Virat Kohli leads Cricket Australia’s Test team of the year

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Virat Kohli leads Cricket Australia’s Test team of the year

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SportsCafe Desk

12/23/2016

Hours after the ICC announced its Test team of the year, where Virat Kohli was missing, Cricket.com.au have revealed their own team of the year where the Indian Test skipper features as the captain. ICC Cricket of the Year Ravichandran Ashwin also features in the team which has just two Australians.

Former Test stalwarts Rahul Dravid, Gary Kirsten, and Kumar Sangakkara selected the ICC’s Test team of year based on players’ performances in the period from 14 September 2015 to 20 September 2016. In a surprising team, Steve Smith and Virat Kohli, ranked No.1 and No.2 respectively in ICC’s Test rankings, did not find a place in the side.

In response, Cricket Australia’s website Cricket.com.au have decided to publish their own Test team of the year which features Virat Kohli as the captain of the side.

Cricket.com.au writer Martin Smith writes:“Looking at the figures from all Test completed in 2016 – with the Boxing Day clashes of Australia v Pakistan at the MCG and South Africa v Sri Lanka in Port Elizabeth still to play – cricket.com.au has come up with a Test XI based on performances in the calendar year.

“No room in our XI either for Australia vice-captain David Warner. He has had a lean 2016 in Test match cricket by his lofty standards. He opened the year in whirlwind fashion with the fastest ever SCG but has not capitalised on his starts since, dismissed for 97 against South Africa in Perth.

“There are six changes in our XI from that compiled by the ICC, who also named a 12th man.”

Cricket.com.au’s Test team of the year (arranged by the batting order):

1. Azhar Ali (Pakistan)

2. Joe Root (England)

3. Steve Smith (Australia)

4. Virat Kohli (India – Captain)

5. Ben Stokes (England)

6. Jonny Bairstow (England)

7. Quinton de Kock (South Africa)

8. Ravichandran Ashwin (India)

9. Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka)

10. Mitchell Starc (Australia)

11. Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)

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