#2 Kusal Mendis
Apart from Latham, no other opener had daunting stats, worthy of finding a place in Cricadium’s Best Test XI of 2018. So, we have picked a batsman who can serve as a makeshift opener. Kusal Mendis of Sri Lanka has batted at the top in the past and possesses the technique to tackle the new ball.
The right-hander is only one of the 2 batsmen who could score over 1000 runs in 2018. In 12 matches, he accumulated 1023 runs at an average of 46.5. He notched up 3 hundreds and 5 fifties. The most valuable contribution from Mendis came against New Zealand when he scored 141 from 335 balls to save the first Test in Wellington.