Clarke has been a shining light for Australia in a year that has seen their top order struggle. His appetite for big scores is insatiable and his inventive captaincy earns him the leadership role in this side.
With the jury still out on AB de Villiers as a full-time wicketkeeper, Prior pulls on the keeping gloves on our World XI. Despite having safe hands and a career average of well over 40 batting at No.7, Prior remains one of the most underrated players in the world.
Anderson is regarded by some as one of England's greatest fast bowlers from the post-war era. His ability to perform in testing subcontinent conditions as well as at home makes him one of the most reliable bowlers in the world.
De Villiers's career is in a strange situation as he learns to adjust to life as a wicketkeeper. His series against Australia showed his wide range of skills; solid defence in Adelaide and brutal attack in Perth.