Former England all rounder, Vic Marks prepared the list for Guardian which includes 6 Indians (3 South Africans, 2 Indians and NO Australian).

Selecting Sachin Tendulkar as a middle order specialist, Marks’ added, "So the middle order comprises Kevin Pietersen, Sachin Tendulkar and AB de Villiers. All three have hit brilliant centuries during the past fortnight, so they are in form. It was odd that, after 156 Tests, there were still some Indians who questioned whether Tendulkar was capable of playing the "match-winning" innings. In Chennai, he willed himself to the hundred and the victory that a wounded country demanded. In some ways, it was a humble innings as Tendulkar declined to play extravagant strokes in case they jeopardised his goal."

Apart from Tendulkar and Dhoni, the other Indians in Marks' team were opener Virender Sehwag, pace partners Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma with Harbhajan Singh as the only spinner.

Vic Marks’ a former England all-rounder now a writer with Guardian said, “This is brilliant; we do not really know which the best team in the world is. For a decade, it has been Australia and there has been nothing to argue about. Now there are three contenders as India and South Africa challenge Australia's supremacy,"

"Pick the best XI from these four sides (apologies to Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies and New Zealand for being so exclusive) and it is possible, without too much mischief, not to select a single Australian. This may be an indication of the way things are going," he added.

Vic Marks' select XI: Grame Smith (c), Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen, Sachin Tendulkar, AB De Villiers, Andrew Flintoff, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Dale Steyn.