After the best T20I combination of 2017, Shakib Al Hasan also made his place in the best Test XI of cricket Australia’s site, cricket.com.au. This time, another Bangladeshi performer wicket keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim also has been selected in the best XI of the year. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ক্রিকেট অস্ট্রেলিয়া’র টেস্ট একাদশে সাকিব-মুশফিক]
Spotting Shakib Al Hasan in the sixth position, the team is opened by Dean Elgar and David Warner.
In 21 innings of 2017, Elgar scored 1,128 runs in Test cricket in an average of 53.71. He scored 5 hundreds and 4 fifties with highest of 199.
In each of the four Test series South Africa played this year, Elgar constructed a ton. He scored a wonderful 136 run knock against England in the fourth innings of the match.
David Warner of Australia became the most suitable choice with Dean Elgar; playing similar number of innings that of the Proteas opener, Warner’s run tally is 997 in an average of 49.85. He scored 4 centuries and 4 half centuries with a highest of 123.
Appreciating the belligerent performance of Warner in the subcontinent tracks, cricket.com.au says, “It will go down as the year Warner finally conquered his subcontinental demons. The opener had previously thrived all round the world but in August, he played what he described as the knock of his career in the second innings of Australia’s defeat to Bangladesh on a spicy Dhaka pitch.”
India’s run machine Cheteshwar Pujara is right at the one down position. He hit 5 hundreds this year along with a single fifty scoring 1,059 runs this year in an average of 75.64.
In the bilateral home series against Australia, the right hander manufactured an ideal Test double hundred in Ranchi. The 243 runs innings came from 525 deliveries which is highest knock this season.
Australian captain Steven Smith, with a massive average of 76.76, scored 1305 runs in 2017, became the highest run getter in a calendar year. It is the fourth time in a row that Steven Smith scored more than a thousand runs in a calendar year. 6 hundreds he acquired this year with 3 half centuries.
The number fifth position of cricket.com.au’s best Test eleven of 2017 belongs to India’s master hitter Virat Kohli.
Down with an average of 67.05, Kohli’s Test run this season stands at 1140. He scored 4 centuries and 5 half centuries.
Playing 18 innings, Kohli scored 1140 runs this year in Test cricket including three double centuries. The personal achievements of Kohli led India became the number one Test team in the world.
“The fact India remain atop the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings sees Kohli named captain of our 2017 team of the year,” it says.
Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh grabbed the number sixth position in the list of cricket.com.au. He pioneered his side to the historical win against Australia at home in August where he bagged 10 wickets and scored 84 runs as well.
Earlier in January, Shakib scored the highest innings made by any Bangladeshi batsman; the 217 runs knock came against New Zealand while Shakib also smashed a ton in the Test match against Sri Lanka that Bangladesh came with a memorable victory.
It said, “One of the finest all-rounders the game has produced took a sabbatical from the longest format late in the year but nonetheless made his mark in seven Tests in 2017 to claim the No.6 berth in our side.”
Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh wicket keeper batsman is spotted at number seven in the list. Mushfiqur batted 16 innings to score 776 runs averaging 54.71. He added two centuries and three half centuries this year in his record.
According to Cricket Australia’s site, “Mushfiqur’s return of 766 runs at 55 was comfortably the best effort by a wicketkeeper in run-scoring terms in 2017.”
The bowling line up, therefore, is set up by Ravindra Jadeja, Kagiso Rabada, Nathan Lyon and Jimmy Anderson.
Jadeja took 54 wickets in 10 matches with an average of 23.05. He claimed three fifers this year with a best figure of 6 for 63.
To be added, Jadeja scored 328 runs through 4 half centuries, the best of which is 70.
The after era of pace legends like Allan Donald and Shaun Pollock, Kagiso Rabada became the theme of South African pace battery. The youngster made a two 10 wicket haul in 2017 including three five wicket hauling. Averaging 20.28, Rabada added 57 wickets in his tally playing 11 matches.
“There can be few doubts over Rabada’s standing as the most promising young quick on the planet and he could well claim to be the outright best fast bowler in the world given he outdid,” the appreciations went on.
Nathan Lyon, the deadly Aussie spinner toppled every other in the arena to become the first Australian bowling to top a calendar year of taking highest number of wickets since Mitchell Johnson.
He has 63 of them in 11 matches with an astonishing best of 8 for 50. His average is 23.55 making five 5 wicket hauls and one 10 wicket haul.
During Australia’s tour of Bangladesh, Nathan Lyon’s 22 victims in the two match Test series led him breaking the 130 year old Australian record of taking most number of wickets in two match series.
“An integral part of Australia’s Ashes triumph, Lyon has been the standout bowler of the year,” it said.
Last but not the list, the best Test XI of Cricket Australia’s site has been settled down with Jimmy Anderson of England.
One of the most methodical performers of English cricket history, James Anderson 55 wickets came in an average of 17.58. The best figure is, however, 7 for 42 runs. He made four five wicket capture in 2017.
In 7 Test matches against South Africa and West Indies, Anderson haunted rampantly through the opposition-took 39 wickets in total.
Appreciating Andersons’ contribution to Test cricket, the writing in the site says, “Despite his advancing years (he turned 35 in July), England’s all-time leading wicket-taker remains a force in Test cricket.”