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T20 World Cup 2024: The Best Elevens of the Best Sides

In this article, I look at the best elevens that could be fielded by six teams. These are the sides most likely to get past the group stage and reach the semi-finals.

The Best XI of Australia

In my view, the following eleven players are likely to give Australia the best chance of retaining the World Cup:

路 Finch

路 Warner

路 Maxwell

路 David

路 Marsh

路 Wade

路 Stoinis

路 Starc

路 Cummins

路 Hazlewood

路 Zampa

An in-form Tim David keeps Smith out of Australia鈥檚 T20I squad. Though Maxwell has been in poor batting form this year, his inclusion gives Australia an additional spin bowling option. With every other batter in good rhythm, Australia are clearly the team to beat.

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The Best XI of England

The following England players should walk into their country鈥檚 playing eleven:

路 Buttler

路 Hales

路 Malan

路 Stokes

路 Livingstone

路 Moeen

路 Woakes

路 Curran

路 Jordan

路 Wood

路 Topley

On paper, at least, this is one of the most balanced sides. The batting is strong and eight players can bowl. Stokes is yet to find his form but, as the adage goes, class is permanent. England has two back up fast bowlers in Jordan and Willey. They could also opt to drop Curran or Jordan and use Rashid as a second frontline spin bowler.

The Best XI of India

India will benefit most by fielding the following eleven:

路 Rahul

路 Sharma

路 Kohli

路 Yadav

路 Hardik Pandya

路 Karthik

路 Axar Patel

路 Chahal

路 Shami

路 Arshdeep

路 Harshal

The batting is exceptional, though there are a few question marks about the efficacy of the bowling unit. I have not considered Bhuvneshwar Kumar. I believe that, with his lack of speed, he has limited value on Australian wickets. Deepak Chahar, who could have been a better choice, is not in the squad of 15.

The Best XI of New Zealand

New Zealand could feature most of the players who did well in the recent tri-series with Pakistan and Bangladesh:

路 Allen

路 Conway

路 Williamson

路 Phillips

路 Chapman

路 Neesham

路 Bracewell

路 Sodhi

路 Southee

路 Boult

路 Milne

There鈥檚 not much to choose between Tickner and Milne. However, the latter wins my vote for his greater experience. However, Sodhi could make way for Tickner, if the Kiwis decide to go with four front-line fast bowlers. I have based my selections purely on the showing of the players in the recent tri-series versus Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The Best XI of Pakistan

Pakistan should stick with the eleven that won the recent tri-series final versus New Zealand:

路 Babar Azam

路 Rizwan

路 Masood

路 Shadab Khan

路 Nawaz

路 Haider Ali

路 Asif Ali

路 Iftekhar Ahmed

路 Rauf

路 Afridi

路 Shah

The bowling has explosive potential while the batting is over-reliant on a few players. Haris Rauf is on the top of his game. However, Shaheen Afridi, who is returning to the game after a hiatus, could be a little rusty. The middle order, Pakistan鈥檚 Achilles heel, did come good in the tri-series final. How they play against India and South Africa in the group games will be key to the team鈥檚 fortunes.

The Best XI of South Africa

South Africa did reasonably well on the recent tour of India. I believe that they would be best served by fielding these players:

路 De Kock

路 Roussouw

路 Klaasen

路 Miller

路 Hendricks

路 Markram

路 Parnell

路 Maharaj

路 Rabada

路 Nortje

路 Ngidi

I have left out Bavuma whose recent form has been woeful. This is a fairly balanced squad, whose only worry could be in the sixth bowling option. Shamsi could come in if there鈥檚 any assistance for spin.

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Raj was born and raised in Nagpur, Rajesh moved to Pune to pursue a degree in the English Language at Savitribai Phule Pune University. Having a knack for writing from a very young age, he naturally excelled in his studies and decided to dip his toes in content editing, as well. Now, a full-time Editor, he enjoys spending his free time watching IPL and badminton matches and writing his first novel. His favourite sport is cricket and he believes cricket is life. But I鈥檝e always dreamed of becoming a professional badminton player, so badminton is also at the top of my list. His biggest win is Saina Nehwal鈥檚 bronze at the 2016 Olympics landed him a brand new laptop after his bet on the winning margin came through. His biggest goal is meeting Saina Nehwal and telling her about his biggest win.