Best Test Batsmen of this Decade – Test cricket in this decade has totally been revolved around. There was once a fear of losing Cricket’s longest format which is also the oldest format, but the introduction of the day-night test match, played with the pink ball and the sporting pitches, helped the ICC in keeping this traditional form of cricket alive.
The attraction of the crowd as grown much more than before because of the sporting pitches. These type of pitches help in creating an even contest between the two teams. The sporting pitches don’t allow the batsmen to pile up runs easily and help them in evolving a great deal. Now, they can tackle the opposition bowlers on these surfaces.
Best Test Batsmen of This Decade – Even though some great and big names have been retired from the longest form of cricket. But many good youngsters have raised their bar high in this much-needed situation. There are transitions period in many teams but there are also some players who have stepped up their game in the Test Match format of Cricket.
Today we shall look at those players who are best in this Decade in Test Matches –
Steve Smith – The number 2 batsman in the current ICC Test Rankings has been awesome in playing the game of cricket. Smith had stamped his authority in Test Cricket and in the ODI cricket as well. He has redefined batting in Test cricket with his technique which has not been associated with the greats. But still, he has managed to score runs in all the conditions. Smith started his career as a spin-bowling all-rounder. But now, he has been the best batsman in test cricket for Australia. Smith’s aggressive approach helped him to do well on the Indian soil. He has earned some big rewards in India when Australia toured the nation in 2017. He was also handed a one year ban due to his involvement in the sandpaper gate. But, the 30-year-old batsmen has bounced back strongly in the Ashes Series. In 2019, Smith has scored 814 runs at an average of 90.44.
Steve Smith Overall Test Career –
Matches – 70
Runs – 7013
Average – 63.75
Best Test Batsmen of This Decade
Virat Kohli – The Number 1 Ranked batsman in the ICC Test Rankings. Skipper Kohli has been the most reliable pillar of India in the test matches. He was talented, but in his initial days of test cricket, Kohli didn’t do proper justice to his talent. But now, the Skipper has progressed and grown from strength to strength. Kohli is a great player in the ODIs but in test cricket too, he has gone all the way from being one of the worst Indian batsman in England to the best batsman to have scored runs all around the world. Kohli on India’s tour to England was a disastrous one. That tour raised several questions about Kohli’s test performance but, he kept fighting the odds and now, Kohli is one of the few players to have scored runs in the testing conditions of England, South Africa, and New Zealand. The Indian skipper was also instrumental in winning the first-ever test series on the Australian soil.
Virat Kohli Overall Test Performance –
Matches – 84
Runs – 7202
Average – 54.97
Hashim Amla – The South African opener has been the main batsman for his country. He was the stylish right-handed batsman to have truly been exceptional for South Africa. He has brought calmness to his side and has also played some gritty knocks when his team was under pressure. When other legends like Smith, Kallis, and Boucher retired from International Cricket, the pressure increased on Hashim Amla. That may have been the reason why his form dipped in the last two years. Due to that, he was vulnerable when he played the fast bowlers. Even though Amla grew up playing on fast and bouncy tracks of South Africa, his form with the bat wasn’t that great and that’s why he averaged just 26.24 and 27 in the year 2018 and 2019 and that’s why he retired after playing the 2019 world cup in England.
Hashim Amla Overall Test Career –
Matches – 85
Runs – 6695
Average – 49.96
Best Test Batsmen of This Decade
Alastair Cook – One of the greatest batsman for England. Cook had a stunning start to his Test career. In the first year itself, he scored more than a thousand runs in test matches. He always carried on his good form and consistently scored runs for England at the opening position. He also tipped off, breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s 100 centuries record at one point. After the retirement of Andrew Strauss, Cook led England to many wins and was the most successful captain for his team. He was not out of form but in 2013 and 2014, his average dropped to 30. Cook was the highest run-getter for England, in 2018 after which he announced his retirement from International Cricket.
Alastair Cook Test Career –
Matches – 111
Runs – 8818
Average – 46. 41
Kane Williamson – The best batsman playing from the Kiwi Nation. In 2010, he made his test debut against India at Ahmedabad. In the very first test outing, he announced himself with a well compiled century knock. Now, the New Zealand skipper is the premier batsman from his team. He has played some major knocks for his side and is now the backbone of the New Zealand team. Williamson could play long innings. He is also good and fluent with the pace and good quality of spin. That is what makes him a complete player in this test format. Williamson has recorded some stunning numbers in the test matches and these numbers have come with his captaincy.
Kane Williamson Overall Test Performance –
Test Matches – 7
Runs – 6322
Average – 52.68
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