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The batting average is a statistic, used to measure a batsman’s performance in cricket. It is calculated by dividing the batsman’s total runs by the number of times they have been dismissed. The higher the batting average, the better the batsman is considered to be. The top 10 list is dominated by batsmen from Australia and England. This is because these two countries have had a long and rich history of Test cricket. They have also produced some of the greatest batsmen in the history of the game.

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It is worth noting that the top 10 list is constantly changing. As new batsmen come along and break records, the list will inevitably be updated. However, it is unlikely that anyone will ever come close to matching Sir Donald Bradman’s career batting average of 99.94.

Top 10 Highest Career Batting Averages in Test Cricket

PlayerSpanMatRunsHSAveBFSR10050
DG Bradman (AUS)1928-194852699633499.949800+58.602913
HC Brook (ENG)2022-202312118118662.15128791.7647
AC Voges (AUS)2015-2016201485269*61.87266755.6854
RG Pollock (SA)1963-197023225627460.971707+54.48711
GA Headley (WI)1930-1954222190270*60.83416+56.00105
H Sutcliffe (ENG)1924-193554455519460.736558+34.591623
E Paynter (ENG)1931-193920154024359.231288+45.8847
KF Barrington (ENG)1955-196882680625658.674957+42.422035
ED Weekes (WI)1948-195848445520758.611519
SPD Smith (AUS)2010-2023102932023958.611729253.893239

Highest Average in Test: Sir Donald Bradman (Australia): 99.94

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In Test matches, the highest career batting average is held by Sir Donald Bradman of Australia. Bradman’s career batting average of 99.94 is widely considered to be the greatest achievement in cricket history. He played 52 Test matches, scoring 6996 runs at an average of 99.94. He scored 29 centuries and 13 half-centuries, and his highest score was 334 not out.


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Highest Average in Test: Harry Brook (England): 62.15

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Harry Brook is an English cricketer who plays for Yorkshire and England. He is a right-handed batsman who is known for his aggressive batting style. Brook made his Test debut for England in September 2022. He is also a former English Under 19 Captain. With a best score of 186, Brook has 4 hundreds and 7 half centuries to his name in Test Cricket.

Highest Average in Test: Adam Voges (Australia): 61.87

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Coming in at third place is Adam Voges. An innately talented and assertive batsman, it appeared unlikely that he would receive an opportunity to play in Test matches. Fortunately, that scenario didn’t unfold. When he eventually received the opportunity to don the iconic Test cricket cap, he achieved the distinction of being the oldest individual ever to mark his debut with a century in the history of the format. With a personal best of 269*, he has 5 centuries to his name and 4 half centuries.


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Graeme Pollock (South Africa): 60.97

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Next up, we have the legendary Graeme Pollock. The South African southpaw was a force to be reckoned with. Pollock’s career spanned from the 1960s to the early 1970s, during which he showcased remarkable skills and left an indelible mark on the game. He carried South African cricket on his shoulders for a considerable amount of time. In 23 test matches, he amassed 2256 runs, with his personal best being 274.

George Headley (West Indies): 60.83

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In the fifth position, we have George Headley. Often dubbed as the black Bradman, he was one of the best batsmen to have ever emerged from the Caribbean. In 22 test matches, George Headley scored 2190 runs including 10 centuries. A run machine, Headley excelled in league cricket in England, showing his class and cementing his position as a stalwart of the game.


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Herbert Sutcliffe (England): 60.73

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Originating from England, this immensely successful batsman stands as another luminary in the realm of the sport. Sutcliffe was a right-handed batsman known for his solid and technically sound batting style. Sutcliffe made his Test debut for England against South Africa in 1924. In his test career, he scored 4555 runs from 54 matches, averaging 60.73. A technical master, his ingenuity proved why he has such stellar records.

Eddie Paynter (England): 59.23

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Coming in at the seventh position is yet another English batsman, Eddie Paynter. He was an English cricketer known for his impressive batting performances, particularly in Test cricket, during the 1930s and 1940s. In the 20 Test matches that he played for his country, Eddie scored 1540 runs, with a personal best of 243. Furthermore, he also scored 4 centuries and 7 half centuries during his stint.


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Ken Barrington (England): 58.67

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Next up, we have Ken Barrington. Widely regarded as one of the most gifted players ever, Ken was one of the earliest to have implemented the stone-waller approach in test match batting. His defensive play was widely acclaimed. In 82 matches, Ken scored 6806 runs at an average of 58.67. Moreover, he also has 20 centuries and 35 half centuries to his name.

Everton Weekes (West Indies): 58.61

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Everton Weekes was a legendary West Indian cricketer who left an indelible mark on the game during the mid-20th century. Weekes was one of the famous “Three Ws” of West Indian cricket, along with Frank Worrell and Clyde Walcott, and he is celebrated for his exceptional batting talent and contributions to the sport. In 48 Test matches, he scored 4455 runs with a best of 207. He averaged 58.61 and scored 15 centuries and 19 half-centuries. This stalwart hailing from the West Indies was a man of immense talent.

Steve Smith (Australia): 58.61

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And finally, we have one of the best batsmen of the modern era: Steve Smith. The former Australian captain came into the scene as a leg spinner but now has forever cemented his place as one of the greatest batsmen ever. In 102 Test matches, he has amassed 9320 runs at an average of 58.61. What’s more impressive is that he has to his name 32 centuries and 39 half centuries.


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FAQ

Who holds the record for the highest career batting average in Test matches?

Sir Donald Bradman of Australia holds the record for the highest career batting average in Test matches, which is a staggering 99.94.

What is batting average in cricket?

In cricket, the batting average pertains to the mean tally of runs a batsman accumulates per innings. This figure is determined by dividing the complete sum of runs amassed by the total count of instances when the batsman has been dismissed.

Can a player have different batting averages in different formats?

Yes, players often have different batting averages in different formats due to the varying demands of each format. Some players excel in one format more than others.

Who is better Smith or Kohli in Test?

Across a total of 102 matches, Steve Smith has accumulated 9320 runs, whereas Virat Kohli has amassed 8676 runs in a combined tally of 111 Test matches.

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