Cricket Australia’s recent unveiling of the Best XI for red-ball cricket in 2023 showcases a formidable lineup led by the indomitable Pat Cummins. The Australian skipper, instrumental in guiding his team to victory in the World Test Championship earlier in June, rightfully claims the captain’s role in this stellar XI.
Behind the stumps, the Irish sensation Lorcan Tucker earns his spot as the wicketkeeper-batsman, lauded for his outstanding performances throughout the year. His nimble glove work combined with an impressive batting display in four matches, where he amassed 351 runs at an average of nearly 44, solidifies his position in this elite squad.
The opening duo comprises the experienced Usman Khawaja and the prolific Dimuth Karunaratne. Khawaja’s consistent form reflected in a batting average of 52.60 by the end of 2023, while Karunaratne’s impressive 608 runs at an average of 60.80 underscored his prowess as an opener. Together, they form a formidable partnership at the top.
At the crucial number three position stands New Zealand’s captain, Kane Williamson, whose remarkable year saw him accumulate 696 runs in seven games. His leadership and batting prowess make him a pivotal figure in the lineup.
The middle order is anchored by the English duo of Joe Root and Harry Brook, who exemplify England’s Bazball playing technique. With a combined tally of over 1,500 runs, including eleven half-centuries and three centuries, they bring stability and flair to the batting unit.
The lower-middle order boasts the dynamic Indian all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. Jadeja’s dual contribution with the bat and ball—scoring 281 runs and taking 33 wickets—complements Ashwin’s exceptional bowling performance, clinching 41 wickets at an impressive average of 17.10.
Leading the pace attack is the South African sensation Kagiso Rabada, who, despite featuring in only four matches, made a lasting impact with 20 wickets at a remarkable average. Stuart Broad, the former England pacer who bid farewell after a successful Ashes tour, completes the lineup with his 38 wickets at 26.28.
Cricket Australia’s Best Test XI of 2023:-
Usman Khawaja, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Pat Cummins (c), Kagiso Rabada, Stuart Broad.