List of Test cricket records

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Donald Bradman, holder of several Test batting records including highest batting average
Sachin Tendulkar is the leading run-scorer and century maker in Test cricket
Muttiah Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralitharan is the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket

Test cricket is played between international cricket teams who are Full Members of the International Cricket Council (ICC).[1] Unlike One Day Internationals, Test matches consist of two innings per team, having no limit in their number of overs.[2] Test cricket is first-class cricket, so statistics and records set in Test matches are also counted toward first-class records. The duration of Tests, currently limited to five days, has varied through Test history, ranging from three days to timeless matches.[3][4] The earliest match now recognised as a Test was played between England and Australia in March 1877;[5] since then there have been over 2,000 Tests played by 11 teams. The frequency of Tests has steadily increased partly because of the increase in the number of Test-playing countries, and partly as cricket boards seek to maximise their revenue.[6]

Cricket is, by its nature, capable of generating large numbers of records and statistics.[7] This list details the most significant team and individual records in Test cricket.

The most successful team in Test cricket, in terms of both wins and win percentage, is Australia, having won 340 of their 723 Tests (47.03%). Barring the ICC World XI, a rest of world team which played a single Test against Australia in 2005, the least successful team are Bangladesh who have struggled since their introduction to Test cricket in 2000, leading to questioning of their Test status.[8][9][10]

Australian Donald Bradman, widely considered the greatest batsman of all time,[11][12] holds several personal and partnership records. He scored the most runs in a series, has the most double centuries and was a part of the record fifth and sixth wicket partnerships. His most significant record is his batting average of 99.94. One of cricket's most famous statistics,[13][14] it stands almost 40 runs higher than any other batsman's average. Don Bradman is the only player in the world to have scored 5000 runs against a single opposition. He has scored 5028 runs against England.[15]

In the Manchester Test of 1956, England spin bowler Jim Laker took 19 wickets for 90 runs (19–90) which set not only the Test record for best match figures but also the first-class one.[16] In taking 10–53 in the second innings he became the first bowler to capture all ten wickets in a Test match innings, and his analysis remains the best innings figures. Indian Leg-spinner Anil Kumble is the only other bowler to have taken 10 wickets in an innings, claiming 10–74 against Pakistan in 1999.[17] West Indies batsman Brian Lara has the highest individual score in Test cricket: he scored 400 not out against England in 2004 to surpass the innings of 380 by Matthew Hayden six months earlier. Lara had held the record before Hayden, with a score of 375 against England 10 years earlier.[18]

The trend of countries to increase the number of Test matches they play means that the aggregate lists are dominated by modern players. Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan became the highest Test wicket-taker in December 2007, when he passed Shane Warne's total of 708 wickets.[19] Within a year, the equivalent batting record of highest run-scorer had also changed hands: Sachin Tendulkar surpassed the tally of 11,953 runs by Brian Lara.[20] The record for most dismissals by a wicket-keeper is held by Mark Boucher of South Africa[21] while the record for most catches by a fielder is held by Rahul Dravid.[22]

Listing criteria

In general the top five are listed in each category (except when there is a tie for the last place among the five, when all the tied record holders are noted).

Listing notation

Team notation
  • (300–3) indicates that a team scored 300 runs for three wickets and the innings was closed, either due to a successful run chase or if no playing time remained
  • (300–3 d) indicates that a team scored 300 runs for three wickets, and declared its innings closed
  • (300) indicates that a team scored 300 runs and was all out
Batting notation
  • (100) indicates that a batsman scored 100 runs and was out
  • (100*) indicates that a batsman scored 100 runs and was not out
Bowling notation
  • (5–100) indicates that a bowler has captured 5 wickets while conceding 100 runs
Currently playing
  • † indicates a current Test cricketer
Seasons
  • Cricket is played during the summer months in most countries. Domestic cricket seasons in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and the West Indies may therefore span two calendar years, and are by convention said to be played in (e.g.) "2008–09". A cricket season in England is described as a single year. e.g. "2009". An international Test series may be for a much shorter duration, and Cricinfo treats this issue by stating "any series or matches which began between May and September of any given year will appear in the relevant single year season and any that began between October and April will appear in the relevant cross-year season".[23] In the record tables, a two-year span generally indicates that the record was set within a domestic season in one of the above named countries.

Team records

Team wins, losses and draws

Team First Test match Matches Won Lost Tied Drawn  % Won
 England 15 March 1877 945 336 273 0 336 35.56
 Australia 15 March 1877 767 360 203 2 202 47.07
 West Indies 23 June 1928 495 160 166 1 168 32.32
 India 25 June 1932 478 121 151 1 205 25.42
 New Zealand 10 January 1930 391 75 158 0 158 19.18
 South Africa 12 March 1889 384 140 129 0 115 36.46
 Pakistan 16 October 1952 380 118 107 0 155 31.05
 Sri Lanka 17 February 1982 227 68 81 0 78 29.96
 Zimbabwe 18 October 1992 93 11 56 0 26 11.82
 Bangladesh 10 November 2000 83 4 68 0 11 4.82
ICC World XI 14 October 2005 1 0 1 0 0 0.00

Last updated: 5th March 2014[24]

Result records

Greatest win margins (by innings)

Margin Teams Venue Season
Innings and 579 runs  England (903-7 d) beat Australia (201 & 123) The Oval, London 1938
Innings and 360 runs  Australia (652–7 d) beat South Africa (159 & 133) New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 2001–02
Innings and 336 runs  West Indies (614–5 d) beat India (124 & 154) Eden Gardens, Kolkata 1958–59
Innings and 332 runs  Australia (645) beat England (141 & 172) Brisbane Cricket Ground 1946–47
Innings and 324 runs  Pakistan (643) beat New Zealand (73 & 246) Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore 2002

Last updated: 9 August 2009[25]

Greatest win margin (by runs)

Margin Teams Venue Season
675 runs  England (521 & 342–8 d) beat Australia (122 & 66) Brisbane Exhibition Ground 1928–29
562 runs  Australia (701 & 327) beat England (321 & 145) The Oval, London 1934
530 runs  Australia (328 & 578) beat South Africa (205 & 171) Melbourne Cricket Ground 1910–11
491 runs  Australia (381 & 361–5 d) beat Pakistan (179 & 72) WACA Ground, Perth 2004–05
465 runs  Sri Lanka (384 & 447–6 d) beat Bangladesh (208 & 158) Chittagong Divisional Stadium 2008–09

Last updated: 9 August 2009[26]

Matches that finished with scores level

See also: Tied Test
Result Teams Venue Season
Tie  Australia (505 & 232) vs  West Indies (453 & 284) Brisbane Cricket Ground 1960–61
Tie  India (397 & 347) vs  Australia (574–7 d & 170–5 d) MA Chidambaram Stadium, Madras 1986–87
Draw  Zimbabwe (376 & 234) vs  England (406 & 204–5) Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo 1996–97
Draw  India (482 & 242–9) vs  West Indies (590 & 134) Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 2011–12

Last updated: 7 January 2012[27][28][29]

Narrowest win margin (by wickets)

Margin Teams Venue Season
1 wicket  England (183 & 263–9) beat Australia (324 & 121) The Oval, London 1902
1 wicket  South Africa (91 & 287–9) beat England (184 & 190) Old Wanderers, Johannesburg 1905–06
1 wicket  England (382 & 282–9) beat Australia (266 & 397) Melbourne Cricket Ground 1907–08
1 wicket  England (183 & 173–9) beat South Africa (113 & 242) Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town 1922–23
1 wicket  Australia (216 & 260–9) beat West Indies (272 & 203) Melbourne Cricket Ground 1951–52
1 wicket  New Zealand (249 & 104–9) beat West Indies (140 & 212) Carisbrook, Dunedin 1979–80
1 wicket  Pakistan (256 & 315–9) beat Australia (337 & 232) National Stadium, Karachi 1994–95
1 wicket  West Indies (329 & 311–9) beat Australia (490 & 146) Kensington Oval, Bridgetown 1998–99
1 wicket  West Indies (273 & 216–9) beat Pakistan (269 & 219) Antigua Recreation Ground, St. John's 1999–00
1 wicket  Pakistan (175 & 262–9) beat Bangladesh (281 & 154) Ibn-e-Qasim Bagh Stadium, Multan 2003
1 wicket  Sri Lanka (321 & 352–9) beat South Africa (361 & 311) Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo 2006
1 wicket  India (405 & 216–9) beat Australia (428 & 192) Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali 2010–11

Last updated: 5 October 2010[30]

Narrowest win margin (by runs)

Margin Teams Venue Season
1 run  West Indies (252 & 146) beat Australia (213 & 184) Adelaide Oval 1992–93
2 runs  England (407 & 182) beat Australia (308 & 279) Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham 2005
3 runs  Australia (299 & 86) beat England (262 & 120) Old Trafford, Manchester 1902
 England (284 & 294) beat Australia (287 & 288) Melbourne Cricket Ground 1982–83
5 runs  South Africa (169 & 239) beat Australia (292 & 111) Sydney Cricket Ground 1993–94

Last updated: 9 August 2009[31]

Victory after following-on

See also: Follow-on
Margin Teams Venue Season
10 runs  England (325 & 437) beat  Australia (586 & 166) Sydney Cricket Ground 1894–95
18 runs  England (174 & 356) beat  Australia (401–9 d & 111) Headingley, Leeds 1981
171 runs  India (171 & 657–7 d) beat  Australia (445 & 212) Eden Gardens, Kolkata 2000–01

Last updated: 9 August 2009[32]

Most consecutive wins

Wins Team First win Last win
16  Australia  Zimbabwe at Harare, 14 October 1999  India at Mumbai, 27 February 2001
16  Australia  South Africa at Melbourne, 26 December 2005  India at Sydney, 2 January 2008
11  West Indies  Australia at Bridgetown, 30 March 1984  Australia at Adelaide, 7 December 1984
9  Sri Lanka  India at Colombo, 29 August 2001  Pakistan at Lahore, 6 March 2002
9  South Africa  Australia at Durban, 15 March 2002  Bangladesh at Dhaka, 1 May 2003

Last updated: 28 January 2011[33]

Team scoring records

Most runs in an innings
Runs Teams Venue Season
952-6 d  Sri Lanka (v India) Ranasinghe Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 1997
903-7 d  England (v Australia) The Oval, London 1938
849  England (v West Indies) Sabina Park, Kingston 1929–30
790–3 d  West Indies (v Pakistan) Sabina Park, Kingston 1957–58
765–6 d  Pakistan (v Sri Lanka) National Stadium, Karachi 2008–09

Last updated: 9 August 2009[34]

Fewest runs in a completed innings
Runs Teams Venue Date
26  New Zealand (v England) Eden Park, Auckland 25 March 1955
30  South Africa (v England) St. George's Park, Port Elizabeth 13 February 1896
 South Africa (v England) Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham 14 June 1924
35  South Africa (v England) Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town 1 April 1899
36  Australia (v England) Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham 29 May 1902
 South Africa (v Australia) Melbourne Cricket Ground 12 February 1932

Last updated: 9 August 2009[35]

Highest Runs (4th Innings) in Successful Chasing
Runs Teams Venue Season
418–7  West Indies (v Australia) Antigua Recreation Ground, St. John's 2002–03
414–4  South Africa (v Australia) WACA Ground, Perth 2008–09
406–4  India (v West Indies) Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain 1975–76
404–3  Australia (v England) Headingley Stadium, Leeds 1948
387–4  India (v England) M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai 2008–09

Last updated: 9 August 2009[36]

Individual records

Individual records (batting)

Career runs and career average

Most career runs
Runs Player Period
15,921 (329 innings) India Sachin Tendulkar 1989–2013
13,378 (287 innings) Australia Ricky Ponting 1995–2012
13,289 (280 innings) South Africa Jacques Kallis 1995–2013
13,288 (286 innings) India Rahul Dravid 1996–2012
11,953 (232 innings) West Indies Cricket Board Brian Lara 1990–2006

Last updated: 16 November 2013[37]

Most career runs – progression of record
Runs Player Record held until Duration of record
239 Australia Charles Bannerman 4 January 1882 4 years, 295 days
676 England George Ulyett[a] 13 August 1884 2 years, 222 days
860 Australia Billy Murdoch[b] 14 August 1886 2 years, 1 day
1,277 England Arthur Shrewsbury 23 January 1902 15 years, 162 days
1,293 Australia Joe Darling[c] 18 February 1902 26 days
1,366 Australia Syd Gregory[d] 14 June 1902 116 days
1,531 England Archie MacLaren[e] 13 August 1902 60 days
3,412 Australia Clem Hill 27 December 1924 22 years, 136 days
5,410 England Jack Hobbs 29 June 1937 12 years, 184 days
7,249 England Wally Hammond 27 November 1970 33 years, 151 days
7,459 England Colin Cowdrey[f] 23 March 1972 1 year, 117 days
8,032 West Indies Cricket Board Garfield Sobers 23 December 1981 9 years, 275 days
8,114 England Geoff Boycott 12 November 1983 1 year, 324 days
10,122 India Sunil Gavaskar 25 February 1993 9 years, 105 days
11,174 Australia Allan Border 25 November 2005 12 years, 273 days
11,953 West Indies Cricket Board Brian Lara 17 October 2008 2 years, 327 days
15,921 India Sachin Tendulkar current 5 years, 265 days

Last updated: 18 November 2013[38]


Notes:

  • ^[a] Ulyett finished his career with 949 runs
  • ^[b] Murdoch finished his career with 908 runs
  • ^[c] Darling finished his career with 1,657 runs
  • ^[d] Gregory finished his career with 2,282 runs
  • ^[e] MacLaren finished his career with 1,931 runs
  • ^[f] Cowdrey finished his career with 7,624 runs
Highest career average
Average Player Period
99.94 (80 innings) Australia Donald Bradman 1928–1948
62.07 (30 innings) India Cheteshwar Pujara 2010–
60.97 (41 innings) South Africa Graeme Pollock 1963–1970
60.83 (40 innings) West Indies Cricket Board George Headley 1930–1954
60.73 (84 innings) England Herbert Sutcliffe 1924–1935

Qualification: 20 innings.
Last updated: 10 February 2014[39]

Notes:
  • If the qualification is removed, the highest career batting average list is topped by Andy Ganteaume, who scored 112 in his only Test innings[40]

Innings or series

Highest individual score (see also List of Test cricket triple centuries)
Runs Player Opponent Venue Season
400* West Indies Cricket Board Brian Lara v England Antigua Recreation Ground, St. John's 2003–04
380 Australia Matthew Hayden v Zimbabwe WACA Ground, Perth 2003–04
375 West Indies Cricket Board Brian Lara v England Antigua Recreation Ground, St. John's 1993–94
374 Sri Lanka Mahela Jayawardene v South Africa Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo 2006
365* West Indies Cricket Board Garfield Sobers v Pakistan Sabina Park, Kingston 1957–58

Last updated: 9 August 2009[41]

Highest individual score – progression of record
Runs Player Opponent Venue Season
165* Australia Charles Bannerman v England Melbourne Cricket Ground 1876–77
211 Australia Billy Murdoch v England The Oval, London 1884
287 England Tip Foster v Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 1903–04
325 England Andy Sandham v West Indies Sabina Park, Kingston 1929–30
334 Australia Donald Bradman v England Headingley Stadium, Leeds 1930
336* England Wally Hammond v New Zealand Eden Park, Auckland 1932–33
364 England Len Hutton v Australia The Oval, London 1938
365* West Indies Cricket Board Garfield Sobers v Pakistan Sabina Park, Kingston 1957–58
375 West Indies Cricket Board Brian Lara v England Antigua Recreation Ground, St. John's 1993–94
380 Australia Matthew Hayden v Zimbabwe WACA Ground, Perth 2003–04
400* West Indies Cricket Board Brian Lara v England Antigua Recreation Ground, St. John's 2003–04

Last updated: 9 August 2009[42]

Most runs in a match
Runs Scores Player Match
456 333 and 123 England Graham Gooch v India at Lord's, 1990
426 334* and 92 Australia Mark Taylor v Pakistan at Peshawar, 1998-99
424 319 and 105 Sri Lanka Kumar Sangakkara v Bangladesh at Chittagong, 2013-14
400 400* West Indies Cricket Board Brian Lara v England at St John's, Antigua, 2003-04
380 247* and 133 Australia Greg Chappell v New Zealand at Wellington, 1973-74
380 Australia Matthew Hayden v Zimbabwe at Perth, 2003-04

Last updated: 7 February 2014[43]

Most runs in a series
Runs Player Series
974 (7 innings) Australia Donald Bradman v England, 1930
905 (9 innings) England Wally Hammond v Australia, 1928–29
839 (11 innings) Australia Mark Taylor v England, 1989
834 (9 innings) Australia Neil Harvey v South Africa, 1952–53
829 (7 innings) West Indies Cricket Board Viv Richards v England, 1976
827 (10 innings) West Indies Cricket Board Clyde Walcott v Australia, 1955
824 (8 innings) West Indies Cricket Board Gary Sobers v Pakistan, 1957–58
810 (9 innings) Australia Donald Bradman v England, 1936–37
806 (5 innings) Australia Donald Bradman v South Africa, 1931–32

Last updated: 9 January 2012[44]

Most runs in an over

Runs Sequence Batsman Bowler Venue Season
28 4–6–6–4–4–4 West Indies Cricket Board Brian Lara South Africa Robin Peterson Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 2003–04
4–6–2–4–6–6 Australia George Bailey England James Anderson WACA, Perth 2013–14
27 6–6–6–6–2–1 Pakistan Shahid Afridi India Harbhajan Singh Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore 2005–06
26 4–4–6–0–6–6 Australia Mitchell Johnson South Africa Paul Harris Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 2008–09
4–0–6–6–6–4 West Indies Cricket Board Brian Lara Pakistan Danish Kaneria Multan Cricket Stadium 2006–07
4–4–4–4–6–4 New Zealand Craig McMillan Pakistan Younis Khan Seddon Park, Hamilton 2000–01

Last updated: 16 December 2013[45]

Centuries

Most Test centuries

Centuries Player Matches Innings Inns/Century
51 India Sachin Tendulkar 200 329 6.4
45 South Africa Jacques Kallis 166 280 6.2
41 Australia Ricky Ponting 168 287 7.0
36 Sri Lanka Kumar Sangakkara 123 211 5.9
36 India Rahul Dravid 164 286 7.9
34 India Sunil Gavaskar 125 214 6.3
34 West Indies Cricket Board Brian Lara 131 232 6.8
33 Sri Lanka Mahela Jayawardene 143 240 7.2
32 Australia Steve Waugh 168 260 8.1
30 Australia Matthew Hayden 103 184 6.1
29 Australia Don Bradman 52 80 2.8
29 West Indies Cricket Board Shivnarine Chanderpaul 153 261 9.0

Last updated: 7 February 2014[46]

Fastest Test centuries
No. of balls Player Opponent Venue Season
56 West Indies Cricket Board Viv Richards v England Antigua Recreation Ground, St. John's 1985–86
57 Australia Adam Gilchrist v England WACA Ground, Perth 2006–07
67 Australia Jack Gregory v South Africa Old Wanderers, Johannesburg 1921–22
69 West Indies Cricket Board Shivnarine Chanderpaul v Australia Bourda, Georgetown, Guyana 2002–03
69 Australia David Warner v India WACA Ground, Perth 2011–12

Last updated: 24 January 2012[47]

Most Test double centuries
Double centuries Player Matches
12 Australia Donald Bradman 52
9 West Indies Cricket Board Brian Lara 131
Sri Lanka Kumar Sangakkara 121
7 England Wally Hammond 85
Sri Lanka Mahela Jayawardene 143

Last updated: 7 February 2014[48]

Most Test triple centuries
Triple centuries Player Matches
2 Australia Donald Bradman 52
India Virender Sehwag 102
West Indies Cricket Board Chris Gayle 95
West Indies Cricket Board Brian Lara 131

Last updated: 6 February 2013[49]

Note:

17 other players have scored a triple century in a Test: see List of Test cricket triple centuries for more details
Bradman also has the record for most scores of 250+ at five, Sehwag has four[50]

Most Test quadruple centuries
Quadruple centuries Player Matches
1 West Indies Cricket Board Brian Lara 131

Last updated: 9 May 2013[51]

Individual records (bowling)

Career

Most wickets in a career
Wickets Player Matches Average
800 Sri Lanka Muttiah Muralitharan 133 22.72
708 Australia Shane Warne 145 25.41
619 India Anil Kumble 132 29.65
563 Australia Glenn McGrath 124 21.64
519 West Indies Cricket Board Courtney Walsh 132 24.44

Last updated: 22 July 2010[52]

Most wickets in a career – Progression of record
Wickets Player Matches Average Record held until Duration of record
8[a] England Alfred Shaw 1 10.75 31 March 1877 16 days
14 Australia Tom Kendall 2 15.35 4 January 1879 1 year, 279 days
94[b] Australia Fred Spofforth 18 18.41 12 January 1895 16 years, 8 days
118 England Johnny Briggs 33 17.75 2 January 1904 8 years, 355 days
141 Australia Hugh Trumble 32 21.78 13 December 1913 9 years, 345 days
189 England Sydney Barnes 27 16.43 4 January 1936 22 years, 22 days
216 Australia Clarrie Grimmett 37 24.21 24 July 1953 17 years, 201 days
236 England Alec Bedser 51 24.89 26 January 1963 9 years, 186 days
242[c] England Brian Statham 67 24.27 15 March 1963 48 days
307 England Fred Trueman 67 21.57 1 February 1976 12 years, 323 days
309 West Indies Cricket Board Lance Gibbs 79 29.09 27 December 1981 5 years, 329 days
355 Australia Dennis Lillee 70 23.92 21 August 1986 4 years, 237 days
373[d] England Ian Botham 94 27.86 12 November 1988 2 years, 83 days
431 New Zealand Richard Hadlee 86 22.29 8 February 1994 5 years, 88 days
434 India Kapil Dev 131 29.64 27 March 2000 6 years, 48 days
519 West Indies Cricket Board Courtney Walsh 132 24.44 8 May 2004 4 years, 42 days
532[e] Sri Lanka Muttiah Muralitharan 91 22.87 15 October 2004 160 days
708 Australia Shane Warne 145 25.41 3 December 2007 3 years, 49 days
800 Sri Lanka Muttiah Muralitharan 133 22.72 Current 6 years, 218 days

Notes
^[a] Allen Hill took the first Test wicket, but only two in the First Test match. Alfred Shaw (3/51 & 5/35) and Tom Kendall (1/54 & 7/55) both took eight wickets, but as Australia batted first Shaw was the first to take five wickets in an innings and the first to take eight Test wickets. Kendal overook him in the Second Test and Shaw subsequently increased his total to 12 wickets (15.35) in seven Tests[53]
^[b] Johnny Briggs equalled Fred Spofforth's record of 94 Test wickets on 29 December 1894 in the Second Test at Melbourne, as did Charles Turner two days later. Briggs overook Turner and Spofforth in the Third Test at Adelaide, which Turner missed, and became the first man to claim 100 Test wickets on 1 February 1895 in the Fourth Test at Sydney. Turner became the second three days later and ended with a total of 101 wickets (16.53) in 17 Tests[54]
^[c] Fred Trueman overtook Brian Statham's then record of 242 Test wickets and Statham subsequently increased his total to 252 wickets (24.84) in 70 Tests
^[d] Richard Hadlee overtook Ian Botham's then record of 373 Test wickets and Botham subsequently increased his total to 383 wickets (28.40) in 102 Tests
^[e] Shane Warne overtook Muttiah Muralitharan's then record of 532 Test wickets and Muralitharan subsequently increased his total to 800 wickets (22.72) in 133 Tests[55]

Best career average
Average Player Balls Wickets
10.75 England George Lohmann 3,830 112
12.70 England/Australia John Ferris[a] 2,302 61
15.54 England Billy Barnes 2,289 51
16.42 England Billy Bates 2,364 50
16.43 England Sydney Barnes 7,873 189

Qualification: 2000 balls bowled
Last updated: 9 August 2009[56]


Note: If the qualification is removed, the best career average record is at 0.00 runs per wicket (i.e. no runs were conceded). This record is shared by Englishmen A N Hornby, Wilf Barber and New Zealander, Bruce Murray who took one wicket without conceding a run[57]


  • ^[a] John Ferris was one of a few cricketers to play Test cricket for more than one country. He played in eight Tests for Australia from 1886–87 and a single Test for England in South Africa in 1891–92.[58]
Most 5 wickets in an innings
5 wickets in an innings Player Matches
67 Sri Lanka Muttiah Muralitharan 133
37 Australia Shane Warne 145
36 New Zealand Richard Hadlee 86
35 India Anil Kumble 132
29 Australia Glenn McGrath 124

Last updated: 23 July 2010[59]

Most 10 wickets in a match
10 wickets in a match Player Matches
22 Sri Lanka Muttiah Muralitharan 133
10 Australia Shane Warne 145
9 New Zealand Richard Hadlee 86
8 India Anil Kumble 132
7 England Sydney Barnes 27
Australia Clarrie Grimmett 37
Australia Dennis Lillee 70

Last updated: 30 April 2013[60]

Series

Most wickets in a series
Wickets Player Series
49 (4 Tests) England Sydney Barnes v South Africa, 1913–14
46 (5 Tests) England Jim Laker v Australia, 1956
44 (5 Tests) Australia Clarrie Grimmett v South Africa, 1935–36
42 (6 Tests) Australia Terry Alderman v England, 1981
41 (6 Tests) Australia Terry Alderman v England, 1989
Australia Rodney Hogg v England, 1978–79
40 (5 Tests) Australia Shane Warne v England, 2005
40 (6 Tests) Pakistan Imran Khan v India, 1982–83

Last updated: 9 January 2012[61]

Innings

Best figures in an innings
Bowling Player Opponent Venue Season
10–53 England Jim Laker v Australia (2nd innings) Old Trafford, Manchester 1956
10–74 India Anil Kumble v Pakistan Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi 1998–99
9–28 England George Lohmann v South Africa Old Wanderers, Johannesburg 1895–96
9–37 England Jim Laker v Australia (1st innings) Old Trafford, Manchester 1956
9–51 Sri Lanka Muttiah Muralitharan v Zimbabwe Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy 2001–02

Last updated: 9 August 2009[62]

Best figures in an innings – progression of record
Bowling Player Opponent Venue Season
7–55 Australia Tom Kendall
(in the inaugural Test Match)
v England Melbourne Cricket Ground 1876–77
7–44 Australia Fred Spofforth v England The Oval, London 1882
7–28 England Billy Bates v Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground 1882–83
8–35 England George Lohmann v Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 1886–87
8–11 England Johnny Briggs v South Africa Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town 1888–89
8–7 England George Lohmann v South Africa St. George's Park, Port Elizabeth 1895–96
9–28 England George Lohmann v South Africa Old Wanderers, Johannesburg 1895–96
10–53 England Jim Laker v Australia Old Trafford, Manchester 1956

Calculated at the conclusion of each Test
Last updated: 9 August 2009

Match records

Best figures in a match
Bowling Player Opponent Venue Season
19–90 England Jim Laker v Australia Manchester, England, 1956
17–159 England Sydney Barnes v South Africa Old Wanderers, Johannesburg 1913–14
16–136 India Narendra Hirwani v West Indies M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai 1987–88
16–137 Australia Bob Massie v England Lord's Cricket Ground, London 1972
16–220 Sri Lanka Muttiah Muralitharan v England The Oval, London 1998
15–123 New Zealand Richard Hadlee v Australia The Gabba, Brisbane 1985-6

Last updated: 9 August 2009[63]

Individual records (fielding)

Most catches in Test career

Catches Player Matches
210 India Rahul Dravid 164
196 Australia Ricky Ponting 168
194 Sri Lanka Mahela Jayawardene 138
194 South Africa Jacques Kallis 162
181 Australia Mark Waugh 128
Note:The list excludes catches made as wicket-keeper[64] Last updated: 30 April 2013

Individual records (wicket-keeping)

Most dismissals
Dismissals Player Matches
555 (532 catches + 23 stumpings) South Africa Mark Boucher 147
416 (379 catches + 37 stumpings) Australia Adam Gilchrist 96
395 (366 catches + 29 stumpings) Australia Ian Healy 119
355 (343 catches + 12 stumpings) Australia Rod Marsh 96
270 (265 catches + 5 stumpings) West Indies Cricket Board Jeff Dujon 81

Last updated: 15 July 2012[65]

Note:

Alec Stewart took 277 dismissals but this includes 36 catches taken in 51 matches in which he was not the designated wicket-keeper

Most catches
Catches Player Matches
532 South Africa Mark Boucher 147
379 Australia Adam Gilchrist 96
366 Australia Ian Healy 119
343 Australia Rod Marsh 96
265 West Indies Cricket Board Jeff Dujon 81

Last updated: 15 July 2012[66]

Most stumpings
Stumpings Player Matches
52 Australia Bert Oldfield 54
46 England Godfrey Evans 91
38 India Syed Kirmani 88
37 India Mahendra Singh Dhoni 83
37 Australia Adam Gilchrist 96

Last updated: 22 March 2014[67]

Individual records (other)

Most matches played
Matches Player Period
200 India Sachin Tendulkar 1989–2013
168 Australia Steve Waugh 1985–2004
168 Australia Ricky Ponting 1995–2012
164 India Rahul Dravid 1996–2012
162 South Africa Jacques Kallis 1995–2013

Last updated: 30 April 2013[68]

Most matches played as captain
Matches Player Won Lost Drawn Tied
109 South Africa Graeme Smith 53 29 27 0
93 Australia Allan Border 32 22 38 1
80 New Zealand Stephen Fleming 28 27 25 0
77 Australia Ricky Ponting 48 16 13 0
74 West Indies Cricket Board Clive Lloyd 36 12 26 0

Last updated: 22 March 2014 [69]

Most matches won as captain
Won Player Lost Drawn Ties Matches
53 South Africa Graeme Smith 26 26 0 109
48 Australia Ricky Ponting 16 13 0 77
41 Australia Steve Waugh 9 7 0 57
36 West Indies Cricket Board Clive Lloyd 12 26 0 74
32 Australia Allan Border 22 38 1 93

Last updated: 23 March 2014[69]

Partnership records

Highest partnership for each wicket

Partnership Runs Team Players Opposition Venue Season
1st wicket 415  South Africa Graeme Smith† (232) Neil McKenzie (226) v Bangladesh Chittagong Divisional Stadium 2008
2nd wicket 576  Sri Lanka Sanath Jayasuriya (340) Roshan Mahanama (225) v India Ranasinghe Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 1997–98
3rd wicket 624  Sri Lanka Kumar Sangakkara† (287) Mahela Jayawardene† (374) v South Africa Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo 2006
4th wicket 437  Sri Lanka Thilan Samaraweera† (231) Mahela Jayawardene† (240) v Pakistan National Stadium, Karachi 2009
5th wicket 405  Australia Sid Barnes (234) Donald Bradman (234) v England Sydney Cricket Ground 1946–47
6th wicket 352  New Zealand Brendan McCullum† (302) BJ Watling† (124) v India Basin Reserve, Wellington 2014
7th wicket 347  West Indies Denis Atkinson (219) Clairmonte Depeiaza (122) v Australia Kensington Oval, Bridgetown 1954–55
8th wicket 332  England Jonathan Trott† (184) Stuart Broad† (169) v Pakistan Lords Cricket Ground, London 2010
9th wicket 195  South Africa Mark Boucher (78) Pat Symcox (108) v Pakistan New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 1997–98
10th wicket 163  Australia Phillip Hughes (81*) Ashton Agar (98) v England Trent Bridge, Nottingham 2013

Last updated: 17 February 2014[70]

Highest partnerships

Runs Team Players Opposition Venue Season
624 (3rd wicket)  Sri Lanka Kumar Sangakkara† (287) Mahela Jayawardene† (374) v South Africa Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo 2006
576 (2nd wicket)  Sri Lanka Sanath Jayasuriya (340) Roshan Mahanama (225) v India Ranasinghe Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 1997–98
467 (3rd wicket)  New Zealand Andrew Jones (186) Martin Crowe (299) v Sri Lanka Basin Reserve, Wellington 1990–91
451 (2nd wicket)  Australia Bill Ponsford (266) Donald Bradman (244) v England The Oval, London 1934
451 (3rd wicket)  Pakistan Mudassar Nazar (231) Javed Miandad (280*) v India Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad 1982–83

Last updated: 9 August 2009[71]

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