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Cricket in 2018: Best Test XI of the year

A few of the cricketers enjoyed the challenge at hand, punched above their weights and were brilliant throughout the year.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

It was a glorious year for Test cricket in 2018. With even contests between the bat and the ball, and with most of the games yielding results, Test cricket was surely at its best. A few games even left the fans on the edge of their seats with the pendulum swinging either way with every ball that was bowled.

A few of the cricketers enjoyed the challenge at hand, punched above their weights and were brilliant throughout the year. They brought out some of the finest performances that the fans will remember for a long, long time. Here is an eleven formed out of some of the exquisite Test performers of 2018.

Here is the best Test XI of 2018:

1. Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka)

Dimuth Karunaratne
Dimuth Karunaratne of Sri Lanka. (Photo Source: Francois Nel/Getty Images)

The Sri Lanka opener, Dimuth Karunaratne was one of the most consistent performers in 2018. The 30-year-old made his Test debut back in 2012. But, he wasn’t really able to perform on a steady basis and thus there were a few halts in between.

However, the last two years were career-defining ones for him. He scored 1,031 runs in 2017 in 13 games. Karunaratne carried that confidence forward and improved his game in 2018. Even though the numbers aren’t that high, he improved upon both his average and strike rate. In 9 games, the left-hander scored 743 runs at an average of 46 and struck seven fifties and one hundred in the year.

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