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The best all-rounders Test XI in the modern era

ANALYST
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851   //    15 Dec 2018, 19:58 IST

In the modern era, there have been a few who are gifted with both the ball and bat
In the modern era, there have been a few who are gifted with both the ball and bat

How do we define an all-rounder? Players who can bat and bowl with consummate ease and lend balance to the team with their dual skills.

Quality all-rounders are a rare breed out of the 4000+ cricketers who have played Test cricket. Whenever we think about quality all-rounders, we remember the great Sir Garfield Sobers, Imran Khan, Kapil Dev, Sir Ian Botham, and Richard Hadlee.

It is always hard to develop an all-rounder. All great all-rounders first got into the team due to their primary skills which were either their batting or bowling; later it was discovered that they were good in both skills.

In the modern era, there have been a few who are gifted with both the ball and bat. Only a few players can be a part of this exclusive group.

The parameters considered here are:

A Test batting average in the high 30's with a minimum of 3500 Test runs and a 100-wicket haul with a bowling average around 30 for a batting all-rounder with a few exceptions.

A bowling average in the '20s with a minimum of 300 Test wickets and 2000 Test runs with the bat with an average of '20s for a bowling all-rounder.


Openers: Sanath Jayasuriya and Shane Watson

Sanath Jayasuriya and Shane Watson: An interesting opening combination
Sanath Jayasuriya and Shane Watson: An interesting opening combination

Sanath Jayasuriya was a giant during his days and one of the most influential figures in Sri Lankan cricket. The man from Matara can be regarded as one of the most underrated all-rounders in Test cricket. He was one of the best spin-bowling all-rounders the world has seen.

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Jayasuriya was an attacking opening batsman who scored hundreds in Australia and England.

Out of his 14 test hundreds, six of them were scored on overseas shores. He was a potent left-arm spinner and played a supporting role in a spin-heavy Sri Lankan attack. By the time he retired, Jayasuriya finished with 98 wickets in tests.

Career Statistics: Sanath Jayasuriya - Left-hand bat and Left-arm spin

Matches: 110 Innings: 188 Runs: 6973 HS: 340 Average: 40.1 100's: 14 50's: 31

Innings: 140 Wickets: 98 BB: 5/34 Average: 34.3 4W: 6 5W: 2

Shane Watson was one of the most destructive all-rounders in the modern era. He always played under the shadows of Matthew Hayden and Ricky Ponting. One of the richest cricketers in the world, Watson had a major impact in ODI's and T20's.

Watson particularly played his best cricket from 2009 - 2014, where he scored quite a few runs in the sub-continent and the Ashes. He was also a very good slip-fielder and bucketed many catches in the slip cordon.

Brought up on the bouncy pitches of Tasmania, he was a medium-fast bowler capable of bowling some quiet overs; Watson had a potent bouncer which he would use it as a surprise.

Career Statistics: Shane Watson - Right hand bat and Right arm medium fast

Matches: 59 Innings: 109 Runs: 3731 HS: 176 Average: 35.2 100's: 4 50's: 24

Innings: 93 Wickets: 75 BB: 6/33 Average: 33.7 4W: 3 5W: 1





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