Kohli misses out in Brad Hogg’s current World Test XI
Former Australia left-arm wrist spinner Brag Hogg has selected his current World Test XI. Indian skipper Virat Kohli might be considered one of the best in all formats but Kohli too misses out in Hogg's selection.
“Everyone will ask why is Virat Kohli not in this team?” he said. “But if you look at his last 15 Test innings, only four times he has gone over 31 [runs]. That’s why Virat Kohli is not my Test team this year,” said Hogg.
Hogg's team featured 4 players each from Australia and India. Openers Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma along with Ajinkya Rahane at number 6 and the pacer Mohammad Shami find a place. Ausralian pillarss Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith obviously deserve a place at number 3 and 4 respectively. The lone spinner Nathan Llyon and Pat Cummins are the other two Australians in the XI.
“Rohit Sharma’s a bit lucky to find a place in this XI. He’s averaged over 90 but has played Test cricket only in India. But I love the way that he’s so relaxed, just pushes the ball through the off side and also works the ball off his legs” said Hogg.
Hogg also named six cricketers who narrowly missed his team and they were New Zealand opener Tom Latham, England’s Rory Burns, Australia’s David Warner and fast bowlers Ishant Sharma and Stuart Broad. Ben Stokes wasn’t picked because of poor batting average.