England vs India, 2018: Combined XI of the Test series

There have been some exceptional performers from both the sides in the series. Here is the combined XI of these top players.

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England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The 5-match Test series between England and India concluded with England winning it 4-1. The hosts have dominated India majority of the times in the series. Although India fought hard, they lacked a complete team effort in their batting except for in the third Test. Skipper Virat Kohli was the lone warrior for the team and was just exceptional.

For England, they had a new match winner in almost every game. This will be quite a memorable series for them for two reasons. Firstly, they defeated the ICC No 1 Test side by quite a comprehensive scoreline. Secondly, it is the farewell series for probably their greatest Test cricketer, Alastair Cook. There have been some exceptional performers from both the sides in the series. Here is the combined XI of these top players.

Combined XI for the Test series:

1. Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook of England
Alastair Cook of England celebrates reaching his century. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

One of the toughest choices in this XI is picking both the openers. None of the openers from both the teams had a convincing series. Alastair Cook had a dismal first four games in this series. With a high score of 29, the 33-year-old only managed to pile up 109 runs in the first four Tests. These performances might have also triggered the thought of hanging up his boots.

However, in his final Test match, the former English skipper put up an unbelievable show. There was a completely different man batting out there in the middle with absolutely no pressure. He scored 71 in the first innings and followed it up with a memorable 147 in the second innings. All of a sudden, he was right up there among the highest run scorers in the series and ended with 327 runs in 9 innings in his last Test series.

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