Kane Williamson who has been going through a great run of form equalled the legendary Martin Crowe’s record for the most number of Test centuries by a New Zealand batsman in the history of cricket.
He did so by scoring a magnificent century against South Africa at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on March 27th, 2017. With 17 centuries to his name, he is still 56th on the list of the most number of Test centuries ever scored.
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India’s Sachin Tendulkar continues to sit pretty on top of the table with 51 Test centuries to his name with South Africa’s Jacques Kallis in 2nd place.
In this article, we take a look at the most hundreds scored by a batsman from each country.
Australia: Ricky Ponting
Arguably the greatest ever Test batsman for Australia and one of the best in the world during his day, Ricky Ponting terrorised opposition bowlers in his career which spanned over 15 years.
In 168 test matches, Ponting scored 13378 runs at a phenomenal average of 51.85 with 41 centuries and 62 half-centuries to his name.
He broke Steve Waugh’s record for the most number of Test centuries way back in 2006 against England at the Adelaide Oval where he scored 142 in the first innings of the match which helped Australia in eventually winning the match by six wickets.
Steve Smith, who is currently on 20 Test centuries is the only active Australian who is closest to Ponting’s record.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal
Bangladesh cricket have gone through a transformation over the past few years and have turned over a new leaf. Tamim Iqbal has been in the thick of the action for the Tigers for the past few years and has provided the much-needed start at the beginning of the innings.
Having made his Test debut in 2008, he has played 49 Tests and has scored 3677 runs at an average of 39.53 with 22 half centuries and 8 centuries to his name.
He broke Mohammed Ashraful's record of the most number of Test centuries by a Bangladeshi batsman in 2015 when he scored his first double-century against Pakistan at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna.
Shakib Al Hasan and Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim are currently 3 centuries behind Tamim.
England: Alastair Cook
Despite resigning from Test captaincy, Alastair Cook remains one of the most consistent openers in the England cricket team. Ever since his debut in 2006, he has featured in 140 Tests for England and has scored 11057 runs with 53 half centuries and 30 centuries to his name.
He is currently twelfth on the list of the leading run-getters in Test cricket. He broke a 50-year-old plus record by surpassing Wally Hammond when he scored 190 against India in Kolkata in 2012 in a Test which England won by 7 wickets and going on top of the list of the most number of Test centuries by an English batsman.
India: Sachin Tendulkar
Arguably the greatest ever cricketer to have played the game, anything said about Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is too less. He made his debut in 1989 against Pakistan at Karachi and went on to play 200 Tests and 463 ODIs for India. He holds the record for scoring the most number of runs in both Tests and ODIs and is the only cricketer till date to have scored 100 international centuries.
With 51 Test centuries, he sits pretty on top of the list of the most number of centuries scored by an Indian in Tests. He broke Sunil Gavaskar’s record of 34 Test centuries 12 years ago against Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi when he scored 109 in the first innings of a Test which India won by 188 runs.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson/Martin Crowe
Kane Williamson has been in supreme form off late and has been scoring centuries for fun. Earlier today, he equalled the legendary Martin Crowe’s record of the most number of Test centuries by a Kiwi batsman by scoring his 17th century against South Africa.
Kane Williamson made his debut against India in Ahmedabad in November 2010. He wasted no time in making his mark as he became only the second ever player from New Zealand to score a century on debut with his knock of 131 in that Test. He was made the captain of the side back in 2012 and has led his side in 27 matches so far, winning 11 of them.
Pakistan: Younis Khan
An evergreen veteran who still continues to play an integral role in the Pakistan Test side, Younis Khan has been one of the most consistent batsmen ever. Currently only 23 runs behind the 10000 run mark, Younis has played in 115 Tests for Pakistan and averages 53.06 with the bat with 32 half centuries and 34 centuries to his name.
He made his debut against Sri Lanka in Rawalpindi in the year 2000 and scored his first century in the 2nd innings of the match. He broke Inzamam Ul Haq’s record of the most number of Test centuries by a Pakistan batsman against Australia in 2014 in Dubai when he scored 106 runs in the first innings in a match which Pakistan won.
South Africa: Jacques Kallis
Arguably one of the greatest ever all-rounders in the history of cricket, Jacques Kallis was consistency personified. In a career which spanned almost 20 years, he featured in 166 Tests for the Proteas and is currently third on the list of the all-time leading run-scorers in Test cricket with 13289 runs to his name.
He made his debut against England in 1995 and scored his first Test century two years later against Australia. He broke Gary Kirsten’s record of the most number of centuries scored by a South African batsman by scoring his 22nd century against West Indies in 2005.
Sri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara
Undoubtedly the greatest ever Sri Lankan cricket batsman to have played, Kumar Sangakkara did not have a great debut as he just scored 23 on debut against South Africa. He took some time to get going but once he scored his first Test century against India in 2001, there was no stopping him.
He went on to play 134 matches for Sri Lanka and scored 12400 at an average of 57.40 with 52 half centuries and 38 centuries to his name. He broke his teammate Mahela Jayawardene’s record of the most number of Test centuries scored by a Sri Lankan batsman in 2013 against Bangladesh.
He played his last Test against India where he scored 32 and 18 in the two innings in a test match which India won.
West Indies: Brian Lara
The only batsman to have scored a 400 in Test cricket, Brian Charles Lara is a legend of the game and was one of the best batsmen of his generation. Having made his debut in 1990, he scored 11953 runs in 131 matches at an average of 52.88 with 48 half centuries and 34 centuries to his name.
He made his debut against Pakistan in 1990 in Lahore and broke Gary Sobers’s record of the most number of Test centuries scored by a West Indian against South Africa in 2005 where he scored 196 in the first innings of a Test which the Proteas won.
Zimbabwe: Andy Flower
The elder of the two Flower brothers, Andy was one of the very few batsmen from Zimbabwe to show consistency in his batting performances. He amassed 4794 runs in 63 matches at an average of 51.54 with 12 centuries and 27 half-centuries to his name.
He made his debut against India in 1992 and scored a half-century in the match. He scored his first Test century against India in 1993 and broke Dave Houghton’s record of the most number of Test centuries scored by a batsman from Zimbabwe against Pakistan in 1998.