INDIA VS ENGLAND: BEST COMBINED TEST XI

WITH INDIA AND ENGLAND GETTING READY TO TAKE ON EACH OTHER, WE PUT TOGETHER A COMBINED INDIA-ENGLAND TEST XI.

ROHIT  SHARMA

WITH ENGLAND WEAK IN THE BATTING DEPARTMENT, ROHIT SHARMA IS THE BEST BET AS AN OPENER FROM EITHER SIDE. ROHIT HAS AN IMPRESSIVE AVERAGE OF 46.18 AFTER 39 TESTS.

RORY  BURNS

ENGLAND OPENER  RORY BURNS HAS HAD A  MIDDLING TEST CAREER  SO FAR. HE AVERAGES 33.23  AFTER 25 TEST MATCHES.

JOE  ROOT

ENGLAND CAPTAIN JOE ROOT  GETS THE NOD AHEAD OF CHETESHWAR PUJARA IN THE COMBINED XI. ROOT GOT  A DOUBLE HUNDRED AGAINST  INDIA IN HIS 100TH TEST.

VIRAT KOHLI (CAPTAIN)

HE MAY NOT HAVE GOT  A HUNDRED IN A WHILE BUT  KOHLI WOULD STILL COME IN  AT NO. 4 ON THE WEIGHT OF HIS REPUTATION AND WOULD ALSO  LEAD THE COMBINED ELEVEN.

AJINKYA  RAHANE

HE DOESN’T SEEM LIKE A DESERVING NAME IN THE COMBINED XI. BUT GIVEN THE FACT THAT ENGLAND HAVE INEXPERIENCED NAMES LIKE OLLIE POPE AND DAN LAWRENCE  IN THEIR MIDDLE-ORDER, RAHANE SEEMS THE BETTER CHOICE.

RISHABH PANT (WK)

GIVEN HIS RECENT FORM, PANT  GETS THE NOD OVER BUTTLER IN THE COMBINED XI. HE HAS SCORED RUNS WHEREVER HE HAS PLAYED AND HAS A TEST HUNDRED IN ENGLAND AS WELL.

BEN  STOKES

RAVINDRA JADEJA IS ONE OF  THE BEST ALL-ROUNDERS IN THE BUSINESS TODAY, ACROSS FORMATS. HOWEVER, IF THERE IS A CHOICE BETWEEN HIM AND BEN STOKES, THE ENGLAND CRICKETER WOULD WIN THE RACE HANDS DOWN.

RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN

OF ALL THE SPIN OPTIONS AVAILABLE IN THE TWO CAMPS, RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN IS UNDOUBTEDLY THE MOST COMPETENT. HE PROVED HIMSELF  IN AUSTRALIA, WAS UNPLAYABLE  AT HOME AGAINST ENGLAND.

STUART  BROAD

ENGLAND PACER STUART BROAD WILL BE ONE OF THE FASTER MEN  IN THE COMBINED XI. HE WAS  THE TEAM’S BEST BOWLER IN THE  SERIES AGAINST NEW ZEALAND.

JAMES  ANDERSON

HE IS 38 AND STILL GOING STRONG. JAMES ANDERSON RECENTLY CLAIMED 1000 FIRST-CLASS WICKETS IN A COUNTY GAME  AND ENDED UP PICKING SEVEN WICKETS IN THAT INNINGS.

MOHAMMED SHAMI

THERE WAS SOME COMPETITION BETWEEN ISHANT SHARMA, JASPRIT BUMRAH AND MOHAMMED SHAMI FOR THE THIRD SEAMER’S SLOT. SHAMI HAS BEEN THE ONE WHO HAS DELIVERED RESULTS CONSISTENTLY AND SO FINDS A PLACE AS ONE OF THE FAST BOWLERS.