Highest score in batting positions in Tests

In my previous article, I had presented the highest score reached in ODI batting positions. In this article, I have made the same analysis in Tests.

There is a table followed by potted scores and a brief description.

Pos

Batsman

Year

MtId

Inns

For

Vs

Runs

No

Result

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/2

Hayden M.L

2003

1661

1

Aus

Zim

380

 

Won

3

Lara B.C

2004

1696

1

Win

Eng

400

*

Draw

4

Jayawardene M

2006

1810

2

Slk

Saf

374

 

Won

5

Bradman D.G

1934

236

2

Aus

Eng

304

 

Draw

6

Walters K.D

1977

796

1

Aus

Nzl

250

 

Draw

7

Bradman D.G

1937

257

3

Aus

Eng

270

 

Won

8

Wasim Akram

1996

1336

2

Pak

Zim

257

*

Draw

9

Smith I.D.S

1990

1139

1

Nzl

Ind

173

 

Draw

10

Read W.W

1884

16

2

Eng

Aus

117

 

Draw

11

Zaheer Khan

2004

1725

2

Ind

Bng

75

 

Won

1/2. Test # 1661. Australia vs Zimbabwe.
Played on 9,10,11,12,13 October 2003 at W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth.
Australia won by an innings and 175 runs.
Australia: 735 for 6 wkt(s):    Hayden M.L 380 (437)
Zimbabwe: 239 all out
Zimbabwe: 321 all outHayden erased the then world record for individual innings, Lara's 375, and got out immediately afterwards. If he had continued, there is no saying how much he might have amassed considering that it was only the second day. Zimbabwe showed good fight but lost by an innings.

3. Test # 1696. West Indies vs England.
Played on 10,11,12,13,14 April 2004 at Antigua Recreation Ground, St John's, Antigua.
Match Drawn.
West Indies: 751 for 5 wkt(s):    Lara B.C  400 (582)
England: 285 all out
England: 422 for 5 wkt(s)

Lara had overtaken Sobers' 365 during 1994. Hayden had crossed this 6 months back. Lara, again batting 2004: Lara makes the first quadruple century in Tests, against England in Antigua.at no.3, then proceeded to regain the individual record with this awesome innings of 400. It should be understood that this was against a good English attack, led by Harmison and Flintoff. As compared to Lara's 375, this was a much more valuable innings. West Indies almost won since England followed on. Unfortunately, Lara himself dropped Vaughan when he was on 23 in the second innings and Vaughan went on to play a match saving innings. West Indies had chances of winning until the last hour.

4. Test # 1810. Sri Lanka vs South Africa.
Played on 27,28,29,30,31 July 2006 at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo.
Sri Lanka won by an innings and 153 runs.
South Africa: 169 all out
Sri Lanka: 756 for 5 wkt(s):    Jayawardene M 374 (572)
South Africa: 434 all out

This was a match of records and near-records. After dismissing South Africa for 169, Sri Lanka slumped to 14 for 2. The next wicket did not fall for 942 balls. Jayawardene, batting at no.4, and Sangakkara (287) added an immense 624 for the third wicket which smashed every partnership record in Tests and First Class cricket. When it was almost certain that Jayawardene would cross Lara's 400, he fell at 374, the fourth highest individual score in Test history. South Africa battled well but lost by an innings.

5. Test # 236. England vs Australia.
Played on 20,21,23,24 July 1934 at Headingley, Leeds.
Match drawn.
England: 200 all out
Australia: 584 all out:    Bradman D.G  304 (473)
England: 229 for 6 wkt(s)

After dismissing England for 200, Australia were in trouble at 39 for 3 at close of the first day. Bradman, batting at no.5,  joined Ponsford next day and reached 271 by close of play, nearly repeating his 1930 feat of scoring 300 in a day. He reached his 300 the next day and declared nearly 400 runs ahead. England were saved by rain.

6. Test # 796. New Zealand vs Australia.
Played on 18,19,20,22,23 February 1977 at Lancaster Park, Christchurch.
Match drawn.
Australia: 552 all out:    Walters K.D  250 (342)
New Zealand: 357 all out
Australia: 154 for 4 wkt(s)
New Zealand: 293 for 8 wkt(s)

This was played during the Packer time and Australia had been weakened. Walters walked in at no.6 with Australia in some trouble at 112 for 4 and then got to 208 for 6. Walters played brilliantly and scored 250, adding over 200 runs for the seventh wicket with Gary Gilmour who scored his only Test century. Australia scored 552. New Zealand batted well in both innings and the match was an exciting draw.

7. Test # 257. Australia vs England.
Played on 1,2,4,5,6,7 January 1937 at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Australia won by 365 runs.
Australia: 200 for 9 wkt(s)
England: 76 for 9 wkt(s)
Australia: 564 all out:    Bradman D.G  270 (375)
England: 323 all out

This was a peculiar match. Australia declared their first innings at 200 for 9 trying to catch England on a difficult pitch. England obliged and were 79 for 9 when they declared. Bradman countered by sending in his bowlers because of the pitch condition and soon they were 97 for 5 when Bradman walked in at no.7. He added 346 for the sixth wicket with Fingleton who scored 136. Bradman went on to score 270 in only 375 balls and Australia reached 564. England fell a huge 365 runs short and Bradman's tactics paid off

This innings, incidentally, was adjudged the highest ranked Test innings in the Wisden-100 list prepared by me a decade back. The nature of the innings with Bradman coming in at 97 for 5 and the runs he added with the late order helped a lot.

8. Test # 1336. Pakistan vs Zimbabwe.
Played on 17,18,19,20,21 October 1996 at Sheikhupura Stadium.
Match drawn.
Zimbabwe: 375 all out
Pakistan: 553 all out:    Wasim Akram  257 (363)
Zimbabwe: 241 for 7 wkt(s)

Zimbabwe scored a reasonable 375 playing away. Wasim Akram, batting at no.8, walked in with Pakistan in some strife at 183 for 6 and the score soon reached 237 for 7. Then Wasim Akram added 313 runs for the eighth wicket in the company of Saqlain Mushtaq, who scored 76. Wasim Akram remained unbeaten on 257. Zimbabwe played out time and the match ended in a draw.

9. Test # 1139. New Zealand vs India.
Played on 22,23,24,25,26 February 1990 at Eden Park, Auckland.
Match drawn.
New Zealand: 391 all out:    Smith I.D.S   173 (136)
India: 482 all out
New Zealand: 483 for 5 wkt(s)
India: 149 for 0 wkt(s)

New Zealand played India at home and soon slid to 131 for 7 when Ian Smith, batting at no.9, walked in. He added over 100 with Richard Hadlee and then added 136 with Martin Sneddon before he was dismissed at 173. New Zealand scored 391 and drew the rather high-scoring match. Note how fast Smith scored, at well over a run-a-ball.

10. Test # 16. England vs Australia.
Played on 11,12,13 August 1884 at Kennington Oval, London.
Match drawn.
Australia: 551 all out
England: 346 all out:    Read W.W  117 (155)
England: 85 for 2 wkt(s)

Australia scored 551 and England were in dire straits at 181 for 8. Read entered at no.10 and scored 117 runs and added 151 runs with Scotton who had opened the innings. Scotton was dismissed at 332 and Read himself fell at 346. England had done enough to save the game. Incidentally, this is one of three hundreds scored in position no.10. Duff scored 104 during 1902 and recently Pat Symcox scored 108 against Pakistan.

11. Test # 1725. Bangladesh vs India.
Played on 10,11,12,13 December 2004 at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka.
India won by an innings and 140 runs.
Bangladesh: 184 all out
India: 526 all out:    Zaheer Khan   75 (115)
Bangladesh: 202 all out

India dismissed Bangladesh for 184. Then Tendulkar scored a century and India reached 393 for 9. Zaheer Khan became the last batsman to enter and helped Tendulkar make his highest Test score of 248 and he himself reached 75. India reached 526 and easily won by an innings. No one has scored a Test hundred batting at no.11.

Surprisingly, only 4 of these efforts have led to victories. The other six have ended in draws.

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