Australia’s World Cup hero Travis Head has been snubbed from the ICC’s team of the tournament as vanquished hosts India had six of the 11 players selected.
Head missed out on a spot in the ICC XI despite writing himself into folklore by smashing a classic 137 to propel Australia to their sixth ODI World Cup crown.
The South Australian missed the first half of the tournament with a fractured hand but exploded with a century in his first game against New Zealand.
In Head’s six matches, he scored 329 runs at 54.83, but stood up when it mattered most to be named player of the match in Australia’s semi-final and final victory.
India, led by player of the tournament Virat Kohli, had three batters in the top-five, with Rohit Sharma named captain.
KL Rahul, who scored 452 runs at 75 with one ton, somehow got the nod for a spot ahead of New Zealand young gun Rachin Ravindra, who was fourth on the run-scorers list with 578 at 64.22 including three centuries.
The only Australians selected were Glenn Maxwell, who smashed two classic centuries, including an iconic unbeaten 201 in a winning chase against Afghanistan, and Adam Zampa, who like his team, started slowly but ended up with 23 wickets across 11 games – the most ever by a spinner in a men’s ODI World Cup.
Star Indian quick Mohammed Shami, who had limited impact in the final defeat to Australia, was selected at No.11 despite missing the first four matches.
ICC team of the men’s World Cup
1. Quinton de Kock (South Africa)
2. Rohit Sharma (capt) (India)
3. Virat Kohli (India)
4. Daryl Mitchell (New Zealand)
5. KL Rahul (India)
6. Glenn Maxwell (Australia)
7. Ravindra Jadeja (India)
8. Jasprit Bumrah (India)
9. Dilshan Madushanka (Sri Lanka)
10. Adam Zampa (Australia)
11. Mohammed Shami (India)
12th: Gerald Coetzee (South Africa)