Jokes are still being circulated about Australia’s demise in the Ashes (Q: What is the difference between an Australian batsman and Cinderella? A: Cinderella knew when to leave the ball) but already the cricketing circus has moved on and everyone is now thinking about the World Cup.
After the fiasco of the Caribbean world cup of 2007, this should be a humdinger of a tournament, despite that it takes a month to get to the business end of it (the quarter finals).
Anyway in celebration of 40 years of one-day international cricket (acknowledged last week on Channel 9 when the commentators arrived dressed in 1970s’ gear with afros, wide lapels, medallions and brightly-coloured flares) I have been entrusted with selecting an All-Time World Cup XI for the March issue of The Wisden Cricketer (which comes out on February 18).
I have my ideas (interestingly not too many Englishmen feature) but we’d like to know yours too. Based on World Cup performances, email your World Cup Dream Team to firstname.lastname@example.org, a side to take on the eventual winner of World Cup 2011.
And, to my mind, this could well be England, though Stuart Broad’s fitness is vital for that. I got the prediction of the 3-1 Ashes score right (and I’ve got video to prove it!) so trust me on this …
Simon Hughes is the Cricket Analyst, broadcaster, commentator and associate editor of The Wisden Cricketer. Follow him on Twitter @cricketanalyst