Known as the pinnacle of cricket, Test cricket is widely popular due to its legacy since its inception. In 2023, not many test matches were played because teams were more focused on the ICC Cricket World Cup which is held every four years.
There were quite a few series like the Australian tour of India where two teams battled it out to win the Border Gavaskar Trophy. The series was closely fought and was one of the highlights of 2023, where India emerged victorious by 2-1 margin.
In the WTC Final, India faced Australia in the finals where Australia emerged as champions of WTC 2023.
The Test Team is based on performances by respective players for their teams, in what conditions, and against which oppositions they scored runs and picked wickets.
Here’s a look at the Test team of the year 2023 which was picked by ‘Voice of Cricket’ Harsha Bhogle for Cricbuzz.
Usman Khawaja: The stylish left-hander from Australia had an amazing year in red ball cricket where he scored 1210 runs with an average of 55.
Zak Crawley: The explosive opener from England makes the cut in the Test team. He emerged as the second-highest run scorer for England during the Ashes series. He scored runs against quality bowlers which puts him in the test team of 2023.
Kane Williamson: At one down, Kane Williamson becomes the best choice for the test team of the year 2023. The current No. 1 ranked player scored 695 runs in 13 games with an average of over 55. He will captain the side.
Joe Root: Often known as the crisis man for England, Joe Root holds his place firmly in the test XI of 2023 scoring 787 runs. He scored 5 centuries and had an outstanding year.
Harry Brook: The England middle-order batsman grabbed the limelight after his breakthrough performances in 2023. He slammed 701 runs averaging over 50. He also became the fastest batsman to reach 1000 runs.
Ravindra Jadeja: When it comes to all-rounders, there is no bigger name than Ravindra Jadeja. His outstanding bowling spells in test cricket, scoring 280 runs at an average of 35 puts him in the Test XI of 2023.
Tom Blundell: New Zealand wicketkeeper Tom Blundell topped the run charts in the wicketkeeper’s chart with 433 runs in 7 tests which makes him a worthy candidate for the test team of year 2023.
Ravi Ashwin: Ashwin was the best spinner in 2023 in Tests. The Indian spinner hunted 40 scalps across 12 innings averaging 16.42. He just edges past his competitor Nathan Lyon who loses the race in the test team as he averaged over 23.
Stuart Broad: The veteran English fast bowler emerged as one of the standout bowlers in 2023. The right-arm pacer hunted 38 wickets across 8 games averaging 26. He retired after the Ashes series.
Mitchell Starc: Another Australia pacer who gets a spot in the Test team of the year 2023 is Mitchell Starc. The left-arm pacer clinched 34 wickets across 7 games at an average of 30.44.
Josh Hazelwood: Known for his excellent accuracy, Josh Hazelwood makes his presence in the test XI team. His role was instrumental in making Australia the World Test Champions in 2023.