What are the top 5 highest test scores by batsmen?
Test match cricket has always been a simple game. Outscore the opposition and bowl them out twice within 5 days. As a result runs on the board are vital and the highest test scores in the history of the game have mostly resulted in wins.
It takes great concentration and skill to bat big and compile a massive innings in a test match. Only the best batsmen have the ability to do so.
There has been a number of scores that can be termed as “colossal.”
But, what are they and who scored them?
Brian Lara – 400
Brian Lara scored a fabulous 400 against England at St Johns, Antigua in 2004. England were dominating the test series but Lara still came up trumps in the game.
He had been coming off poor form, for a batsman of his standards. Lara had only scored a 100 runs in the three preceding test matches.
Matthew Hayden had taken his world record of 375 the previous year and it was clear that Lara wanted it back. On a flat track, he showed his powers of concentration and ability to score big.
Matthew Hayden – 380
Matthew Hayden had a field day out against test minnows Zimbabwe in 2003, scoring 380 at Perth. The pitch was quick and bouncy and so runs could be easily had, as long as you were a good player of short-bowling.
He smashed 11 sixes in his innings, which allowed him to score at just over a run a ball.
Hayden was both mentally strong and powerfully built. This meant that he had the ability to pummel bowling attacks, should they show any degree of vulnerability or miss their margin of error.
Brian Lara – 375
There is no surprise to see Brian Lara on this list again. He broke a long-standing record held by Gary Sobers in 1994. He is a master in terms of appearing on the list of the highest test scores.
Again against England, Lara played beautifully with strokes all-around the wicket. The England bowling attack had no idea how to bowl to him. His 375 made him an overnight sensation.
Mahela Jayawardene – 374
Mahela Jayawardene put on a record stand in test match cricket against South Africa in 2006. Along with Kumar Sangakkara, the pair put on 624 – a record which still stands as the highest test partnership by any pair in the history of cricket.
Jayawardene loves batting in Sri Lanka and he cashed in to score a massive 374 against South Africa. Overall, in Sri Lankan conditions, Jayawardene has scored 7167 test runs at a batting average of 60. This includes 23 test centuries. He is best known as a touch player, with silky hands.
Sir Gary Sobers – 365
Widely recognised as one of the best cricketers of all-time, Sir Garfield Sobers scored a world record 365 against Pakistan in 1957/58.
This record stood for nearly 30 years. Sobers was an elegant left-handed batsman who had a full array of shorts all-round the wicket. At the time, Sir Garfield Sobers was just 21 years old. The Pakistani attack had a couple of key bowlers injured, which affected their potency.
He was excellent at driving, cutting and pulling the ball and put on a fantastic partnership with Conrad Hunte. Once he reached his century, he cut loose to demonstrate attacking batting of the highest quality.
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