Having somewhat foolishly picked a team of the group stage with just one game of the Bob Willis Trophy left, Wisden’s Bob Willis Trophy team of the tournament is, as you’d expect, quite similar to that former XI.
There are two changes though, as well as a slight rejig of team structure. The alterations are explained below:
6 matches, 563 runs @ 56.30, HS: 172
6 matches, 459 runs @ 51, HS: 116
After their super Bob Willis Trophy final tons, space had to be found for Alastair Cook and Tom Lammonby in this XI, the former with more runs in the tournament than any other, and the latter top of the tons chart. It’s a bit of a fudge, but we’ve pushed Ben Slater and Jake Libby, both openers, down to first- and second-drop. It’s been a competition for the openers; all of a sudden, England have a plethora.
The middle order
5 matches, 425 runs @ 60.71, HS: 172
5 matches, 498 runs @ 55.33, HS: 184
5 matches, 394 runs @ 56.28, HS: 150
5 matches, 379 runs @ 54.14, HS: 94
Tom Abell drops out after a couple of sub-20 scores took his average below 40. But we couldn’t bring ourselves to leave out any of the other batsmen, and so altered the team balance instead.
6 matches, 291 runs @ 58.20, HS: 83* | 20 dismissals
A pair of unbeaten knocks, the latter a heroic draw-saver, means Essex’s stumper keeps his place.
6 matches, 30 wickets @ 13.43, BBI: 5-26 | 248 runs @ 31, HS: 66
6 matches, 38 wickets @ 15.86, BBI: 8-64
5 matches, 29 wickets @ 15.58, BBI: 5-37
4 matches, 25 wickets @ 12.72, BBI: 5-34
Craig Overton’s belligerence – 111 runs for once out in the final – means he can justifiably take the bowling all-rounder’s spot previously claimed by brother Jamie. The rest is as you were.
Wisden’s Bob Willis Trophy Team of the Tournament
Colin Ackermann (c)