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Australians slide in 2016 run-scorers

AAP logoAAP 31/12/2016 Scott Bailey

Australia's miserably inconsistent 2016 with the bat has shone through in the end-of-year Test run-scoring figures, with no Aussie featuring in the top five for the first time since 2011.

However they weren't helped by England's jam-packed schedule, with batsmen from the old enemy occupying the top three spots after playing 17 Tests in 2016.

Steve Smith sensational summer ensured he was Australia's highest run scorer, compiling 1079 runs at an average of 71.93 and leaving him sixth in the international charts.

Smith topped last year's global tally with 1474 runs, but Englishmen Joe Root (1477), Johnny Bairstow (1470) and Alastair Cook (1270) were 2016's best.

India's Virat Kohli (1215) and Pakistani Azhar Ali (1198) were next best in fourth and fifth.

It means this year marks the first time no Australian has been in the top five in five years.

Usman Khawaja was the only other Aussie to reach the top 10 in 2016, ranked 10th with 753 runs.

Mitchell Starc was Australia's best with the ball, taking his 50th scalp for the year on Friday and lifting himself to third on the leaderboard.

He was bettered only by spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (72) of India and Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath (57).

Josh Hazlewood was the next best Aussie, finishing eighth with 42 scalps.

Australians ranked much higher in shorter-form cricket, advantaged by the fact they played 10 more one-dayers than any other nation.

Warner (1338) and Smith (1154) topped the charts, while George Bailey (808) was the fourth highest scorer.

With the ball Adam Zampa (30 wickets) and John Hastings (29) were the two most destructive, while Starc (26th) finished sixth on the leaderboard.

CRICKET'S BEST IN 2016:

TOP 10 TEST BATS:

Joe Root (ENG) - 1477 at 49.23

Jonny Bairstow (ENG) - 1470 at 58.80

Alastair Cook (ENG) - 1270 at 42.33

Virat Kohli (IND) - 1215 at 75.93

Azhar Ali (PAK) - 1198 at 63.05

Steve Smith (AUS) - 1079 at 71.93

Mohen Ali (ENG) - 1078 at 46.86

Ben Stokes (ENG) - 904 at 45.20

Cheteshwar Pujara (IND) - 836 at 55.70

Usman Khawaja (AUS) - 753 at 47.06

TOP 10 TEST BOWLERS:

Ravichandran Ashwin (IND) - 72 at 23.90

Rangana Herath (SL) - 57 at 18.92

Mitchell Starc (AUS) - 50 at 22.58

Stuart Broad (ENG) - 48 at 26.56

Kagiso Rabada (RSA) - 46 at 23.34

Yasir Shah (PAK) - 46 at 38.69

Ravindra Jadeja (IND) - 43 at 24.55

Josh Hazlewood (AUS) - 42 at 27.85

Neil Wagner (NZ) - 41 at 21.04

James Anderson (ENG) - 41 at 23.73

Chris Woakes (ENG) - 41 at 25.41

TOP FIVE ODI BATS

David Warner (AUS) - 1388 at 63.09

Steve Smith (AUS) - 1154 at 50.17

Quinton de Kock (RSA) - 857 at 57.13

George Bailey (AUS) - 808 at 36.72

Joe Root (ENG) - 796 at 61.23

TOP FIVE ODI BOWLERS

Adam Zampa (AUS) - 30 at 27.80

John Hastings (AUS) - 29 at 24.13

Adil Rashid (ENG) - 29 at 28.34

Imran Tahir (RSA) - 27 at 25.00

Trent Boult (NZ) - 27 at 25.70

TOP FIVE T20I BATS

Virat Kohli (IND) - 641 at 106.83

Mohammad Shahzad (AFG) - 520 at 37.14

Rohit Sharma (IND) - 497 at 29.23

Sabbir Rahmann (BAN) - 463 at 35.61

Glenn Maxwell (AUS) - 435 at 48.33

TOP FIVE T20I BOWLERS

Jasprit Bumrah (IND) - 28 at 18.82

Rahid Khan (AFG) - 23 at 16.13

Ravichandran Ashwin (IND) - 23 at 16.17

Al-Amin Hossain (BAN) - 22 at 15.18

Amjad Javed (UAE) - 22 at 15.50

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