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One of the oldest sports in the world, Cricket has come a long way from the barren grounds of London to the greenish pitches of South Africa and the noisy grounds of India. With the development of different and shorter formats of the game, the style of play and mindset of players has also seen a significant change over the years in the longest format as well. In recent times, the frequency of boundary-hitting has reached unprecedented levels. Let’s take a look at the 25 leading batsmen with the most sixes in Test Cricket history. 

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Cricketers with Most Sixes in Test Cricket History

BA Stokes (ENG) 2013-2023 92 166 7 5712 258 35.92 9709 58.83 12 28 14 685 109
BB McCullum (NZ) 2004-2016 101 176 9 6453 302 38.64 9989 64.60 12 31 14 776 107
AC Gilchrist (AUS) 1999-2008 96 137 20 5570 204* 47.60 6796 81.95 17 26 14 677 100
CH Gayle (WI) 2000-2014 103 182 11 7214 333 42.18 11970 60.26 15 37 15 1046 98
JH Kallis (ICC/SA) 1995-2013 166 280 40 13289 224 55.37 28903 45.97 45 58 16 1488 97
Virender Sehwag (ICC/IND) 2001-2013 104 180 6 8586 319 49.34 10441 82.23 23 32 16 1233 91
BC Lara (ICC/WI) 1990-2006 131 232 6 11953 400* 52.88 19753 60.51 34 48 17 1559 88
CL Cairns (NZ) 1989-2004 62 104 5 3320 158 33.53 5815 57.09 5 22 7 365 87
IVA Richards (WI) 1974-1991 121 182 12 8540 291 50.23 9613+ 69.77 24 45 10 952+ 84
TG Southee (NZ) 2008-2023 94 134 11 1976 77* 16.06 2376 83.16 6 17 197 83
A Flintoff (ENG/ICC) 1998-2009 79 130 9 3845 167 31.77 6197 62.04 5 26 17 513 82
ML Hayden (AUS) 1994-2009 103 184 14 8625 380 50.73 14349 60.10 30 29 14 1049 82
Misbah-ul-Haq (PAK) 2001-2017 75 132 20 5222 161* 46.62 11726 44.53 10 39 9 511 81
KP Pietersen (ENG) 2005-2014 104 181 8 8181 227 47.28 13255 61.72 23 35 10 985 81
AD Mathews (SL) 2009-2023 104 184 25 7218 200* 45.39 14920 48.37 15 38 5 739 80
MS Dhoni (IND) 2005-2014 90 144 16 4876 224 38.09 8249 59.11 6 33 10 544 78
RT Ponting (AUS) 1995-2012 168 287 29 13378 257 51.85 22782 58.72 41 62 17 1509 73
CH Lloyd (WI) 1966-1985 110 175 14 7515 242* 46.67 6942+ 56.68 19 39 4 712+ 70
Younis Khan (PAK) 2000-2017 118 213 19 10099 313 52.05 19375 52.12 34 33 19 1082 70
Rohit Sharma (IND) 2013-2023 49 83 9 3379 212 45.66 6040 55.94 9 14 4 361 69
Sachin Tendulkar (IND) 1989-2013 200 329 33 15921 248* 53.78 29437+ 54.04 51 68 14 2058+ 69
IT Botham (ENG) 1977-1992 102 161 6 5200 208 33.54 8565 60.71 14 22 14 621 67
CG Greenidge (WI) 1974-1991 108 185 16 7558 226 44.72 11932+ 49.49 19 34 11 872+ 67
DA Warner (AUS) 2011-2023 103 187 8 8158 335* 45.57 11484 71.03 25 34 12 962 64
AB de Villiers (SA) 2004-2018 114 191 18 8765 278* 50.66 16077 54.51 22 46 8 1024 64

Mathew Hayden

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Source: ESPN most sixes in the test

Mathew Hayden is a retired Australian cricketer who used to open the innings for the Aussies in their most dominant era in the world of cricket. The mighty left-hander was known for his skill to score quickly and smash all big boundaries all over the ground. In his 15-year-long test career, he scored a total of 8625 runs in the 103 innings that he batted for the Kangaroos.

In fact, Hayden holds the record of scoring a record 380 runs against Zimbabwe which remains the highest score by an Australian and the second-highest individual score ever. Standing 6ft 2in tall, the muscular leftie had no trouble in transforming and getting into the new and upcoming t-20 culture in the mid-2000s. Evidently, he stands 12th on this list with a total of 82 sixes in his 15-year test career. In the era of dominant fast bowling and bouncy pitches all over the world, the Australian great maintained a strike rate of 60.11 in the longest format of the game, even while opening for the better part of his career.


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Andrew Flintoff

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Andrew Flintoff was a right-handed English batsman who was better known for his fast bowling. His 226 wickets in 79 test matches speak for a fact. Apart from his big-time bowling performances and wicket-taking ability, the man has just about 3845 test runs to his name. Although his average was 31.78, Flintoff knew how to entertain the audience just the right way, irrespective of the color of the ball. Flintoff feared for his tail-end hitting adding that extra weight to English innings. In his 11-year-long career, he hit the red ball 82 times out of the boundary rope equalling Hayden’s record.

Tim Southee

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Timothy Grant Southee, born on 11th December 1988, is a prominent cricketer from New Zealand. He represents the New Zealand cricket team across all formats of the game, assuming the captaincy role in Test matches and serving as the vice-captain in T20Is. Southee excels as a right-arm fast-medium bowler and is known for his hard-hitting abilities as a lower-order batsman. Remarkably, he became the third New Zealand bowler to achieve the milestone of 300 Test wickets. Southee made his debut for the national team at the young age of 19 in February 2008, showcasing his prodigious talent. In 94 matches, Tim smashed a total of 83 sixes in Test Cricket.

Sir Viv Richards

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Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards was the definition of the word swag in the 70s and 80s. When the trend was to bat long by keeping the ball grounded, the man used to hit it way over the fielder’s head and out of the park. The epitome of aggression and power-hitting in that era of cricket. Sir Richards used to hit high sixes on bigger grounds with lower-quality bats.

One of the greatest batsmen of all time, Sir Richards was one of the pillars of Windies dominance in world cricket in the 70s. He averaged a 50.24 at an unbelievable strike rate of 86.07, scoring 8540 runs in 121 test matches. And not to forget the fact these extraordinary numbers are not from the era when fearless batting is a product of all the safety gear from top to bottom keeping the batsman’s body intact. To play a hook shot then was a partial gamble for life. In his 17-year-long test career, he hit a total of 84 sixes to rank 8th in this list.


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Chris Cairns

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The New Zealand cricketer is one of the greatest all-rounders and matchwinners of all-time. Although his career was cut short by frequent injuries, the cricketer made quite an impact on the game of cricket and the history of New Zealand. His greatest achievement would probably be the match-winning century against India in the Champions Trophy Finals (Knockout Trophy) in 2000, helping New Zealand claim their first and still the only ICC Trophy. Also, the right-hander was known for his power-hitting and long sixes. He has a total of 87 sixes to his name in the longest format of the game, putting him at number 8 on the list.

Brian Lara

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Arguably the greatest left-handed batsman ever, the West Indian goes down in the books as the only man in history to score a 400* in an international inning. Apart from his impeccable class and flamboyance while batting, the Windies legend is also known for his timely big shots that put fear in the bowler’s head. Amassing a giant 11953 runs in his 17-year test career at an average of 52.88 at a strike rate of 60.51. Not to forget his 34 centuries and 9 double-tons. He smashed 88 sixes to go along with all these to stand 7th on the list.


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Virender Sehwag

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Virender Sehwag is one of the most famous openers of the Indian Cricket team. With an excellent hand-eye coordination and bat swing, Sehwag made a career batting without moving his feet. His batting was based on the simple philosophy of watching the ball carefully and hitting it over the fielders.

Labelled as a white ball player due to his unorthodox technique and non-defensive mindset, Sehwag turned out to be a heck of a test opener. His 8586 runs at a strike rate of 82.23 in the era fierce fast bowling with the likes of Shoaib Akhtar, Brett Lee, Dale Steyn speaks for man’s ability and performance together. He remains the only Indian batsman with two triple centuries in the longest format of the game. Everything looked possible and balls used to come out of the middle of his bat. He could even score a triple century in a day of play in test cricket. In his 12-year test career, he hit the ball over the ropes 91 times to stand at number 6 on this list. 

Jacques Kallis

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Source: ESPN most sixes in test

Arguably the greatest all rounder of all-time, the South African great was a treat to watch both with the bat and the ball in his hands. He was indeed among the most consistent and complete players of cricket who literally could do everything in the game at the highest level. Not to mention his calm and class not only change with the format but also got enhanced with the kind of play required from him. He could open the innings with both bat and ball, and also bring the game home for the proteas time and again. In fact, he has 45 centuries in the longest format of the game. Kallis stands 5th on the list, hitting 97 sixes in his 18-year-long test career. 


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Chris Gayle

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Source: Twitter most sixes in test

Another West Indian great and left-hander who used hit the ball out of the park as if he born to do so. Well, evidently he did the same facing the very first ball of his Test career. The left-handed opener was indeed one of the best of all-times across the three formats. Standing a muscular 6ft 2in tall, Gayle was never much interested in running between the wicket for runs. He found it easier to swing the ball overhead of the fielders and collect boundaries. In his 14-year-long test career, Gayle has struck the ball over the ropes 98 times, putting him 3rd on the list.

Adam Gilchrist

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Source: Fox Sports most sixes in test

The other half of Australian opening duo who also kept the wicket for the Kangaroos for a long time. The skilful left-hander is known for his timely masterclass and jaw-dropping wicketkeeping. Gilly was one of the most critical parts of the dominant Aussie squad in the 2000s. Famously known for his class ball-striking ability in all the three formats of the game, Adam Gilchrist had a strike rate of 81.96 in the longest format of the game. It was one of the most enjoyable sights, seeing Gilly hit the red ball over the ropes with so much ease. In fact, he stands third in the list with 100 sixes.


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Brendon McCullum

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Source: Fox Sports most sixes in test

One of the greatest Kiwi skipper, opener, and arguably the fiercest hitter of all-time, Brendon McCullum, was on the go mode from the very first delivery. In fact, the right-hander would step out facing the very first ball of a test match, going for a six above a fielder placed in the deep. Although his batting style and mindset did not suit the longest format, he could manage a plethora of boundaries in his 101 test matches. Hitting 107 sixes in 176 innings for the Black Caps, Brendon McCullum currently stands 2nd on the list of most sixes in Test Cricket history.

Ben Stokes

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Benjamin Stokes, hailing from England, is an accomplished cricketer of international repute. He currently holds the captaincy of the England Test team and also contributes his skills to the England Twenty20 International (T20I) squad. When it comes to domestic cricket, Stokes proudly represents Durham and has made notable appearances in various Twenty20 leagues across the globe. In test cricket stokes has hit 109 sixes in 166 innings.


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FAQ

Who are the top six hitters in Test cricket?

The top six hitters in Test cricket include legendary players like Ben Stokes, Brendon McCullum, Adam Gilchrist, Chris Gayle, Jacques Kallis, and Virender Sehwag.

Who holds the record for the most sixes in Test cricket?

The record for the most sixes in Test cricket is held by Ben Stokes, who hit a staggering 109 sixes in his Test career.

What is the significance of six-hitting in Test cricket?

Test cricket has traditionally been characterized as a format in which batsmen prioritize constructing their innings patiently rather than attempting extravagant shots. Nonetheless, the capacity to hit sixes in Test cricket exemplifies the batsmen’s aggressive mindset and their exceptional power-hitting skills.

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Raghav Heda
Raghav Heda
Raghav is a sports enthusiast and a content writer at Kreedon. Being a former state-level cricketer and Captain of the Basketball team at IIT Patna, he understands the problems faced by a student-athlete in India. He is also a die-hard NBA fan and has been following the league and American Sports Media for long. Comparing the Indian sports economy to American Sports' was something that motivated him to work for the development of Indian Sports.

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