|Brad Hogg selected the current World Test XI which had four players from India, but Virat was left out of the squad.|
Virat Kohli is considered the best batsman in the world at this time. Virat, who scored 70 centuries in international cricket, has an average of over 50 in every format of cricket. He is currently the world’s number two batsman in the rankings of Test cricket with an average of 53.62 and also has 27 centuries to his name. It is clear that Virat is the best batsman of Test cricket at the moment and if someone selects the current XI in Test cricket, then Virat will definitely be in that team, but it did not happen.
Former Australian cricket team cricketer Brad Hogg has opted for the current Test XI and has not included Virat Kohli in his squad which is shocking. However, no one can comment on one’s personal thinking. He has not retained Virat in the current Test XI selected by Brad Hogg, while Babar Azam has managed to make a place in his team.
The rationale behind giving Babar Azam a place in his team was that Babar scored a Test century against Australia in Brisbane last year when the Pakistan team toured Australia. He said that it is not easy for the batsmen of the foreign team to play on the wicket of Brisbane, but Babar showed that he can play here too and he is one of the best batsmen in the world at the moment.
The reason behind Virat not being included in his team is that he has crossed just four 30s in his last 15 Test innings and he is not much impressed with Virat’s current Test record. Everyone will ask why Virat is not in their Test team, so let me say that based on the last 15 innings this year, I did not give him a place in my Test team.
However, Hogg has included three other Indian batsmen in his Test team. He has chosen Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma as his team openers. Apart from this, he has also given Ajinkya Rahane a place in his team. Also, he has selected Mohammad Shami as the fast bowler in his team.
Brad Hogg’s current best Test XI team:
Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Maranus Labushane, Steve Smith, Babar Azam, Ajinkya Rahane, Quinton Dickock (wicketkeeper and captain), Pat Cummins, Mohammed Shami, Neha Bagnar, Nathan Lyon.