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Let’s just get straight into it so you can comment to your hearts content at the end telling me how racist against Indians I am.
Warner (Aus) – Came out of the blocks in South Africa by announcing that Candice was pregnant. He also passed 50 in 5 of the 6 innings batted over there and didn’t look back. Has claims on being the best batsman in the world at present.
Challengers: No one
Braithwaite (WI) – The smokey in the team. Gets in basically because no other opener did anything. Not even Alastair Cook. Braithwaite did average 77 for the year and made 3 tons, so I guess that counts for something.
Challengers: Rogers was consistent. Vijay maybe the only other candidate, but nah
Sangakkara (SL) – Absolute gun. Passed the 50 mark 13 times on his way to almost 1500 runs in the calendar year. Extra points for having the double ‘kk’ in his name. Not everyone can pull that off.
Challengers: Are you kidding me?
McCullum (NZ) – His smallest hundred for the year was 195. He also made two doubles and a was New Zealand’s first ever player to score a triple. He had his name leaked as the guy who dobbed in Chris Cairns for match fixing. He gets in just for that. Oh, he also hit 33 sixes. He gets in just for that too.
Challengers: Steve Smith very unlucky that McCullum was just better, but only just.
Younis Khan (Pak) – How could you not love this man. After threatening to kill himself after being left out of the ODI series against Australia, he went back to back to back with hundreds in the Tests. Six hundreds in the year. He’s now 37. Every team needs an old bloke. Younis is that guy.
Challengers: AB de Villiers perhaps, but he had an average year. Misbah was close too
Mathews (SL) – My choice as skipper. In fact, he’s the best skipper in world cricket. Well, maybe Misbah is better. Actually, McCullum goes OK also. So does Clarke when on the field. Anyhow, he averaged 87 and came second to Sanga on the runs scored table. Captained Sri Lanka to their first ever series win in England. Made James Anderson cry. For that, we are all forever grateful.
Challengers: Moeen Ali. Only joking. Calm down
Sarfaraz Ahmed (PAK) – It’s not often you see a Pakistani in a Test Team of the Year. It’s even rarer to see two. It hasn’t happened since Wasim Akram and ….well…never mind. Ahmed averaged over 60 with 3 tons and 4 fifties. Also took some catches and other wicketkeeper type stuff.
Challengers: There weren’t many. BJ Waitling? I couldn’t pick him as Kiwi’s shouldn’t play Saffas in their side, although BJ are some great initials.
Johnson (AUS) – He was crazy scary in South Africa and then didn’t do much else until Adelaide. But it’s Mitch and every team needs a Mitch. Was only a decent year by his new lofty standards, but averaging 23 with a strike rate of 44 still beats most others.
Challengers: Nothing to see here
Steyn (SA) – The world’s number one bowler is just a machine. He’s like cricket’s version of Ivan Lendl. 39 wickets at 19, with a strike rate of 37. Cop that James Anderson.
Challengers: Nothing to see here
Anderson (Eng) – Speaking of James Overratedson, putting him into this team made me puke a little in my mouth. But he has earned his place in 2014. Lots of wickets, averaged 22 and had a strike rate under 50. On those stats, it was his best ever year. It only took James 12 years to live up to that exalted reputation he carries.
Challengers: Maybe Ryan Harris, but he didn’t play enough matches. Trent Boult unlucky, as was Ishant who twice took his best ever figures in an innings in 2014. Actually, Ishant could have been selected just because of his Lord’s performance.
Herath (SL) – The little fat bank teller from Kurunegala is a fair dinkum rockstar. Men want to be him. Women want to be with him. Can do no wrong. Herath was the world’s leading wicket taker in 2014 with 60.
Challengers: Nathan Lyon had a great year, but fatty Herath is miles ahead of him
So, time for your comments.
What did I get right?
More importantly, what did I get wrong?
Here is the Top Test Team of 2013 in case you are interested?