Best XI across all formats in 2019
One of the biggest challenges of modern-day cricket is to adapt to different formats and continue to be consistent and successful in each one of them.
Updated - Dec 26, 2019 2:42 pm
2. David Warner
It was a comeback year for David Warner. After a torrid 2018 where he was banned due to the ball-tampering saga, there was a lot of hype around the swashbuckling Australian opener. And he has lived up to expectation. It’s been a wonderful comeback for Warner with a small little hiccup in the form of the Ashes series.
Warner’s international return was in the World Cup and he was Australia’s premier batsman. He made 647 runs and fell one run short of being the tournament’s leading run-getter. The left-hander scored three tons and as many fifties and drove Australia into the semi-finals. Those were the only ODIs he played.
His return to Test cricket wasn’t that easy as he struggled in the Ashes and couldn’t buy a run. However, after returning to Australia, Warner became a different beast. He pummelled runs in T20I cricket as he made 287 runs from six innings and was dismissed just once. In Test cricket, he scored a couple of tons, including a fine triple ton (335) beating Sir Don Bradman’s highest individual score.
Despite playing just 24 international games this year, Warner finished at No. 6 on the leading run-getters list. He aggregated 1580 runs and averaged 68.69 across formats in 2019.