Nick Compton shares his current Test XI, includes four Indians in the XI
For the wicketkeeper's slot, Compton included England international- Jonny Bairstow.
Updated - Jun 20, 2020 1:22 pm
Dishing out XIs of all sorts has become quite a trend amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With no cricketing activity to witness, many cricketers have shared XIs of all sorts in the past couple of months. Former England international Nick Compton also built a Test XI comprising current best cricketers in international cricket.
For the opening pair, Compton picked David Warner and Cheteshwar Pujara. Warner, the explosive Australian southpaw, has not looked back since returning back to international cricket after his involvement in the infamous-ball tampering saga. Compton’s second opener– Cheteshwar Pujara– is considered as one of the best batsmen with the red ball. While donning the Indian jersey in 77 Tests, the Saurashtra batsman has scored 5840 runs including 18 tons.
Compton revealed his current Test XI in a conversation with sports presenter Dr Yash Kashikar on his Instagram live show ‘Say Yash To Sports’. After Warner and Pujara, Compton slotted three modern-day greats into his side– Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli and Steve Smith.
The three stalwarts boast an exemplary record while donning the whites as they all have an average above 50 in Tests. Smith stands head and shoulders above all batsmen in Tests as the former Australia skipper flaunts an average of 62.8 with the red ball.
Nick Compton slotted Ben Stokes as the all-rounder in his Test XI
The all-rounder in Compton’s squad was England’s, Ben Stokes. New Zealand-born Stokes had an impressive 2019, which won him the Player of the Year award. One of the best performances of his career was leading England to the iconic one-wicket win in the Leeds Test in Ashes 2019. For the wicketkeeper’s slot, Compton included another England international– Jonny Bairstow.
Compton’s pace trio included three stalwarts of the game– Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Jasprit Bumrah. And, for the spin department, Compton was rather undecided as he included two options– Nathan Lyon and Ravichandran Ashwin. Both Lyon and Ashwin have played a pivotal role in their side’s success in the longest format of the game.
Nick Compton’s current Test XI: David Warner, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Nathon Lyon/R Ashwin, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jasprit Bumrah.