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Has your favourite made our World Cup Cricket star side?

AFTER 42 matches, the World Cup is set to go up a level with the quarter-finalists decided.

Those games have produced some stunning performances with bat and ball, prompting APN cricket expert JOSH SPASARO to come up with his top XI players.

The stats certainly back up his selections, and whether you agree or not, feel free to have your say in the comments below.

 

OPENING BATSMEN: Shikhar Dhawan (India), Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka)

Dhawan has posted 337 runs at an average of 56.16, including two hundreds and a fifty. His 137 in the stunning 130-run win over South Africa included 16 fours and two sixes.

Dilshan started slowly, but finished the pool games with 395 runs at 79. He also scored two tons and a fifty, including a brilliant 161 from 146 balls against Bangladesh, and a solid 62 from 60 against Australia at the SCG.

 

TOP AND MIDDLE ORDER: Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), AB de Villiers (South Africa), Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe)

Set to retire from ODIs after the World Cup, Sangakkara became the first batsman to make centuries in four consecutive ODI matches. Is the tournament's leading run-scorer with 496 at an average of 124.

De Villiers picks himself at No.4 with 417 runs at 83.40. His 162 not out from just 66 balls against the West Indies was breathtaking. Has also picked up four wickets at 16.25.

Taylor is the second-highest scorer with 433 runs at 72.16. Is also set to retire and bowed out with a fantastic 138 off 110 runs against India.

 

ALL-ROUNDER: Glenn Maxwell (Australia)

Dubbed the 'Big No Show' by some prior to the World Cup, Maxwell has scored 257 runs from just four innings at 64.25, including the second-fastest World Cup hundred off just 51 balls against Sri Lanka. Has chimed in with three wickets and has a handy economy rate.

 

KEEPER: Brad Haddin (Australia)

Haddin hasn't had a lot of batting time, but has managed to average 39 with the third-highest strike rate of the tournament (163). As reliable as usual behind the stumps.

 

BOWLERS: Mitchell Starc (Australia), Trent Boult (New Zealand), Mohammed Shami (India), Daniel Vettori (New Zealand)

Labelled as "soft" by Shane Warne before the World Cup, the left-armer has been devastating, taking 16 wickets at just 8.50 per scalp. His inswinging yorkers are almost unplayable. Boult is second on the wickets table with 15 at 15.60. Dismantled Australia in his team's thrilling one-wicket win at Eden Park, taking 5-27.

India's bowlers were tipped to be the team's weak link, but Shami has dispelled that, taking 15 wickets at 12.60. Has taken at least two wickets in each one of his five games.

Age has yet to catch up with Daniel Vettori, the off-spinner taking 13 wickets at 13.69.

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