With the decade closing out, it will be worth looking at the cricketers who made an impact in test cricket over the past ten years.
Australia and England as usual have played the most number of test matches in the last ten years. Both teams have had some fabulous performers in the time with the likes of Michael Clarke, James Anderson and Alaister Cook making an impact specially in the historic Ashes series. But we have also had players from other countries contributing to the most beautiful format of the game as well. So it will be interesting to see who makes our test XI of the 2010’s.
Here is Full XI
1. Alaister Cook: Arguably the best test opener of the decade, Cookie retired only last year at the end of the home series against India. He averaged around 47 and that as an opener is a marvellous achievement. The impressive thing about Alaister Cook was that he maintained such a high average over a span of more than 150 test matches scoring runs everywhere.
2. Azhar Ali: This selection might shock a few but Azhar Ali is averaging 43 in test cricket and most of the times has had to face the new ball. He scored runs in England and Australia as an opener which included a double hundred against Australia at the MCG three years ago. Azhar averages more than 50 as an opener.
3. Kumar Sangakkara: The Sri Lankan legend ended his test career in 2015 scoring more.than 12,000 runs at an average of 57. That is an astounding stat and surprisingly doesn’t get the amount of accolades it should. He scored runs all over the world and is considered as one of the most technically sound batsmen in the game.
4. Younus Khan: The Pakistan stalwart made this decade his own. He scored 18 test centuries in the decade and averaged well over 50. He got big runs and match winning runs for Pakistan and his performances were not confined to the sub continent only. His 176* against Sri Lanka at Kandy chasing 370 to win was a monumental effort and got his team home. He followed that up the following year with a double hundred against England at the Oval to save Pakistan from a series defeat and hand his team a ten wicket victory in the final game of the four match series.
5. Virat Kohli(c): The Indian captain is the captain of our test XI of the decade. He has been fabulous as a leader and got India into a winning habit in test cricket. Under him India have started to win overseas as well. And Virat has been prolific with the bat as well averaging in excess of 50.
6. Steve Smith: The former Australian captain has been a revelation really. Since giving up his leg spin and converting to a batsman, Steve Smith has become a superstar roof the modern game. He averages close to 60 in his test career showing remarkable levels of consistency.
7. BJ Watling(Wk): The Kiwi wicket keeper has gone unnoticed with his performances. He has played 69 tests averaging almost 40 with the bat and has been neat behind the stumps as well.
8. Dale Steyn: The South African legend picked up more than 400 wickets in his test career and last year surpassed Shaun Pollock as the leading wicket taker for South Africa in test cricket.
9. James Anderson: The master of swing bowling has got more than 570 wickets in his career. Most of those wickets came on this decade. He truly is a legend and is the most capped fast bowler in history of test cricket with 150 test matches under his belt.
10. Stuart Broad: Stuart Broad has been a revelation for England in test cricket. He is inching closer to 500 test wickets and again, most of his career wickets coming in this decade.
11. Nathan Lyon: Nathan Lyon is another one who gone under the radar with his performances. He is inching closer to 400 test wickets and has been Australia’s best spinner since Shane Warne