With the rising popularity of limited overs cricket all across the world, the traditional longer format of cricket is losing its following amongst the younger generation. A lot of fans consider Test cricket being lengthy and boring. But a lot of them have failed to understand its competitiveness and how exciting can it be. Test cricket was called so because its a ‘Test’ of one’s physical and mental endurance. Even today if you personally talk to a professional cricketer, the only dream he would have would be to represent his nation in Test cricket. Nonetheless, Test cricket has seen one of the most brilliant matches with one of the finest knocks ever played by batsman all across the world. Here is a list of the Top 10 highest score in Test cricket.
However, Test cricket has seen one of the most brilliant matches with one of the finest knocks ever played by batsmen all across the world. Here is a list of the Top 10 Highest individual score in Test cricket.
10334* (564), MARK TAYLOR, Australia vs Pakistan, Peshawar (1998)
Number 10 on the list is Mark Taylor’s brilliant unbeaten knock of 334 in the 2nd Test match of Australia’s tour of Pakistan 1998. Taylor faced 564 balls and batted throughout the first 2 days of the match for 720 minutes (12 hours). With this innings, Taylor equalled Don Bradman’s record of the highest individual test score in test cricket, made way back in 1930. The left-handed opening batsman was the captain of the then Australian squad.
At the end of the second day’s play, Taylor was encouraged by the media to attempt to break Brian Lara’s world record score of 375. However, the skipper declared the innings closed to in order to increase the chances of winning the match. Although, the match ended in a draw, he was praised a lot for this self-less decision.
9336*, WALLY HAMMOND, England vs New Zealand, Auckland (1933)
Number 9 on the list is former England test captain, Wally Hammond’s unbeaten knock of 336. This knock came in the 2nd Test of England’s tour of New Zealand in 1933. Hammond smashed 10 sixes throughout this innings. On 334, Hammond shouted “Yes!”, as he surpassed Sir Don Bradman’s record highest individual score of 334 with this knock.
However, cricket pundits have not considered it to be the greatest of knocks because it came against a weak bowling line-up of New Zealand. Whereas, Bradman’s 334 was scored in an Ashes match, which came at a very crucial stage. The match however ended in a draw.
8337, HANIF MOHAMMAD, Pakistan vs West Indies, Bridgetown (1958)
Next is former Pakistani batsman, Hanif Mohammad’s unbelievable knock of 337 against an extremely strong West Indian bowling line-up. Pakistan were all out for 106 in the 1st innings, 473 runs deficit of West Indies’ 579. The Windies enforced follow on and were about to win the 1st test of the tour. This is when the Pakistani opener played one of the finest innings in test cricket and became the 1st Asian batsman to score a triple hundred in tests.
Hanif’s heroic knock helped the result going in Pakistan’s favour, in the form of a draw. Hanif registered a record for playing the longest innings (in terms of minutes) as he batted for 940 minutes (more than 16 hours)!
7340 (578), SANATH JAYASURIYA, Sri Lanka vs India, Colombo (1997)
On number 7 is Sanath Jayasuriya’s amazing knock of 340 in the historic test match against India in 1997. India had declared the 1st innings at 537/8. This is when the Sri Lankan batting came and took full advantage of the batting friendly wicket of Colombo and went to score a mammoth total of 952/6! This is still the highest ever team total in test cricket.
The attacking Sri Lankan opener created a nightmare for Indian bowlers as he along with Roshan Mahanama added 576 runs. This was then the biggest partnership in Test history. They batted for whole 2 days for 576 minutes. Jayasuriya smashed 36 fours and 2 sixes in this knock as the match ended in a draw.
6364 (847), LEN HUTTON, England vs Australia, The Oval London (1938)
Next is former England opener, Len Hutton’s knock of 364 in Ashes 1938/39, against a powerful Australian bowling line-up. With this knock, Hutton scored the then highest individual score in test cricket, surpassing Wally Hammond’s 336 in 1933. He batted for 797 minutes (13 hours) and faced 847 balls, which till date is the longest innings ever played in test cricket (in terms of balls faced).
England scored a humongous total of 903/7d which was then the highest team total in test cricket. The former England captain smashed 35 fours as England won the game by an innings and 579 runs, which is till date the biggest win in a test match. However, Australia retained the Ashes as the 5-match series ended 1-1.
5365*, SIR GARFIELD SOBERS, West Indies vs Pakistan, Kingston (1958)
On number 5 is Sir Gary Sobers’ magnificent unbeaten knock of 365 in the 3rd test of Pakistan’s tour of West Indies in 1958. Gary Sobers made his debut in 1954. Since then, he hadn’t scored a single century in tests. But in this innings, Sobers scored his maiden test century which went on to become a triple hundred.
The West Indian legend registered the then highest individual score in tests and also became the youngest batsman to score a triple hundred (at 21 years). His 365* is also the highest number of runs scored by a batsman on his maiden century. Gary batted for 610 minutes (12 hours 10 min) and helped West Indies in registering a huge total of 790 for the loss of only 3 wickets. Pakistan lost the match quite convincingly by an innings and 174 runs.
4374 (572), MAHELA JAYAWARDENE, Sri Lanka vs South Africa, Colombo (2006)
Jayawardene batted for 752 minutes (12 and a half hours) and scored the highest individual score by an Asian batsman. He smashed 43 fours and a single 6 as Sri Lanka won the match quite comfortably by an innings and 153 runs
3375 (538), BRIAN LARA, West Indies vs England, St John’s (1994)
On number 3 is former West Indian captain, Brian Lara’s huge knock of 375 in the 5th Test of England’s tour of West Indies in 1994. Lara smashed a total of 45 fours and not a single six in this innings. With this innings, he registered the record for the highest individual score in test cricket by a West Indian batsman.
The 2nd highest individual score in this innings was 75(S. Chanderpaul), 300 less than that of Lara. The Caribbean legend helped his team register a total of 593/5d as the match resulted in a draw.
2380 (437), MATTHEW HAYDEN, Australia vs Zimbabwe, Perth (2003)
On number 2 is the explosive left handed Australian opener Matthew Hayden for his innings of 380 against Zimbabwe at Perth. Matthew Hayden went onto register a record for the highest score in tests by an Australian batsman. He surpassed Mark Taylor and Sir Don Bradman’s record of 334. He also registered the highest individual score by an opening batsman in tests.
Hayden batted for 622 minutes and smashed 38 fours and 11 huge sixes. He scored at an amazing strike rate of 87 as this knock holds the record for being the 2nd fastest triple hundred in test cricket (in 362 balls). Australia declared at 735/6 in the first innings as Zimbabwe lost the match by an innings and 175 runs.
1400* (582), BRIAN LARA, West Indies vs England, St John’s (2004)
The batsman with the highest individual in the history of test cricket is the West Indian legend himself, Brian Lara, for his unimaginable innings of England in 2004. No English bowler was able to pick Lara’s wicket as he played for a marathon 776 minutes. The legendary batsman went on to become the only batsman to hit a quadruple century (400) in Tests. He also became the only batsman to hit to 350+ scores in Test cricket twice.
Lara’s innings involved 43 fours and 4 sixes. Lara received international appreciation for his amazing innings against a reasonably strong English bowling line up with bowlers like Matthew Hoggard and Andrew Flintoff. Lara’s 400* guided West Indies in reaching a mammoth total of 751/5d although the match ended in a draw.