2020 started with some blockbuster bilateral series like Australia-New Zealand, South Africa-England and New Zealand-India.
England became the first team to host a test series after the COVID-19 break when the West Indes visited the United Kingdom for a 3-match series.
New Zealand had one of their best years, as they won all their five home Test matches. The Kiwis ended the year with a thrilling win against Pakistan at Bay Oval.
Five batsmen with the most Test runs this year:
Jos Buttler (England)- 497 runs
He aggregated 497 runs for the England, doing so with a batting average of 38.23 while registering one century and two fifties. The wicketkeeper-batsman scored a match-winning 67 in the third Test against West Indies in Manchester before helping his team win a thrilling Test against Pakistan. Buttler scored 75 runs in the fourth innings to ensure that England chased down 277 runs with three wickets in hand.
Kane Williamson (New Zealand) – 498 runs
The New Zealand skipper scored 498 runs in six innings at a phenomenal average of 83. He got out in single digits in his next two innings but came back in style with a career-best 251 against West Indies at Seddon Park. The right-handed batsman followed that up with a century against Pakistan.
Zak Crawley (England) – 580 runs
Zak Crawley was one of only three batsmen to amass over 500 Test runs in 2020. In the first Test match after the COVID-19 break, he was the top-scorer for England in the second innings, scoring 76 runs to set the West Indies a 200-run target.
He played a marathon knock of 267 runs to blow away Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl. Unfortunately, he couldn’t inspire his team to a win, as the Test ended in a draw.
Dom Sibley (England) – 615 runs
The right-handed batsman, who made his Test debut last year, played nine Tests this year, scoring 615 runs. He began the year with a splendid 133* against South Africa in the Newlands Test match.
Ben Stokes (England) – 641 runs
Ben Stokes emerged as the top-scorer this year. In seven Tests, the England all-rounder scored 641 runs, doing so with an excellent batting average of 58.27.
His best performance with the bat this year came in the final Test against West Indies, where Stokes produced knocks of 176 and 78* in that game.