Here we look at
- Players who have played the most Tests
- Players who have captained in the most Tests
- Players who have been non-captains in the most Tests
Those who have played the most Tests (12 and more):
It is well known that Tendulkar has played the most Tests-200. The next few may not be that well remembered. Note that the number of Tests played as captain widely vary, starting from zero (see the entries for JM Anderson and his old comrade SCJ Broad) to 93 for Border-though even this is not a record, as we will see in the next section. JE Root has captained the most among current players, although he is not captain at the date of writing in late 2022.
Most Tests played as captain (50 or more):
Here we have the record by GC Smith of captaining the most times-108. The only 8 Tests he did not captain in were at the beginning of his career. Next are AR Border (93) and SP Fleming (80). Kohli is in 6th postion with 68 Tests (besides 34 not as captain).
Most Tests played not as captain (110 or more):
Tendulkar has played in 175 Tests not as captain, besides 25 as captain. Next is Kallis with 163 not as captain, and only 2 Tests as a captain. As you may guess, these were as a stand-in when the regular captain was unavailable. In third place is JM Anderson. who has played all his 160 Tests without ever being captain.
This leads us to other questions, such as:
Who have played the most Tests without ever being captain?
Is there anyone who has played all his Tests as captain?
The answers to these questions will be given in Part 2.
Actually, the #1 and #2 and the next few for the first question have already been identified, but there is no clue about the second question so far.
So please read Part 2 which will be put up within a day.