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ICC Teams of the Year: Ashwin lone Indian in Test team, Kohli ODI skipper

December 22, 2016 13:22 IST

He is on an 18-match unbeaten streak as India's Test captain, but Virat Kohli was left out of the ICC Test Team of the Year.

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IMAGE: India's ODI vice-captain has been named skipper of the ICC ODI Team of the Year, while being ignored from the Test Team of the Year. Photograph: PTI

He is on an 18-match unbeaten streak as India's Test captain, but Virat Kohli does not seem worthy enough of a place in the ICC's Test team and was left out of ICC's Test Team of the Year 2016.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is the lone Indian in the Test side, which will be led by under-fire England Captain Alastair Cook.

However, there was consolation for Kohli, who was named skipper of the ODI All-Star XI that also features Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja.

Kohli, who is the vice-captain of India's ODI and T20 teams, has been named as leader of the 12-member side which features explosive South Africans A B de Villiers, wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock, pacer Kagiso Rabada and leg-spinner Imran Tahir, while David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc represent Australia in the ICC ODI Team of the Year.

Englishman Jos Buttler and wily West Indian spinner Sunil Narine are the other two players in the side.

Despite his man-of-the-series award for scoring 655 runs while leading India to the 4-0 drubbing of England in the just-concluded five-match series, Kohli surprisingly missed a berth in the ICC Test Team of the Year 2016.

Warner and Starc are two cricketers who find themselves in both teams.

The other cricketers who form the ICC Test Team of the Year are New Zealand's Kane Williamson, England's Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow (wicket-keeper), Ben Stokes, Australia's Steven Smith and Adam Voges, South African speedster Dale Steyn and Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath.

South Africa's Marais Erasmus has been honoured with the David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year, while Pakistan Captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award.

ICC ODI Team of the Year 2016: Virat Kohli (captain), David Warner, Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma, AB de Villiers, Jos Buttler, Mitchell Marsh, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Starc, Kagiso Rabada, Sunil Narine, Imran Tahir.

ICC Test Team of the Year 2016: Alastair Cook (captain),David Warner, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Adam Voges, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rangana Herath, Mitchell Starc, Dale Steyn, Steve Smith.

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