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The Greatest Test Innings: A New Look


Steve Ferrier | 12:14am gmt 12 Oct 2011
The Greatest Test Innings: A New Look
The batting style that produced arguably the finest Test innings.
The Greatest Test Innings: A New Look

It has been 10 years since Wisden published their controversial list of the top 100 best innings in Test cricket history. Don Bradman topped the list with his 270 against England in 1937 after he reversed the batting order and came in at no.7 with the score at 90/5.

Ranking that innings at no.1 was not controversial at all. Indeed, it would be controversial in the extreme not to put that innings in at least the top 10 or 20 of any list attempting to rank the greatest Test innings. The controversy was caused by the absence of any Tendulkar innings in the top 100.

I have been working on ranking the best batsmen and bowlers in Test cricket and one-day international cricket for some years now. Only now am I getting close to creating a formula I am happy to present to cricket fans and followers. Whilst working on rating the great Test batsmen, I also thought about rating their innings/performances, thereby incorporating them in their career ratings. Entertaining players like Stan McCabe and Adam Gilchrist, who played some of the most famous and talked-about knocks in history, and yet only averaged in the 40s, will be well-served by this.

So, I set to work in creating a formula in ranking Test innings. I only had the help of Microsoft Excel so it has taken some time, and quite often I had to reset the formulas. Finally, I arrived at a list that I am pleased with. It is different from the Wisden 100 but one thing still remains: the great Tendulkar, who I admire and enjoy watching so much, does not feature in my top 100.

I will not bore readers with the exact workings of the formula, but I will give brief summary of the factors involved:

1. Base runs scored
2. Runs scored by other batsmen in the same team innings, divided by the number of batsmen used. The highest score I have found for this measurement so far has been for Bannerman's 165 retired hurt in 1877, the first innings in Test history! The other ten batsmen used scored an average of 72 runs between them (I have discounted the 8 extras in that innings). Bannerman thus scored over 6 times more than his teammates in one innings!
3. Runs per wicket of all the other batsmen in the match. This helps players who scored heavily in large victories.
4. % of team runs scored (including the extras this time).
5. Runs scored with the bottom-half of the batting order: specifically, runs scored with no.7-11 batsmen. For example, in Clem Hill's famous 188 at the end of the 19th century, the fifth wicket fell at 32. When Hill was ninth out, the score stood at 303. Australia finally made 323, which meant that Hill helped score 84% of the total team runs with the bottom half of the batting order: (303-32)/323

Those first five factors give a base score for an innings. They are then multiplied by the following factors:

1. Strike-rate. Astle's 222 and numerous Gilchrist innings` are rewarded with this measurement.
2. Match won/drawn/or lost. Close wins or close draws?
3. State of the series. Was it a 'live' match or a dead rubber? Was it the deciding match in the series? Was a batsmen's team behind in the series and then went on to win the rubber, i.e. Botham?s 149*, or Laxman's 281?
4. Home match or Away match?
5. Strength of the opposition and/or bowling attack. Australia or West Indies at their peak or Bangladesh?
6. Situation of the match. Following on 200 or more runs behind and going onto win? Winning after chasing 350 in the final innings? Having a 100+ lead after the first innings?

All those factors will produce a final rating for any innings played in Test history. However, I have left out any innings in which the team score was less than 150 with no more than 4 wickets lost. For example, 120/1, 145/4, etc.

Before presenting you with my top 100, I want to say that in no way do I think that stats-based ratings like this one or Wisden's are the only way with which to judge Test cricket innings. It is one way to promote discussion on forums and to introduce some readers to great innings long forgotten. People who have actually played the game and were there on the day should know a good innings from a bad one. Scorecards from 1902 also cannot record how fluent a batsman looked at the crease or how many chances he gave. People may not agree with my final list, but I put a lot of thought into it (you can tell by looking at the number of measurements used!), and to be honest, when an earlier formula produced a top 10 list which just looked wrong, I went back to the drawing board.

Finally, if there are any innings which I have missed out on, please let me know, and I will measure them. But let me say now that I have measured a number of Tendulkar innings and not one so far has gotten near the top 100. The closest is his 136 against Pakistan in 1999 in a losing chase, which fetched a rating of 15.48.
Enjoy the list!
DoG

Top 10 pen-portraits:
1. Brian Lara 153* vs Australia at Bridgetown in 1999. Rating: 26.84
The seminal innings in a 4th innings run chase and rated the greatest innings of all-time based on my formula. Lara was under fire throughout the Caribbean following the 0-5 loss in South Africa. He answered his critics at Kingston in the 2nd Test with a double century (rated 25th on my list) to level the series against the world-conquering Australians. It was in Bridgetown that he forever sealed his status as a great batsman. He basically won the 3rd Test single-handed after coming in at 78/3 with 230 runs still required. He put on 133 with Jimmy Adams (of which Adams made 38) before working with Ambrose and Walsh to score the final 63 runs with the last two wickets. It is the innings of a master batsman under pressure against a great bowling attack. Need I say more, except that it could have been so different had Ian Healy managed to hold onto that catch in the final stages of the run chase.

2. Ian Botham 149* vs Australia at Leeds 1981. Rating: 26.65
If there is one innings that is more famous than Lara's it is Beefy's slog at Leeds that basically turned the Ashes on its head. Following on, England were still 122 runs away from making Australia bat again when Botham came in at 105/5. He proceeded to hit 149 not out off 148 balls, putting on 221 runs with the last 3 wickets. His innings would have been a mere footnote had Willis not come out firing in the 4th innings so I guess it is somewhat appropriate that Lara's innings is rated at no.1 with Beefy having to settle for no.2.

3. Graham Gooch 154* vs West Indies at Leeds 1991. Rating 26.34.
Another great innings played at Headingley (there are a total of 5 in the top 100). This is an innings of a batsman who was so far ahead of his peers for one match that it was almost ridiculous. The next highest score in the match was 73. The average of all the other batsmen in the match was 14.40. Gooch stood alone in this match like no other batsmen has done in the modern-day era of Test cricket. And let us not forget that this was against a great bowling attack as well. Pure class.

4. V.V.S. Laxman 281 vs Australia at Kolkata in 2001. Rating: 25.55
Everyone knows of this innings and no description is really necessary. I have no doubt that the majority of Indians would deem this to be the greatest innings ever but I hope they can take solace in the fact that it is still the best of the 21st century so far. The only thing that counts against Laxman in my formula is the amount of support he got from Dravid, which means that he did not shoulder the burden alone as much as the 3 innings rated above him.

5. Charles Bannerman 165 retired not out vs England at Melbourne in 1877. Rating: 25.15
I find it somewhat fitting that the first ever innings played in Test cricket was one of top 5 greatest in the history of the game. The stats by themselves are incredible. Bannerman scored 67% of his team's runs (the highest ever) and scored 6.8 times the amount of runs that his teammates scored combined. Bannerman played only 3 matches but he left his mark on the game forever.

6. Don Bradman 270 vs England at Melbourne in 1937. Rating: 24.99
The Don's greatest innings helped turn an Ashes series in much the same way that Botham?s did some 44 years later. England won the first 2 matches of the rubber with Bradman averaging a mere 30.00, including 2 ducks. Australia batted first in Melbourne and made 200 (Bradman again failing with 13). They bowled England out for 76 after rain set in and left the wicket sticky. Bradman, the master strategist, then reversed his batting order so that he could get the best batting conditions when he came in at number 7. It worked to perfection. He came in at 97/5 but put on 346 runs with Jack Fingleton and Australia eventually won by a comfortable 365 runs. Bradman went on to score a century in each of the final two tests and Australia won the series 3-2. An incredible reversal.

7. Virender Sehwag 201* vs. Sri Lanka at Galle in 2008. Rating: 24.22
The Indian batsmen were all at sea against the debutant Ajantha Mendis throughout this series but somehow Sehwag tamed him and batted through the entire innings for a double-century triumph. And with a strike-rate of 87. India won the match and although they lost the final match and the rubber, Sehwag's innings will be remembered as one of the greats.

8. VVS Laxman 167 vs. Australia at Sydney in 2000. Rating: 24.18
It takes a special batsman to have two innings ranked in the top 10 of all time. And VVS is a special batsman whose career average of 46 does not reveal the full story of how many great innings he has played for country. This is the greatest innings in a losing cause. Against a rampant bowling attack, India were following-on, and soon in trouble. Laxman was eighth out with the score on 258. The next highest score was 25. It is a very similar innings to Gooch's, except that the match was lost and was never likely to be saved. A beautiful innings, nonetheless, and Laxman's first century.

9. Sanath Jayasuriya 253 vs. Pakistan at Faisalabad in 2004. Rating: 24.17
Jayasuriya's second-to-last century and it would not have been had Shoaib Akhtar not no-balled when he had Jayasuriya caught behind early in his innings. Sanath went on to score 253 runs out of a team total of 438 at a strike-rate over 70 to send Sri Lanka to a rare victory away from home against a Test-playing nation. The next highest score in the innings was 59.

10. Stan McCabe 232 vs. England at Nottingham in 1938. Rating: 23.46
This is one of my favourite innings and it is still the greatest innings played by an Australian abroad, according to my formula. England made a mammoth 658/8 and had Australia in all sorts of trouble at 150/5. McCabe increased his scoring rate as he lost more partners. This culminated in him scoring 72 out of 77 runs for the last wicket in 28 minutes. Whilst McCabe was at the crease, other players and extras scored a total of 68 runs! Australia made 411 and the match was eventually drawn. Don Bradman apparently summoned his players to the player's balcony to watch, saying that "they would never see anything like it again."


PosNameRunsOppositionVenueYearRating
1B.C. Lara153*AustraliaBridgetown199926.84
2I.T. Botham149*AustraliaLeeds198126.65
3G.A. Gooch154*West IndiesLeeds199126.34
4V.V.S. Laxman281AustraliaKolkata200125.55
5C. Bannerman165*EnglandMelbourne187725.15
6D.G. Bradman270EnglandMelbourne193724.99
7V. Sehwag201*Sri LankaGalle200824.22
8V.V.S. Laxman167AustraliaSydney200024.18
9S.T. Jayasuriya253PakistanFaisalabad200424.17
10S.J. McCabe232EnglandNottingham193823.46
11D.L. Amiss262*West IndiesKingston197423.11
12AzharMahmood132South AfricaDurban199822.81
13Saeed Anwar188IndiaKolkata199922.54
14C. Hill188EnglandMelbourne189822.49
15C.G. Greenidge134EnglandManchester197622.40
16G.S. Chappell176New ZealandChristchurch198221.75
17Inzamam-ul-Haq329New ZealandLahore200221.35
18Mohammad Wasim192ZimbabweHarare199821.25
19M.J. Slater123EnglandSydney199921.03
20V. Sehwag319South AfricaChennai200820.84
21D.G. Bradman299*South AfricaAdelaide193220.60
22G.L. Jessop104AustraliaThe Oval190220.58
23H.P. Tillekaratne115PakistanFaisalabad199520.46
24D.G. Bradman334EnglandLeeds193020.29
25B.C. Lara213AustraliaKingston199920.26
26M.E. Trescothick180South AfricaJohannesburg200520.26
27S.M. Gavaskar221EnglandThe Oval197920.17
28K.J. Hughes100*West IndiesMelbourne198120.01
29N.J. Astle222EnglandChristchurch200219.93
30C.L. Walcott220EnglandBridgetown195419.91
31K.C. Sangakkara156*New ZealandWellington200619.90
32AsifIqbal146EnglandThe Oval196719.84
33R. Dravid223AustraliaAdelaide200319.81
34G.M. Turner223*West IndiesKingston197219.74
35D.G. Bradman103*EnglandMelbourne193319.67
36P.F. Warner132*South AfricaJohannesburg189919.59
37R.E. Foster287AustraliaSydney190319.54
38N. Kapil Dev129South AfricaPort Elizabeth199219.46
39S.M. Gavaskar236*West IndiesMadras198319.46
40A.C. Gilchrist149*PakistanHobart199919.35
41G.C. Smith154*EnglandBirmingham200819.32
42D.G. Bradman212EnglandAdelaide193719.26
43L. Hutton205West IndiesKingston195419.19
44W.R. Hammond231AustraliaSydney193619.09
45Hanif Mohammad337West IndiesBridgetown195818.95
46M.A. Butcher173*AustraliaLeeds200118.94
47B. Mitchell164*EnglandLord's193518.90
48G.S. Sobers168AustraliaSydney196118.88
49G.R. Viswanath97*West IndiesMadras197518.88
50O.G. Smith168EnglandNottingham195718.79
51G.J. Bonnor128EnglandSydney188518.76
52V.T. Trumper159South AfricaMelbourne191118.75
53G.A. Headley270*EnglandKingston193518.55
54Hanif Mohammad187EnglandLord's196718.42
55M.A. Taylor144West IndiesSt. John's199118.34
56M.E. Waugh116South AfricaPort Elizabeth199718.26
57R.G. Pollock274AustraliaDurban197018.16
58L. Vincent224Sri LankaWellington200518.12
59C.G. Greenidge213New ZealandAuckland198718.12
60B.C. Lara226AustraliaAdelaide200518.05
61J. Ryder201*EnglandAdelaide192518.02
62D.L. Amiss179IndiaDelhi197618.01
63W.R. Hammond336*New ZealandAuckland193317.97
64A.R. Border163IndiaMelbourne198517.96
65C.L. Cairns80EnglandThe Oval199917.96
66G.R. Viswanath114AustraliaMelbourne198117.95
67B.F. Butcher133EnglandLord's196317.93
68G.R. Viswanath139West IndiesCalcutta197417.85
69K.P. Pietersen142Sri LankaBirmingham200617.85
70Kamran Akmal113IndiaKarachi200617.84
71L. Hutton364AustraliaThe Oval193817.70
72G. Kirsten100*PakistanFaisalabad199717.63
73G.R. Viswanath124West IndiesMadras197917.53
74S.M. Nurse258New ZealandChristchurch196917.50
75D.C.S. Compton278PakistanNottingham195417.49
76D.J. McGlew255*New ZealandWellington195317.43
77D.P.M.D. Jayawardene167New ZealandGalle199817.43
78C.H. Gayle333Sri LankaGalle201017.39
79D.N. Sardesai212West IndiesKingston197117.38
80C.G. Greenidge214*EnglandLord's198417.35
81M.A. Atherton185*South AfricaJohannesburg199517.35
82J.R. Reid142South AfricaJohannesburg196217.34
83R.T. Simpson156*AustraliaMelbourne195117.31
84D.G. Bradman304EnglandLeeds193417.25
85A. Flintoff73AustraliaBirmingham200517.25
86W.W. Armstrong159*South AfricaJohannesburg190217.21
87R.T. Ponting257IndiaMelbourne200317.19
88D.I. Gower154*West IndiesKingston198117.17
89G.S. Chappell182*West IndiesSydney197617.07
90K.D. Walters104*New ZealandAuckland197417.06
91Saeed Anwar118South AfricaDurban199817.06
92Aamer Sohail133AustraliaKarachi199816.98
93D.M. Jones184*EnglandSydney198716.91
94M.J. Greatbatch146*AustraliaPerth198916.90
95R.G. Pollock125EnglandNottingham196516.89
96V.S. Hazare145AustraliaAdelaide194816.88
97M.C. Cowdrey102AustraliaMelbourne195416.85
98S.R. Waugh108EnglandManchester199716.81
99K.C. Sangakkara232South AfricaColumbo200416.81
100R.N. Harvey167EnglandMelbourne195916.80


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Comments
Wow. McCullum's two centuries in the last two weeks both enter the top 30 of alltime. The fascinating thing is that if New Zealand ended up winning the second test, McCullum's effort would be at no.4. The list has been revised somewhat in the last two months since I last published it.

1 B.C. Lara 153* Australia Bridgetown 1999 23.39
2 G.A. Gooch 154* West Indies Leeds 1991 23.25
3 I.T. Botham 149* Australia Leeds 1981 23.01
4 D.G. Bradman 270 England Melbourne 1937 21.75
5 V.V.S. Laxman 281 Australia Kolkata 2001 21.40
6 C. Hill 188 England Melbourne 1898 21.30
7 Azhar Mahmood 132 South Africa Durban 1998 21.16
8 C. Bannerman 165* England Melbourne 1877 21.12
9 V. Sehwag 201* Sri Lanka Galle 2008 19.92
10 C.L. Walcott 220 England Bridgetown 1954 19.56
11 K.J. Hughes 100* West Indies Melbourne 1981 19.30
12 D.P.M.D. Jayawardene 180 England Galle 2012 19.20
13 B.C. Lara 213 Australia Kingston 1999 19.14
[B]14 B.B. McCullum 302 India Wellington 2014 19.14[/B]
15 Younis Khan 200* Zimbabwe Harare 2013 19.04
16 A.C. Gilchrist 149* Pakistan Hobart 1999 18.90
17 R.N. Harvey 167 England Melbourne 1959 18.77
18 G.L. Jessop 104 Australia The Oval 1902 18.65
19 C.G. Greenidge 214* England Lord's 1984 18.54
20 S.T. Jayasuriya 253 Pakistan Faisalabad 2004 18.43
21 S.M. Gavaskar 236* West Indies Madras 1983 18.42
22 Mohammad Wasim 192 Zimbabwe Harare 1998 18.37
23 L. Klusener 118 Sri Lanka Kandy 2000 18.26
24 D.G. Bradman 334 England Leeds 1930 18.15
25 P.F. Warner 132* South Africa Johannesburg 1899 18.11
26 J. Ryder 201* England Adelaide 1925 18.01
27 G.S. Chappell 182* West Indies Sydney 1976 17.98
[B]28 B.B. McCullum 224 India Auckland 2014 17.89[/B]
29 D.L. Amiss 262* West Indies Kingston 1974 17.86
30 Saeed Anwar 188 India Kolkata 1999 17.82
31 N. Kapil Dev 129 South Africa Port Elizabeth 1992 17.78
32 B.C. Lara 226 Australia Adelaide 2005 17.74
33 Asif Iqbal 146 England The Oval 1967 17.73
34 I.J.L. Trott 184 Pakistan Lord's 2010 17.71
35 G.S. Chappell 176 New Zealand Christchurch 1982 17.71
36 Hanif Mohammad 337 West Indies Bridgetown 1958 17.70
37 G.C. Smith 154* England Birmingham 2008 17.66
38 M.J. Clarke 151 South Africa Cape Town 2011 17.66
39 K.C. Sangakkara 156* New Zealand Wellington 2006 17.39
40 D.G. Bradman 299* South Africa Adelaide 1932 17.26
41 S.M. Gavaskar 221 England The Oval 1979 17.01
42 C.G. Greenidge 134 England Manchester 1976 16.97
43 R. Dravid 233 Australia Adelaide 2003 16.95
44 R.E. Foster 287 Australia Sydney 1903 16.95
45 O.G. Smith 168 England Nottingham 1957 16.82
46 B. Mitchell 164* England Lord's 1935 16.81
47 D.L. Amiss 179 India Delhi 1976 16.79
48 M.E. Trescothick 180 South Africa Johannesburg 2005 16.77
49 M.A. Butcher 173* Australia Leeds 2001 16.77
50 V.V.S. Laxman 167 Australia Sydney 2000 16.72
51 M.N. Samuels 123 New Zealand Kingston 2012 16.71
52 M.C. Cowdrey 102 Australia Melbourne 1954 16.70
53 G. Kirsten 100* Pakistan Faisalabad 1997 16.62
54 S.J. McCabe 232 England Nottingham 1938 16.61
55 G.A. Headley 270* England Kingston 1935 16.51
56 D.G. Bradman 212 England Adelaide 1937 16.50
57 S.C.J. Broad 169 Pakistan Lord's 2010 16.44
58 G.J. Bonnor 128 England Sydney 1885 16.40
59 J.L. Langer 166 Sri Lanka Colombo 2004 16.34
60 M.E. Waugh 116 South Africa Port Elizabeth 1997 16.32
61 C.H. Lloyd 161* India Calcutta 1983 16.31
62 G.R. Viswanath 114 Australia Melbourne 1981 16.24
63 G.R. Viswanath 97* West Indies Madras 1975 16.23
64 P.S. McDonnell 147 England Sydney 1882 16.17
65 M.J. Slater 123 England Sydney 1999 16.16
66 G.P. Thorpe 113* Sri Lanka Colombo 2001 16.04
67 Hanif Mohammad 187 England Lord's 1967 16.00
[B]68 J.V. Coney 111* Pakistan Dunedin 1985 16.00[/B]
69 Saleem Malik 237 Australia Rawalpindi 1994 15.98
70 G.P. Thorpe 119* West Indies Bridgetown 2004 15.98
71 V. Sehwag 319 South Africa Chennai 2008 15.97
72 V.T. Trumper 159 South Africa Melbourne 1911 15.95
73 L. Hutton 62* Australia Brisbane 1950 15.95
74 J.L. Langer 191 Pakistan Perth 2004 15.90
75 R.N. Harvey 151* South Africa Durban 1950 15.90
76 C.G. Greenidge 213 New Zealand Auckland 1987 15.78
77 R.T. Simpson 156* Australia Melbourne 1951 15.77
78 S.R. Tendulkar 169 South Africa Cape Town 1997 15.75
79 S.J. McCabe 187* England Sydney 1932 15.72
80 Inzamam-ul-Haq 329 New Zealand Lahore 2002 15.68
81 R.A. Smith 148* West Indies Lord's 1991 15.66
82 D.G. Bradman 226 South Africa Brisbane 1931 15.65
83 GA Faulkner 123 England Johannesburg 1910 15.62
84 R.G. Pollock 125 England Nottingham 1965 15.62
85 Inzamam-ul-Haq 138* Bangladesh Multan 2003 15.60
86 W.W. Armstrong 159* South Africa Johannesburg 1902 15.60
[B]87 C.L. Cairns 80 England The Oval 1999 15.58[/B]
88 K.C. Sangakkara 211 Pakistan Abu Dubai 2011 15.54
89 G.P. Thorpe 200* New Zealand Christchurch 2002 15.53
90 K.P. Pietersen 158 Australia The Oval 2005 15.45
91 C.G. Greenidge 226 Australia Bridgetown 1991 15.40
92 Kamran Akmal 113 India Karachi 2006 15.37
93 D.G. Bradman 304 England Leeds 1934 15.28
94 G. Kirsten 275 England Durban 1999 15.21
95 J.L. Langer 127 Pakistan Hobart 1999 15.21
96 D.G. Bradman 103* England Melbourne 1933 15.17
97 K.C. Sangakkara 92 England Kandy 2007 15.08
98 A.C. Gilchrist 144 Bangladesh Fatullah 2006 15.07
99 I.V.A. Richards 182* England Bridgetown 1981 15.05
100 H.P. Tillakaratne 115 Pakistan Faisalabad 1995 15.04


Martin Crowe's 299 against Sri Lanka is rated at 13.16.


Marlon Samuel's 123 the other day has gained him a place in the top 100, at no.41 in fact. His is the 3rd best innings to be scored against New Zealand, behind Greg Chappell's 176 and Inzamam's mammoth 329.

1 I.T. Botham 149* Australia Leeds 1981 Won 26.41
2 B.C. Lara 153* Australia Bridgetown 1999 Won 25.47
3 G.A. Gooch 154* West Indies Leeds 1991 Won 25.01
4 V.V.S. Laxman 281 Australia Kolkata 2001 Won 24.18
5 D.G. Bradman 270 England Melbourne 1937 Won 23.73
6 D.L. Amiss 262* West Indies Kingston 1974 Draw 23.58
7 C. Bannerman 165* England Melbourne 1877 Won 23.07
8 Azhar Mahmood 132 South Africa Durban 1998 Won 22.70
9 G.L. Jessop 104 Australia The Oval 1902 Won 22.09
10 C. Hill 188 England Melbourne 1898 Won 21.86
[B]11 D.P.M.D. Jayawardene 180 England Galle 2012 Won 21.83[/B]
12 V. Sehwag 201* Sri Lanka Galle 2008 Won 21.64
13 C.G. Greenidge 134 England Manchester 1976 Won 21.56
14 L. Klusener 118 Sri Lanka Kandy 2000 Won 21.44
15 H.P. Tillakaratne 115 Pakistan Faisalabad 1995 Won 21.26
16 S.T. Jayasuriya 253 Pakistan Faisalabad 2004 Won 21.19
17 S.J. McCabe 232 England Nottingham 1938 Draw 20.98
18 C.L. Walcott 220 England Bridgetown 1954 Won 20.79
19 V.V.S. Laxman 167 Australia Sydney 2000 Lost 20.74
20 Saeed Anwar 188 India Kolkata 1999 Won 20.62
21 K.J. Hughes 100* West Indies Melbourne 1981 Won 20.54
22 Asif Iqbal 146 England The Oval 1967 Lost 19.92
23 A.C. Gilchrist 149* Pakistan Hobart 1999 Won 19.91
24 N. Kapil Dev 129 South Africa Port Elizabeth 1992 Lost 19.83
25 M.J. Slater 123 England Sydney 1999 Won 19.64
26 B.C. Lara 213 Australia Kingston 1999 Won 19.57
27 G.S. Chappell 176 New Zealand Christchurch 1982 Won 19.53
28 O.G. Smith 168 England Nottingham 1957 Draw 19.46
29 R. Dravid 233 Australia Adelaide 2003 Won 19.43
30 C.L. Cairns 80 England The Oval 1999 Won 19.39
31 N.J. Astle 222 England Christchurch 2002 Lost 19.37
32 G.C. Smith 154* England Birmingham 2008 Won 19.20
33 Mohammad Wasim 192 Zimbabwe Harare 1998 Won 19.17
34 Kamran Akmal 113 India Karachi 2006 Won 19.16
35 B.C. Lara 226 Australia Adelaide 2005 Lost 19.10
36 S.M. Gavaskar 236* West Indies Madras 1983 Draw 19.10
37 G. Kirsten 100* Pakistan Faisalabad 1997 Won 19.01
38 Inzamam-ul-Haq 329 New Zealand Lahore 2002 Won 18.98
39 S.M. Gavaskar 221 England The Oval 1979 Draw 18.91
40 I.J.L. Trott 184 Pakistan Lord's 2010 Won 18.91
[B]41 M.N. Samuels 123 New Zealand Kingston 2012 Won 18.76[/B]
42 R.E. Foster 287 Australia Sydney 1903 Won 18.74
43 K.C. Sangakkara 156* New Zealand Wellington 2006 Won 18.65
44 G.J. Bonnor 128 England Sydney 1885 Won 18.60
45 D.G. Bradman 334 England Leeds 1930 Draw 18.59
46 P.F. Warner 132* South Africa Johannesburg 1899 Won 18.55
47 J.L. Langer 191 Pakistan Perth 2004 Won 18.52
48 G.R. Viswanath 114 Australia Melbourne 1981 Won 18.52
49 Hanif Mohammad 337 West Indies Bridgetown 1958 Draw 18.42
50 G.R. Viswanath 97* West Indies Madras 1975 Won 18.41
51 D.G. Bradman 299* South Africa Adelaide 1932 Won 18.37
52 Hanif Mohammad 187 England Lord's 1967 Draw 18.17
53 V.T. Trumper 159 South Africa Melbourne 1911 Won 18.09
54 A.C. Gilchrist 144 Bangladesh Fatullah 2006 Won 18.08
55 D.G. Bradman 103* England Melbourne 1933 Won 18.08
56 G.P. Thorpe 200* New Zealand Christchurch 2002 Won 18.08
57 B. Mitchell 164* England Lord's 1935 Won 18.07
58 R.G. Pollock 125 England Nottingham 1965 Won 18.07
59 A. Flintoff 73 Australia Birmingham 2005 Won 18.03
60 J. Ryder 201* England Adelaide 1925 Won 18.00
61 V. Sehwag 319 South Africa Chennai 2008 Draw 17.95
62 M.E. Trescothick 180 South Africa Johannesburg 2005 Won 17.94
63 M.J. Clarke 151 South Africa Cape Town 2011 Lost 17.71
64 G.M. Turner 223* West Indies Kingston 1972 Draw 17.67
65 M.C. Cowdrey 102 Australia Melbourne 1954 Won 17.60
66 G.P. Thorpe 119* West Indies Bridgetown 2004 Won 17.49
67 M.A. Butcher 173* Australia Leeds 2001 Won 17.45
68 G.S. Chappell 182* West Indies Sydney 1976 Won 17.38
69 D.G. Bradman 304 England Leeds 1934 Draw 17.37
70 Inzamam-ul-Haq 138* Bangladesh Multan 2003 Won 17.37
71 Moin Khan 117* Sri Lanka Sialkot 1995 Lost 17.34
72 S.C.J. Broad 169 Pakistan Lord's 2010 Won 17.26
73 D.L. Amiss 179 India Delhi 1976 Won 17.23
74 L. Hutton 62* Australia Brisbane 1950 Lost 17.23
75 C.H. Lloyd 161* India Calcutta 1983 Won 17.07
76 K.P. Pietersen 129 New Zealand Napier 2008 Won 17.05
77 D.G. Bradman 212 England Adelaide 1937 Won 17.03
78 G.S. Sobers 168 Australia Sydney 1961 Won 17.03
79 P.S. McDonnell 147 England Sydney 1882 Won 17.02
80 D.I. Gower 154* West Indies Kingston 1981 Draw 16.99
81 K.D. Walters 104* New Zealand Auckland 1974 Won 16.98
[B]82 M.J. Clarke 329* India Sydney 2012 Won 16.96[/B]
83 M.G. Burgess 119* Pakistan Dacca 1969 Draw 16.96
84 G.A. Headley 270* England Kingston 1935 Won 16.91
85 J.V. Coney 111* Pakistan Dunedin 1985 Won 16.89
86 W.R. Hammond 231* Australia Sydney 1936 Won 16.86
87 S.R. Tendulkar 136 Pakistan Chennai 1999 Lost 16.77
88 R.G. Pollock 209 Australia Cape Town 1967 Lost 16.76
89 G.P. Thorpe 113* Sri Lanka Colombo 2001 Won 16.76
90 A. Flower 199* South Africa Harare 2001 Lost 16.75
91 B.F. Butcher 133 England Lord's 1963 Draw 16.75
92 D.N. Sardesai 212 West Indies Kingston 1971 Draw 16.65
93 S.J. McCabe 187* England Sydney 1932 Lost 16.55
94 K.C. Sangakkara 211 Pakistan Abu Dubai 2011 Draw 16.54
95 Saleem Malik 237 Australia Rawalpindi 1994 Draw 16.54
96 R. Dravid 270 Pakistan Rawalpindi 2004 Won 16.54
97 L. Hutton 364 Australia The Oval 1938 Won 16.52
98 L. Hutton 156* Australia Adelaide 1951 Lost 16.51
99 W.R. Hammond 336* New Zealand Auckland 1933 Draw 16.50
100 C.G. Greenidge 213 New Zealand Auckland 1987 Won 16.46


WOW! Still, 80th aint bad for all time, but 5th- holy cow!

Clarke's innings looks a masterpiece for the ages now.

thanks for the calcs.

great work DoG

how much of a difference does the result of the game make?

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