Most consecutive test wins

It is a dream for any test-playing nation to win as many numbers of consecutive matches possible. But, it is said that ‘Man proposes, God disposes’. Anyway, to make the dream come true has been made possible by only a few teams. Here is a list of 5 such teams who have won some set of consecutive test matches:-

South Africa – The Proteas marked their test supremacy by winning a straight set of 9 test matches. Unfolding their margin of wins against the much strong Australian side on 15th March, 2002, they never looked back till their match against Bangladesh on 1st May, 2003. Within this period, the Afros have won 2 vital tests against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Mainly banking on the good bowling attack and some trusted batting by the top-order, led by Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith, the Proteas made it look much easier.

 

Sri Lanka – Such was the terrific Lankan bowling that enabled the Lankan side to grab win against some of the power-houses of test cricket, not for one, not for two, but for 9 consecutive test matches. Defeating India, West Indies, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in a single whip of time is not a matter of joke and demands some insight into their lethal bowling attack. The Lankan bowling, led by Chaminda Vaas and Mutthiah Muralitharan, made it look effortless for Sri Lanka. Originating from 29th August, 2001 to 6th March, 2002, the Lankans did it all.

 

West Indies – The golden times of the Carribean side was marked when they created the World record for the first time of winning 11 straight test matches. Inculcating with a big win against the then weak and feeble Australian side, the much stronger Carribean side marched with their victory lap from 30th March, 1984 to 7th December, 1984. But, the strange fact lays here that out of all the 11 test wins, 6 came against the Aussies and the remaining five came against the Queen’s army, England. It was an era of some fantastic cricket marked by some all-time legends, viz., Clive Lloyd, Vivian Richards, Jeff Dujon, Michael Holding, Joel Garner, Malcom Marshall, Courtney Walsh, etc.

 

Australia – Two long years and the Team Australian proved its mettle. Having won 16 consecutive test matches from 26th December, 2005 to 2nd January, 2008 against some of the greatest test-playing nations of all time, in the names of India, England, South Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the heavyweight baggy greens carved out a niche of their own. They made it out of utmost ease and composure. The team comprised of some hotshots like Ricky Ponting, Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Jason Gillespie and many others who made it a point that winning against them is not going to be easy.

 

Australia – It was the time when the Australian side unfolded to make it sure that they are going to paint the World of cricket baggy green. The Kangaroos leaped from 14th October, 1999 to 27th February, 2001, winning all the 16 matches that came along their way, without enduring a single loss. They emerged victorious against some top notch test playing nations in the form of India, Pakistan, New Zealand, West Indies and Zimbabwe. With the perfect amalgamation of experience and youth, the Australian team marked their journey into the World of cricket superbly. Justin Langer, Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Bevan, Matthew Hayden, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Andy Bichel, Jason Gillespie, Brett Lee and Nathan Bracken made it a 16th consecutive win for the baggy greens.

 

TEAMS          NUMBER OF MATCHES WON CONSECUTIVELY

Australia

16

Australia

16

West Indies

11

Si Lanka

09

South Africa

09