Cook named in ICC XI

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Alastair Cook has been included in the ICC's Test team of the year
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Alastair Cook has been included in the ICC's Test team of the year

New Test captain Alastair Cook is one of three England players to have been named in the International Cricket Council's five-day team of the year.

Cook was confirmed as Andrew Strauss' successor after his surprise retirement on Wednesday, and has been included in the game's governing body's Test XI of the year.

He was joined in the line-up, selected by a panel of experts headed by West Indies great Clive Lloyd, by team-mates Stuart Broad and Matt Prior.

The mythical side is captained by Australia's Michael Clarke and also features South Africa's Dale Steyn, the world's best fast bowler, for a fifth straight year.

ICC chief executive, David Richardson said: "Those selected can be justifiably proud of their achievements and well deserving of the recognition they receive as great cricketers of their era.

"The quality of the Test cricket played over the course of the year has been exceptional and I did not envy the selectors in their task of selecting the best. Congratulations to those who have made it. They make a formidable team."

ICC Test team of the year: Alastair Cook (England), Hashim Amla (South Africa), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), Jacques Kallis (South Africa), Michael Clarke (Australia, captain), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies), Matt Prior (England, wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad (England), Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan), Vernon Philander (South Africa), Dale Steyn (South Africa)

12th Man - AB de Villers (SA).

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