Cricket: Kiwis' skipper McCullum named captain of ICC team picked after World Cup

MELBOURNE (AFP) - New Zealand may have been thrashed by Australia in the World Cup final but dominate the International Cricket Council's team of the tournament released on Monday with Brendon McCullum named captain.

The New Zealand skipper is one of five Black Caps in the side who also include three Australians.

"McCullum was chosen as the captain following his aggressive, innovative and inspirational leadership during the 44-day tournament that was the cornerstone of his team's progression to the final," the ICC said.

He scored 328 runs in nine matches with four half-centuries.

The other New Zealanders are Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Martin Guptill and Daniel Vettori.

Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc were selected from the Australian side along with South Africans AB de Villiers and Morne Morkel, with Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara as wicketkeeper-batsman.

Brendan Taylor of Zimbabwe was named 12th man.