Babar Azam In, Virat Kohli Out, Shubman Gill Features- Flop Test XI of 2023

Published - 29 Dec 2023, 05:52 PM | Updated - 29 Dec 2023, 05:53 PM

Shubman Gill in a Test match
Shubman Gill (Image Credit: Twitter)

The year 2023 witnessed Australia clinching the ICC Test Championship trophy after crushing India in the final. There were a few exciting series, which saw nail-biting encounters between opponents. Teams like Afghanistan, Ireland, and Zimbabwe also played a few Test matches in 2023.

While many players enjoyed massive success in 2023, there were a few others to could not make a mark in the longest format. Their flop show also forced the team to drop them from the playing XI. In this listicle, we take a look at flop Test XI of 2023.

Flop Test XI of 2023

Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill, ICC World Test Championship
Shubman Gill (Image Credits: Twitter)

If we talk about openers, Shubman Gill was quite an unsuccessful batsman in Tests in 2023. While the right-handed batsman shattered many records in ODIs, his Test numbers were miserable. Across 10 innings, the Indian opener scored 258 runs at a poor average of 28.66. He scored a ton in one match but failed in other matches.

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Imam-ul-Haq

Imam ul Haq
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Another opener who could not make a mark with the bat was Imam-ul-Haq. The Pakistan opener played 5 Tests in 2023. Across 9 innings, he mustered 246 runs at a poor average of 30.75. He scored fifties in 3 games but never managed to reach a three-digit score. He has also struggled in the ongoing series against Australia.

Babar Azam

Babar Azam
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Babar Azam is another player on this list. The former Pakistan skipper scored just 204 runs across 9 innings in 2023. He held an average of 22.66. Azam also failed to smack any century or half-century across 5 matches. His top knock was just 41 runs. Babar Azam also quit his Test captaincy this year.

Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara
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For India, Cheteshwar Pujara was a poor performer in Tests in 2023. He is a specialist batsman in the longest format. However, the right-handed batter could only score 181 runs across 8 innings at an average of 25+. Pujara scored a half-century in one match but failed to come up with brilliant knocks in other matches.

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Tom Latham (WK)

Tom Latham, New Zealand
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Among wicketkeepers, New Zealand player Tom Latham gets a place in this team. The left-handed batsman played 13 games in 2023. Across 13 innings, he scored 430 runs averaging 33.07. Latham scored 4 fifties but could not score a ton in any game. Notably, he got out for low scores in many recent matches.

Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali
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Among all-rounders, Moeen Ali from England gave a dismal show in the red-ball format in 2023. The left-handed batsman could only pile up 180 runs across 7 innings with a lone fifty. He averaged 25.71 across 4 matches. With the ball, the left-arm spinner grabbed 9 wickets in 7 innings at a high average of 51.44.

Keshav Maharaj

Keshav Maharaj
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Keshav Maharaj is a spinner from South Africa. Although he gave a better performance in white-ball formats, his Test show was miserable. The left-arm spinner played 2 matches and picked 4 wickets in 3 innings. He had a poor bowling average of 47.25.

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Scott Boland

Scott Boland, Andrew McDonald
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Australia pacer Scott Boland is one of the pacers who gave a flop show in Tests in 2023. Boland played 4 matches but could only pick 7 wickets at a high average of 52.85. The right-arm pacer was also expensive in Ashes 2023 where he was hit for a lot of runs by England batters. Boland was dropped from the team after the Ashes series.

Shardul Thakur

Shardul Thakur
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Shardul Thakur is another pacer who registered a flop show in the longest format in 2023. The right-arm seamer played 3 matches for India this year. He could only get 4 wickets across 4 innings. He held a high average of 55.80. Thakur executed a wonderful performance in Tests last year but failed to replicate it in 2023.

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Kyle Jamieson

Kyle Jamieson, ICC World Test Championship
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Who can forget Kyle Jamieson? He was the pacer who helped New Zealand to win the ICC World Test Championship final in 2021. He is a regular member of New Zealand’s team in red-ball format. However, the right-arm pacer could only get 2 wickets in 2 games in 2023, bowling at a high average of 42+. Jamieson struggled in 2023 and will aim for a comeback next year.