Top 5 Test Batsmen of the decade
- With some stalwarts of red-ball cricket retiring in this decade, some new batting stars have emerged.
This decade has been one of revolutions in Test cricket. Amidst the fear of Test cricket going out of favour, some big changes have been brought about in a bid to keep the oldest format of cricket alive. Sporting pitches, day-night Tests with the pink ball are some important measures taken by the ICC to attract more crowds to Test cricket.
Talking about these changes, the life of batsmen has just become a little difficult. Pitches have become more result-oriented which means batsmen do not get easy wickets to pile runs on. Having said that, batsmanship has evolved in this decade where batsmen have found ways to tackle difficult surfaces.
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Also, this decade has seen some of the greats of the game bid adieu to Test cricket. The likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, Rahul Dravid, Kumar Sangakkara have retired in the past ten years. This has led to a transition phase in most teams. There are a few players who have put their hands up during these difficult times and raised the bar of Test cricket. Here are 5 best Test batsmen of the decade.
#5 Kane Williamson (Matches - 76, Runs - 6322, Average - 52.68)
Kane Williamson made his Test debut in 2010 against India at Ahmedabad. He struck a well-compiled century in his very first innings and announced himself at the big stage. Williamson slowly established himself as the premier batsman of the New Zealand Test team.
The Kiwi star has played some measured innings for his side and has been the backbone of the team in the last decade. His ability to bat fluently against quality spin bowling makes him a class player. Another commendable part of Williamson's staggering Test numbers is the fact that he had the added responsibility of captaining the side in half of these matches.