The World Cup Super 12 stage is on our doorstep, with Australia’s summer of cricket about to explode into gear.
To whet the appetite, we’ve come up with what we think will be the team of the tournament.
Some of the world’s best players in the format have missed, including Pakistan’s Babar Azam as well as India’s Virat Kohli.
Australia — the defending champions — have just three players who have made the XI while fast bowling trio Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, who has excelled in the past two IPLs, have each been excluded.
Note: A preference of selecting players in their preferred position was taken into consideration, which effectively meant there was only room for two openers in the XI — thereby squeezing some of the world’s best talent out, including Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan.
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PREDICTED TEAM OF THE…