What would be your present best test cricket 11?
2022 has come to an end, and this year once again cricket sees its glory days. Cricket matches started to happen continuously, and the crowd returned to the stadium after a covid outbreak. 2022 has given us so many good test matches and shows why it is the best format. It is the best year for cricket fans as the T20 world cup happened this year, and teams are fighting in tests to secure their place in WTC. If we see the cricket news, many players have made an impact in the test in 2022. In this article, we are going to see the best playing 11 in test cricket.
Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle announced their best test playing 11 for 2022.
Playing 11: Usman Khawaja, Kraigg Brathwaite, Joe Root, Babar Azam, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Rishabh Pant (wk), Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Nathan Lyon, James Anderson.
Australian Usman Khawaja and West Indian Kraigg Brathwaite will open. Khawaja had a great year, he was picked into the team after three years. He grabbed the opportunity and justified his selection. If we see the sports news of cricket, he has scored 1080 runs in 11 matches, and only four batters have scored 1000 runs in tests.
Kraigg Brathwaite will open alongside Usman Khawaja. It was a difficult decision because Pakistani opener Abdullah scored more runs than him. Kraig Braithwaite is playing for the West Indies and has made the most impact. That’s why we are going with Kraig Braithwaite.
At the third number, Joe Root will come to bat, and many people might choose Marnus Labuschange. 2022 is one of the great years of Joe Root’s career, and not selecting him will not be a wise decision. If we see the cricket news update, he has scored 1098 runs in 15 matches with five hundred and two fifties. He will take care of the third position. On the other hand, Marnus Labuschange also had a great number in 2022. He scored 957 runs with four centuries and five half-centuries in 11 matches.
At the fourth number, Pakistani captain Babar Azam will come to bat. 2022 is a great year for him and scored the most runs in tests this year. He has also played the fewest matches among the highest run scorers in the test. In 9 test matches, he has scored 1184 runs with four centuries and seven half-centuries. He is the backbone of Pakistan’s middle order for a long time and will also take care of the middle order of this team.
In the fifth position, English wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow will play but not as a wicketkeeper. He made a great start to 2022 with too many centuries and was untouchable but got injured. He had to take a rest, but still, he touched the mark of 1000 runs. He scored 1061 runs with 6 centuries and one-half centuries in 10 matches. The presence of Jonny Bairstow will make the middle order even more dangerous.
The English captain Ben Stokes will also take care of the middle order. He is a once-in-generation player, and his presence will make the team more dangerous.
Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant will take responsibility for this team. He has amazed everyone with his wicket-keeping skill and his fearless batting approach. In 2022, he is the highest run scorer in India and scored 680 runs in 7 matches. It is cricket news for India.
South African sensation Macro Jensen and Kagiso Rabada will take care of the fast bowling attack along with English pacer James Anderson. Young Macro Jensen has created the most impact in his shorter time and can bat in the lower order. Every little contribution matters when it comes to winning. KG Rabada doesn’t need any introduction, and his name is enough to threaten the batsman. In 9 matches, he has taken 47 wickets. English fast bowler James Anderson has proved that age is just a number and has taken 36 wickets in 9 matches.
Nathan Lyon will take care of the spin department. He is the greatest spinner of this decade. In 11 matches, he has taken 47 wickets. Jack Leach is also another contender for the spin department as he has taken 46 wickets but Lyon is far ahead with another spinner.
The Bottom Line
Test cricket is one of the best formats of cricket and every player dreamt to play in this format. We have seen the best test matches in 2022, and playing 11 is decided by their performances. Read recent cricket news on the CBTF website.
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