In the first Test of the new year 2016, Ben Stokes notched up a few records. He missed the chance to be first, but being second in the history of Test cricket is indeed a world record. This England all-rounder hit 11 sixes during his 258 run innings off 198 balls at Newlands, CapeTown. He hit second fastest double hundred after Nathan Astle of New Zealand. Coming at no 6 he built a 399 runs partnership Jonny Bairstow, who scored 150 off 191 balls. Their partnership changed the course of the match as England were five down for 223 when Bairstow came to bat. As Stokes was run out by AB de Villiers, England captain declared the innings for 629 for 6.
However, Stokes has broken 79 years old record of Wally Hammond, who was the custodian of most sixes by an English batsman. Here is the list of batsmen who hit most sixes.
10. Chris Gayle (9)
We know this big man from Jamaica for hitting successive long sixes in T20 cricket. But in the longest format of the game, he does not change his batting style; he plays same as T20 cricket. He loves to play baseball on a cricket field. He takes the time to settle on the pitch; once he gets going no bowlers can stop him. Gayle hammers the bowlers. In Galle Test against Sri Lanka in 2010-2011 on the way to his second triple century of his career, he hit nine sixes and became the tenth cricketer to hit maximum sixes in an innings of a Test. The rain-affected match was drawn.
West Indies batsman Chris Gayle raises his bat and helmet in celebration after scoring 300 runs during the second day of the first Test match between Sri Lanka and West Indies at The Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on November 16, 2010. Chris Gayle scored an unbeaten 255, the highest by a West Indies batsman in Sri Lanka
9. Tim Southee (9)
On his Test debut in 2008 at Napier, Tim Southee started off his career with a bang. First he rattled England batting lineup with a haul of 5 for 55, and then came down the order to play a cameo role in the second innings. He smashed English bowlers for 77 off 40. His innings included nine sixes, the most by any batsman on Test debut. He broke Michael Clark’s four sixes on debut against India at Bangalore. At the end of the match, however, England won by 121 runs.
New Zealand’s Tim Southee hits a six on the fourth day of the second cricket test match between England and New Zealand at Headingley in Leeds, northern England, on June 01, 2015.
8. Inzamam-ul- Haq (9)
He was a run machine for Pakistan, a classic batsman, but not famous for hitting sixes. Although, he is the most technically sound batsman Pakistan have ever produced after Javed Miandad in last 30 years, but in 2002 Lahore Test against New Zealand he smashed Kiwi blowers for nine sixes on the way to his first triple hundred-329, the second highest by a Pakistani batsman. Pakistan defeated New Zealand by a massive 324 runs.
Pakistani cricketer Inzamam-ul-Haq (R) plays a stroke as South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher looks on during the second day of the second Test match between Pakistan and South Africa at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore, 09 October 2007.
7. Chris Cairns (9)
He was the most colourful character in New Zealand team during the ’90s. His all-round performance was amazing to watch. He not only added flare to NZ team with his medium pace, his quick fire innings was also useful to them. At Auckland Test in 1996 against Zimbabwe, he hit nine sixes on the way to his quick fire 120 in the second innings. His was the second highest in the history of Test cricket at that time. The Test ended in a draw.
NEW ZEALAND – APRIL 02: New Zealand’s Chris Cairns hits a boundary on his way to 71 against Australia in the second innings on the third day of the third test in the National Bank Series at WestpacTrust Park, Hamilton, Sunday.
6. Wally Hammond (11)
It is really amazing to know that a batsman hit ten sixes in a Test innings back in 1933. Wally Hammond of England was regarded as one of the best batsmen to have graced the game and went past Don Bradman’s previous best 334. Hammond hammered the New Zealand bowlers throughout a day to score 336, the best individual score at that time. But, rain has the final say as the match got washed out.
Wally Hammond batting for England during the match against The Dominions at Lord’s cricket ground in London on 25th July 1945. In the match described by Wisden as one of the finest ever seen at Lord’s Hammond scored a century in both innings, but The Dominions won by 45 runs with eight minutes to spare.
5) Ben Stokes
England all-rounder hit 11 sixes during his 258 run innings off 198 balls at Newlands, CapeTown in the first Test of 2016. He hit second fastest double hundred after Nathan Astle of New Zealand. Coming at no 6 he built a 399 runs partnership Jonny Bairstow, who scored 150 off 191 balls. Their partnership changed the course of the match as England were five down for 223 when Bairstow came to bat. As Stokes was run out by AB de Villiers, England captain declared the innings for 629 for 6.
However, Stokes has broken 79 years old record of Wally Hammond, who was the custodian of most sixes by an English batsman
5. Brendon MacCullum (11)
The “Bazz” is one the brutal smasher of the ball. His dream patch in international cricket started in late 2014. On November 26, at Sharjah Test in reply to Pakistan’s first innings total Brendon MacCullum and Kane Williamson pulvarised hapless Pakistani bowling attack, smashed 19 sixes to closed the day at 637 for 8. Brendon MacCullum was in the prolific form he smashed 11 sixes on the way to his dazzling 202 off 188 balls, the second highest of his career. Finally, New Zealand won the match by an innings and 80 runs.
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 23: Brendon McCullum of New Zealand hits out for six during day three of 1st Investec Test match between England and New Zealand at Lord’s Cricket Ground on May 23, 2015, in London, England.
4. Brendon MacCullum (11)
After an away series victory in UAE over Pakistan, New Zealand were plying Sri Lanka at Christchurch on 26, 2014. At this Test Brendon was unstoppable. He scored his fifth highest in Test and fourth highest in 2014.
He bruised SL bowlers for 11 sixes on the way to his 195. Buoyant on his innings NZ scored 429 in a day, which equals fourth highest in a day in Test match in New Zealand. But he failed to break his own record of hitting 11 sixes against Pakistan on the previous series. New Zealand won by eight wickets.
3. Mathew Hayden (11)
Hayden broke the decade long record held by legendry Lara, and six months later, Lara regained the record by playing a knock of 400 against England at Port of Spain. But Hayden’s knock of 380 was so powerful that it comprised eleven sixes in an innings at Perth against depleted Zimbabwe at a strike rate of 86.95. Australia made 735 in their only innings and won the match comfortably by an innings and 175 runs.
MOHALI, INDIA – OCTOBER 20: Matthew Hayden of Australia sets off for a run during day four of the Second Test match between India and Australia at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on October 20, 2008, in Mohali, India
2. Nathan Astle (11)
In 2002, Astle played one of the most astonishing innings one would have ever seen in Test cricket on that day at Christchurch. It was one of the memorable Tests with England winning by 98 runs in the end, but not before the drama provided by Astle and Cairns who put on 118 for the last wicket. Astle in that process scored the fastest double ton in the history of Test cricket which came off just 153 balls. He finally got out for 222 which included 11 sixes.
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – MARCH 18: Nathan Astle of the New Zealand Black Caps in action during day two of the second test match between New Zealand and the West Indies at Basin Reserve March 18, 2006, in Wellington, New Zealand.
1. Wasim Akram (12)
We know the “Sultan of Swing” can bat, but nobody thought he would play a knock of double hundred against Zimbabwe. A feat even greats like Sachin and Kallis did not achieve in their career. He might have scored a triple century, but Pakistan declared the innings early, he remained not out on 257. He broke a six-decade-old record of eleven sixes in an innings held by Wally Hammond. He first achieved the feat by hitting eleventh six of his innings then added one more to break the Hammond’s record. In the end, a resilient Zimbabwe forced a hard fought draw. But, even in the age of T20 cricket, nobody could, as of yet, manage to break his record.
UNITED KINGDOM – JULY 30: WASIM AKRAM / PAKISTAN
*Stats are updated till 18th June 2015