The introduction of the Test Championship in the same 18-month period that will also see the T20 World Cup played in Australia has elevated the importance of cricketers who can perform in both formats – like the Pakistan Super League or a Test match in any given month.
There are plenty of relative one-dimensional batsmen and bowlers in world cricket, who fare well at Test or T20I level. There are significantly fewer who are multi-dimensional and are as comfortable in Test cricket as they are in the T20I XI.
During a particularly busy year for all forms of international cricket, bet365 is a top-tier sportsbook that will keep bettors in the game with plenty of T20I, ODI and Test markets. Here are six international cricketers who will feature in those individual batting and bowling markets - and who certainly bridge the divide between the two formats.
Australian opening batsman David Warner started his international career as a limited-overs batsman. Two years, in fact, separated his ODI and Test debuts. He has since evolved into the quintessential multi-format cricketer who is able to adapt seamlessly from playing T20 cricket for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League to batting for Australia in the Ashes Test cricket against England. He recently won the coveted Allan Border Medal at the Cricket Australia awards.
Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is renowned for his impeccable approach to limited-overs bowling. His awkward action and characteristic yorkers have proved the undoing of many batsmen in ODI and T20I cricket. He, like Warner, also waited two years to debut in Test cricket after playing his first limited-overs fixtures for India. He is a huge asset to the Mumbai Indians in the IPL and will be the same for India in the T20 World Cup later this year. The same can be said in Test cricket, too.
South African batsman Temba Bavuma has been pigeonholed as a Test cricketer for a lengthy period. The diminutive right-hander showed for a long time that he is solid in strokeplay along the ground and nudging and nurdling singles. More recently, though, he has found some game-time in the ODI and T20I XIs for the Proteas. Deployed up the order and in the middle, he has quickly shown that he can go the aerial route in pursuit of sixes and fours as well. Oddly enough, though, this seems to have taken its toll on his form in the longest format.
New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson made a name for himself in New Zealand's limited-overs campaigns before graduating to the Test fold. His pace is pretty much unrivalled in New Zealand cricket, which makes him an excellent complement to fellow seamers Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and others. The 28-year-old is rather prone to injury, though, which hopefully won't jeopardise his ability to bowl at really quick speeds going forward. Time will tell if this becomes the case.
Born in Barbados before qualifying to play for England, fast bowler Jofra Archer did his time in the ODI team before welcoming a Test debut at Lord's in London at the start of the Ashes series in 2019. He impressed many, while others questioned his stamina amid a few lengthy spells. Archer, indeed, is susceptible to injury when deployed for lengthy spells, which he doesn't necessarily have to do in ODI cricket. Like Ferguson, he hopefully won't lose pace when returning from injury.
England are not interested in putting seamers James Anderson and Stuart Broad in any XI other than the one for Test matches. India are keeping all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin away from the ODI and T20I teams, Pakistan are doing the same with leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who has not played T20I cricket since 2011. Pakistan, though, are not shy of busying batsman Babar Azam across all formats. He is the epitome of a batsman evolving from being good in one format to becoming really good across all three.