Updated December 31st, 2023 at 17:37 IST

Australia dominate red-ball cricket, win WTC final and retain Ashes: Top Test performers of 2023

The Australian players delivered noteworthy performances throughout 2023 and featured in the list of top individual Test displays of the year.

Reported by: Vishal Tiwari
Australia men's cricket team | Image: AP
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In the 2021-23 ICC World Test Championship cycle, the champions, Australia, showcased their dominance throughout the year, particularly highlighted by their victory over India in the final at The Oval in England, where they secured the title with a 209-run triumph. The Australian players delivered noteworthy performances throughout 2023 and featured in the list of top individual Test displays of the year.

3 things you need to know

  • Australia defeated India to win the WTC final in July
  • Australia also managed to retain the Ashes against England
  • Australia, however, lost the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to India

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Top 5 run-scorers in Test cricket in 2023

Examining the batting performances, Australians claimed the top four positions in the run-scoring charts, with Usman Khawaja emerging as the leading run-scorer in 2023. When it comes to centuries, New Zealand's Kane Williamson led the pack, recording four centuries, followed closely by Najmul Shanto of Bangladesh, as well as Australia's Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith, each securing three centuries.

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Usman Khawaja (Australia)13 matches1210 runs
Steve Smith (Australia)13 matches929 runs
Travis Head (Australia)12 matches919 runs
Marnus Labuschagne (Australia)13 matches803 runs
Joe Root (England)8 matches787 runs

Top 5 wicket-takers in Test cricket in 2023

Shifting to the bowling statistics, the top wicket-taker position was also dominated by an Australian player, with four Australians making their presence felt in the top 5 wicket-takers of the year. This comprehensive performance by the Australian team and its players underscored their excellence and contribution to their triumph in the ICC World Test Championship.

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Nathan Lyon (Australia)10 matches47 wickets
Pat Cummins (Australia)11 matches42 wickets
R Ashwin (India)7 matches41 wickets
Stuart Broad (England)8 matches38 wickets
Mitchell Starc (England)9 matches38 wickets
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Published December 31st, 2023 at 17:37 IST