The Wisden Test XI has been announced with five Indians in the eleven and India skipper MS Dhoni as its captain.
This team has been selected by three selectors: Ian Bishop (West Indies – 43 Tests); Ravi Shastri (India- 80 Tests) and Ian Smith (New Zealand – 63 Tests).
The criteria for selection are simple: the best eleven to play a Test match, no matter the opposition, guided by performances in 2008, and taking into consideration the amount of Test cricket they played in the year, the quality of their opponents, and that indefinable blend of class and form.
THE WISDEN TEST XI OF 2008
V. Sehwag (India)
G. C. Smith (South Africa – Vice-Captain)
R. T. Ponting (Australia)
S. R. Tendulkar (India)
K. P. Pietersen (England)
S. Chanderpaul (West Indies)
*†M. S. Dhoni (India – Captain)
Harbhajan Singh (India)
M. G. Johnson (Australia)
D. W. Steyn (South Africa)
Zaheer Khan (India)