Four Indians in Compton’s current best Test XI
With no cricket in the field due to the global pandemic, ICC launched a popular challenge among the current and former cricketers to reveal their current bests in order to feel the cricket fans connected. Many former and current players are still engaging in the challenge. Former England player Nick Compton also built a Test XI among current best cricketers in a conversation with sports presenter Dr Yash Kashikar on his Instagram live show ‘Say Yash To Sports’.
Unsurprisingly, Compton picked David Warner and Cheteshwar Pujara for the opening slot. David Warner has become more than explosive and consistent since returning back to international cricket after his involvement in the infamous-ball tampering controversy. While, Pujara is considered as one of the best batsmen in test cricket. He has scored 5840 runs including 18 tons so far.
Compton slotted three modern-day greats into his side– Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli and Steve Smith in next three slots respectively. They all have an average above 50 in Tests format. Smith is currently the best batsman in the format and has an average of 62.8 with the red ball.
As the only all-rounder in the squad, he picked England’s Ben Stokes. Stokes has been the greatest aggressive all rounder across the formats over the years. In the wicket-keeper’s spot, Compton included another England international– Jonny Bairstow.
Compton included three best pacer of the game– Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Jasprit Bumrah for the fast bowling department. For the spin department, Compton was rather undecided as he included two options– Nathan Lyon and Ravichandran Ashwin.
Nick Compton’s current Test XI: David Warner, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Nathon Lyon/R Ashwin, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jasprit Bumrah.