No matter how much T20 cricket happens round the globe, the greatest cricket fans would still agree that Test match cricket is still the best form of cricket. Test match not only requires patience and temperament, it also comprises of many aspects you won’t find in limited overs cricket. With fantasy cricket conquering nations worldwide, we have come up with our best fantasy picks from each test playing nation.
Top Fantasy Picks from each Test-Playing Nation
Steve Smith (Australia)
The man of the Ashes for the Australian cricket team: Steve Smith is arguably the best test cricketer in the world right now. He has a ridiculous average of 62.8 in just 73 matches with 26 centuries under his name. Smith is a modern legend of the game and has a total of 7,227 runs in test cricket with a highest of 239. His recent Ashes return has been nothing less than a fairytale after he completely dominated the arch rivals, England. He makes it to the top of our fantasy cricket list.
Virat Kohli (India)
The run machine and world’s number 2 test batsman, Virat Kohli is the best Indian batsman to make it to our top fantasy picks list. Virat has scored 22 hundreds at an average of 53.6 with 7240 runs under his belt with a highest of 254* against South Africa last year. He scored his double hundred coming in at number 4 in 295 balls. The Captain of the Indian cricket team has recently not been in the best of touch after he completely failed in the recently concluded test series against New Zealand.
Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
The Captain of the blackcaps, Kane Williamson with 21 centuries is sure to be on the list as he is the anchor of every kiwi innings no matter whether they play at home or overseas. Williamson boasts of an average above 50 in test cricket and an experience of 80 matches and 140 innings. The true gentleman of cricket is our fantasy pick number 3.
Joe Root (England)
One of the best batsmen in world cricket, England’s Joe Root makes it to our number 4 on the fantasy cricket best picks in tests. Another batsman with a highest score of 254 in tests and over 7500 runs in the longest form of the game, Joe Root has always been compared with the greats of the game like Kohli & Smith when it comes to consistency in performing for the team.
Babar Azam (Pakistan)
One of the best modern day batsmen in the world, Babar Azam has been a class apart when it comes to batting for Pakistan, be it any form of the game. The Pakistani batsman has been right up there when it comes to T20 cricket and has been consistent in Odis and tests too. He is our go-to-guy for Pakistan in the best fantasy cricket team of all times. He averages just over 45 and has scored 5 centuries in a short span of test career.
Mehidy Hasan (Bangladesh)
One of the best all-rounders from Bangladesh, Mehidy Hasan is a world class spinner and is also very handy with the bat. His best bowling figures in tests is 12/117 vs the West Indies and boasts of a tail-ending high score of 68* in the longest format of the game. It was a tough choice to select between him & Tamim Iqbal but we went with the all-rounder option for our best test fantasy cricket playing 11.
Jason Holder (West Indies)
The big man from the Caribbean, Jason Holder who’s also the world’s number 1 all-rounder in test cricket. With a double hundred under his belt along with 6 five-wicket hauls you just cannot make a team without the West Indian test team captain. For a while now, Holder has been leading from the front in both departments for a team that is finding its foot back into world cricket.
Suranga Lakmal (Sri Lanka)
The Sri Lankan bowler, Suranga Lakmal has impressed one and all with his right arm medium pace bowling. With 3 fifers in his baggie and impressive best bowling figures of 7/80, he his one of our bowlers in the best fantasy pick for test cricket playing 11. From Sri Lanka, Lakmal stands to be our choice. Who would you have chosen?
Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)
The Proteas bowler and the youngest of the lot, Kagiso Rabada has bowled more balls at his age than any other bowler. Rabada has had a dream run in tests with 9 fifers and an astonishing tally of 197 wickets in only 43 test matches that he has played in a short career span. He records best figures of 13/144 and is deservingly a part of our best fantasy cricket pick from South Africa.
Tim Murtagh (Ireland)
The bowling sensation that took England by storm right after they became world champions, Tim Murtagh’s famous fifer against a top notch English batting order is the biggest upset till date in test cricket. The talented fast bowler used to play for England U19 team back in 2000, but has marked his presence ferociously in the test playing arena. Owing to his skills, he successfully makes it to our playing 11.
Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe)
Handy with both bat and bowl, Sikandar Raza makes it to our playing 11 as being one of the better all rounders amongst test playing nations. He has a century under his name in test cricket along with 2 fifers and best bowling figures of 8/176 for the Zimbabwe cricket team. Under coach Lalchand Rajput, the team is finding their foot on the world platform and have given us quite a few quality players.
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