Bdcrictime.com brings the best Test XI of year 2017. The Test XI is led by India’s Virat Kohli. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim have featured in the XI. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃবিডিক্রিকটাইম বর্ষসেরা টেস্ট একাদশ]
1. David Warner (Australia): Matches: 11 | Runs: 997 at 49.85 | 100s: 4 | 50s : 4 | Best: 123
Left-hander Warner has had good runs in whites in 2017. He started the year with a century before lunch against Pakistan. He scored two hundreds in Bangladesh as well and in Boxing Day Test against England.
2. Dean Elgar (South Africa): Matches: 12 | Runs: 1128 at 53.71 | 100s: 5 | 50s: 4 | Best: 199
Elgar has had his best year in Test cricket. He is the third-leading run-scorer in 2017. He he achieved his highest Test score 199 against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom.
3. Cheteshwar Pujara (India): Matches: 11 | Runs: 1140 at 67.05 | 100s: 4 | 50s: 5 | Best: 202
In India’s dominant year 2017, Pujara is their highest Test run-scorer. He scored his third double hundred and second against Australia in Ranchi. He batted for 672 minutes in that innings.
4. Steve Smith (Australia): Matches: 11 | Runs: 1305 at 76.76 | 100s: 6 | 50s: 3 | Best: 239
Smith, the leading run-scorer of 2017, has had a year to remember. He has scored fighting hundreds in the year including in Pune, Gabba and the latest at the MCG. It’s the fourth consecutive time he has scored 1000s runs in a calendar year.
5. Virat Kohli (India) (captain): Matches: 10 | Runs: 1059 at 75.64 | 100s: 5 | 50s: 1 | Best: 243
Kohli has had a terrific year. He scored three double hundreds including back-to-back ones against Sri Lanka. He scored 204 against Bangladesh in India’s first Test of the year. He led India to 6 wins in 10 Tests.
6. Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh) (keeper): Matches: 8 | Runs: 766 at 54.71 | 100s: 2 | Dismissals: 14
Mushfiqur has had a good year with the bat for Bangladesh. He scored away hundreds against New Zealand and India at the start of the year. He also scored three fifties. Out of eight Tests, he kept wickets in four Tests.
7. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh): Matches: 7 | Runs: 665 at 47.50 | 100s: 2 | Best: 217 | Wickets: 29 | 5-fors: 2 | Best: 5/68
Shakib has made Bangladesh’s 2017 memorable with contributing in Tigers’ victory against Sri Lanka and Australia. He scored his maiden double hundred in Wellington. He scored 84 and took ten wickets versus Australia in Dhaka.
8. Keshav Maharaj (South Africa): Matches: 11 | Wickets: 48 at 23.41 | 5-fors: 3 | Best: 6/40
Maharaj has taken all his wickets in tough conditions in New Zealand, England and South Africa. He took two five-wicket hauls in New Zealand and then in D/N Test against Zimbabwe.
9. Nathan Lyon (Australia): Matches: 11 | Wickets: 63 at 23.55 | 5-fors: 5 | Best: 8/50
Lyon has finished up being the highest wicket-taker in 2017. He showed good performances in India and Bangladesh. He took his career-best 8/50 in Bengaluru. He took 13/154 against Bangladesh in Chittagong.
10. Kagiso Rabada (South Africa): Matches: 11 | Wickets: 57 at 20.28 | 5-fors: 3 | Best: 6/50
Rabada has had his best year ending up as the second leading wicket-taker in 2017. He took ten wickets in a match against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
11. James Anderson (England): Matches: 11 | Wickets: 55 at 17.58 | 5-fors: 4 | Best: 7/42
Anderson is still going strong at his age. He took his 500th Test wicket in 2017 including 7/42 against West Indies. He took his maiden five-for in Australia in D/N Test in Adelaide.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com