Rex Krampus wrote:Thoughts on the ICC test team of the decade. Personally I'd not have picked Warner but that's cos I don't like him. Also seems a bit light on Indians and nobody from Pakistan.
It's been pointed out that Sangakkara hasn't kept all decade. It's hard to think of somebody from Pakistan I'd play - Younis Khan would push out one of the Big Three Batsmen, Abbas hasn't had long enough, and nobody else springs to mind. I might have gone:
Cook Warner (sigh) Williamson (c) Smith Kohli al Hasan (Stokes hasn't been godlike until the last few years really) Watling (wk) Ashwin (but only because Herath spins it the same way as Shakib) Steyn Anderson Boult
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Thoughts on the ICC test team of the decade. Personally I'd not have picked Warner but that's cos I don't like him. Also seems a bit light on Indians and nobody from Pakistan.
Hmm. You can't have all of Williamson, Kohli, Smith, and Sangakarra. Sanga and Kane bat at 3, the other two bat at 4. Smith is the superior number 4 and I'd probably take Kane over Sanga but it could just be recency bias. Also think Younus Khan has been overlooked. Also the second, Kohli as Captain
However, the worthy number 3 is actually Pujara.
Warner spent too much of the decade being a home track bully but difficult to argue with his numbers, sadly.
1 Cook 2 Warner 3 Pujara 4 Smith 5 Rahane 6 Stokes 7 Watling 8 Ashwin 9 Broad 10 Steyn 11 Anderson
What it does show is that there is a real dearth of world class wicket keepers in test cricket in the last 10 years. I guess T20 and 50 over cricket is to blame as a specialist keeper is something most teams don't go for. I also blame Gilchrist.
Given this is the squad for the tour of Sri Lanka, what do you think the XI will be for the first test (Galle)?
Joe Root (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dom Sibley, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
I'm happy for Root to chip in with his part-time spin where required. Not really wanting YJB back in the team but he's only in the squad because Burns, Stokes and Pope are all absent, plus he did score 125 runs in his only test at three in SL last time.