In an article Aussies and others published in cricinfo , Five Australians figure in each of the two XIs of the decade picked by Cricinfo’s jury. The teams are:
Matthew Hayden, Virender Sehwag, Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis, Adam Gilchrist (wk), Shaun Pollock, Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, Glenn McGrath
12th man: Andrew Flintoff
Sanath Jayasuriya, Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, Andrew Symonds, Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Flintoff, Shaun Pollock, Brett Lee, Glenn McGrath, Muttiah Muralitharan
12th man: Shane Warne
The teams are formed from only three countries, Australia, Indian and South Africa. The inclusion of Sri Lanka was due to undeniable existence of Murali whereas Pakistan, West Indies and New Zealand were ignored all together despite achievements and records.
After browsing the records for the decade, almost half of the both sides fell down showing the biasness of so called jury. Our teams are:
SR Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis, Ricky Ponting, Mohammad Yousuf, Rahul Dravid, DPMD Jayawardene, KC Sangakkara (wk), SE Bond, Shoaib Akhtar, Muttiah Muralitharan, Glenn McGrath
12th man: SM Pollock
ML Hayden, Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, RR Sarwan, S Chanderpaul, KC Sangakkara (wk), SE Bond, Brett Lee, Glenn McGrath, Muttiah Muralitharan
12th man:A Flintoff
These teams are more realistic. Based on the records and player influence on his team performance, the player of the decade award goes to Jacques Kallis, Muttiah Muralitharan or Glenn McGrath, not Ponting (see Ponting voted Player of the Decade).