Test cricket marked the beginning of cricket and thus, it is regarded as the purest form of the game. While the limited formats of the game have made watching cricket even more fun and thrilling, but there are many fans who are still more attracted to watching Test cricket than the limited-over formats.
There have been many cricketers who have etched their names in the record books for holding various records in Test cricket. However, today, we will discuss the cricketers who registered their highest individual Test scores by batting position.
Here, we bring you a list of a few cricketers who registered their highest individual Test scores by batting position. Have a look:
1. Matthew Hayden – 380 against Zimbabwe, 2003:
Openers have the advantage of breaking the old records and for creating the new one as they get the maximum amount of time to bat. Matthew Hayden, the Australian cricketer made full use of this opportunity by giving the best of his ability in the year 2003. His memorable inning of 380 runs came in the year 2003 during a match against Zimbabwe, where he registered the highest individual score at the opening position.
2. Len Hutton – 364* against Australia, 1938:
Len Hutton, the former England cricketer has given many amazing performances, however, the most memorable performance of his career came during the year 1938, where he registered the highest individual score in the 2nd position. Len scored an unbeaten 364 runs against Australia and batted for nearly 13 hours and 17 minutes before the England side decided to declare.
3. Brian Lara – 400* against England, 2004:
The legendary West Indies cricketer, Brian Lara is regarded as one of the greatest cricketers to have played the game. He played a memorable inning of unbeaten 400 runs against England in the year 2004. Brian Lara walked down to bat at one-down the order to play an amazing role and was able to score 400 runs in just 582 deliveries, breaking the previous record of 380 runs scored by Matthew Hayden.
4. Mahela Jayawardene – 374 against South Africa, 2006:
Mahela Jayawardene, the legendary middle-order Sri Lankan cricketer has created and broken many world records. Though he has played many memorable knocks during his career, one of the best knocks came in the year 2006, where he scored 374 runs against South Africa with the help of 43 fours and 1 six.
5. Michael Clarke – 329* against India, 2012:
Michael Clarke, the Australian legend, etched his name in the records book for registering a glorious 329 runs, which consisted of 39 fours and 1 six at 5th position in a match against India in 2012.
6. Ben Stokes – 258 against South Africa, 2016:
Known for his brilliance with the bat, this hard-hitter batsman registered the highest individual score at no.6 position during the year 2016. In a match against South Africa, Ben Stokes smashed a total of 258 runs off only 198 balls, leaving everyone in shock. Besides registering the highest individual score, Ben Stokes created one more record by smashing the fastest double century in England’s cricket history.
7. Donald Bradman – 270 against England, 1937:
Any ‘greatest’ list is incomplete without the mention of Don Bradman in it. Don Bradman, who is regarded as the greatest cricketer ever to have played the Test cricket, has created many records. It was in the year 1937 when Don Bradman registered the highest individual score of 270 runs in 7th position.
8. Wasim Akram – 257* against Zimbabwe, 1996:
Wasim Akram, the legendary fast bowler also holds a record for the highest individual score at no. 8th position in the longest format of the game. Wasim Akram had smashed 257 runs, with the help of 22 fours and 12 gigantic sixes against Zimbabwe in 1996.
9. Ian Smith – 173 against India, 1990:
Ian Smith, the New Zealander wicket-keeper, left everyone in a state of shock after he took his team to the winning side by registering his highest individual score of 173 runs. Coming to bat at no. 9, Ian Smith scored a total of 173 runs, which consisted of 23 fours and 3 sixes.
10. Walter William Read – 117 against Australia, 1884:
Walking down to bat at number 10, Walter managed to leave a mark with his performance. It happened during the third Test match against Australia in 1884, where he smashed 117 runs off 155 balls.
11. Aston Agar – 98 against England, 2013:
Aston Agar stole the whole show in 2013 when he created a record with his batting by registering the highest individual score at No. 11. Aston smashed 98 runs during that knock.