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Sportskeeda Cricket Awards 2018: T20I Team of the Year

Pakistan clean swept Aussies 3-0 in UAE
Pakistan clean swept Aussies 3-0 in UAE
Modified 27 Dec 2018
Top 5 / Top 10

As another year of some fascinating cricketing action in 2018 is about to end, the year saw some of the finest cricket matches unfold through the entire course of 365 days. It was a year that witnessed some great players who stood tall to grow in stature while some left a lasting impact with their first burst onto the scene.

The year saw a change in tide with a lot of teams securing Test victories on overseas soil. However, for the shortest version of the game, with the kind of unpredictability it supports, it once again posed a series of surprises over the year. With more experienced T20 players in the teams, T20Is became more intense, evoking a lot of interest amongst the fans.

T20Is were never short of entertainment as they came up with some nail-biting finishes with matches going down to the wire. While few teams continued their home dominance, some sprung up a surprise even in overseas conditions.

India and Pakistan continued to reign their supremacy while Sri Lanka witnessed a dismal year. The Australians clinched the Trans-Tasman T20I series but the Sandpaper Gate in March, saw their cricket go downhill. The Kiwis played limited T20Is with a mixed bag of results while England saw some consistent performances. Meanwhile, Afghanistan once again proved to be invincible against the low-ranked teams

Here's a look at the winner of the Sportskeeda Cricket Award for T20I Team of the Year 2018, along with the possible contenders:

#3 Australia

Aussies were unbeatable in Trans-Tasman T20I series
Aussies were unbeatable in Trans-Tasman T20I series

It was an eventful and to an extent, most unforgettable year in the history of Australian cricket after what panned out after the Sandpaper Gate incident in March 2018. The phase of turmoil saw Australian cricket go down in pieces as bans were imposed while the administration saw a complete revamp to keep alive the trust among the supporters and the cricket fraternity.

Amidst this, their T20I performances this year makes them the third most successful T20I team of the year. In the 19 T20Is played in 2018, the Kangaroos emerged victorious on ten occasions. The highlight of the year saw them winning the Trans-Tasman T20 tri-series involving the BlackCaps and England in February 2018.

However, Australia faced tough times against Pakistan, losing five out of six games in the entire year, including a 3-0 clean sweep and a loss in the Tri-series final in Zimbabwe later on. Nevertheless, they ended the year by drawing level the 3-match T20I series 1-1 against India at home.

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Published 27 Dec 2018, 18:10 IST
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