ESPNcricinfo’s Test team of 2016: Kohli and Ashwin feature in a stunning lineup

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ESPNcricinfo’s Test team of 2016: Kohli and Ashwin feature in a stunning lineup

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SportsCafe Desk

12/31/2016

ESPN Cricinfo have announced their Test team of the year which expectedly features two Indians – Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin. There are a couple of surprises in the opening slot of the team with Pakistan’s Azhar Ali and West Indies’ Kraigg Brathwaite leading a strong batting lineup.

From ESPNcricinfo.com:

The opening stand is in good hands with a triple-centurion (Azhar Ali) and a man who carried his bat through an innings and his team to victory (Kraigg Brathwaite).

The middle order is manned by three of the four batsmen widely considered to be the best in the world at the moment. (The fourth, Kane Williamson, had a comparatively quiet year.) Jonny Bairstow, at No. 6, broke the record for most Test runs by a wicketkeeper in a calendar year.

He is followed by a five-man bowling attack that would give most batsmen sleepless nights. Two of those five, incidentally, are world-class allrounders. Would any captain be greedy enough to ask for more?”

The XI:

1. Azhar Ali

2. Kraigg Brathwaite

3. Joe Root

4. Virat Kohli

5. Steven Smith

6. Jonny Bairstow (WK)

7. Ben Stokes

8. Ravichandran Ashwin

9. Rangana Herath

10. Mitchell Starc

11. Kagiso Rabada

Read the full article here.

Who are your best ODI/T20 middle-order batsmen of 2016? (Pick 3 out of 6)
Virat Kohli
Joe Root
Steven Smith
George Bailey
Kane Williamson

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