Openers play a very prominent role in any game of cricket. They have the responsibility to give a great start to the team while batting. Moreover, an opener also has to coordinate efficiently with his partner on the other hand. Along with scoring a good knock, they also have to aim for a good partnership so that the upcoming batsmen do not get under pressure.
Since 2010 in Test cricket, many openers have gained the limelight for different cricket-playing nations. However, there are also some opening batsmen who could not perform effectively and lost their spot in the team.
Since 2010, few teams have tried a lot of batsmen at the opening spot in their squad at the international stage. In this listicle, we talk about most Test openers used by teams since 2010.
Most Test Openers Used By Teams Since 2010:
6. India- 14
India gets the last spot on this list. India has used only 14 openers in Test cricket since 2010. Currently, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are leading the team at the opening slot against England. Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill are some other players who have also batted as an opener for India in the last two years.
Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir are some former Indian cricketers who played at the opening slot for India in Tests post-2010. Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay have also batted at the top spot for India in Tests during the last 10 years.
5. South Africa- 15
South Africa takes the 5th spot on this list. The team has used 15 openers in Test cricket since 2010. Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock are some of the current Test players who open the innings for South Africa. Former cricketers like Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith have also batted at the opening slot in Tests for South Africa post-2010.
4. Pakistan- 16
Pakistan gets the 4th spot on this list. The team has used 16 openers in Tests since 2010. Imran Butt and Abid Ali are the current Pakistan players who are undertaking jobs at the opening spot in Tests. Taufeeq Umar, Mohammad Hafeez, and Ahmed Shezad are also some players who have opened innings for Pakistan in Tests after 2010.
3. Australia- 16
Australia takes the 3rd spot in this list. The team has used 16 openers in Test since 2010. For Australia, David Warner has been a confirmed Test opener in the last few years. However, he was banned from playing for 2 years due to his involvement in the 2018 sandpaper gate scandal. In the last two years, Joe Burns, Will Pucovski, and Matthew Wade have also undertaken the opener’s role for Australia.
2. Sri Lanka- 18
Sri Lanka gets the 2nd spot on this list. The Asian team has used 18 Test openers since 2010. Sri Lanka last played a Test series against West Indies in March 2021, in which Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne opened the innings for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has played a lot of players in international cricket in the last two years and this has also resulted in a lot of batsmen playing at the opening slot in Test cricket.
1. England- 23
England takes the top spot in this list. England has used 23 openers in Test cricket since 2010. England has suffered a big issue at the opening slot in Tests currently, as their current openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley have failed to perform brilliantly since the start of this year.
During The Ashes 2019, England played Joson Roy, Rory Burns, and Joe Denly at the opening slot. With so many players at the top spot, it is quite clear that England is struggling to find some consistent set of openers in Test cricket.