If 12 Test playing nations contributed one player to our All-Time Test XI Team
The longest format of cricket i.e. Test cricket is still going strong and maintains a strong fan base. The first-ever Test match was played between England and Australia and to this day both teams maintain the record of having played and won the most Test matches amongst all 12 Test-playing nations.
We have come up with the most dreamed of and desired team of the world which comprises the best player from each Test-playing nation. Let’s have a look at who made it to the list. If 12 Test playing nations contributed one player to our All-Time Test XI Team.
Let’s start with openers and the first opener in the list is:
Alastair Cook [England]
No one in the world of cricket is more suitable for this role as he is the only player to have scored 10,000 runs in Test cricket. Sunil Gavaskar came close to this place but he still falls short of 2000 runs as Cook stands at 11,845 Test runs.
It would not be wrong to say that Cook is the child of destiny. He came to India in 2006 when captain Michael Vaughn suffered an injury. Cook got the opportunity to open with Andrew Strauss and he became the fifth player in the history of Test cricket to score a fifty and a hundred in his debut match.
After this heroic debut, he played many splendid innings in the Ashes series against Australia. And then came the title that will stay with him forever. He became the fifth player in Test cricket to start and end his career with a hundred. He is the best left-handed batsman in Test cricket and the fifth-best basis his tally of 12,472 runs.
Kevin O’Brien [Ireland]
O’Brien is the first batsman from his country to score a century in all three formats of the game. He is also the 14th player in the history of cricket to have done so. He stands as the total opposite of Cook. And it is not odd to team up two very different cricketers to open the match. India’s Virender Sehwag and Rohit Sharma are the best examples of this contrast. Sehwag with his temperamental batting provides the rush to the match while Sharma provides the calm. Kevin and Cook are Sehwag and Sharma of the world cricket respectively.
Now let’s move towards the middle order and start with India’s favorite:
Rahul Dravid [India]
Rahul Dravid is known for his defensive technique and also for being one of the two people who have scored over 10,000 runs as a number three batsman. Dravid’s performance in Adelaide Test that took place in 2004, still stands apart. Ricky Ponting hit 242 and it gave Australia a boost. The team was standing at 556. This was the time when Dravid scored a double of his own as India conceded a narrow first-inning deficit. Dravid’s name comes after Gavaskar in the world of cricket as only Dravid could score a century in both the innings of a Test match after Gavaskar on multiple occasions.
Sir Donald Bradman [Australia]
Donal Bradman holds the record of 99.94 batting average which remains unbeaten in the history of cricket. He played at number seven and managed to have the highest score by any player playing at that place. He is also known for posting the most double centuries in Test cricket and the number is 12!
Andy Flower [Zimbabwe]
Flower is the best batsman that team Zimbabwe ever had. He was a wicketkeeper but this did not stop him from scoring double hundreds in the Test match. His tally of 4404 runs as a wicketkeeper has only been surpassed by 4 players in the history of Test cricket.
It’s time for all-rounders now! And the first name on the list is:
Jacques Kallis [South Africa]
Kallis is third in the list of all-time run-scorers in Test cricket. His tally of 45 centuries in Test cricket has only been surpassed by India’s Sachin Tendulkar who has hit 51 centuries. He is one of the six players who managed to hit a century and also took 5 wickets in one inning on multiple occasions. The only player in cricket history to have scored 13000 runs and have taken over 250 wickets is none other than Jacques Kallis.
Sir Garfield Sobers [West Indies]
This list would not be complete without this 5-in-1 cricketer. The first player to hit six sixes in one over cannot and would not be forgotten. He scored almost 8000 runs at an average of 58. He took 235 wickets and in addition to all these great numbers, he could bowl fast-medium, military medium, or spin bowling too.
Shakib Al Hasan [Bangladesh]
Hasan has scored over 3800 runs and has taken 210 wickets in his career of 56 matches. In 2017, Hasan scored 217 against New Zealand in Wellington which is the highest score by a player in a losing cause.
In the all-time Test XI team, this player would take 8th place. He is a great batsman but also bowls splendidly which makes him a useful spin option.
We have come to the bowlers now and how we can even think of this list without the name given below:
Wasim Akram [Pakistan
Akram is the greatest fast bowler that the world has ever seen and also the greatest exponent of the yorker. He stands at number 1 with his 414 wickets in Test cricket as a fast bowler. He is one of the two bowlers to have taken 400 wickets in Test and ODIs.
Sir Richard Hadlee [New Zealand]
Hadlee was the first bowler to have crossed the 400 wicket mark. His deadly outswing made him the best bowler. He was also a great batsman. His tally of 3124 speaks for itself. These 3124 runs include 2 centuries and 15 half-centuries.
Muttiah Muralitharan [Sri Lanka]
The specialist spinner Muralitharan has to be a part of this list or the list would feel incomplete. He is the highest wicket-taker with his huge record of 800 wickets. He plays at number 11 as a batsman and has scored 623 runs which is the most by a player playing at number 11 till now.