As 2018 starts, Green Team took a flashback of 2017 and the Test cricket it performed. Here’s what we think is the best Test XI of the year 2017 based on statistics and discussion with our writing panel.
So here it is!
1. Dean Elgar.
(12 Matches, 1128 runs, Avg 53.71, 100×5, 50×6)
The South African opener had a very great year with the bat in the longest format he. He continued his hot form throughout the year as he scored 1128 runs in 12 test matches at an average of 53.71. His highest score came up against Bangladesh, he scored 199 runs and fell one run short from scoring a double ton.
2. David Warner.
(11 Matches, 997 runs, Avg 49.85, 100×4, 50×4)
The Aussie opener had another fruitful year with the bat as he had firm performance in Bangladesh when Australia was struggling with the conditions. He ended his 2017 with a century in the first innings and 86 in the second against England at MCG.
3. Cheteshwar Pujara.
(11 Matches, 1140 runs, Avg 67.05, 100×4, 50×5)
The Indian wall was India’s main man through out the years where he kept his nerves and kept on playing his natural game. He also played recovering knocks as well when his team-mates couldn’t stay on the wicket for long.
4. Steve Smith.
(11 Matches, 1305 runs, Avg 76.76, 100×6, 50×3)
We all knew about his potential and how good he was but in 2017 he made it into his own league and got dubbed as the next Bradman. He performed extraordinarily in away and home matches. He also got ranked 2nd in all times greatest test batsmen, behind Bradman.
5. Virat Kohli. (C)
(10 Matches, 1059 runs, Avg 75.64, 100×5, 50×1)
Had a tough start to the season against Australia but then covered up his low scores with brilliant high scores. Scored back to back double-hundreds and won every test series in 2017. So he will be our captain as well!
6. Mushfiqur Rahim. (Wk)
(8 Matches, 766 runs, Avg 54.71, 100×2, 50×3)
Bangladeshi test skipper was in the form of his life, fighting hard in New Zealand and then in South Africa later in the year. Played a big role in home series and led his team to a historic victory against Australia. Was also very fine with the gloves behind the stumps with 12 catches and 2 stumps.
7. Ben Stokes.
(7 Matches, 527 runs, Avg 43.91, 100×2, 50×4, Wickets 16)
Ben Stokes clearly renounced himself as the best fast-bowling all-rounder this year. Played a wonderful role against South Africa’s home series. Sublime form with the bat and bowl! Had a wonderful spell at Lord’s against South Africa. Probably England’s best player in tests in 2017.
8. Nathan Lyon.
(11 Matches, 63 wickets, Bowling Avg 23.55)
Garry had a very Nice year in 2017! Was Smith’s main weapon in Asia. Took the most wickets in 2017. Definitely the best off-spinner in the market currently.
9. Kagiso Rabada.
(11 Matches, 57 wickets, Bowling Avg 20.28)
The young Rabada was probably the most effective fast bowler through out the wicket, taking big wickets, giving breakthroughs. Most successful fast bowler in 2017’s tests.
10. Josh Hazlewood.
(10 Matches, 34 wickets, Bowling average 25.41)
A textbook fast bowler with a good line and length. Traps the batsmen after setting them up, a good choice to break partnerships.
11. James Anderson.
(11 Matches, 55 wickets, Bowling average 17.58)
Age is just a number they say and James Anderson is a very good example of it. People say he doesn’t take much wickets outside England but this year whenever England needed someone to step up to take a wicket, James Anderson was the one who stepped up. Lead English attack in Australia very well.