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World Test Championship: Best Eleven of the Tournament Announced

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The first World Test Championship (WTC) is coming to an end on June 18. The two-year-long battle will come to an end. Though the covid pandemic had interrupted this mega championship. But this kind of tournament has given a different dimension to test cricket.

According to their performances in the last two years during the championship, we have tried to picked the best eleven squad.

World Test Championship: Batsmen

Rohit Sharma: He has dominated at-home matches. He had also scored runs in Australia and finished as the highest-scoring opening batsman despite missing six WTC Tests.

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Stats- Matches: 11, Runs: 1030, Bat avg: 64.37, 100s: 4, 50s: 2

Dimuth Karunaratne: In eight of the 18 innings he played in the World Test Championship, Karunaratne made fifty or more. He hit hundreds in Galle, Pallekelle, and Johannesburg. He had finished the WTC with a bang with two hundred in the home series against Bangladesh.

Stats-Matches: 10, Runs: 999, Bat avg: 55.5, 100s: 4, 50s: 4

Marnus Labuschagne: Arguably the batsman of the tournament. The Australian hadn’t even played 10 Tests when thrust into the WTC as a concussion substitute. From there on, Labuschagne went on to become a mainstay in the Australian line-up with five hundreds in the WTC. He has an averaging over 72 in 13 Tests in this period.

Stats– Matches: 13, Runs: 1675, Bat avg: 72.8, 100s: 5, 50s: 9

Kane Williamson:Kane Williamson just edges Babar Azam to our XI given the impact of his hundreds and his rise to No.1 in the ICC Test rankings including breaching the 900 rating points barrier.

He leads the WTC XI and slots in beneath Labuschagne and Smith in the team. Williamson’s knocks of the tournament came against West Indies and Pakistan at home when he smashed 251 and 238 in the back-to-back series.

Stats– Matches: 9, Runs: 817, Bat avg: 58.35, 100s: 3, 50s: 1

Steve Smith: Steve Smith continued his ridiculous run in Test cricket with two more great years. The middle-order batsman had a stunning Ashes series, scoring 774 runs in the four Tests he played with three hundreds and an average of 110.5. Despite a mini-slump towards the end of that WTC cycle, Smith sits at third in the top run-scorers chart.

Stats-Matches: 13, Runs: 1341, Bat avg: 63.8, 100s: 4, 50s: 7

Wicket-keeper

Rishabh Pant: Improving as a wicketkeeper, Rishabh Pant made some crucial runs in big games. He proved to be India’s game-changer in their successful tour Down Under.

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Pant made 662 runs in 11 Tests, averaging 41.37 with a hundred and two nineties. He had [layedan unbeaten 89 in the fourth innings heist in Brisbane.

Stats– Matches: 11, Runs: 662, Bat avg: 41.37, 100s: 1, Catches: 35, Stumpings:5

World Test Championship: All-rounders

Ben Stokes: Ben Stokes had a terrific World Test Championship, finishing as the fourth-highest run-scorer, making four centuries including a breathtaking fourth innings hundred against Australia at Headingley to lead England to one of their greatest ever wins.

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He also took 34 wickets in the WTC and was easily England’s most important asset during the tournament.

Stats– Matches: 17, Runs: 1334, Bat avg: 46.0, 100s: 4, Wickets: 34, Best: 4-49

World Test Championship: Bowlers

Ravichandran Ashwin: Out-bowling Nathan Lyon in Australia was perhaps the highlight of Ashwin’s World Test Championship. He finished as the highest wicket-taker among spinners, picking up his wickets at an average of 20.8.

A best of 7-145 against South Africa at Vizag aside, Ashwin picked up four-plus wicket hauls against England and Australia.

Stats– Matches: 13, Wickets: 67, Bowl avg: 20.88, Five-wicket hauls: 4, Best: 7-145

Kyle Jamieson: Making his debut in the World Test Championship, Kyle Jamieson has had a brilliant start to his career, picking up 36 wickets at a mind-boggling average of 13.27 including a Test best of 11-117.

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Jamieson picked up four five-wicket hauls in the WTC in those six Tests.

Stats– Matches: 6, Wickets: 36, Bowl avg: 13.27, Five-wicket hauls: 4, Best: 6-48

Pat Cummins: Despite taking just one five-wicket haul in 14 WTC Tests, Cummins tops the charts with 70 wickets – a record that speaks of his consistency. He took four-plus wicket hauls six times and went wicketless in just two innings through this period.

Stats– Matches: 14, Wickets: 70, Bowl avg: 21.02, Five-wicket hauls: 1, Best: 5-28

Stuart Broad: His spells against David Warner in the Ashes should be the main peg of the highlights package of the World Test Championship. Stuart Broad was England’s highest wicket-taker and the second highest in the world during the WTC, ripping through West Indies and Australia on multiple occasions at home.

Stats– Matches: 17, Wickets: 69, Bowl avg: 20.08, Five-wicket hauls: 2, Best: 6-31

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