So with the year and the decade just about out, I came up with my team of the decade. I may not be a cricket writer or a former international, but I have been around this site for a very long time (too long ), watched a fair bit of cricket lately, and over the years so I came up with my team of the decade.
* RT Ponting
+ AC Gilchrist
Hayden was the best opener this decade, scoring 29 Test centuries from the tour of India in 2001. Sehwag gets in for his destructive like batting. I know in the decade he spent sometime out of the team, for a guy who has two triple centuries and a 290-odd, when he gets going, he can take the game away from the opposition. He's not just a FTB, he did score a century in difficult conditions at Trent Bridge in 2002. Ponting, Dravid, Tendulkar, Kallis, and Gilchrist all pick themselves.
Pollock and McGrath were the two best and probably the most consistent seam bowlers, two guys that would give you nothing with the ball, and would keep it very tight. I thought about Ntini who has taken 380 Test wickets in this decade (), but I considered Pollock and McGrath to be the better bowlers (lower averages, less runs per over etc.). For Warne and Murali, they pick themselves.
Thanks to SS as well, who gave me feedback and offered some suggestions on my team.