The end of 2010s is right upon us; a decade that saw countless phenomenal cricketing performances as records tumbled nearly every week and teams shuffled all over the charts. As a tribute to the legendary feats of outstanding international players, Wisden announced their Test Team of the decade. Many names were unfortunate to miss out, but it couldn’t be better than this:
111 Tests, 8818 runs, average 46.41, HS: 294 (since 2010)
The knighted all-time English great scored more runs than anyone in the decade, averaging at over 45 in seaming home conditions. His prime is believed to be the Ashes 2010-11 down under, where he scored three centuries at 127.66. The Chef also holds the virtually unbeatable record of 153 consecutive Test appearances.
82 Tests, 7009 runs, average 48.33, HS: 335*
Warner scored 23 centuries in this decade and averaged just under 50 as an opener, with a 73.53 strike-rate. His away record in England is the most talked about, as he stands second only to Cook on the new-ball parameter.
46 Tests, 4851 runs, average 61.40, HS: 319
Sri Lankan southpaw Sangakkara easily makes the team with an insane average hovering above 61 in the last 5 years of his career. He was the fastest man to 8000, 9000, …. 12,000 runs in Test Cricket, but earned just as much admiration for his contribution to the famous Test series win in England.
71 Tests, 7072 runs, average 63.14, HS: 239, 26 centuries
Smith started out as a leg-spinner, but went on to inarguably be the best batsman of 2010s, averaging above 40 away from home. His most recent famous feat was the Ashes 2019 heroics.
Virat Kohli (captain)
84 Tests, 7202 runs, average 54.97, HS: 254*, 27 centuries
Not everything about the skipper needs a mention except the four brilliant centuries in Australia in 2014-15.
Batting: 59 Tests, 3738 runs, average 35.94, HS: 258
Bowling: 137 wickets, average 33.45, BBI: 6-22
Even though the name speaks for itself, it is important not to forget the English all-rounder’s famous performance at Headingley in summer 2019 where he carried England to a miraculous win out of nowhere.
AB de Villiers
Batting: 60 Tests, 5059 runs, average 57.48, HS: 278*
Bowling: 80 catches, 4 stumpings
As a keeper (the role he is picked for), de Villiers scored seven centuries in 22 tests and overall 13 in this decade alone.
70 Tests, 362 wickets, average 25.36, BBI: 7-59, BBM: 13-140
People often forget the offie’s record as the second-best Test debut where he finished with match figures of 9/128. He has been the most lethal spinner at home over the last decade.
59 Tests, 267 wickets, average 22.29, BBI: 7-51, BBM: 11-60
He’s among the top South African speedsters of all time, falling second to teammate Philander in the best average category for 200+ wickets and second again only to Rabada on strike-rate for minimum 100 wickets.
40 Tests, 183 wickets, average 22.50, BBI: 7-112, BBM: 13-144
The 24-year-young Proteas fast bowler is the master of his art with seam. He already has nine 5-wicket hauls and as many as four 10s in Test Cricket.
105 Tests, 427 wickets, average 24.19, BBI: 7-42, BBM: 11-71
Jimmy Anderson has taken more Test wickets than any other bowler in the history of fast-bowling and finds himself right up there with a remarkable away-record for England.