The International Cricket Council has put out the list including the nominations for the Awards of the Decade from 2000 to 2019. A total of 3 bowlers and 4 batsmen will vie for the prestigious award of the ICC Test Player of the Decade in the Men’s category. The results are set to be announced on 18th December 2020.
Here we list out the 7 nominees competing for the coveted award:
1. Steve Smith
Arguably the favorite to win this award, Steve Smith is certainly miles ahead of his competitors this time. Dominating in Test Cricket, Smith has held the No 1 position for the best Test batsman for quite a while now. Smith has bagged a total of 7227 runs in his Test career, which is quite impressive. Averaging at 62, Smith leads the race to the award currently.
2. Virat Kohli
India skipper Virat Kohli is second on this list. He constantly pinched Smith, ranking as the No 2 test batsmen. Kohli has managed to amass over 8000 Test runs in the past decade. If there is any player who can overtake Smith, it is Virat Kohli.
3. Joe Root
The brilliant English is the third batsman to be nominated for this award. Root has had an exceptional test career. Since 2012, Root has bagged over 49 half-centuries under his belt. Like Steve Smith, Joe Root also has 7000 Test runs to his name. However, his average of 48 is way below that of Smith.
4. Kane Williamson
The fourth and last batsman in this list is Kane Williamson. The captain of New Zealand boasts an impressive tally of 6476 runs in his Test career. In the 80 matches he played, Williamson also boasts of an impressive average of almost 51. His highest score in the test format was a standout knock of 242 against Sri Lanka in 2015.
5. James Anderson
James Anderson is arguably the best Test bowler in the world. He is the only fast bowler in the world to take 600 wickets in the Test format. Anderson. Dismantling entire teams with his unerring bowling ability, Anderson deserves a spot on this list.
6. Rangana Herath
Picking up 433 wickets in his entire test career, Rangana Herath has nominated for his sheer bowling displays in the Test format.
7. Yasir Shah
The final bowler nominated for this category is Yasir Shah. Shah has picked up 244 wickets in just 43 test matches for Pakistan in his Test career.