The year 2022 is in the rear-view mirror now. It was an eventful year for the cricket world as England became the new T20 World Cup champions. Debutants Gujarat Titans won the IPL championship, while the Australian women’s cricket team won the Commonwealth Games gold medal.
It was a memorable year for Test cricket fans as well. The Indian cricket team registered two 2-0 series wins in 2022. Although India lost three Tests against South Africa and England, they are still in the Top 2 of the World Test Championship points table. The new ‘Bazball’ cricket style of England has taken the world by storm.
In this article now, we will form the best Test XI of the year 2022. The opening batters of this team will be West Indies’ Kraigg Brathwaite and Australia’s Usman Khawaja. The Aussie batter scored 1,080 runs in 11 matches and was the third-highest run-scorer, while Brathwaite aggregated 687 runs in seven matches at an average of 62.45.
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The middle-order of this team features Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne, Pakistan captain Babar Azam, England’s star Jonny Bairstow, India’s wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant and all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. Azam was the leading run-scorer in Tests in 2022, while the other names in the middle-order helped their team win some crucial matches with their contributions.
The captain of this team will be Australia’s Pat Cummins. The speedster, who took over the role in Ashes 2021/22, led the team to a memorable Ashes series win, followed by a historic away series win against Pakistan. Under his team, Australia also defeated South Africa.
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Veteran pacer James Anderson and the leading wicket-taker of the year, Kagiso Rabada complete the playing XI. Here is the best Test XI of 2022.
Best Test Playing XI of 2022
Kraigg Brathwaite, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Babar Azam, Jonny Bairstow, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, James Anderson, Pat Cummins and Kagiso Rabada.