Best All-time Test XI with one cricketer from each country

Over the years, the number of nations who would play Test cricket has increased.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Test cricket is the purest form of cricket. A packed-house MCG on a boxing day Test is proof that it hasn’t lost the relevance even after more than a hundred years of its existence. Over the years, the number of nations who would play Test cricket has increased. Initially, there were only Australia and England, who were followed by the West Indies and South Africa.

New Zealand, India and Pakistan were the next three years to be inducted into Test cricket. With the birth of One-day cricket, countries like Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and later Bangladesh also got Test status. It was only in 2018, that Afghanistan and Ireland made their Test debuts making the 12-nation structure followed in Test cricket since. At Crictracker, we came up with a unique all-time Test XI with one cricketer from each country.

Without further to do, let us check out the list:

1. Alastair Cook (England) (C)

Alastair Cook. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Sir Alastair Cook is one of the best openers in the history of Test cricket. Between 2006 and 2018, Cook played 161 Tests for England, scoring 12472. Apart from being the only English cricketer to score 10,000 runs in Tests, the stylish left-hander is also the only player to have scored more than 10,000 runs while opening the innings in Tests.

During his time, the Essex batsman was always rated as highly as anyone else. His class against both swing bowling and spin bowling was visible across his numerous knocks. He scored 33 centuries in Tests, another English record. The 35-year-old bid an emotional farewell to the game in 2018.

Interestingly, the batsman signed off Test cricket with another knock for the ages against India at the Oval in London. There is no doubt, had he been around for another two or three years, Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most runs in Test matches would have been under some threat.


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