Cricket Australia's Test team of the decade has been announced. There is only one Indian and he is the captain of the side. Find out the full team here
Melbourne: Cricket Australia (CA) has revealed the best Test team of the decade and it has Virat Kohli as the captain.
The 31-year-old Kohli is the lone Indian in the “Best XI”. He is slated at number five. England’s Alastair Cook and David Warner of Australia have been chosen as the openers.
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Steve Smith of Australia is slotted at number four while New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has taken the number three spot.
Kohli and South African great AB de Villiers are the two players who made the cut in both ODI and Test teams of CA. De Villiers is the designated wicketkeeper.
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Kohli, who made his Test debut against the West Indies in 2011, has so far hit 27 hundreds in 84 matches. He has aggregated 7,202 runs at an average of 54.97.
Under Kohli’s captaincy, India have dominated Test cricket. Currently, they are on top of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) with 360 points. So far, they are unbeaten in WTC. Earlier this year, India, under Kohli’s captaincy, won their first-ever Test series in Australia, ending a 71-year wait.
Kohli is now the most successful Indian Test captain. He broke MS Dhoni’s record. Kohli has 33 Test wins from 53 matches as captain while Dhoni had 27 victories from 60 games.
The specialist spinner’s slot is occupied by Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon while Dale Steyn (South Africa), Stuart Broad and James Anderson (England) are the fast bowlers. England’s left-handed batsman Ben Stokes is the all-rounder in the line-up.
Cricket Australia’s Test team of the decade
1. Alastair Cook (England)
2. David Warner (Australia)
3. Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
4. Steve Smith (Australia)
5. Virat Kohli (India) (captain)
6. AB de Villiers (South Africa) (wicketkeeper)
7. Ben Stokes (England)
8. Dale Steyn (South Africa)
9. Stuart Broad (England)
10. Nathan Lyon (Australia)
11. James Anderson (England)
Last Updated 11:07 AM IST