Current Best World XI across all three formats
Four Indians feature in the list.
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The year 2020 wasn’t pleasant for cricket fans, with fixtures being cancelled left, right and centre due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the cricket calendar is busy in 2021, and lovers of the gentleman’s game have been entertained thoroughly. While Test cricket was at its best during India vs Australia series earlier this year, we witnessed some mind-boggling T20 action when the Aussies toured New Zealand.
With Tests, ODIs, and T20s being three different formats of the game, players require various attributes and skillsets to thrive in every version. While a batsman needs to stay at the crease for long in red-ball cricket, dashers are needed to score quick runs in shorter formats. Similarly, bowlers also require different variations and abilities to get success both in red and white-ball cricket.
Ticking all the required boxes and shine in the three formats is indeed not possible for every player. Hence, we are familiar with the terms like Test specialists and T20 stars. Nevertheless, there are still some cricketers who have been prospering across all versions. Now, how mighty will a team look if all-format stars join forces for one line-up? Let’s find out!
Here’s a look at the best all-format XI comprising current cricketers:
1. David Warner
Openers are critical to a side’s success regardless of the format. While Test openers are required to tackle the new cherry, top-order batsmen have the onus to take advantage of field restrictions in white-ball cricket. One active player who has been performing all these duties brilliantly is Australia’s, David Warner.
The pocket-sized dynamo is a superstar in world cricket owing to his ability to dominate the game. Warner likes to play attacking cricket in all three formats, and this approach has certainly worked for the southpaw. Owing to this, the Australian dasher averages over 45 in both ODIs and Test matches. Moreover, he also has scored centuries in all three formats.
So far, Warner has scored over 15,000 international runs and his tally of 43 international centuries is the second-highest for anyone among active players. At 34, the swashbuckler still has a lot in the tank, and bowlers worldwide should beware of him.