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Team selector: Pick your own world Test team of 2021

A 28-member panel picked Wisden Cricket Monthly’s Test team of 2021, but the decision was not an easy one, with 29 players in consideration. We now want you to pick what your world Test XI of 2021 would be.

The last few months saw some terrific performances in the Test format and picking an XI had its challenges. R Ashwin was the only cricketer who was unanimously picked by our panel, comprising of esteemed journalists from the world. WCM’s XI had openers Rohit Sharma and Dimuth Karunaratne in the side, though Devon Conway and KL Rahul were strong contenders as well. The panel went in with Kane Williamson and Joe Root at No. 3 and 4, respectively, with Marnus Labuschagne coming in at five, followed by Fawad Alam. Babar Azam and Dhanajaya de Silva were the other batters in contention for a place in Wisden Cricket Monthy’s Test team of the year.

Rishabh Pant edged ahead of Pakistan’s Mohammed Rizwan as the wicketkeeper in the side, even though his consistency dried up by the end of 2021. The panel made the decision to go in with just one spinner in the XI, with three fast bowlers. Shaheen Shah Afridi, Pat Cummins and Kyle Jamieson were the players who made the cut, ahead of competitors such as Hasan Ali, Jason Holder, Ollie Robinson, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Tim Southee and James Anderson among others.

You now have the opportunity to select your Test XI from the players who got at least one vote from the panel. A total of 29 cricketers are in the fray.

Cricketers who can be selected in your World Test XI of 2021:


Dimuth Karunaratne
Rohit Sharma
Devon Conway
Kane Williamson
Marnus Labuschagne
Joe Root
Babar Azam
Fawad Alam
Dhananjaya de Silva
KL Rahul


Rishabh Pant
Mohammed Rizwan
Quinton de Kock
Liton Das


Axar Patel
R Ashwin
Jason Holder

Fast bowlers:

Kyle Jamieson
Hasan Ali
Ollie Robinson
Pat Cummins
Mohammed Siraj
Jasprit Bumrah
Tim Southee
Anrich Nortje
Shaheen Afridi
James Anderson
Jayden Seales


Ajaz Patel


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                        • Dimuth Karunaratne
                        • Rohit Sharma Profile | Bio, News, Career Info, Rankings, Photos | India Cricket Player
                        • Devon Conway
                        • Kane Williamson
                        • Marnus Labuschagne
                        • Joe Root
                        • Babar Azam
                        • Dhananjaya de Silva
                        • KL Rahul
                        • Fawad Alam


                        • Rishabh Pant
                        • Quinton de Kock
                        • Liton Das
                        • Mohammad Rizwan


                        • Ravi Ashwin
                        • Jason Holder
                        • Axar Patel


                        • Hasan Ali
                        • Patrick Cummins
                        • Mohammed Siraj
                        • Jasprit Bumrah
                        • Tim Southee
                        • Anrich Nortje
                        • Shaheen Shah Afridi
                        • James Anderson
                        • Kyle Jamieson
                        • Ollie Robinson
                        • Ajaz Patel
                        • Jayden Seales

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