Is this the best one-day side in the world?

The Set Max “selection committee” comprising chief selector Tony Greig, captain Arjuna Ranatunga, and coach John Wright has come up with the Best XI of the 2007 World Cup on the basis of their performances in the Super Eight matches.

1) Matthew Hayden

2) Sanath Jayasuriya (all-rounder)

3) Adam Gilchrist (wicket-keeper)

4) Ricky Ponting (captain)

5) Scott Styris (all-rounder)

6) Kevin Pietersen

7) Michael Clarke (all-rounder)

8) Chaminda Vaas

9) Shane Bond

10) Lasith Malinga

11) Muttiah Muralidharan


Four full-fledged batsmen, three batting all-rounders, two fast bowlers, one seamer, one spinner.

Has Gilchrist been better than Kumar Sangakkara? Can he keep to Murali’s doosra? Is it a good idea to bat the world’s best batsman at No. 4? Won’t Brad Hogg be more effective than Clarke? No place for Jacques Kallis or Daniel Vettori? And has Ponting been a better captain than Mahela Jayawardene?