Babar Azam, Shan Masood named in Wisden’s Test team of year


Karachi: Pakistan all-format captain Babar Azam and opening batsman Shan Masood has been named in Wisden’s 2020 team of the year.

The independent voice of cricket Wisden picked a Test XI comprising of top performers from December 11, 2019, to December 10, 2020.

Shan Masood’s three centuries in three consecutive Tests helped him earn his place in this team. The 31-year-old smacked career-best 156 against England in August at Manchester. He accumulated 419 runs at an average of 46.55 in six matches.

The 26-year-old Babar has the highest average among all batsmen during this period. With an average of 100, he hit 600 runs with three centuries.

England’s Dom Sibley will open against Shan while New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne and England’s Ben Stokes are the middle-order batters.

South Africa’s Quinton de Kock has been named as wicket-keeper while Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Stuart Broad and Nathon Lyon have been picked in the bowling department.

Wisden’s Test Team of the Year

Dom Sibley, Shan Masood, Kane Williamson (C), Marnus Labuschagne, Babar Azam, Ben Stokes, Quinton de Kock (WK), Kyle Jamieson, Stuart Broad, Tim Southee, Nathan Lyon

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