Pat Cummins overlooked as captain for Test Team of the Year in favour of Ashes rival Ben Stokes

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Pat Cummins overlooked as captain for Test Team of the Year in favour of Ashes rival Ben Stokes

Four Australians have been named in the ICC Men’s Test Team of the Year, but Pat Cummins has been ignored as captain in favour of Ashes rival Ben Stokes.

On Tuesday evening, the International Cricket Council unveiled its annual Test Team of the Year, chosen by a panel of media representatives, with Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon and Cummins named in the starting XI.

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No other nation had more than three representatives, as Australia dominated the Test arena in 2022 with just one loss in 11 matches.

Khawaja, who wasn’t in Australia’s first-choice Test side at the start of 2022, finished the calendar year with 1080 runs 67.50, including four centuries, partnering with West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite at the top of the order.

Labuschagne’s recent dominance against the West Indies was enough for him to retain the No. 3 spot for a third-consecutive year, while teammate Steve Smith was unfortunate to miss out.

Lyon, who finished 2022 at the equal leading wicket-taker with 47 scalps at 29.06, was picked as the lone strike spinner, beating out England tweaker Jack Leach and Sri Lankan phenom Prabath Jayasuriya.

Meanwhile, England veteran James Anderson, who turned 40 last year, was named for a fifth time after taking 36 wickets at 19.80.

Jonny Bairstow and Stokes were also picked following England’s remarkable resurgence in 2022, winning nine of its 10 Tests since Brendon McCullum took after as coach.

ICC Men’s Test Team of the Year for 2022

Usman Khawaja (AUS), Kraigg Brathwaite (WI), Marnus Labuschagne (AUS), Babar Azam (PAK), Jonny Bairstow (ENG), Ben Stokes (c) (ENG), Rishabh Pant (wk) (IND), Pat Cummins (AUS), Kagiso Rabada (SA), Nathan Lyon (AUS), James Anderson (ENG)

Pat Cummins of Australia. Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Travis Head and Adam Zampa were chosen in the ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year, but no Australians were picked in the men’s T20 side.

Despite being crowned world champions and remaining undefeated in 2022, only two Australians featured in the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year, with Beth Mooney and Alyssa Healy the lone Aussies representatives.

The Australian women’s side also dominated the 20-over format last year, winning the Commonwealth Games gold medal in Birmingham undefeated, with three players earning a spot in the ICC’s Team of the Year.

ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year for 2022

Babar Azam (c) (PAK), Travis Head (AUS), Shai Hope (WI), Shreyas Iyer (IND), Tom Latham (wk) (NZ), Sikandar Raza (ZIM), Mehidy Hasan Miraz (BAN), Alzarri Joseph (WI), Mohammed Siraj (IND), Trent Boult (NZ), Adam Zampa (AUS)

ICC Men’s T20I Team of the Year for 2022

Jos Buttler (c) (wk) (ENG), Mohammad Rizwan (PAK), Virat Kohli (IND), Suryakumar Yadav (IND), Glenn Phillips (NZ), Sikandar Raza (ZIM), Hardik Pandya (IND), Sam Curran (ENG), Wanindu Hasaranga (SL), Haris Rauf (PAK), Josh Little (IRE)

ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year for 2022

Alyssa Healy (wk) (AUS), Smriti Mandhana (IND), Laura Wolvaardt (SA), Nat Sciver (ENG), Beth Mooney (AUS), Harmanpreet Kaur (c) (IND), Amelia Kerr (NZ), Sophie Ecclestone (ENG), Ayabonga Khaka (SA), Renuka Singh (IND), Shabnim Ismail (SA)

ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year for 2022

Smriti Mandhana (IND), Beth Mooney (AUS), Sophie Devine (c) (NZ), Ash Gardner (AUS), Tahlia McGrath (AUS), Nida Dar (PAK), Deepti Sharma (IND), Richa Ghosh (wk) (IND), Sophie Ecclestone (ENG), Inoka Ranaweera (SL), Renuka Singh (IND)

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