Test cricket is a traditional form of cricket that is still popular among cricket fans, unlike the T20I format, Test cricket is the longest and oldest format of the game, with no limit on the number of overs, test cricket can last up to five days. Test cricket has witnessed many iconic and memorable matches including the “Tied Test” between Australia and the West Indies in 1960-61, and the “Ashes” series between England and Australia. Many international cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Vivian Richards, and Don Bradman have left an indelible legacy in the history of test cricket with their impeccable on-field performances. Many iconic batsmen with their traditional values, skill, and endurance have outshined this pinnacle of the sport.
The batsmen are often seen taking calculated risks, hitting runs aggressively, structuring meaningful partnerships, and rotating the strike on the field in test cricket. Although a lot of batsmen have outshined the test format with their solid footwork and appropriate judgment of length, there are a few batsmen who have managed to accumulate an unbelievable score of runs at the same venue.
|1||Mahela Jayawardene||27||42||2921||Sinhalese Sports Club|
|2||Kumar Sangakkara||22||34||2312||Sinhalese Sports Club|
|3||Jacques Kallis||22||35||2181||Newlands, Cape Town|
|4||Graham Gooch||21||39||2015||Lord’s, London|
|5||Alastair Cook||26||47||1937||Lord’s, London|
5. Mahela Jayawardene
Mahela Jayawardene is celebrated as one of Sri Lanka’s greatest test cricketers. Mahela has shown his batting prowess over the years on field and has solidified his position as one of the top-batters in the Sr Lankan cricket squad. Mahela’s record breaking partnership with Kumar Sangakkara added a new dimension to the test cricket format. In his impeccable test career, Mahela Jayawardene smashed a total of 34 test centuries and registered a total of six double centuries proving his dominance on the game. With a total of 11,814 test runs, Mahela Jayawardene has established himself as one of the top-Scorers for Sri Lanka. Additionally, with a total of 2,921 runs, Mahela Jayawardene also holds the records for smashing the highest number of test runs on the same ground.
4. Kumar Sangakkara
With his elegant style of batting and excellent wicket-keeping skills, Kumar Sangakkara has established himself as one of the greatest wicket keeper-batsmen in the history of Sri Lankan cricket. With a total of 12,400 runs, Kumar Sangakkara is considered as one of the highest run-Scorers of Sri Lanka in the test cricket format. With a batting average of nearly 57, Sangakkara proved his consistency and accuracy under various pressure conditions and in various formats. Across 134 test matches that he played, Sangakkara smashed a total of 38 test centuries and eleven double centuries solidifying his legacy as one of the top-Scorers from Sri Lanka’s national cricket squad. With a total of 2312 test runs, Kumar Sangakkara also holds the record for smashing second-highest runs on the same ground in a test format.
3. Jacques Kallis
An extraordinary all-rounder from Sri Lanka, Jacques Kallis is one of the star Sri Lankan cricketers who have crossed the 10,000 runs mark and have picked over 200 wickets in test cricket displaying his cricketing prowess. Jacques’ test career has spanned for nearly two decades and he has been a tough opponent to knock down for the opposition teams. With an impressive batting average of nearly 57, Kallis has registered 45 test centuries and seven double centuries. Jacques has scored a remarkable total of 10,289 runs in the test cricket format. With a total of 2181 runs, Kallis holds a record for smashing the third-highest test runs on the same ground at the Newlands, Cape Town.
2. Graham Gooch
England’s premier opening batsman, Graham Gooch is often referred as one of the leading and dynamic run-scorers of England. Gooch’s test career began in 1970s and continues till 1990s, he appeared in a total of 118 matches and scored a remarkable 8,900 runs in his career. The prominent opening batsman from England smashed a total of 20 test centuries and four double centuries proving his annihilating prowess to bat against the opposition. With a total of 2015 runs, the Lord’s at London eventually became his highest scoring battlefield, Graham Gooch holds the record for smashing the fourth–highest test runs on the same ground at the Lord’s London.
1. Alastair Cook
Former English cricketer and one of the greatest opening batsmen in the history of English cricket, Alastair Cook has left an indelible mark on test cricket with his batting prowess. Cook competed in a total of 161 matches and smashed a remarkable 12,472 runs and solidified his position as the highest English run-Scorer in the history of test cricket. With his notable records and achievements, Cook ensured a reliable presence in the top-order of England. Cook smashed a total of 33 test centuries and five double centuries establishing him as a crucial batsman in England’s top-order. Additionally, with a total of 1937 runs at the Lord’s London, Alastair Cook holds the record for smashing the fifth-highest test runs on the same ground.