On Tuesday, The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the final XI of both teams which features three Indian players in the Test side while four have made the cut for the ODI team.
Virat Kohli has been named as the captain of both the ICC Test Team of the Year and ODI Team of the Year 2017-18.
Virat Kohli, who was the leading scorer in both formats in 2018, was named leader of both the sides with Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah getting named in the Test side while India vice-captain Rohit Sharma, Kohli, Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav made it to the ODI side.Kohli and Bumrah are the only two players who feature in both the Test and ODI teams.
Reflecting on his inclusion in the ICC Test team, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said that, “This looks like an individual piece of recognition but it is much more about the team. Both of the other two who have been fortunate enough to be named in the eleven, I am sure, would agree that as a group we have been growing for a period of time - as a Test unit. It is great that the guys have been looking to play their roles as best as they can. The Test team has been tracking nicely.”
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Apart from India, three players have made it to the Test side from New Zealand while Dimuth Karunaratne and Mohammad Abbas remain the only ones from Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
West Indies, South Africa and Australia have been represented by Jason Holder, Kagiso Rabada and Nathan Lyon, respectively. The Aussie offie is the lone spinner in the squad.
ICC Test Team of the Year 2017-18: Tom Latham (NZ), Dimuth Karunaratne (SL), Kane Williamson (NZ), Virat Kohli (captain) (IND), Henry Nicholls (NZ), Rishabh Pant (IND), Jason Holder (WI), Kagiso Rabada (SA), Nathan Lyon (Aus), Jasprit Bumrah (IND), Mohammad Abbas (PAK).