Top 10 highest innings totals in Test cricket history

highest innings totals in Test

Top 10 highest innings totals in Test cricket history

2016 started with some furious T20 tournaments scheduled to be held. Asia Cup, T20 world cup, IPL season 9 and the Caribbean Premier League, fans didn’t actually get a chance to breath. However the T20 blast is somehow vanishing now with most teams opting for the normal day cricket. The recently held tri nation series and Sri Lanka’s tour of England has mainly settled the t20 fever. In the coming days more test and ODI series will be sprinkling their spell as both India and Pakistan are destined to tour West Indies and England. Similarly New Zealand will be aiming for their tour to South Africa in the coming days with a lot of test action running down the fields.

highest innings totals in Test Jayasuriya

Speaking of the Asian giants India and Pakistan, both teams are the visitors this time. Although West Indies is comparatively an easier opponent, at home conditions they are expected to offer some real resistance. On the other hand England is almost unconquerable in home conditions. While Pakistan is also well-prepared with their fast bowling attack. Generally both England and West Indies soils do not offer a lot to batsmen still we can expect some of the highest innings. In Pakistan vs England case, from the hosts at least. A well balanced English side comprised of aggressive natured young talents is capable of defeating any team in their home ground. Thus hoping for some of the highest innings totals is not out of question.

highest innings totals in Test England vs Australia

As for the past records, the highest innings totals record belongs to Sri Lanka. Well do not be amazed for their recent performance in England, we are speaking of the veteran Sri Lanka featuring some of the most reliable batsmen in the world. Led by Sanath Jayasuriya’s triple century, Sri Lanka put up a mammoth 952 runs in their first inning against India in 1997. This is still the highest innings total in test cricket history. On the other the second highest innings totals take us back to 1930s. England piled up 903 runs against the bitter rivals Australia in a game played out at the Oval. Top 10 highest innings totals in a test match are as under.

Top 10 highest innings totals in Test cricket history

Team Score Opposition Ground Date
Sri Lanka 952/6d India Colombo (RPS) 2 Aug 1997
England 903/7d Australia The Oval 20 Aug 1938
England 849 West Indies Kingston 3 Apr 1930
West Indies 790/3d Pakistan Kingston 26 Feb 1958
Pakistan 765/6d Sri Lanka Karachi 21 Feb 2009
Sri Lanka 760/7d India Ahmedabad 16 Nov 2009
Australia 758/8d West Indies Kingston 11 Jun 1955
Sri Lanka 756/5d South Africa Colombo (SSC) 27 Jul 2006
West Indies 751/5d England St John’s 10 Apr 2004
West Indies 749/9d England Bridgetown 26 Feb 2009

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