Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant
Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant. (Photo: Twitter)
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Best Test XI of 2022. The likes of Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Pakistan’s Babar Azam, England’s Joe Root, India’s Rishabh Pant, New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, Australia’s Travis Head, and Usman Khawaja, Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne and India’s Rohit Sharma are in the ICC top 10 ranked batters.

Travis Head is not in best Test XI of 2022
Travis Head is not in the best Test XI of 2022 (Photo: Twitter)

On the bowling front, Australia’s pacer Pat Cummins, England’s pacer James Anderson, India’s spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, pacer Jasprit Bumrah, Pakistan’s pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi, England’s pacer Ollie Robinson, South Africa’s pacer Kagiso Rabada, the New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson, Australia’s pacer Mitchell Starc and New Zealand’s pacer Neil Wagner make the top 10 of ICC rankings for bowlers.

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James Andeson is not in best Test XI of 2022
James Andeson is not in the best Test XI of 2022 Image: Twitter

However, the likes of Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, Travis Head, Rohit Sharma, James Anderson, Ollie Robinson, Kagiso Rabada, Kyle Jamieson, Mitchell Starc, and Neil Wagner miss out on the best Test XI of 2022.

Ravindra Jadeja, the number 1 ranked Test all-rounder makes the cut of the best Test XI of 2022. Ravichandran Ashwin, Ben Stokes, and Shakib Al Hasan are the other all-rounders ranked among the top 5 in the ICC rankings.

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Best Test XI of 2022

Usman Khawaja (Australia)

Usman Khawaja
Usman Khawaja. Image credits- News.com.au

Usman Khawaja’s second coming has been an inspiring tale of redemption. Dropped midway through the 2019 Ashes, it almost seemed like a stop-start Test career had come to a close.

However, a dream return came about at 35: he began with twin Ashes centuries in Sydney and has continued to pile on big runs since. Scores of 97, 160, 44*, 91, and 104* in Pakistan saw him break into the rankings top 10.

The Australian opener had scored 1079 runs in 2022 in 10 Tests averaging an impressive 71.93 including 4 tons and 5 fifties-his most in a calendar year. He is in the best Test XI of 2022.

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