On Tuesday (January 24th), International Cricket Council announced the Test team of the year 2022 after declaring the ODI team of the year 2022. While there were 2 and 3 Indians in the T20I and ODI teams of the year, only 1 Indian was given a spot in the Test team of the year.
Unorthodox wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant is the only Indian to make his place in the ICC Test Team of the Year 2022. The southpaw registered 680 runs in 12 Test innings in 2022, maintaining an average of 61.81 while striking at 90.90. The 25-year-old etched 2 centuries and 4 half-centuries in Tests in 2022.
Australian opener Usman Khawaja and West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite have been named openers in ICC's Test team of the year 2022. Australia's Marnus Labuschagne is at #3, followed by Pakistan skipper Babar Azam. English batter Jonny Bairstow is named at #5, followed by captain Ben Stokes at #6.
Rishabh Pant is named the wicket-keeper and #7 batter. In the bowling department, Australia's Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon, South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada and English pacer James Anderson have been named in the 11.
ICC Test Team of the Year 2022:
Usman Khawaja, Kraigg Brathwaite, Marnus Labuschagne, Babar Azam, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Nathan Lyon, James Anderson