A good opening partnership is the best foundation for any team in any format of the game. It’s importance gets multiplied when it’s in a 5-day test match. Here’s a list of the Top 10 opening partnerships in Test Cricket. 

1. McKenzie & Graeme Smith – 

The record for the highest opening partnership is presently under the grasps of South Africans, Neil McKenzie and Graeme Smith. They scored it against Bangladesh on 29th Feb 2008. This happened when McKenzie was then having a dream run after he made a comeback into the South African team.

2. Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy –

This record was previously with 2 Indians named Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy. Their record stood for more than 50 years and was finally broken by Smith and McKenzie.

3. Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid – 

The 3rd position is with Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid . They scored 410 runs against Pakistan at Lahore and came very close of beating Roy and Mankad’s record but missed it. Rahul Dravid was not a regular opener but being the captain , he took the responsibility of opening for the stability of the team.

4.  Glenn Turner and Jarvis –

New Zealander’s have the fourth position with them ,with Glenn Turner and Jarvis scoring 387 for the 1st wicket against West Indies in 1972.

5. Bob Simpson and W Lawry –

On the 5th position is Australia’s Bob Simpson and Lawry, which in 1965 was the second highest opening partnership in Tests.

 

Graeme Smith features twice in the list with his other  opening partnership of 338 with Herschelle Gibbs is placed at 8th position.

Here is the complete list of highest opening partnerships in tests :

Partners

Runs

Team

Opposition

Ground

Match Date

Match No.

ND McKenzie, GC Smith

415

South Africa

v Bangladesh

Chittagong

29 Feb 2008

1865

MH Mankad, P Roy

414

India

New Zealand

Chennai

6 Jan 1956

 420

V Sehwag, R Dravid

410

India

v Pakistan

Lahore

13 Jan 2006

1781

GM Turner, TW Jarvis

387

New Zealand

v West Indies

Georgetown

6 Apr 1972

 696

WM Lawry, RB Simpson

382

Australia

v West Indies

Bridgetown

5 May 1965

589

GC Smith, HH Gibbs

368

South Africa

v Pakistan

Cape Town

2 Jan 2003

 1637

L HuttonC Washbrook

359

England

v South Africa

Johannesburg

27 Dec 1948

 307

GC Smith, HH Gibbs

338

South Africa

v England

Birmingham

24 Jul 2003

1651

MS AtapattuST Jayasuriya

335

Sri Lanka

v Pakistan

Kandy

28 Jun 2000

1502

GR MarshMA Taylor

329

Australia

v England

Nottingham

10 Aug 1989

1125