Picking the best 11 of the decade would be no walk in the park for any selector. Since 2000, a staggering 578 men have played test match cricket.
Let's start by narrowing that down. Fifty tests should be the minimum amount a player requires to achieve greatness.
By filtering that, we are left with 58 cricketers, which includes the likes of Mohammed Ashraful, Ashley Giles, and Ridley Jacobs.
However, 15 of those cricketers have averaged more than 50 with the bat in this period. Pietersen, Clarke, Langer, and Laxman are not in that 15. Seventeen have more than 200 wickets to their names.
The following is, in my opinion, the best TEAM of the decade. Some players might be better cricketers (there are two notable batsmen missing, for a start), but I have tried to pick the team that I think would be best suited for all occasions (for example, making sure there are two openers in the side) as well as looking at stats and performances from this decade alone.