cricket.
Shakib Al Hasan and Ben Stokes get the nod as hard hitting, genuine all rounders, both could bowl their full 10 overs and score 85 and you wouldn’t think twice about it. Alex Carey broke the record for most cup runs batting 7 and looks to be a bright light in Australia’s future.
Honourable mentions: Putting this out to the readers - Any nominations?
Starc, Ferguson, Archer and Bumrah - A fantastic world cup bowling line up. World class. Shakib is the spinning option, not a genuine spinning wicket taker but does a job. Lockie Ferguson took 21 wickets at 19 which is an astounding effort, no doubt he’s made a lot of money this tournament with future T20 contracts.
Honourable mentions: Trent Boult left out, just not enough spots. Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman finished with the tournament’s third most wickets and couldn’t find his way into the team. English pair Mark Wood and Chris Woakes also miss out.