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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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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