RG Sharma made the 54th score of 200 and above in a Test for India. These include 3 of 300+ and 51 from 200-299. Kohli has the most such scores (7), although Sehwag has the highest scores both inside and outside India. Outside Asia, we go quite far down until we reach Tendulkar’s 241* at Sydney.
The first such score was Umrigar’s 223 in 1955, equalled in the next month by Mankad and then surpassed by him with 231 which remained the record until Gavaskar’s 236* in 1983.This was surpassed by VVS Laxman’s 281 in 2001, Sehwag’s 309 in 2004 and again by him in 2008.
The highest in a win is 309 by Sehwag, in a loss 201* by Sehwag and in a draw 319 by (who else) Sehwag. An unique triple.
Now we see who did the same against India:
4 triple centuries and 47 from 200-299.
McCullum and Ponting have each done this 3 times against India.
The highest score here is Jayasuriya’s 340, the highest outside Asia is Gooch’s 333 and the highest in India is M Jayawardene’s 275.
The best in a victory is 333 by Gooch, in a defeat 242 by Ponting and in a draw 340 by Jayasuriya. In fact, Ponting’s 242 is the highest in any Test defeat.
I do not normally cover limited-over series where India is not involved. The just-concluded England-Australia series was the first one to be won by a 5-0 margin, so it was a good time to review all ODIs between these teams from 1971 to 2018. Remember that the first-ever ODI was played between these teams in 1971.
As on June 25, 2018, 147 ODIs had been played between these teams. Eng won 61, Aus 81 and there were 2 ties and 3 no-results.
In England: 68 ODIs, Eng 34, Aus 30, Tie 2, NR 2
In Australia: 71 ODIs, Eng 25, Aus 45, Tie 0, NR 1
Neutral: 8 ODIs, Eng 2, Aus 6, no tie or NR.
Now for batting records:
Most runs (750 and above):
Morgan is by far the highest scorer, with Ponting making the most for Australia. Finch, Buttler and Roy represent the current players besides Morgan.
The most centuries are 6 by Finch, 5 by Ponting and 4 by Gooch
The most 50+ scores are 16 by Morgan followed by 13 by Gooch and Ponting.
Highest innings (110 and above):
Jason Roy holds the record for the highest score, which was made earlier in 2018. From the current series we have 147 by Hales, 139 by Bairstow, 131 by SE Marsh, 120 by Roy and rounded up by Buttler’s 110* in the 5th match.
38 of these resulted in victories, 11 in losses and 37 in draws.
3 players have achieved this on 3 occasions: SM Gavaskar, RT Ponting and DA Warner.
10 players have achieved this on 2 occasions: AR Border, GS Chappell, PA de Silva, R Dravid, ML Hayden, GA Headley, JH Kallis, KC Sangakkara, H Sutcliffe, BRM Taylor and CL Walcott. Walcott did this in the same season.
And 57 did this on one occasion.
EH Weekes scored his 2 centuries in a sequence of 5 centuries in successive innings.
6 did so as captain: Border, IM Chappell, Gooch, Inzamam, Melville and RB Simpson. Of these, Melville’s 2 hundreds came in a sequence of 4 centuries in successive innings (with World War 2 intervening).
Two players have scored a triple hundred and hundred in the same Test: Gooch (1990) and Sangakkara (2014).
The following players have scored a double hundred and hundred in the same Test (in chronological order):
KD Walters (1969)
SM Gavaskar (1971) in debut series
LG Rowe (1972) on debut
GS Chappell (1974); his brother IM Chappell scored a century in each innings of the same Test.
BC Lara (2001); The only such instance on the losing side. His total of 221 + 130 = 351 is the highest match total in a losing side.
The triple clean sweep in all 3 formats of cricket has been recorded once before, when Pakistan visited Australia in 2009-10. Australia won the Tests 3-0, the ODIs 5-0 and the single T20I (admittedly by only 2 runs). You can see the details here:
In contrast, the Australian captain Ponting faced M. Yousuf in the three Tests and 4 of the 5 ODIs, when Afridi came in for the last one. In the T20I it was Clarke vs Shoaib Malik.
Earlier, India won a T20I series 3-0 in Australia in early 2016 which was believed to be the only clean sweep by a visiting team in Australia in any format of cricket in a series of at least 3 matches:
Having looked at 90s (mainly 99s) in Tests and ODIs, we turn to T20Is. Since there are very few 99s here, we look at 90s.
To begin with, here are the full list of 90s in T20I matches since their start in 2005:
There are only two 99s here: by AD Hales in 2012, and an unbeaten 99 by LJ Wright also in 2012. That was in the T20 World Championship.
CH Gayle is the only one to make two 90s in this format, in 2010 and 2015. On the first occasion he was captain, during the T20 world championship (not World Cup as it is often wrongly called).
90s on T20I debut:
Remember, that was the very first T20I match.
Now we look at
90s by captains in T20I:
Ponting’s 98* again, with Gayle and SPD Smith.
We take a closer look at unbeaten 90s:
The highest is 99* by LJ Wright, followed by 98* by RT Ponting, M Jayawardene and Ahmed Shehzad and 97* by HM Amla
Finally we look at unbeaten 90s in the second innings:
While Gibbs and Guptill made these scores in successful run chases, Root’s score was for a losing side.
The highest score by a captain in a successful run chase is 75* by CO Obuya for Kenya vs Netherlands in 2013. Among the Test nations, it is 73* by KS Williamson for New Zealand vs Bangladesh earlier in 2017.
No one has done this on debut. But Misbah is the only captain to achieve this rare feat.
99 and hundred in the same Test: This has occurred only twice:
G Boycott 99 and 112, E v WI, 1973-74
RT Ponting 101 and 99, A v SA, 2008-09
Boycott never made centuries in each innings of a Test. Ponting did so thrice, a Test record he shares with SM Gavaskar and DA Warner. Unlike the others, he did so thrice in a single season (2005-06), once against WI and twice against SA.
There have been a total of 90 scores of 99 in a Test, including 6 not outs. The list can be seen here, in chronological order:
Misbah is the only one to make THREE 99s in Tests, which included one not out.
From this list, you can see that 9 others have made two 99s. Of these, Boycott is the only one to get a not out.
Full list of captains who made 99:
Misbah did so thrice. No other captain has more than one 99. There are some like Atherton, Ganguly and Salim Malik who had one 99 as captain and another 99 while not captain.
The full list of unbeaten 99s:
No one has done this on debut, though three (Chipperfield, RJ Christiani and Asim Kamal) scored 99 on debut. This 99 remained Asim Kamal’s highest Test score.
Pollock and Misbah are the only captains to score an unbeaten 99.
Of these 6 scores of 99*, only one (Tudor) occurred when a batsman was left on 99 while his team was chasing a target. In all other cases the team was bowled out.
Finally, here is a list of all unbeaten 90s in Tests which ended when the team won in the 4th innings:
Next to Tudor’s 99, there are 98s by Hutton, Greg Chappell, Atherton and Ganguly.
Boycott’s 99* came when his team was bowled out in the 4th innings and lost. He had carried his bat through the innings.
In the 4th innings of drawn matches, the highest unbeaten 90 is 95* by McCosker, at Leeds in 1975. There was no play on the final day due to deliberate sabotage of the pitch for reasons unconnected with cricket. See:
From Journalism 101: “When a dog bites a man, it is not news.
When a man bites a dog, it is news”
Similarly: When Bangladesh loses a Test, it is not news.
When Bangladesh scores almost 600 and loses a Test, it is news.
Here is a list of instances where a side scored 500 or more and still lost a Test:
It can be seen that Bangladesh now has the record score in a loss, surpassing the 586 by Australia well over a century ago.
All of these instances came in the first or second innings of the match, except for the 510 by India in 1967. That was in a follow-on, and the Test is remembered partly for Pataudi’s 64 and 148 and more for Boycott being dropped for excessively slow scoring on the way to his Test best of 246*: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63004.html
We also look at scores of 450 or more in the 3rd and 4th inning in losses:
The highest 3rd-innings score in a loss is 510 as mentioned above. For the 4th innings it is 451 by NZ in 2001-02, which Pakistan just failed to cross earlier this season.
Taking another look at the scorecard of Bangladesh’s recent loss:
We see that Bangladesh’s innings included 217 by Shakib, which is the highest Test individual score for Bangladesh. The only other double centuries are 206 by Tamim and 200 by Mushfiqur. Incidentally, Shakib is one of the few to score a double century and duck in the same Test (regardless of the result). The highest such score is 245 by Shoaib Malik vs England in 2015-16.
There are, however, many instances of double centuries being scored in innings of sides losing Tests:
The record continues to be with RT Ponting with 242. Other greats including Lara, Graeme Pollock, Harvey and Hayden also appear here.
All of these efforts came in the first or second innings except for Astle’s 222 which figured in New Zealand’s 451 mentioned above:
We also look at individual scores of 175 and above in the 3rd and 4th innings for losing teams:
The highest such score in the 3rd innings is 199* by Andy Flower. Numerous other well-known players also appear here.
An afterthought-we look at combined scores in both innings by a batsman in a losing side:
Although there are numerous instances of centuries in both innings of a lost Test, Lara is the only one to make a double century and a century. Andy Flower just missed it with his 142 and 199*. Also note Ponting’s 242 and 0.
The honors board at Lord’s are well known-anyone who scores a century or takes a fiver or a tenner gets his name on them, even if it is a neutral Test not involving England. If you need to brush up, see
and for Indian players featured there, full details are here:
However, note this extract from the Wikipedia article:
“A number of very distinguished players such as Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Curtly Ambrose and Brian Lara are not named on the honours boards.”
It may be recalled that there was much heartbreak when Sachin failed to score a century in 2011, which was then generally understood to be his last Test there.
We now look at the aspect of prominent players failing to reach a board-worthy performance at Lord’s despite several opportunities. And there are some visitors who simply did not get to play enough at Lord’s.
Many English players whose career lasted about 5 years would have played 10+ Tests at Lord’s. Visiting players with long careers usually manage 4 Tests, unless they miss one Test or series. So we begin by identifying those who batted in at least 8 innings there. A further stipulation is that their batting position is 1 to 8, to eliminate tailenders without much batting ability.
So we have this for Most innings/matches at Lord’s without a century:
Atherton, Thorpe and Gatting played the most innings there without a century-particularly odd as Gatting played for Middlesex. Atherton did score 99 there and has the most fifties (7).
Visitors are led by Gavaskar and Tendulkar, followed by Azhar Ali, Faulkner, AW Nourse, Ponting and R Taylor. Lara played in only 3 Tests and 6 innings. The highest averages here are by Dexter (51.62) and FS Jackson (47.71).
Apart from Atherton’s 99, there are 90s by TE Bailey, JM Parks and FS Jackson.
Most innings/matches at Lord’s without a fifty:
While most of the batsmen here scored at least one fifty, some did not. They include Ramprakash (HS 40 in 13 innings), bowling all-rounder Emburey, Brearley, wicketkeeper Downton, Tendulkar, Faulkner and Ponting. The lowest average here is 10.38 by Ramprakash who was a specialist batsman, unlike some of the others. Then comes all-rounder Pringle (16.11) and another famous batsman Ponting (16.87). Tendulkar at least got into the 20s.
Next, we take up bowlers who bowled at least 1000 balls (while bowling at no 1 to 5) and never took a five-for:
Hoggard has the most Tests (11) and innings (20) here with a best of 4-27. However Edmonds has the best bowling figures of 4-6 followed by Laker with 4-13, while Hoggard has the most wickets (37).
Titmus is the only one who did not even take a 3-for.
Lillee (17 wkts), Kumble and Gibbs are the only visitors here.
Ambrose and Warne did not bowl enough balls here.
The best bowling average here is Laker’s 24.43, followed by Wardle’s 26.78.
And one gets similar results if we look for those who made the same effort and never took a ten-for:
Here, Anderson has the most wickets (110) with a best of 9-43. He may, of course, play a few more Tests at Lord’s. He also has the most 5-fors (7). CM Old has 9-88. Oddly enough Anderson has more than twice the wickets of the next bowler Willis with 47. Bedi, Kapil and Kumble represent India. The best bowling average is by Willis with 18.76 followed by Illingworth with 19.85.
Sir Richard Hadlee has the most wickets by a visitor (26).