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Wisden Cricket Monthly’s Test team of the year 2021: Each panellist’s XI

WCM Test XI 2021
by Wisden Staff 4 minute read

A 28-strong panel picked Wisden Cricket Monthly’s Test team of the year for 2021, making their choices based on a 13-month period.

The period of consideration runs from December 1, 2020, to December 31, 2021. Only one member of the XI that was eventually chosen earned the unanimous approval of the selection panel, with the highest percentage of votes – 31 per cent – going to India players.

After adding the cumulative scores of each player (a total of 29 players were considered), the following XI was picked:

Rohit Sharma, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kane Williamson (c), Joe Root, Marnus Labuschagne, Fawad Alam, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kyle Jamieson, Pat Cummins, Shaheen Afridi.

Here’s the individual XI of each of WCM’s panellists:

Jo Harman

Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Marnus Labuschagne, Fawad Alam, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Shaheen Afridi

Phil Walker

Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Root, Fawad Alam, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Shaheen Afridi

James Wallace

Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Babar Azam, Rishabh Pant, Jason Holder, Ravichandran Ashwin, Pat Cummins, Jasprit Bumrah, Shaheen Afridi

Ben Gardner

KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Marnus Labuschagne, Fawad Alam, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kyle Jamieson, James Anderson

Yas Rana

Devon Conway, Rohit Sharma, Marnus Labuschagne, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Fawad Alam, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Pat Cummins

Taha Hashim

Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Root, Fawad Alam, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Hassan Ali

Aadya Sharma

Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Marnus Labuschagne, Rishabh Pant, Jason Holder, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Shaheen Afridi

John Stern

Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Marnus Labuschagne, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ollie Robinson, Kyle Jamieson, Shaheen Afridi

Andrew Miller

Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Marnus Labuschagne, Devon Conway, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kyle Jamieson, Pat Cummins, Jasprit Bumrah

Lawrence Booth

Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Marnus Labuschagne, Fawad Alam, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kyle Jamieson, Hassan Ali, Shaheen Afridi

Jon Hotten

Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma, Marnus Labuschagne, Kane Williamson, Babar Azam, Rishabh Pant, Jason Holder, Ravichandran Ashwin, Pat Cummins, Jasprit Bumrah, Shaheen Afridi

Scott Oliver

Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, Shaheen Afridi

Andrew Alderson

Dimuth Karunaratne, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Fawad Alam, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kyle Jamieson, Axar Patel, Pat Cummins, Shaheen Afridi

Adam Collins

Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma, Marnus Labuchagne, Joe Root, Fawad Alam, Dhananjaya de Silva, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kyle Jamieson, Pat Cummins, Shaheen Afridi

Mohammad Isam

Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma, Joe Root, Kane Williamson, Fawad Alam, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kyle Jamieson, Jasprit Bumrah, Ajaz Patel, Shaheen Afridi

Patrick Noone

Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Fawad Alam, Rishabh Pant, Quinton de Kock, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kyle Jamieson, Jayden Seales, Shaheen Afridi

Jonathan Liew

Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma, Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Root, Kane Williamson, Rishabh Pant, Mohammad Rizwan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Tim Southee, Ollie Robinson, Jasprit Bumrah

David Lloyd

Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma, Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Root, Fawad Alam, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kyle Jamieson, Axar Patel, Hassan Ali, Shaheen Afridi

Will Macpherson

Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Fawad Alam, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Pat Cummins, Kyle Jamieson, Shaheen Afridi

Neil Manthorp

Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Marnus Labuschagne, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kyle Jamieson, Pat Cummins, Hassan Ali, Shaheen Afridi

Mel Farrell

Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Fawad Alam, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kyle Jamieson, Pat Cummins, Hassan Ali, Shaheen Afridi

Dan Norcross

Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma, Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Root, Kane Williamson, Liton Das, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kyle Jamieson, Pat Cummins, Ollie Robinson, Shaheen Afridi

Dan Gallan

Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma, Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Root, Fawad Alam, Rishabh Pant, Kyle Jamieson, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ollie Robinson, Anrich Nortje, Shaheen Afridi

Michael St Patrick Hewitt

Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma, Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Root, Kane Williamson, Fawad Alam, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Shaheen Afridi

Rob Smyth

Devon Conway, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Fawad Alam, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kyle Jamieson, Pat Cummins, Jasprit Bumrah, Shaheen Afridi

Isabelle Westbury

Devon Conway, Rohit Sharma, Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Root, Kane Williamson, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kyle Jamieson, Pat Cummins, Ollie Robinson, Shaheen Afridi

Saj Sadiq

Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Hassan Ali, Kyle Jamieson, Axar Patel, Shaheen Afridi

Suresh Menon

Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma, Joe Root, Kane Williamson, Marnus Labuschagne, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Hassan Ali, Ajaz Patel, Pat Cummins, Shaheen Afridi

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