Test Team of the Year


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My Test team of the year.

Opener was a problem.

Karunaratne (Sri Lanka, 8 Tests and 736 runs at 52)

Latham (NZ, 6 Tests, 472 runs at 52)- Huge score and carrying his bat got him the nod.

Williamson (NZ, 6 Tests, 601 runs at 66) Best batsman in the world doesn't get the credit he deserves.

Kohli (India, 12 Tests, 1240 at 56)

DE Villiers (South Africa, 7 Tests, 638 runs at 53)

Buttler (England, 10 Tests, 760 runs at 44)

Paine (Australia, 9 Tests, 445 runs at 37)

Rabada (South Africa, 9 Tests, 46 wickets at 20)

Abbas (Pakistan, 7 Tests, 38 wickets at 13)

Lyon (Australia, 10 Tests, 48 wickets at 27)

Perra (Sri Lanka, 10 Tests, 48 wickets at 27)

One batsmen got 1000 runs this year and no bowler got 50 wickets- Lyon is a chance over the next few days.

Opener was hard and the number 6 was hard.


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The year in Test cricket is over, with India ending 2018 in style by taking out the Boxing Day Test.

Ahead of the turn of the new year, we’ve picked our best Test XI for 2018.
658 runs at 59.81. Two centuries. High score of 264 not out.
The only opener in the world to average in excess of 50 this year (minimum three Tests), Latham did not register his first century of the year until December – there were two half-centuries before that – but once he got there, he was not satisfied. The Kiwi went on to make an unbeaten 264 against Sri Lanka and finished the year off in style with another ton.

New Zealand's batsman Tom Latham finished the year with two tons in two Tests.Source: AFP
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743 at 46.43. One century. High score of 158 not out.
The Sri Lankan enjoyed his most consistent 12 months to date in a year where top-orders around the world could rarely be relied upon. Karaunaratne only made the one century in 2018, but passed 50 in eight of his 17 innings.

Dimuth Karunaratne enjoyed a breakout year with the bat.Source: AFP
651 at 59.18. Two centuries. High score of 139.
It’s a real shame New Zealand play so little Test cricket nowadays, particularly because it robs us of the chance to see more of their remarkable skipper, Williamson. He was his consistent and elegant self in 2018. With Test series wins against England and Sri Lanka at home, and more impressively Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, Williamson captains the team this year.

Kane Williamson captains the Test Team of the Year.Source: AFP
1322 at 55.08. Five centuries. High score of 153.
The year’s highest run-scorer by a country mile, Kohli is on course to finish his career among the game’s best ever. The Indian skipper fought a lone hand for his team for much of the year, topping the run-scoring on tours of England and South Africa but still finishing on the losing side of the equation. His five centuries have come across four different countries, and his numbers are even more remarkable when you consider the fact he only played two Tests at home in 2018.

Five centuries in four countries.Source: AAP
658 at 73.11. Three centuries. High score of 162 not out.
Look no further than Nicholls for proof of the value in investing time in a batsman. After a slow start to his career, the former Sydney Thunder batsman now looks every bit the Test player and was New Zealand’s most reliable performer of the year with three centuries and three half-centuries across just seven Tests.

New Zealand's Henry Nicholls had a year to remember.Source: AP
Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis would be the fist batsman selected if there was an injury in this hypothetical XI. The 23-year-old blossomed in 2018, to finish the year as its second highest run-scorer behind Kohli. England’s Jos Buttler was also serious consideration for selection, his captain, Joe Root, was further back in the selection pecking order. Cheteshwar Pujara made a late run for consideration, but had too much ground to make up after a slow start to the year.
493 at 35.21. High score of 62.
41 catches. Two stumpings.

Thrust into the captaincy in unfortunate circumstances, the resurgence of Paine was one of the few highlights for Australia in 2018. The keeper was immaculate with his glovework this year a handy contributor with the bat. In truth it was a lean year for the keepers, with Quinton de Kock losing form and England rotating its keepers — Jos Buttler was not considered for selection as a keeper as he only wore the gloves in one Test. He’s been pushed up a spot in our batting-order to accommodate a bowling all-rounder.

Having these two guys in the same team could be interesting.Source: AFP
33 wickets at 12.39. Four five-wicket hauls. BB of 6-59
336 runs at 37.33. High score of 76

No one took more five wicket-hauls than the West Indies skipper who enjoyed comfortably his best ever year with the ball, finishing with the best average of any bowler who took at least 30 wickets – that’s saying something given 2018 was a year where ball dominated bat. The 27-year-old added another two half-centuries to his already impressive CV.

Jason Holder had his best year to date with the ball.Source: AFP
49 wickets at 34.02. Two five-wicket hauls. BB of 6-112
It was a close run thing between Lyon and Dilruwan Perera (50 at 29.32) for selection but ultimately the Sri Lankan’s record away from home (12 at 60.91) cost him. Lyon’s numbers took a serious hit at the MCG, but it has largely been a good year for the spinner who has become Australia’s go to man with the ball. Was pipped to the post by Kagiso Rabada and Perera for top wicket-taker of the year.

Nathan Lyon is Australia’s go-to man.Source: Getty Images
52 wickets at 20.07. Two five-wicket hauls. BB of 6-54.
The world’s premiere fast bowler, Rabada topped the wicket-taking charts in 2018. The South African tyro started his year with a bang against India, before tormenting Australia – and coming perilously close to a Test suspension – and carried that form into series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

The year’s top wicket-taker.Source: Getty Images
48 wickets at 21.02. Three five wicket-hauls. BB of 6-33
To think there were fears Bumrah was only a white-ball specialist at the start of the year. The quick – and make no mistake that he is rapid – took Test cricket by storm in 2018, picking up three five-wicket hauls across nine Tests. Those are his first nine Tests ever by the way. Bumrah’s success across three different continents saw him pip Cummins to selection.

Jasprit Bumrah took 48 wickets in his first year in Test cricket.Source: AAP
38 wickets at 13.76. Three five-wicket hauls. BB of 5-33
He doesn’t have the pace of either Bumrah or Rabada, but Abbas was arguably the year’s best fast bowler. Operating in the low 130km/h territory, Abbas’ incredible skills with both the new and the old ball saw him torment Ireland, England and Australia this year. He might just be the finest reverse swing bowler in the world.
It was a seriously good year for the bowlers, and the likes of Pat Cummins (44 wickets at 19.97), James Anderson (43 at 22.51) and Yasir Shah (38 at 23.52) can all consider themselves unlucky.
The XI
Tom Latham (NZ), Dimuth Karunaratne (SL), Kane Williamson (c) (NZ), Virat Kohli (IND), Henry Nicholls (NZ), Tim Paine (wk) (AUS), Jason Holder (WI), Kagiso Rabada (SA), Nathan Lyon (AUS), Mohammad Abbas (PAK), Jasprit Bumrah (IND)


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You know it's been a rough year for keepers when the keeper of the year has a highest score of 62.

Seems to be trending away from the last era of keepers that could put up huge scores (Gilchrist, Sangakarra, De Villiers, McCullum, Dhoni) and more in to this era of keepers who are specialist keepers and motivators who occasionally grab a 50.


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I just think it’s been a bowlers year.

The last few tests that NZ and SA have played had 14 and 15 wickets in a day.

Not going to be big scores when the bowlers are owning you


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You know it's been a rough year for keepers when the keeper of the year has a highest score of 62.

Seems to be trending away from the last era of keepers that could put up huge scores (Gilchrist, Sangakarra, De Villiers, McCullum, Dhoni) and more in to this era of keepers who are specialist keepers and motivators who occasionally grab a 50.
It was an era too of batsmen keeping, not keepers batting.

De Villiers filled in for Boucher when he suffered that horrific eye injury but didn't keep until his 74th Test match and Sangkkara didn't keep in Tests after 2006 and played 86 Tests as a batsmen. He averaged 65 just batting from 06-15 and 44 as a keeper batsman.

The 44 is pretty standard for keeping, I'd always want the keeper 40ish in average.

McCullum kept in 52/81 Tests.

Even Dravid kept for India for years before Dohni, just so they could have seven batsmen and didn't want to worry about a keeper.

One of the first times I watched Gilchrist was the '93 SS final- batting at three and not keeping.

Strange time but that was the idea at the time, just put the most likely in the role because we need his runs.


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I just think it’s been a bowlers year.

The last few tests that NZ and SA have played had 14 and 15 wickets in a day.

Not going to be big scores when the bowlers are owning you
100 v 5fa's. This year is the only year they're even close.

2008 (95, 52) 2009 (97, 42) 2010 (98, 56) 2011 (72, 49) 2012 (89, 57) 2013 (89, 64) 2014 (110, 50) 2015 (83, 41) 2016 (90, 61) 2017 (92, 55) 2018 (65, 65)

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