UNUSUAL CRICKET RECORDS

 

 

Compiled by Charles Davis

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Most of the categories of records you see here are chosen because you won’t find them anywhere else.

If not otherwise stated, they relate to Test matches only. The categories are

 

 

Batsmen

Slowest to reach 100, in overs batted

Longest Test innings by number of overs batted

Innings where a batsman hit his first ball for six

Hitting the Winning Run

Balls faced by pre-lunch century-makers

Most Balls Faced without Scoring (individuals, where known)

Most Balls Faced Between Fours (during a single innings)

Batting Hat Tricks”: Batsmen out three times in three balls in Tests

Most Boundaries in a Test Half-Century

Fast First-class Triple Centuries

Without Dismissal: Longest Sequences(NEW)

 

 

Bowlers

Four Wickets in An Over

Wickets with the First Ball and Last Ball of an Innings

Longest Bowling Spells (where known)

Most Balls bowled in a day (individuals)

Five Wickets Before Lunch on the First Day

Quickest five-hauls (five wickets in the space of fewest balls)

Fewest balls to reach five wickets in an innings, after first coming on to bowl.

Best Test Bowling Sequences (five or more wickets for fewest runs)

Most Runs and Balls Before First Wicket in Tests

Most No Balls in a match

Most Balls bowled Before First Wicket in an Innings(NEW)

 

 

 

 

Individual Player v Player: Most Runs, all Tests

 

Session

Fewest Runs in a Full Two-Hour Session

Most Runs in a Two-Hour (maximum) Session – Test matches

Most Runs in a Session (Individuals)

 

Teams

Fast team 50s, Fast team 100s, Fast team 200s

Most Balls without Scoring (Runs Off the Bat – Teams)

Most No Ball Calls against a team (innings)

Longest without New Ball

Slowest Teams to 50 and 100  (NEW)

 

 

 

 

For more conventional records, you know where to look. If a reader would like

 to see a new category that cannot be obtained from studying Cricinfo or Cricket

 Archive, let me know and I will see what I can do.

 

 

Slowest to reach 100, in overs batted

Overs batted

Balls faced

174

Nazar Mohammad

Pak v Ind, Lucknow (University) 1952/53

520(est)

166

MC Cowdrey

Eng v WI, Birmingham (Edgbaston) 1957

535

157

DJ McGlew

Saf v Aus, Durban (Kingsmead) 1957/58

485

152

AJ Watkins

Eng v Ind, Delhi (FSK) 1951/52

480

151

Hanif Mohammad

Pak v Eng, Dhaka 1961/62

448

150(est)

JW Guy

NZ v Ind, Hyderabad (Ind - LBSS) 1955/56

448(est)

143(est)

Hanif Mohammad

Pak v Ind, Bahwalpur 1954/55

427(est)

143

PE Richardson

Eng v SAf, Johannesburg (New Wanderers) 1956/57

440

139

Mudassar Nazar

Pak v Eng, Lahore (Gaddafi) 1977/78

419

Eight-ball overs converted. May 2014.

 

 

Longest Test innings by number of overs batted

Overs batted

Score

BF

309

Hanif Mohammad

337

Pak v WI, Bridgetown, Barbados 1958

292

L Hutton

364

858

Eng v Aus, The Oval 1938

253

RB Simpson

311

741

Aus v Eng, Manchester (Old Trafford) 1964

245

GM Turner

259

759

NZ v WI, Georgetown, Guyana 1972

225

PBH May

285*

625

Eng v WI, Birmingham (Edgbaston) 1957

222

KF Barrington

256

630

Eng v Aus, Manchester (Old Trafford) 1964

221

A Sandham

325

640

Eng v WI, Kingston, Jamaica 1930

212

SG Barnes

234

665

Aus v Eng, Sydney (SCG) 1946/47

209

G Kirsten

275

642

SAf v Eng, Durban (Kingsmead) 1999/00

208

EAB Rowan

236

620

SAf v Eng, Leeds (Headingley) 1951

200

AC Bannerman

91

620

Aus v Eng, Sydney (SCG) 1891/92

200

ML Apte

163*

Ind v WI, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad 1953

196

RM Cowper

307

589

Aus v Eng, Melbourne (MCG) 1965/66

195

Nazar Mohammad

124*

Pak v Ind, Lucknow (University) 1952/53

194

ST Jayasuriya

340

578

SL v Ind, Colombo4 (RPS) 1997

191

MC Cowdrey

154

621

Eng v WI, Birmingham (Edgbaston) 1957

191

AN Cook

263

528

Eng v Pak, Abu Dhabi 2015

190

Younis Khan

313

568

Pak v SL, Karachi 2009

189

BC Lara

400*

582

WI v Eng, Antigua (St John's) 2004

189

AN Cook

294

545

Eng v Ind, Birmingham 2011

188

AD Nourse

208

603

SAf v Eng, Nottingham (Trent Bridge) 1951

Eight-ball overs converted to six-ball equivalent. Incomplete overs counted as one

Updated Oct 2015

 

 

 

Individual Player v Player: Most Runs, all Tests (where known)

Bat

Bowl

Inns

Wkts

Balls

Runs

Av

KC Sangakkara

Saeed Ajmal

22

4

1224

531

132.8

GA Gooch

N Kapil Dev

33

11

960

517

47.0

H Sutcliffe

CV Grimmett

28

7

1748

515

73.6

AR Border

IT Botham

41

12

1245

506

42.2

AR Border

JE Emburey

36

5

1189

504

100.8

BC Lara

SK Warne

28

7

774

501

71.6

JB Hobbs

AA Mailey

21

9

813

501

55.7

L Hutton

RR Lindwall

38

9

1070

499

55.4

DPMD Jayawardene

Harbhajan Singh

21

4

755

494

123.5

DG Bradman

WR Hammond

29

3

876

493

164.3

DI Gower

GF Lawson

33

14

874

485

34.6

WR Hammond

CV Grimmett

25

6

1232

483

80.5

MA Atherton

CA Walsh

41

17

1166

479

28.2

Javed Miandad

N Kapil Dev

7

470**

67.4

AR Morris

AV Bedser

36

18

1386

466

25.9

**Javed off Kapil is an estimate only.

Note that “Inns” denotes only those innings where the batsman actually faced the bowler.

Updated Aug 2014

 

A few incidental records:

·       The most runs scored by a batsman off a bowler without ever being dismissed is 278 by Viv Richards off John Emburey.

·       John Edrich scored 271 runs off Johnny Gleeson in Ashes Tests without losing his wicket.

·       The highest known average is a similar case: 278 runs for once out by Kumar Sangakkara off Umar Gul.

·       Bradman scored 243 runs off Vinoo Mankad in a single series without being dismissed.

·       Greg Matthews bowled Marvan Attapattu with the only two balls he ever bowled to him.

·       Steve Smith dismissed Sachin Tendulkar with the only ball he bowled to him in a cricket match.

·       Grimmett dismissed Xenophon Balaskas of South Africa five times in Tests while conceding two runs.

·       Tim May bowled 54 balls to Mark Illott without conceding a run, dismissing him three times.

·       Ashwell Prince faced only 19 balls from Bryce McGain, but scored 48 runs.

 

 

 

Four Wickets in An Over

MJC Allom

Eng v NZ, Christchurch 1929/30

0W0WWW

K Cranston

Eng v SAf, Leeds (Headingley) 1947

W0W0WW

FJ Titmus

Eng v NZ, Leeds (Headingley) 1965

W0WW0W

CM Old

Eng v Pak, Birmingham (Edgbaston) 1978

0WWnbWW1

Wasim Akram

Pak v WI, Lahore (Gaddafi) 1990/91

0WW1WW

AR Caddick

Eng v WI, Leeds (Headingley) 2000

W0WW0nbW

 

 

 

Innings where a batsman hit his first ball for six (where known)

Bat

Bowler

G Ulyett

Eng v Aus, Sydney (SCG) 1881/82

TW Garrett

TW Wall

Aus v Eng, Nottingham (Trent Bridge) 1930

RK Tyldesley

EAV Williams†

WI v Eng, Bridgetown, Barbados 1948

JC Laker

HHH Johnson

WI v Eng, Manchester (Old Trafford) 1950

R Berry

RG Archer

Aus v Eng, Adelaide 1954/55 (unconfirmed)

JH Wardle

FM King‡

WI v Aus, Kingston, 1955 (probable)

RG Archer

NAT Adcock

SAf v Eng, Johannesburg (New Wanderers) 1956/57

JH Wardle

A D'Souza

Pak v Eng, Lord's 1962

LJ Coldwell

VA Holder

WI v Eng, Leeds (Headingley) 1969

BR Knight

JA Jameson

Eng v WI, Kingston, Jamaica 1974

KD Boyce

GS Chappell

Aus v Eng, Lord's 1975

DS Steele

AL Logie

WI v Ind, Kinston 1982/83

M Amarnath

IT Botham

Eng v Aus, Birmingham (Edgbaston) 1985

CJ McDermott

PA de Silva*

SL v Ind, 1985/86 Colombo SSC

Kapil Dev

ST Jayasuriya

SL v Eng, 1992/93 Colombo SSC

PCR Tuffnell

CL Cairns

NZ v WI, Wellington 1999/00

NO Perry

M Muralitharan

SAf v SL, Johannesburg (New Wanderers) 2002/03

SM Pollock

PJ Wiseman

NZ v SL, Colombo1 (PSS) 2002/03

HDPK Dharmasena

BC Lara

WI v Aus, Antigua (St John's) 2003

B Lee

M Muralitharan

SL v Ind, Delhi (FSK) 2005/06

IK Pathan

MS Dhoni

Ind v WI, St Kitts 2006

PT Collins

GC Smith*

SAf v Ind, Cape Town 2006/07

Z Khan

PG Fulton

NZ v Ban, Dunedin 2007/08

Mohammad Ashraful

M Muralitharan

SL v NZ, Galle 2009

CS Martin

Shakib Al Hasan

Ban v Ind, Mirpur 2009/10

PP Ojha

M Morkel

SAf v NZ, Wellington 2011/12

DL Vettori

Z Khan

Pak v SL, Pallekele 2012

TG Southee

CH Gayle*

WI v Ban, Mirpir 2012

Sohag Gazi

SR Tendulkar†

Ind v Aus, Chennai 2012/13

NM Lyon

Junaid Khan

SL v Pak, Sharjah 2013/14

HMRKB Herath

MD Craig**

NZ v WI, Kingston, Jamaica 2014

SJ Benn

BJ Haddin

Aus v Ind, SCG 2014/15

Mohammed Shami

BB McCullum

NZ v Eng, Leeds 2015

SCJ Broad

*First ball of the innings. Gayle’s was the first ball of the match, and the first ball bowled by Sohag Gazi in Test cricket.

‡Out next ball.  †Hit first two balls for six.

Jayasuriya’s six was the only ball he faced.

**Craig hit the first ball he faced in Test cricket for six, the first player to do so.
The only player known to hit his
last ball in Test cricket for six was WW Daniel in 1984.

Updated Oct 2015

 

 

Hitting the Winning Run

Winning Run

Batting

RT Ponting

9

13

DL Haynes

7

18

L Hutton

6

7

G Kirsten

6

9

SR Tendulkar

6

10

MV Boucher

5

7

ML Hayden

5

11

CG Greenidge

5

10

GS Chappell

4

7

CL Hooper

4

6

GP Thorpe

4

10

BC Lara

4

4

JH Kallis

4

12

MEK Hussey

4

5

JB Hobbs

4

5

IR Redpath

4

4

ST Jayasuriya

4

6

The winning run has been bye(s) on 11 occasions.

Updated Feb 2013.

 

 

They hit the winning run with their last ball in Test cricket

 

Winning hit

 

C Bannerman

3

Aus v Eng, Melbourne (MCG) 1878/79

D Denton

4

Eng v SAf, Cape Town 1909/10

JF Crapp

4

Eng v SAf, Port Elizabeth 1948/49

Gul Mahomed

3

Pak v Aus, Karachi (National) 1956/57

PJ Sharpe

2

Eng v NZ, The Oval 1969

BW Yuile

4

NZ v Pak, Lahore (Gaddafi) 1969/70

DL Amiss

4

Eng v Aus, Manchester (Old Trafford) 1977

GRJ Roope

2

Eng v NZ, The Oval 1978

JK Moss

1

Aus v Pak, Perth (WACA) 1978/79

SP O'Donnell

2

Aus v NZ, Sydney (SCG) 1985/86

TE Blain

4

NZ v Pak, Christchurch 1993/94

RG Samuels

4

WI v Aus, Perth (WACA) 1996/97

S Ragoonath

2

WI v Aus, Kingston, Jamaica 1999

IR Siddiqui

1

Ind v Eng, Mohali 2001/02

SC Williams

4

WI v Ind, Bridgetown, Barbados 2002

N Hussain

1

Eng v NZ, Lord's 2004

Moss and Siddiqui were playing in their only Tests.

Up to 2008 only.

 

 

They Took Wickets with the First Ball and Last Ball of an Innings

AME Roberts

WI v Ind, Kolkata 1974/75

RGD Willis

Eng v Aus, Brisbane ('Gabba') 1978/79

ST Clarke

WI v Ind, Bangalore 1978/79

N Kapil Dev

Ind v SAf, Durban (Kingsmead) 1992/93

Wasim Akram

Pak v Zim, Rawalpindi (Cricket Stadium) 1993/94

DE Malcolm

Eng v WI, Leeds (Headingley) 1995

GD McGrath

Aus v SL, Galle 1999/00

PT Collins

WI v Ban, Dhaka 2002/03

SM Pollock

SAf v Eng, Nottingham (Trent Bridge) 2003

PT Collins

WI v Ban, St Lucia (Beausejour) 2004

PT Collins

WI v Ban, Kingston, Jamaica 2004

B Lee

Aus v SAf, Durban (Kingsmead) 2005/06

DW Steyn

SAf v Eng, Johannesburg (New Wanderers) 2009/10

All Out innings only

 

 

Balls faced by pre-lunch century-makers

Runs pre-lunch

BF pre-lunch

Team runs

BA Stokes (258)

Cape Town 2015

130

74

 

196

BC Lara (216)

Multan 2006

100

77

161@

Majid Khan (112)

Karachi 1976

108

84

141

GS Chappell (176)

Christchurch 1982

100

93

143

AB de Villiers (129)

Centurion (Centurion Park) 2010

119

93

225@

IR Bell (162*)

Chester-le-Street 2005

105

102

178

VT Trumper (104)

Manchester 1902

103

105

approx

173

Inzamam-ul-Haq (112)

Harare 2002

103

106

176@

BC Lara (191)

Bulawayo 2003

114

109

167@

C Hill (142)

Johannesburg1 1902

116

115

approx

201

SJ McCabe (189*)

Johannesburg1 1935

100

122

132

HG Owen-Smith (129)

Leeds 1929

102

138

170@

KS Ranjitsinhji (154*)

Manchester  1896

113

140

est. only

196

LEG Ames (148*)

Oval 1935

123

145

est. only

221@

MA Taylor (334*)

Peshawar2 1998

103

145

161@

WR Hammond (336*)

Auckland 1933

111

149

160

CG Macartney (151)

Leeds 1926

112

151

153

DG Bradman (334)

Leeds 1930

105

153

136

CP Mead (182*)

Oval 1921

109

159

174@

JB Hobbs (211)

Lord's 1924

102

179

200@

W Bardsley (164)

Lord's 1912

118

195

est. only

208@

@ = extended session.

 

 

 

Fewest Runs in a Full Two-Hour Session (where known), 30+ overs

Runs

Off bat

Day

Sess

Wkts

Deliveries

26

25

SAf v Aus, Brisbane ('Gabba') 1931/32

5

3

3

276

26

26

Pak v Ind, Peshawar (Club) 1954/55

4

1

3

240 (est.)

26

21

NZ v SL, Colombo (SSC) 1983/84

5

2

0

193

27

23

Eng v Ind, Chennai (Nehru) 1963/64

3

2

0

240

27

26

Aus v Eng, The Oval 1956

5

3

5

229 (108’)

28

28

Aus v Eng, Manchester (Old Trafford) 1956

5

1

0

220 (115’)

29

26

Eng v Ind, Lord’s 1986

4

3

4

191(114’)

30

27

Eng v Aus, Perth (WACA) 1978/79

1

1

2

193

30

28

SAf v Aus, Adelaide Oval 1993/94

5

2

4

198

Minimum 30 overs. Does not include interrupted sessions, including those with change of innings.

Sessions that fell a few minutes short of two hours have been included, but not 60- and 90-minute sessions, which were commonplace in some countries before 1980.

At Brisbane 1958/59, England scored 19 off 168 balls in 90 minutes before lunch on the fourth day.

England scored only 27 in 39 overs before lunch on the third day at Bridgetown in 1954, but it was still only a 90 minute session(!).

Pakistan scored 21 runs in 192 balls (32 overs) after tea in a 90-minute session on the fourth day at Dhaka 1961/62, including 5 runs off 100 balls by Alim-ud-Din. Pakistan was 28 for 0 off 43 overs at stumps, having batted more than 2 hours.

At Trent Bridge 1934, England scored 26 off 232 balls in the final session of the match before being all out.

Updated May 2014

 

Fewest Runs in a Full Two-Hour Session (24-30 overs)

Runs

Off bat

Day

Sess

Wkts

Deliveries

25

20

NZ v SL, Morutawa 1992/93

5

1

2

171

26

25

Pak v SL, Sharjah 2011  

5

3

1

168

26

24

NZ v WI, Antigua (Richards) 2012

5

1

2

157

27

?

Ind v Pak, Lahore 1984/85

3

2

4

168*

28

Pak v WI, Karachi 1986/87

5

1

2

146†

29

28

Ind v WI, Kingston, Jamaica 2006

1

1

2

175

29

28

Aus v Eng, Manchester (Old Trafford) 1981

3

1

3

169

30

25

Eng v Aus, Adelaide Oval 2006/07

5

1

4

170

*Time uncertain

†17-minute injury break

Updated Jan 2013

 

Most Runs in a Two-Hour (maximum) Session – Test matches

 

236 (43 overs) Aus v SA, Lunch-Tea day 1, Joburg 1921 (119 off 85 balls by Jack Gregory)

235 (45 overs) Eng v NZ, Lunch-tea day 3, Leeds 1949 (both teams batted)

233 (41 overs) Eng v Pak, Lunch-Tea day 2, Nottingham 1954 (Denis Compton 173)

223 (43 overs) Eng v SA, Lunch-Tea Day 2, Lord’s 1924

220 (47 overs) Eng v NZ, Lunch-Tea day 2, Auckland 1933 (Wally Hammond 150)

216 (28 overs) Pak v Ind, lunch-tea day 2, Lahore 2006 (two teams)

209 (32 overs, 100 minutes) Aus v SA, lunch-tea day 1, Sydney 1910/11

208  (~115 minutes) Eng v Ind, lunch-tea day 2, Manchester 1936 (two teams) **

208 (34 eight-ball overs) lunch-tea day 2, WI v Eng, The Oval 1939 (KH Weekes 113)

207 (29 overs) Aus v Zimbabwe Lunch-Tea day 2, Perth 2003 (both Matt Hayden and Adam Gilchrist scored centuries in the session)

206 (44 Overs) Eng v NZ, lunch-tea day 3, Auckland 1930

201 (38 overs) Aus v SA, before lunch day 3, Johannesburg 1902 (1st Test), (Clem Hill 116 runs)

 

** Eng v Ind, lunch-tea day 2, Manchester 1936 (two teams): Sources vary as to the score at tea.  One source specifically states that an early tea was taken at change of innings, after 171 runs in the session (at 3:50, or 40 minutes early, which seems surprising. However, this is the most likely scenario). Another suggests India was 37/0, giving 208 in the session. Another says India was 69/0, giving 240 in the session. However, this would imply an improbably late tea time after 5:00, based on reports that India scored at about a run a minute early in the innings. India’s innings started at 4:04.

 

 

Most Runs in a Longer Session

249 (33 overs) SA v Zim, post-tea day 1, Cape Town 2005

244 (58 overs, 165 minutes), Eng v Aus, post-tea day 3, Oval 1921

239 (45 overs, 140 minutes), Eng v NZ, pre-lunch day 3, Lord’s 1937 (two teams)

236 (35 overs, 150 minutes) Eng v Aus, post-tea day 1, Edgbaston 2001 (two teams)

227 (150 minutes) Eng v India, pre-Lunch day 2, Manchester 1936

225 (150 minutes, 36 overs) SA v Ind, pre-lunch day 3, Centurion 2010 (AB de Villiers 119)

223 (35 overs, 150 minutes) Eng v Ban, post-tea day 1, Chester-le-Street 2005 (ME Trescothick 127)

221 (150 minutes) Eng v SA, pre-Lunch day 3, Oval 1935 (Les Ames 123) 3rd day

219 (35 overs, 150 minutes) NZ v Zimbabwe day 1, post-Tea, Harare 2005 (Daniel Vettori 127)

219 (44 overs, 150 minutes)  NZ v Aus, tea-stumps day 5, Brisbane 2001

216 (42 overs, 150+ minutes) tea-stumps, NZ v Eng day 4,  Auckland 2002

209 (150 minutes) SAf v Eng, pre-lunch day 3, Oval 1929

208 (47 overs, 154 minutes) Aus v SA, post-tea day 3, Melbourne 1910/11 (Victor Trumper 133)

208 (150 minutes) Aus v SA, pre-Lunch day 2, Lord’s 1912 (Warren Bardsley 118)

206 (32 overs, 156 minutes) SAf v Aus, tea-stumps day 2, Perth 2012/13

206 (40 overs) Eng v Aus, tea-stumps day 5, The Oval 2013

204 (40 overs, 150+ minutes) tea-stumps day 4, SA v Pak, Cape Town 2003

203 (150 minutes) Eng v SA, pre-Lunch day 2, Oval 1935 (two teams, 2nd day)

203 (145 mins) Eng v WI, lunch-tea, Oval 1928 (2nd day)

202 (42 overs, 140 minutes) lunch-tea day 2,  Eng v WI, Lord’s 1957

202 (41 overs, 150+ minutes) tea-stumps day 1,  Aus v Eng, Leeds 2001

202 (36 overs) tea-stumps day 1,  Aus v SAf, Adelaide 2012/13

200 (57 overs, 150 minutes) Eng v SA, pre-Lunch day 2, Lord’s 1924

 

201 (40.4 overs, 180 minutes), WI v NZ, tea-stumps day 4, Hamilton 2013/14

214 (33 overs, 150 minutes) NZ v SL, tea-stumps day 1, Christchurch 2014/15

213 (34 overs, 135 minutes) Aus v Ind, tea-stumps day 4, Sydney 2014/15

 

 

Note that prior to 1940, tea break timings, and lengths of afternoon sessions, were rather variable.

Prior to 1915, tea breaks often did not take place if there was a change of innings after lunch; tea

was incorporated into the change of innings. Sometimes this resulted in a long extension of one

session and shortening of another. Prior to 1900, tea breaks often did not take place at all. In most

series in England from 1899 to 1949, pre-lunch sessions were normally 150 minutes, except on the

first day.

Updated Dec 2016

 

Most Runs in a Session (Individuals)

173       DCS Compton (278) Eng v Pak  Nottingham  1954 (lunch-tea)

150       WR Hammond (336*) Eng v NZ   Auckland 1932-33 (lunch-tea)**

140       IDS Smith (173)   NZ v Ind   Auckland 1989-90 (tea-close)

139       NJ Astle 222 NZ v Eng Christchurch 2002 (tea-close)

133       VT Trumper 159 Aus v RSA Melbourne 1910-11 (tea-close: 154min session)

127       ME Trescothick 165 Eng v Ban Chester-le-Street 2005 (tea-close) (about 140 mins)

127       SJ McCabe 232 Aus v Eng  Nottingham  1938 (lunch-tea)

127       DL Vettori 127 NZ v Zim Harare 2005 (tea-close: 150 min session)

123       LEG Ames 148* Eng v RSA The Oval 1935 (pre-lunch: 150 min session)

122       CA Roach 209 Georgetown 1929-30 (tea-close, 105 mins)

121       R Benaud 121 Aus v WI  Kingston 1954-55 (lunch-tea)

 

**Close analysis of the scoresheet suggests that Hammond may have scored 151 or 152 runs in the

session. However, there are anomalies in the score.

 

 

 

 

 

Fast team 50s (where known)

Balls

Inns

Ov#

Team Bat

Team Bowl

Ground

27

4

4.3

England (205/2)

South Africa

The Oval

1994

30

4

4.6

England (50/0)

Sri Lanka

Manchester (Old Trafford)

2002

32

3

5.2

Sri Lanka (406)

Pakistan

Karachi (National)

2004/05

33

4

5.3

India (387/4)

England

Chennai (Chepauk)

2008/09

34

4

5.4

Pakistan (98/0)

Sri Lanka

Karachi

1985/86

34

4

5.4

Australia (62/1)

Pakistan

Sydney (SCG)

2004/05

35

4

5.5

India (61/4)

Sri Lanka

Colombo SSC

1985/86

37

4

6.1

New Zealand (223/9)

Australia

Hobart (Bellerive)

1997/98

37

4

6.1

England (163/2)

Bangladesh

Lord's

2010

38

2

6.2

Australia (445)

England

Leeds (Headingley)

2009

38-40

3

 

West Indies (195)

England

The Oval

1933

40

4

6.4

Pakistan (57/0)

Zimbabwe

Bulawayo (Queen's)

2002/03

40

3

6.4

Sri Lanka (438)

Pakistan

Faisalabad

2004/05

40

3

6.4

Australia (192)

India

Mohali

2010/11

~40

4

West Indies (172/4)

India

Kingston, Jamaica

1982/83

Updated Dec 2016

 

 

Fast team 100s (where known)

Balls

Inns

Ov#

Team Bat

Team Bowl

Ground

80

2

13.2

Sri Lanka (555/5)

Bangladesh

Colombo2 (SSC)

2001/02

81

4

13.3

England (205/2)

South Africa

The Oval

1994

83

 

 

Bangladesh (556)

West Indies

Dhaka

2012/13

84

 

 

Australia (369)

India

Perth

2011/12

85

3

14.1

Bangladesh (253)

India

Dhaka (Mirpur)

2007

87

2

14.3

Australia (456)

England

Perth (WACA)

2002/03

87

1

14.3

Bangladesh (419)

England

Mirpur

2009/10

91

2

11.8

West Indies (585)

Australia

Perth (WACA)

1975/76

91

West Indies (129/1)

England

Leeds (Headingley)

1995

92

2

15.2

Australia (576)

England

Birmingham (Edgbaston)

2001

94

England (109/7)

Pakistan

Birmingham (Edgbaston)

1987

94

 

 

South Africa (569)

Australia

Perth

2012/13

95

2

15.5

West Indies (427)

South Africa

Cape Town

2003/04

95

2

15.5

India (516)

Pakistan

Mohali

2004/05

 

Fast team 200s (where known)

Balls

Inns

Ov#

Team Bat

Team Bowl

Ground

 

187

3

31.1

South Africa (569)

Australia

Perth

2012/13

192

2

23

West Indies (585)

Australia

Perth (WACA)

1975/76

195

3

32.3

England (237/6)

West Indies

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

2009

198

2

32.6

South Africa (340/3)

Zimbabwe

Cape Town

2004/05

210

4

34.6

England (205/2)

South Africa

The Oval

1994

211

 

34.3

Australia (550)

South Africa

Adelaide

2012/13

213

3

England (272/4)

India

Lord's

1990

217

2

36.1

Australia (296)

South Africa

Johannesburg (Old Wanderers)

1902/03

220

2

36.4

India (726/9)

Sri Lanka

Mumbai (Brabourne)

2009/10

221

 

36.3

Australia (369)

India

Perth

2011/12

224

3

37.2

West Indies (284/6)

England

Bridgetown, Barbados

1968

224

1

37.2

India (642)

Sri Lanka

Kanpur

2009/10

225

3

37.3

Pakistan (369)

Zimbabwe

Harare

2002/03

226

1

37.4

Australia (528)

South Africa

Sydney

1910/11

227

3

37.5

England (226/4)

New Zealand

Lord’s

1937

227

3

37.5

Sri Lanka (212/2)

Zimbabwe

Galle

2001/02

228

2

37.6

India (643/6)

South Africa

Kolkata

2009/10

229

2

38.1

Australia (576)

England

Birmingham (Edgbaston)

2001

June 2014

 

 

Most Balls Faced Between Fours (during a single innings)

Balls

377

B Mitchell (88)

Birmingham (Edgbaston) 1929

326

DJ McGlew (70)

Johannesburg (New Wanderers) 1957/58

302

AC Bannerman (91)

Sydney (SCG) 1891/92

300

WH Scotton (82)

Adelaide Oval 1884/85

291

WM Woodfull (102)

Melbourne (MCG) 1928/29

275*

AC Bannerman (41)

Melbourne (MCG) 1891/92

269

BA Edgar (74)

Perth (WACA) 1985/86

250

EAB Rowan (67)

Durban (Kingsmead) 1938/39

242

RG Barlow (42*)

Sydney (SCG) 1886/87

236

TE Bailey (38)

Leeds (Headingley) 1953

233

GP Thorpe (118)

Lahore (Gaddafi) 2000/01

224

SM Nurse (70)

Melbourne (MCG) 1960/61

*Approximate

 

FLH Mooney (New Zealand) hit no fours off his last 430 balls faced in Test cricket, spread over six innings.

In 1978/79, Geoff Boycott faced 569 balls between boundaries, spanning six innings (including one innings of 337 balls). There was one four, which included two overthrows.

During McGlew’s innings, The South African openers batted 338 balls before hitting the first four of the innings (Endean off Benaud).

 

 

 

Batting Hat Tricks”: Batsmen out three times in three balls in Tests

Team

In

Hat trick completed

King Pair?

W Attewell

England

Australia

Jan-1892

Yes

JJ Kotze

South Africa

England

Jul-1907

AEE Vogler

South Africa

Australia

Dec-1910

Yes

RJ Crisp

South Africa

South Africa

Feb-1936

Yes

N Gordon

South Africa

South Africa

Mar-1939

C Wesley

South Africa

England

Jul-1960

Yes

Imtiaz Ahmed

Pakistan

Pakistan

Feb-1962

Asif Masood

Pakistan

England

Jul-1971

BS Bedi

India

England

Jul-1974

GB Troup

New Zealand

New Zealand

Feb-1981

Yes

N Kapil Dev

India

New Zealand

Feb-1981

PR Downton

England

England

Jul-1985

WKM Benjamin

West Indies

West Indies

Apr-1988

DC Boon

Australia

Australia

Jan-1990

Gopal Sharma

India

India

Nov-1990

IR Bishop

West Indies

Pakistan

Nov-1990

DC Boon

Australia

Australia

Nov-1993

HH Streak

Zimbabwe

Pakistan

Dec-1993

DJ Richardson

South Africa

South Africa

Jan-1995

Yes

CA Walsh

West Indies

England

Jul-1995

M Muralitharan

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Sep-1996

J Srinath

India

South Africa

Dec-1996

AG Huckle

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Mar-1998

Yes

Harbhajan Singh*

India

India

Feb-1999

Shahid Afridi

Pakistan

Pakistan

Mar-1999

AB Agarkar

India

Australia

Jan-2000

Yes

CEL Ambrose

West Indies

England

Aug-2000

AC Gilchrist

Australia

India

Mar-2001

Yes

M Muralitharan

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Jul-2002

Taufeeq Umar

Pakistan

Pakistan

Oct-2002

AJ Hall

South Africa

England

Aug-2003

Mohammad Asif*

Pakistan

England

Aug-2006

JP Duminy

South Africa

South Africa

Jan-2010

JD Ryder

New Zealand

New Zealand

Jan-2011

V Sehwag

India

England

Aug-2011

Yes

MEK Hussey

Australia

Australia

Dec-2011

 

Z Khan

Australia

Australia

Jan-2012

 

TL Chatara

Zimbabwe

 

2013

 

KAJ Roach

West Indies

 

2013

 

HMRKB Herath

Sri Lanka

UAE

2014

Yes

KTGD Prasad

India

Sri Lanka

2015

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

Updated Aug 2015

*Harbhajan and Asif were out three times while facing three balls, but included ‘diamond ducks’.

The Kotze and Gopal Sharma cases (in italics) are uncertain.

 

Gary Troup was out five times in the space of seven balls, spread over several matches. Kotze’s innings were five years apart; he may have faced as few as ten or twelve balls in his whole career, while being dismissed five times and scoring just two runs. But they all must tip their hats to Ajit Agarkar who was out to five consecutive balls he faced against Australia in 1999/2000.

 

Troup and Kapil Dev completed their respective batting hat tricks in the same match, at Wellington in 1981.

 

Technically, a few of these cases include run outs, in which the batsman may not actually have faced the ball he was out.

 

Asif Masood’s three balls stretched over three matches and two years.

 

Hussey scored 89 and 150* in his next two innings.

 

 

 

Longest Bowling Spells (where known)

 

354 balls (59 overs) ND Hirwani at the Oval 1990.

352 balls (44 eight-ball overs), AMB Rowan, Durban 1948/49.

328 balls (41 eight-ball overs) GS Sobers MCG 1960/61.

328 balls (41 eight-ball overs) HJ Tayfield, Cape Town 1956/57

322 balls (53.4 overs) Hugh Tayfield, Saf v Eng, The Oval 1955.

312 balls (52 overs) Tom Veivers Calcutta 1964

307 balls (51.1 overs) Tom Veivers Manchester 1964.

306 balls (51 overs) W Rhodes (age 52), Georgetown, 1930

300 balls (50 overs) George Giffen, Sydney 1894/95.

300 balls (50 overs, 413 minutes) Mohammad Nazir, Pak vs Ind, Nagpur 1983/84.

 

At Lahore 1987 v England, Abdul Qadir, across both innings, bowled his 73 overs in the space of 148 team overs, missing only one possible over

(plus one change of end).

See also Ramadhin and Valentine at the Gabba 1951, below.

 

Longest spell by a pace bowler: Garry Sobers’ 41 eight-ball overs above involved some of his fast-medium bowling; the rest (more than 50%) was spin.

 

JK Lever, fast-medium, bowled a spell of 31 overs at the MCG in 1980. Tom Richardson, regarded as a genuine fast bowler,

bowled more than 50 overs in one day at Old Trafford in 1896, although not, as far as I can tell, in a single spell.

Kapil Dev’s 30.3-6-83-9 against West Indies at Ahmedabad in 1983 was an unbroken spell.

 

Two bowlers unchanged (six-ball overs):

 

86 overs, S Ramadhin and AL Valentine, Lord’s 1950

79 overs, W Rhodes and WE Astill, Georgetown 1930

75 overs, DA Allen and GAR Lock, Calcutta 1961/62

73 overs, S Ramadhin and AL Valentine, Christchurch 1952.

65 overs Iqbal Qasim and Tauseef Ahmed, Karachi 1979/80

 

At the ’Gabba in 1951, Ramadhin (40) and Valentine (40.7) bowled 80.7 out of the last 81.7 eight-ball

overs, with one change of ends after about 16 overs.

 

 

Most Runs and Balls Before First Wicket in Tests

 

AG Kripal Singh: 651 balls. Kripal Singh was regarded as an all-rounder, but his bowling in Tests never

made the grade. He took his first wicket in 1961-62, in his 10th innings of bowling for India,

 conceding 235 runs up to that point. His first wicket was Geoff Pullar.

 

RGCE Wijesuriya: 561 balls (thanks to Shahzad Khan for the info). He bowled only 22 more balls in

Tests. He “beat” JJ Warr’s record bowling average in the 1980s, finishing on 294.00. He conceded a record 285 runs before his first wicket.

 

JJ Warr: 551 balls. Warr’s unsought fame lies in his career bowling average of 281.00. His only

wicket, Ian Johnson, came in his last Test in 1951. (265 runs).

 

IM Chappell: 536 balls. Chappell became a useful part-time spinner, but he didn’t have

much luck early. (211 runs)

 

PR Umrigar: 528 balls (thanks to Shahzad for precise info). (~160runs)

 

JC Alabaster: 513 balls (273 runs). Most highly rated bowler on this list. Took 49 Test wickets. His

subsequent strike rate was 71 balls per wicket.

 

DB Pithey conceded 252-257 runs before his first wicket. (about 490 balls).

 

Honourable mention: Kerry O’Keeffe became a respected bowler for a while in the Australian team,

but he didn’t take a wicket until he had bowled 442 balls (118 runs).

 

The longest wicket-free bowling career was JL Hopwood of England, 462 balls in 1934 (155 runs). Anwar Hossain Monir conceded 307 runs in Tests without taking a wicket (348 balls)

 

Pankaj Singh conceded 274 runs before his first wicket in 2014 (418 deliveries).

 

DR Tuffey conceded 232 runs before his first wicket (303 deliveries).

 

Unknown: Rusi Surti conceded perhaps 250-260 runs before his first wicket. Conceivably, up to 275 runs (very unlikely). Probably >400 balls.

 

August 2014

 

 

Longest without New Ball

 

185.3 overs India v W Indies Bridgetown 1961-62*

177 overs WI v NZ Wellington 1986/87

173.2 overs Pak v NZ Wellington 1984/85

166 overs India v England, Kanpur 1984/85

161 overs South Africa v Zimbabwe Harare 2001/02

160.5 overs India v England Manchester 1990

157.4 overs Pakistan v New Zealand (428) Karachi 1984/85

156 overs Sri Lanka v Pakistan Sialkot 1991/92

156 overs Pakistan v South Africa Rawalpindi 1997/98

154 overs England v India Bombay 1976/77

154 overs India v England The Oval 1990

152 overs New Zealand v West Indies Georgetown 1985

151 overs Sri Lanka v England Edgbaston 2002

148 overs England v India Kanpur 1963/64

 

*In many Tests prior to 1965, the new ball was only made available after 200 runs were scored

(depending where the Test was played). This applied in the 1962 Bridgetown Test

(source, The Statesman [Calcutta]), where only 187 runs were scored in those 185 overs.

 

In the first two cases above, the innings ended without a new ball being taken. A new ball was taken in the third case (Wellington 1984/85).

 

At Edgbaston in 1957, West Indies, after taking a new ball at 96 overs, did not take another new ball for the remaining 162 overs of the innings.

 

One newspaper report specifically states that West Indies did not take a new ball at Kanpur in 1978/79 (India 644/7 in 189.4 overs); however, this is contradicted by other reports (new ball after 76 overs).

 

Note: prior to 1894/95 (and as late as 1905 in England) new balls were not scheduled, although sometimes a ball unfit for use was replaced. In one such case, at Sydney in 1891/92, a ball was replaced after 207 overs.

 


Most Balls Faced without Scoring (where known)

 

Balls without scoring

On

Minutes

~95

45

B Mitchell (58)    SA v AU   Brisbane     1931-32

90

90

9

PM Nevill (9)    AU v SL    Kandy 2016

108

85

56

B Mitchell (73)    SA v EN  Johannesburg 1938-39

60

78-82

1

TE Bailey (8)     EN v SA   Leeds        1955

79

79

0

JT Murray (3*)  EN v AU        Sydney        1962-63

74

77

0

GI Allott (0)      NZ  v  SA       Auckland     1998-99

101

76

4

SNJ O’Keefe   AU v SL    Kandy 2016

~85

~75

24

WH Scotton (34)   EN v AU    The Oval     1886

67

74

0

CG Rackemann (9) AU v EN    Sydney        1990-91

72

72-75

0

AC Bannerman (4)  AU v EN    Sydney       1886-87

60

68

9

RJ Shastri (23)   IN v SA   Johannesburg 1992-93

89

67

114

C Washbrook (114) En v WI Lord's 1950

50

66

10

DR Jardine (24)   EN v AU    Brisbane     1932-33

63

65

1

JJ Crowe (21)     NZ v WI  Bridgetown   1984-85

91

 

Notes: Geoff Allott faced 90 consecutive balls in all without scoring, spanning three innings. MC Snedden batted for 94 minutes without scoring at Wellington 1989/90, but faced only 54 balls. In 1881, George Giffen took about 63 balls to get off the mark in his first Test innings.

 

Stuart Broad took 62 balls to get off the mark at Auckland 2013; his time of 103 minutes is the longest such time in Tests, and probably first-class cricket, although SB Joshi scored 0* in 120 minutes for Baroda v Bengal in 2005/06 .

 

Cyril Washbrook’s extraordinary run of 67 balls while on a score of 114, including 10 consecutive maidens bowled by Ramadhin, ended with his dismissal.

He was replaced by Godfrey Evans, who took 35 balls to get off the mark, bringing the total to 102 scoreless balls from that “end”.

 

 

Most Balls Faced without Scoring including multiple innings (where known)

Balls Faced without score

Batsman

Tests

115

GAR Lock

3 Tests

1954

95 (est.)

B Mitchell

single inns

Brisbane 1931/32

92

AC Bannerman

2 inns

Sydney 1886/87

92

PM Nevill

2 Tests

2016

90

GI Allott

3 Tests

1999

85

B Mitchell

single inns

Joburg 1938/39

81

TE Bailey

single inns

Leeds 1955

80

JT Murray

2 inns

1962/63

79

GW Flower

2 inns

Harare 2000

76

SNJ O’Keefe

single inns

Kandy 2016

76

B Sutcliffe

2 Tests

Manchester 1958

75 (est.)

WH Scotton

single inns

The Oval 1886

74

CG Rackemann

single inns

SCG 1990/91

74

C Washbrook

2 Tests

1950

74

WL Murdoch

2 Tests

1883

74

DK Morrison

4 Tests

1993

72

JSE Price

6 Tests (!)

1964+

71

TG Evans

2 Tests

1947

70 (approx.)

WL Murdoch

2 Tests

1883

 

 

 

Most Balls without Scoring (Runs Off the Bat – Teams)

 

154 balls        PM Nevill and SNJ O’Keefe, Kandy 2016

           A unique combination of circumstances. There were no specialist batsmen so no attempt to farm the strike. One batsman was injured

            and so no running was attempted.

 

92 balls          England v West Indies, Lord's 1950 - 2nd Inns

During the final stage of a famous West Indies victory, England tailenders Wardle and Jenkins

faced 15 consecutive maiden overs from four bowlers.

88-92             Australia v England, Melbourne (MCG) 1883 - 1st Inns

Alec Bannerman and Bill Murdoch faced 22 maiden (4-ball) overs from  Barnes, Barlow and Bates.

81-88             Australia v West Indies, Adelaide 1961 – 2nd Inns

The last 10+ (eight-ball) overs of the match-saving Ken Mackay/Lindsay Kline partnership. Uncertain, since one source mentions a shot for 2 runs, others suggest byes. Includes a no ball.

81                  New Zealand v England, Leeds (Headingley) 1958 - 2nd Inns

Faced mostly by John Reid and Bert Sutcliffe (0 from 51 balls) off Lock and Laker

79                  England v India, Madras 1964 - 1st Inns

Bolus and Barrington around lunch on the 3rd day, during Bapu Nadkarni’s record 21 consecutive maidens. Borde and Kripal Singh also bowled.

78                  Australia v India, Calcutta 1964 - 1st Inns

Redpath batted throughout; two wickets fell. Durani, Chadrasekhar and Surti were the bowlers.

77                  England v West Indies, Lord's 1950 - 1st Inns

The same team and match as the #1 spot. Ramadhin and Valentine bowled. Bill Edrich scored one run off his first 84 balls faced in this innings.

74                  Pakistan v England, Lord's 1954 - 1st Inns

Hanif Mohammad scored 20 off 223 balls in this innings, the slowest innings of its size known. Laker and Wardle were the bowlers.

74                  Australia v South Africa, Johannesburg (New Wanderers) 1957 - 2nd Inns

‘Slasher’ Mackay and Peter Burge off Tayfield, VI Smith and Goddard.

71                  West Indies v England, Birmingham (Edgbaston) 1957 - 2nd Inns

The Three ‘W’s, believe it or not (Worrell, Walcott, Weekes). This was in the aftermath of the record partnership of Cowdrey and May.

70                  England v Australia, Leeds (Headingley) 1961 - 1st Inns

Dexter, Barrington and Murray off Benaud and Davidson. The first eleven overs of the second day were maidens.

68                  England v West Indies, Bridgetown, Barbados 1953 - 1st Inns

Hutton and Graveney off five different bowlers.

68                  New Zealand v England, Leeds (Headingley) 2013 - 2nd Inns

Final overs of the series. One wide also bowled. 

67                  Australia v England, Sydney (SCG) 1884 - 1st Inns

Bannerman and Jones. Quite uncertain about this one.

67                  New Zealand v England, Auckland 1962 - 1st Inns

Three batsmen off four bowlers.

 

Most of the above instances contained sundries. Prior to Kandy 2016, the highest rank on the list that definitely

contained no sundries was the 79 balls at Madras 1964.

 

At Kanpur in 1960/61, Pakistan reportedly remained scoreless for 45 minutes off the bowling of Umrigar and Nadkarni. At the prevailing over rate,

this would be equivalent to 90 balls or more without score. However, the reports only mention 11 consecutive maiden overs.

 

At Port-of-Spain 1977, the West Indies score remained on 192/7 for 45 minutes (>70 balls?).

 

 

Most no balls in a match (including those with runs off the bat)

34

RGD Willis

England

Eng v Aus, Birmingham (Edgbaston) 1981

33

BP Patterson

West Indies

WI v Aus, Perth (WACA) 1988/89

32

Wasim Akram

Pakistan

Pak v Eng, Manchester (Old Trafford) 1992

31

PIC Thompson

West Indies

WI v NZ, Bridgetown, Barbados 1996

30

RGD Willis

England

Eng v Aus, Lord's 1981

30

CPH Ramanayake

Sri Lanka

SL v Aus, Colombo2 (SSC) 1992

30

WPUJC Vaas

Sri Lanka

SL v Pak, Lahore (Gaddafi) 2001/02

Update June 2013

 

 

Most No Ball Calls against a team (innings)

No Balls

No ball calls

Bowling Team

38

53

West Indies

Georgetown 1988

Pakistan 435

35

50

West Indies

Perth (WACA) 1988

Australia 395/8

 

40

50

West Indies

Adelaide Oval 1989

Australia 515

 

40

49

West Indies

St John's, Antigua 1986

England 310

35

47

England

Bridgetown, Barbados 1974

W. Indies 596

34

46

Sri Lanka

Colombo2 (SSC) 1992

Australia 471

35

44

Sri Lanka

Wellington 1991

New Zealand 671/4

36

44

Sri Lanka

Harare 1994

Zimbabwe 319/8

35

43

Pakistan

Manchester (Old Trafford) 1992

England 390

36

42

West Indies

Bridgetown, Barbados 1994

England 394/7

30

42

West Indies

Bridgetown, Barbados 1997

India 319

36

41

Pakistan

Johannesburg (New Wanderers) 1994

South Africa 460

35

40

West Indies

The Oval 1991

England 419

34

40

West Indies

Manchester (Old Trafford) 1995

England 437

32

40

England

Lord's 1981

Australia 345

 

 

 

Most Boundaries in a Test Half-Century

Runs

4s

6s

Actual Score

50

2

7

TG Southee (77)

New Zealand v England

Napier 2008

53

48

12

0

APE Knott (116)

England v Pakistan

Birmingham 1971

52

48

12

0

GJ Gilmour (101)

Australia v New Zealand

Christchurch 1977

52

48

12

0

RL Dias (97)

Sri Lanka v India

Madras1 1982

51

48

12

0

AL Logie (81)

West indies v England

Lord’s 1988

53

48

12

0

RS Kaluwitharana (51)

Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe

Colombo 1998

51

48

12

0

HH Dippenaar (100)

South Africa v New Zealand

Johannesburg3 2000

53

48

12

0

HH Gibbs (147)

South Africa v Zimbabwe

Harare 2001

50

48

12

0

Younis Khan (58)

Pakistan v Australia

Colombo 2002

51

48

12

0

Inzamam-ul-Haq (112)

Pakistan v Zimbabwe

Harare 2002

52

48

12

0

DS Smith (62)

West Indies v Australia

Georgetown 2003

52

48

12

0

Asim Kamal (60)

Pakistan v India

Rawalpindi2 2004

52

48

12

0

A Flintoff (54)

England v New Zealand

Nottingham 2004

51

48

12

0

S Dhawan (187)

India v Australia

Mohali 2012

53

48

9

2

B Yardley (78)

Australia v West Indies

Bridgetown 1978

55

48

9

2

DL Haynes

West Indies v New Zealand

Christchurch 1980

?

48

9

2

GF Labrooy (70)†

Sri Lanka v New Zealand

Auckland 1990/91

53

48

9

2

HH Gibbs (114)

South Africa v Bangladesh

Potchefstroom 2002

54

48

9

2

Mohammad Ashraful (67)

Bangladesh v India

Mirpur 2007

51

48

9

2

Shakib Al Hasan

Bangladesh v NZ

Hamilton 2009/10

52

46

10

1

RH Spooner (79)

England v Australia

Oval 1905

52

46

10

1

V Subramanya (61)

India v West Indies

Chennai 1967

51

46

10

1

IVA Richards (114)

West Indies v England

St John’s 1981

51

46

10

1

Madan Lal**

India v Pakistan

Karachi 1982/83

52

46

10

1

IT Botham (60)

England v Australia

Leeds 1985

54

46

10

1

S Ganguly (101)

India v New Zealand

Hamilton 1999

51

46

10

1

HH Gibbs (74)

South Africa v Zimbabwe

Bulawayo 2001

52

46

10

1

RT Ponting (59)

Australia v Bangladesh

Cairns 2003

55

46

10

1

CH Gayle (116)

West Indies v South Africa

Cape Town 2004

52

46

10

1

CH Gayle (82)

West Indies v England

Birmingham 2004

53

46

7

3

ST Jayasuriya (89)

Sri Lanka v Bangladesh

Colombo4 2001

53

46

7

3

MS Dhoni (148)

India v Pakistan

Faisalabad 2006

51

46

7

3

KA Edwards (55)

West Indies v New Zealand

Port of Spain 2014

55

46

4

5

WJ Cronje (82*)

South Africa v Sri Lanka

Centurion 1998

51

 

And a very unusual one

 

10x4

1x7

KF Barrington (163)

England v New Zealand

Leeds 1965

53

 

**Cricket Archive gives Madan Lal 11 fours and a six in his 52* against Pakistan in Karachi in 1982, which would

surpass Southee’s mark. However, the official scoresheet confirms 10 fours and a six.

 

†Labrooy needed only 13 scoring strokes to reach 53: 4664324444444

Dhawan was playing his first Test innings.

Spooner’s ‘six’ scored only five runs under the Laws of the time.

‡The most consecutive runs scored entirely in boundaries, where known , is 52 by Shakib AL Hasan (100) against New Zealand at Hamilton I 2009/10. He went from 4 to 56 with two sixes and ten fours.

 

Updated July 2014

 

 

Fast First-class Triple Centuries

 

Macartney 1921

Woolley 1912

Rutherford 1986

Richards 1985

GC Smith 2005

Trumper 1914

Compton 1948

Lara 1994

Bradman 1930

345(343) off 274 balls

305* off 235 balls

317 off 245 balls

322 off 258 balls

311 off 255 balls

293(294) off 252 balls

300 off 262 balls

501* off 427 balls

452* off 465 balls

50 runs

55

28

64

63

55

80

55

100 runs

98

93

98

105

88

110

94

138

122

150 runs

123

134

152

140

158

193

170

200 runs

156

160

193

181

173

184

201

220

209

250 runs

186

191

215

213

226

245

264

300 runs

221

230

234

244

249

261

278

311

350 runs

311

359

400 runs

367

407

450 runs

398

465

500 runs

427

 

Note : Bradman’s 369 v Tasmania in 1935/36 (300 in 213 minutes) would figure on this list, but balls faced are unknown.

 

 

 

Five Wickets Before Lunch on the First Day

5/37

FR Spofforth

Australia v England

Melbourne (MCG) 1879

6/39

T Richardson

England v Australia

Lord's 1896

5/32

C Blythe

England v South Africa

Cape Town 1906

5/25

SF Barnes

England v South Africa

Johannesburg (Old Wanderers) 1913

5/34

AL Valentine**

West Indies v England

Manchester (Old Trafford) 1950

6/34

GD McKenzie

Australia v India

Melbourne (MCG) 1967

5/? (33 balls)

Maninder Singh

India v Pakistan

Bangalore 1987

5/26

CS Martin

New Zealand v Sri Lanka

Wellington 2005

5/11

SE Bond

New Zealand v Zimbabwe

Bulawayo 2005

5/23

DW Steyn

South Africa v India

Ahmedabad (Gujarat) 2008

5/7

VD Philander

South Africa v New Zealand

Cape Town 2013

8/15

SCJ Broad

England v Australia

Nottingham (Trent Bridge) 2015

** on Test debut

SF Barnes took 5/6 in the first 80 minutes play at the MCG in 1911/12. A rain interruption meant his 5th wicket came just after lunch.

Barnes also took 5/25, and FR Foster 5/16, between lunch and tea at Lord’s in 1912, after there was no play before lunch.

 

 

Quickest five-hauls (five wickets in the space of fewest balls)

 

Balls

Runs

12

6

MA Noble 7/17, Aus v Eng Melbourne 1901/02

13

3

JC Laker 9/37,   Eng v Aus Manchester  1956

15

5

including 1 nb, AR Caddick 5/14 Eng v WI Leeds 2000

 

15

6

TA Boult 6/40, NZ v WI, Wellington 2013

 

15

7

D Bishoo, 8/49, WI v Pak, Dubai 2016/17

 

16

5

RJ Hadlee 6/51 NZ v Pak Dunedin 1984/85

 

16

2

DW Steyn, SAf v WI, Port of Spain 2010

 

16

0

SCJ Broad, Eng v Ind, Nottingham 2011

17

3

H Ironmonger 5/6 Aus v SA Melbourne 1931/32

17

3

including 2 nb, Sarfraz Nawaz  9/86 Pak v Aus Melbourne  1978/79

17

1

GR Hazlitt 7/25 Aus v Eng The Oval  1912

17

4

FS Trueman 7/44 Eng v WI Birmingham 1963

 

17

6

SCJ Broad 8/15 Eng v Aus Nottingham 2015

18

0

BKV Prasad  6/33 Ind v Pak Chennai  1998/99

18

5

IR Bishop 5/32 WI v Eng Leeds 1995

approx

18

2

GA Lohmann 8/7  Eng v SA Johannesburg 1895/96

18*

7

H Trumble 7/28  Aus v Eng Melbourne 1903/04

 

18

2

PCR Tufnell, Eng v WI The Oval 1991

 

18

12

MG Johnson, Aus v Eng Adelaide 2013/14

19

7

AA Mailey 9/121 Aus v Eng Melbourne 1920/21

19

2

ERH Toshack  5/2 Aus v Ind Brisbane  1947/48

 

19

8

Imran Khan 6/35 Pak v Ind Hyderabad 1982/83

*6 wickets in 20 balls

Single innings only. Updated Oct 2016.

 

Note also the following cases in early Tests against Bangladesh

Balls

Runs

 

12

8

JH Kallis 5/21 SAf v Ban Potchefstroom 2002-03

13

0

Waqar Younis 6/55 Pak v Ban 2001/02

14

0

JJC Lawson 6/3 WI v Bangladesh Dhaka 2001/02

17

5

including 2 nb, Shoaib Akhtar 6/50 Pak v Ban Peshawar 2003/04

 

Dennis Lillee took five wickets for no runs off nine balls, and six for none off 15 balls, in the Australia v “Rest of the World XI” match at the WACA in 1971/72.

 

 

 

Fewest balls to reach five wickets in an innings, after first coming on to bowl.

Balls Bowled

19

ERH Toshack

Australia

India

Brisbane ('Gabba')

1947

19

SCJ Broad

England

Australia

Nottingham

2015

21

SR Watson

Australia

South Africa

Cape Town

2011

23

H Trumble

Australia

England

Melbourne (MCG)

1904

25

VI Philander

South Africa

New Zealand

Cape Town

2013

27

JH Kallis

South Africa

Bangladesh

Potchefstroom

2002

27

Harbhajan Singh

India

West Indies

Kingston, Jamaica

2006

29

FH Edwards

West Indies

Bangladesh

Mirpur

2011

**

LA King**

 

 

 

 

32

J Briggs

England

South Africa

Cape Town

1889

32

BJT Bosanquet

England

Australia

Sydney (SCG)

1904

33

HJ Tayfield

South Africa

Australia

Durban (Kingsmead)

1950

33

Maninder Singh

India

Pakistan

Bangalore

1987

34

GD McKenzie

Australia

India

Melbourne

1967

34

MJ Clarke

Australia

India

Mumbai (Wankhede)

2004

34

SCJ Broad

England

New Zealand

Lord’s

2013

34

VI Philander

South Africa

Australia

Cape Town

2011

35

M Muralitharan

Sri Lanka

Bangladesh

Colombo4 (RPS)

2005

36

SP Gupte

India

Pakistan

Dhaka

1955

37

GA Lohmann

England

South Africa

Port Elizabeth

1896

38

A Rose-Innes

South Africa

England

Port Elizabeth

1889

39

JJC Lawson

West Indies

Bangladesh

Dhaka

2002

39

SE Bond

New Zealand

Zimbabwe

Bulawayo (Queen's)

2005

39

JL Pattinson

Australia

New Zealand

Brisbane ('Gabba')

2011

39

DW Steyn

South Africa

West Indies

Centurion

2014

40

MA Noble

Australia

England

Melbourne (MCG)

1902

40

AER Gilligan

England

South Africa

Birmingham (Edgbaston)

1924

40

EA Martindale

West Indies

England

Bridgetown, Barbados

1935

40

GOB Allen

England

Australia

Brisbane ('Gabba')

1936

40

Shoaib Akhtar

Pakistan

Australia

Colombo1 (PSS)

2002

**LA King took 5 wickets in his first 4.2-4.6 overs on Test debut against India at Kingston 1962.

Updated Aug 2015

 

 

Best Test Bowling Sequences (single innings)

 

These sequences are not, for the most part, whole spells. Unless otherwise stated, all sequences took place as part of one bowling spell.

 

10/41 (109 balls) A Kumble 10/74 Ind v Pak Delhi 1999

10/49 (292 balls) JC Laker 10/53 Eng v Aus Manchester  1956

 

9/16  (46 balls) JC Laker 9/37   Eng v Aus Manchester  1956