Batting in the longest format of the game is said to be the toughest. One requires an enormous amount of energy, patience, and a healthy technique to be successful here. Australians are the synonyms of the great test batsmen, we do not need an introduction of players like Ricky Ponting, Allan Border, Steve Waugh, etc. The most beautiful thing about Australians is they prioritize test cricket above any other format. Let’s have a look at the players with the most Test runs for Australia.
Former Australian World cup winning captain, Ricky Ponting has scored the most Test runs for Australia with 13378 runs in 168 games. Having an average of 51.85, Ponting smacked 41 centuries which is the most by any Australian in this format.
The first Australian captain to win a world cup, Allan Border finds himself in 2nd place in terms of making the most Test runs for Australia. The classic lefty batsman amassed 11774 runs at a staggering average of 50.56, which is really incredible considering the contemporary pitches. Border holds the record of hitting the most test 50s for Australia (63).
Legendary Australian batter Steve Waugh is the third-highest run-getter for Australia in tests, accumulating 10927 runs in 168 matches. Waugh made the world awe with his average of 51.06, which was tough in that era of monster bowlers like Muralitharan, Wasim Akram, Courtney Walsh, Chaminda Vaas, etc. Waugh surpassed the 100 runs mark 32 times in his career.
Probably the best batter of the current era Steve Smith finds himself in 4th place on the list of the most test runs for Australia with 9320 runs in 102 games. Smith scores at an outstanding average of 58.61. The right-hand batsman has 39 fifties and 32 centuries.
Michael Clarke notched up 8643 runs in 115 test matches, which is 5th most by any Australian in test cricket history. Clarke scripted history when he scored 329* against India in 2012 in Sydney, the most runs at no 5 in test cricket.
Ex-swashbuckling opener Matthew Hayden occupies the 6th spot on the chart of the most test runs for Australia. The left-hand batsman collected 8625 runs in 103 tests at an impressive average of 50.73. His 380 against Zimbabwe in Perth is the 2nd highest score in an inning in test cricket history.
Ricky Ponting has scored the most runs in test cricket for Australia (13378).
Ricky Ponting has the most test centuries for Australia (41).
Steve Smith has the most test runs for Australia among active players (9320).
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