Michael Vaughan picks his best Test XI for 2016

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Michael Vaughan picks his best Test XI for 2016

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SportsCafe Desk

12/27/2016

Former English captain Michael Vaughan has picked Indian captain Virat Kohli in his best Test XI of 2016 while doing a show for BT Sports. This comes after the ICC Test team of 2016 had stirred controversy over last week after the selection panel had excluded the Indian captain from their list.

The ICC Test Team of the Year created quite a stir after they failed to include Indian Test captain Virat Kohli, who has had a stellar year reaching a career high ranking of 2 on the ICC batsmen's list this season. The other controversial picks in the team were that of English captain Alastair Cook and Australian Adam Voges.

Former English Captain Michael Vaughan picked his team, that would hypothetically play a boxing day match at the MCG, and opted for David Warner and Joe Root as his openers. They were followed by three captains Steve Smith, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. He did add that Kane Williamson was unlucky to miss out on the list. South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock was handed the gloves by the 42-year-old Englishman with Ben Stokes being picked as the all-rounder.

He picked Ashwin as his lone spinner calling the Indian a "tremendous bowler who offers a bit with the bat". He gave honourable mentions to Ravindra Jadeja, Yasir Shah and Rangana Herath. Stating that the match would be played in Australia, he opted for Aussie duo Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. For his last pick, the Englishman picked South African youngster Kagiso Rabada based on his performance on the Australian tour. He singled out Rabada as the "best quick bowler in the world."

ICC Test Team of the Year 2016 : David Warner, Alastair Cook (C), Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Adam Voges, Jonny Bairstow(WK), Ben Stokes, R. Ashwin, Rangana Herath, Mitchell Starc, Dale Steyn.

Michael Vaughan's Test Team of the Year : David Warner, Joe Root, Steve Smith (C), Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, Ben Stokes, Quinton de Kock (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Josh Hazlewood, Kagiso Rabada, Mitchell Starc.

Which one would you prefer?

Who is your Test wicketkeeper of 2016?
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