The year 2017 has come to end and it’s been one heck of a year for Test cricket. The longest format of the game, which seemed to have lost its sheen in the past few years, got a rejuvenation with some wonderful contests across the globe.
It started with a closely fought Border-Gavaskar series in India in which Australia began on a winning note but the hosts came back to win 2-1 and regained the trophy. Against all odds, West Indies won a Test match against Pakistan and then pulled off a historic win against England at Leeds.
Bangladesh created history by winning their first ever Test against Australia and Zimbabwe almost stunned Sri Lanka in their own backyard. India defeated Sri Lanka both home and away and Sri Lanka surprised everyone by beating Pakistan 2-0 in the UAE and above all, Australia regained the Ashes by winning the first 3 Tests.
We witnessed some outstanding performances throughout the year and we at Cricadium have come up with the best XI of Test cricket for the year. It features players who stood above the rest and forced the world to turn their eyes towards them.
Here’s Cricadium’s Test team of the year
#1 Dean Elgar
The South African opener has had a tremendous year as he scored 1097 runs from 20 innings of 11 Tests at an average of 70.43. He notched up 5 hundreds and 2 fifties and was the most consistent opening batsman throughout the year. He scored centuries against Sri Lanka, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh.
It was a year where the openers didn’t have a great time but Elgar was the standout performer at the top. For the first choice opener, we don’t have to look beyond him. Prior to 2017, the left-hander was not a certain commodity in the Protean line-up but with his wonderful run, he has ensured his place at the top.
Elgar’s Batting Stats in 2017
The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Kidderminster Cricket Club
Old Trafford, Manchester
Riverside Ground, Durham
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