Finalists Australia and West Indies contribute a total of six players to the ICC Women’s World Cup India 2013 team of the tournament, which was announced today in Mumbai, with Player of the Tournament, New Zealand’s Suzie Bates named as captain.

Chosen by a select group of experts* the team was aimed at being suited for India conditions on the basis of performances in the tournament only. Statistics were used but were not the sole basis for selections.

The side features not only players from Australia and West Indies, but also sees four England players, one New Zealander and one Sri Lankan in the side.

The panel struggled with deciding the final 12 for the women’s team and players who were considered included Arran Brindle and Sarah Taylor of England, Amy Satterthwaite and Sian Ruck  of New Zealand, Shashikala Siriwardena of Sri Lanka, Erin Osborne of Australia and South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail.

On being named captain of the team, Bates said: “It’s obviously a great honour that the panel not only thought to bestow title of Player of the Tournament on me but also the captaincy of the Team of the Tournament.

“It’s been a great event here in India and I, of course, would have loved to have led my team to the final but it wasn’t to be for us this year. The team selected by the panel shows the real strength and depth in women’s cricket and it’s great to see five different nations represented.”

ICC Women’s World Cup India 2013 Team of the Tournament (in batting order):

Suzie Bates (New Zealand – captain)
Charlotte Edwards (England)
Rachael Haynes (Australia)
Stafanie Taylor (West Indies)
Deandra Dottin (West Indies)
Eshani Kaushalya (Sri Lanka)
Jodie Fields (wicketkeeper – Australia)
Katherine Brunt (England)
Holly Colvin (England)
Anya Shrubsole (England)
Megan Schutt (Australia)
12th Player: Holly Ferling (Australia)

*The selection panel that chose the ICC Women’s World Cup India 2013 of the tournament consisted of:

Selection Panel
Geoff Allardice (ICC General Manager – Cricket)
Ebony Rainford-Brent (Former England international cricketer and radio commentator)
Vineet Kulkarni (Member of the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires)
David Jukes (ICC Regional Match Referee and ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 Tournament Referee)
Sanjay Manjreker (Former India cricketer and Star Sports commentator)

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