Test Records: Most consecutive test series wins by a team

There have been a very few teams who have dominated test series. Here is a look at teams with the most consecutive test series wins by a team.

Winning a single test series is often considered hard so to win multiple on the trot is a huge achievement and only a few nations have been able to show that sheer dominance. In the below article, we will take a look at which teams have the most consecutive test series wins by a team.

Most consecutive test series wins by a team

Only three teams have won nine consecutive test series, the record for most consecutive test series wins by a team. These three teams are England, Australia and India.

Advertisement

Team Series Won Total Matches Wins Losses Draw Series
England 9 3 1 0 2 The Ashes in England (1884)
5 3 2 0 The Ashes in Australia (1884/85)
3 3 0 0 The Ashes in England (1886)
2 2 0 0 The Ashes in Australia (1887)
1 1 0 0 The Ashes in Australia (1887/88)
3 2 1 0 The Ashes in England (1888)
2 2 0 0 England tour of South Africa (1888/89)
3 2 0 1 The Ashes in England (1890)
1 1 0 0 England tour of South Africa (1891/92)
Australia 9 1 1 0 0 World XI in Australia (2005)
3 3 0 0 West Indies tour of Australia (2005)
3 2 0 1 South Africa tour of Australia (2005/06)
3 3 0 0 Australia tour of South Africa (2006)
2 2 0 0 Australia tour of Bangladesh (2006)
5 5 0 0 The Ashes in Australia (2006/07)
2 2 0 0 Sri Lanka tour of Australia (2007)
4 2 1 1 India tour of Australia (2007/08)
3 2 0 1 Australia tour of West Indies (2008)
India 9 3 2 1 0 India tour of Sri Lanka (2015)
4 3 0 1 South Africa tour of India (2015)
4 2 0 2 India tour of West Indies (2016)
3 3 0 0 New Zealand tour of India (2016)
5 4 0 1 England tour of India (2016)
1 1 0 0 Bangladesh tour of India (2017)
4 2 1 1 Australia tour of India (2017)
3 3 0 0 India tour of Sri Lanka (2017)
3 1 0 2 Sri Lanka tour of India (2017)

England (9 consecutive series wins)

Test Records: Most consecutive test series wins by a team

The Ashes in England, 1884

England started their record nine-test series win streak by winning the Ashes in England in 1884. It was a three-match test series which England won by a 1-0 margin. The second test at Lord’s was won by England by an innings and five runs while the other two resulted in draws.

The Ashes in Australia, 1884/85

In the reverse fixture in Australia, a five-match test series was a close-fought battle with the visitors emerging as the victorious side by a 3-2 margin. The first two tests at Adelaide and Melbourne were won by England kickstarting their tour in great fashion. Australia bounced back by winning the next two tests in Sydney. The series-deciding test at Melbourne was comfortably won by England by an innings and 98 runs as they retained the Ashes.

The Ashes in England, 1886

The Ashes once again made a return to England this time around, England did not slip up and won the three-match test series by a 3-0 margin. The hosts won the first test at Manchester by four wickets. The next test match was won by an innings and 106 runs. England improved to hand a bigger thumping defeat to Australia in the third test at The Oval by winning the match by an innings and 217 runs.

The Ashes in Australia, 1887

England returned to Australia in 1887 for a two-match test series. England won the first test by 13 runs in Sydney. England also won the second test at Sydney by 71 runs.

The Ashes in Australia, 1888

In the following year, England toured Australia again for a solitary test and won the match in Sydney by 126 runs.

The Ashes in England, 1888

The three-match Ashes series in England in 1888 saw the hosts lose a match for the first time at home during this span. Australia won the first test at Lord’s by 61 runs. The next two matches were won by England both times by an innings margin.

England tour of South Africa, 1889

England toured South Africa and won the two-match series comfortably. England won the first test at Gqeberha by 8 wickets and the second test at Cape Town by an innings and 202 runs.

The Ashes in England, 1890

The Ashes returned to England in 1890. The three-match test series was won by the hosts by a 2-0 margin. England won at Lord’s by seven wickets in the first match. They won the following test at The Oval by two wickets. The third and final test was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

England tour of South Africa, 1892

England toured South Africa for a solitary test match at Cape Town. South Africa struggled a lot over the course of the test and lost the match by an innings and 189 runs.

Australia (9 consecutive series wins)

Test Records: Most consecutive test series wins by a team

World XI in Australia, 2005

Test Records: Most consecutive test series wins by a team

The ICC World XI played a solitary test match against Australia. Australia won the test match by a whopping margin of 210 runs thanks to a century and a half-century from Australian opener, Matthew Hayden.

West Indies tour of Australia, 2005

Australia hosted the West Indies in 2005 for three tests. Australia won the first test by 379 runs at Brisbane with skipper, Ricky Ponting scoring twin centuries and a century from Hayden. The second test at Hobart was won by Australia by nine wickets with Michael Hussey scoring a century. Australia completed the whitewash by winning the third test at Adelaide. Brian Lara scored a double-century but a century from Hussey and half-centuries from Justin Langer, Hayden and Ponting.

South Africa tour of Australia, 2005/06

Ricky Ponting

South Africa toured Australia for a three-match test series. The first match at Perth was drawn with Brad Hodge scoring an unbeaten double-century. In the Boxing Day test at Melbourne, Hussey, Hayden and Ponting all scored centuries as Australia won the match by 184 runs. The New Year’s Test in Sydney saw Ponting scoring twin centuries as the hosts won by eight wickets.

Australia tour of South Africa, 2006

Soon after South Africa toured Australia, South Africa hosted Australia for a three-match series. In the first test at Cape Town, Australia won by seven wickets. Stuart Clark picked up a fifer and four-fer in the two innings helping Australia register a 7-wicket win. In the second test at Durban, Australia won by 112 runs with Shane Warne picking up 8 wickets in the two innings. In the third test Johannesburg, Australia won by two wickets thanks to an all-round performance by Brett Lee. The Australian fast bowler picked up six wickets and scored 88 runs in the match. Lee played a crucial role in the victory sharing crucial stands in the fourth innings and even remained not out.

Australia toured Bangladesh, 2006

Jason Gillespie

Australia toured Bangladesh in 2006 for a two-match series. The hosts gave a slight scare but Australia won the first test by three wickets. Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting scored centuries to help in the win. Australia won the second test by an innings and 80 runs at Chattogram. The second test remains one of the most famous test matches in the history of sport thanks to Jason Gillespie scoring a double-century as night watchman. It was also Gillespie’s final test as the fast bowler bowed out in style.

The Ashes in Australia, 2006/07

Test Records: Most consecutive test series wins by a team

Australia at home is already a tough side to beat but once they get that extra motivation with England touring they get even better. The Ricky Ponting-led side showed this in the 2006/07 Ashes series as they beat England by a 5-0 margin. Australia defeated England in the first test at Brisbane by 277 runs with skipper Ponting leading from the front as an example and scoring 196 runs in the first innings and 60* in the third innings. In the second test at Adelaide, the visitors put up a fight as England scored 551 runs in the first innings thanks to Paul Collingwood and Kevin Pietersen hitting a double century and a century respectively. Ponting again scored a century and collapse in the third innings meant that Australia won the match by six wickets.

The third test at Perth saw Hussey, Michael Clarke and Adam Gilchrist score centuries in the third innings as Australia won the match by 206 runs. Shane Warne was back to his best at the Boxing Day test in Melbourne and picked up a fifer in the first innings and even picked up his 700th test wicket. Australia won the match by an innings and 99 runs courtesy of 150+ knocks from Hayden and Andrew Symonds. The first Ashes whitewash since 1920-21 was completed at SCG in the 5th test. Clark picked up five wickets at SCG as Australia won the match by 10 wickets.

Sri Lanka tour of Australia, 2007

Sri Lanka toured Australia in 2007 for a two-match test series. In the first test at Brisbane, Australian opener, Phil Jacques and Hussey and Clarke all scored centuries in the first innings and helped Australia help register a win by an innings and 40 runs. Jacques and Hussey again scored centuries in the second test at Hobart and were duly supported by Brett Lee who picked up eight wickets in the match. Australia won the match by 96 runs.

India tour of Australia, 2007/08

India toured Australia for a four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The series kicked off with the Boxing Day test match at MCG. Australia won the match by 337 runs with Hayden scoring a century in the first innings. The infamous second test at SCG was also won by Australia. The test was later known for the infamous ‘Monkeygate Scandal’. India bounced back in the third test at Perth thanks to an all-round performance from Irfan Pathan scoring 74 runs and taking five wickets. The fourth test was drawn as Australia won the series by a 2-1 margin.

Australia tour of West Indies, 2008

Australia toured the West Indies for a three-match series. Ricky Ponting scored a century while Stuart Clark picked up eight wickets to set up a 95-run win in the first test at Kingston. Shivnarine Chanderpaul starred for the hosts in the second test which resulted in a draw. Australia won the third test at Bridgetown by 87 runs thanks to a daddy century by Simon Katich in the third innings.

India (9 consecutive series wins)

Test Records: Most consecutive test series wins by a team

India tour of Sri Lanka, 2015

India toured Sri Lanka for a three-match series. Unlike Australia and England, India started their route to nine consecutive series wins with a loss in the first match against Sri Lanka. India bounced back in style and won the second test at Colombo by 278 runs thanks to centuries from KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane. India won the third test by 117 runs with Cheteshwar Pujara scoring a century and carrying the bat in the first innings.

South Africa tour of India, 2015

Test Records: Most consecutive test series wins by a team

India hosted South Africa for a four-match series winning it comfortably by a 3-0 margin. The first test at Mohali was won by India by a 108-run margin. Ravindra Jadeja starred in the low-scoring thriller scoring 46 runs and picking eight wickets. Rain played a spoil sport in the second test at Bengaluru resulting in a draw. In the third test at Nagpur, India won by 124 runs with Ravichandran Ashwin picking up 12 wickets. India won the fourth test at Delhi but not before South African batters, Temba Bavuma, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis put on a defensive masterclass in an attempt to draw the test batting for 755 balls to score just 112 runs.

India tour of West Indies, 2016

India toured the West Indies for a four-match series winning it by a 2-0 margin. Batting first, India scored 566 runs thanks to a double century by skipper, Virat Kohli and a century by Ravichandran Ashwin. Ashwin was the star performer with the ball as well and picked up seven wickets in the third innings. The second test at Kingston ended in a draw with Roston Chase’s all-round performance of picking five wickets and scoring a century going in vain. India won the third test by 237 runs thanks to Ashwin’s century and three wickets. The fourth test was drawn as rain played a spoil sport after just 22 overs of play.

New Zealand tour of India, 2016

India hosted New Zealand for a three-match series and whitewashed the Kiwis. India won the first test at Kanpur, by 197 runs thanks to an all-round performance from Jadeja. In the second test at Eden Gardens, India defeated the visitors by 178 runs. India won the third test thanks to Ashwin picking up 13 wickets.

England tour of India, 2016

Test Records: Most consecutive test series wins by a team

England toured India for a five-match series resulting in a 4-0 win for the hosts. The first match at Rajkot resulted in a draw. India won the second test at Visakhapatnam by 246 thanks to Kohli’s century and half-century in the two innings. In the third test, Jadeja was the star performer for the hosts, scoring 90 runs and taking four wickets in the match. Kohli scored a double century in the fourth test at Wankhede and helped India win by an innings and 36 runs. India won the final test at Chennai by an innings and 75 runs thanks to an incredible triple-century from Karun Nair.

Bangladesh tour of India, 2017

Bangladesh toured India for a solitary test at Hyderabad. Kohli smashed a double century as India won by 208 runs.

Australia tour of India, 2017

Test Records: Most consecutive test series wins by a team

India played hosts in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2017. India was handed a shock 333-run defeat at the hands of Australia in the first test in Pune thanks to Steve O’Keefe picking up 12 wickets. India won the second test at Bengaluru by 75 with KL Rahul scoring 90 runs and a half-century in the two innings. The third test at Ranchi was drawn despite a double century from Cheteshwar Pujara. Jadeja put on a full display of his all-round abilities by picking up four wickets and scoring a half-century in the fourth test at Dharamsala which India won by eight wickets.

India tour of Sri Lanka, 2017

Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja

India toured Sri Lanka for a three-match series and whitewashed the hosts. India won the first test at Galle by a whopping margin of 304 runs thanks to Shikhar Dhawan who scored 190 runs in the first innings. India won the second test by an innings and 53 runs thanks to centuries from Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane and an all-round performance from Jadeja. India won the final test by an innings and 171 runs thanks to centuries from Dhawan and Hardik Pandya in the first innings.

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2017

Right after the India tour of Sri Lanka, the island nation toured India for a three-match series. The three-match series in a 1-0 win for India with the first and third test matches ending in a draw. The second test at Nagpur was won by India by an innings and 239 runs thanks to a double-century from Kohli.