Wisden selects the World Test Championships XI
The inaugural World test Championships will have its final game between India and New Zealand scheduled from 18 June 2021 at Southampton in England. Both the nations will prepare for the final after the IPL is over. Wisden selects the World Test Championships XI.
In the meantime Wisden has selected the World Championships XI based on the performances of the cricketers across the countries during the current cycle. Surprisingly there was no spot for Virat Kohli in the team mainly due to superior performances of other players (batsmen).
The team is as under as per batting order:
Rohit Sharma : Rohit started to open for India from the South African series at home from October 2019 onwards . He had a phenomenal success as an opener in tests during the period from 2019 till date, scoring 1030 runs at 64.57 average and 4 centuries.
Dimuth Karunaratne : The Sri Lankan left hander is selected as Rohit’s partner above New Zealand’s Tom Latham . Dimuth has scored 999 runs including 4 centuries at 50 plus average.
Marnus Labuschagne : Marnus since taking the field as a concussed substitute for Steve Smith in the Lords Ashes test in 2019 , had a phenomenal run in the WTC amassing 1675 runs at 72.8 average with 5 tons.
Steve Smith : No competitor at number 4 . A great run in the WTC scoring 1341 runs at 63.85 average . He was phenomenal in the Ashes in England during 2019 series hitting 774 runs in 5 tests.
Kane Williamson: He is chosen as the captain of the team. A great batsman. Has scored 817 runs in current WTC at 58 average with 3 hundreds.
Ben Stokes : Played superbly as an allrounder during WTC period scoring 1334 runs with 4 centuries & 34 wickets.
Rishabh Pant : Chosen as the best keeper after a sensational Australia series, scoring 662 runs in WTC at 41average and effecting 40 dismissals.
Kyle Jamieson: Did very well since his test debut taking 36 wickets in 6 tests. Troubled the Indians during the New Zealand series in 2020.
Ravichandran Ashwin : Was the best spinner during the current WTC with 67 wickets in 13 games.
Pat Cummins : Has been the best test fast bowler with 70 wickets in 14 tests. Rated as the best in test cricket
Stuart Broad : Was brilliant during the WTC specially in the Ashes. Has taken 69 wickets in 17 games.