Usman Khawaja and Dimuth Karunaratne have got place as openers in the playing XI.
Cricket Australia recently announced the Best Playing XI for the entire 2023, featuring stellar performances in red-ball cricket. Pat Cummins, who led Australia to the World Test Championship in June, has been named as the captain of the Test XI. Ireland’s wicketkeeper-batsman Lorcan Tucker got a place as wicketkeeper in 2023 for his excellent performance. Former England fast bowler Stuart Broad, who retired after the Ashes, also got a place in this team.
Talking about the batting unit, Australia’s legendary batsmen Usman Khawaja and Dimuth Karunaratne have got a place in this team as openers. While Khawaja ended 2023 with a batting average of 52.60, Karunaratne scored 608 runs at an average of 60.80 and thus, earned a place in the team. At number three, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson got the place, this year he managed to score 696 runs in seven matches.
Talking about the middle order, it was Joe Root and Harry Brook who really stood out with England’s buzz-ball playing technique, and both of them scored more than 1,500 runs in total, including eleven half-centuries and three centuries. . Next in line is Ireland wicketkeeper-batsman Lorcan Tucker, who scored 351 runs in four matches at an average of close to 44.
Only two Indian players got place in the playing XI
The lower-middle order includes Indian all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. Jadeja scored 281 runs in the year and took 33 wickets, while Ashwin took 41 wickets at an impressive average of 17.10. Pat Cummins has been made the captain of this team. Notably, Cummins had a stellar year by leading the way in the WTC final win in England as well as the Ashes series win against England.
Also, top fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, who played just four matches in 2023 but impressed everyone by taking 20 wickets at a similar average to Ashwin, was named to lead the pace attack. England’s Stuart Broad, who retired from international cricket after a successful Ashes tour as well as a good Test against Ireland, taking 38 wickets at an average of 26.28, has also been named in the Best XI of 2023 by Cricket.com.au. Place was given.
Cricket Australia’s best test XI of 2023: Usman Khawaja, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Pat Cummins (c), Kagiso Rabada, Stuart Broad.
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