Batting in test cricket is like walking on broken glass as it deals with playing in conditions that at times are not generally suited for batting. Despite all the hurdles and obstacles, batsmen find ways to overcome all the difficulties and give their best in making cricket a great viewing experience.

Test cricket often termed as the purest and the most unadulterated form has been the traditional form of cricket. In test cricket, batsmen need to have a solid resistant technique in order to score runs and also keep the bowlers at bay. Batsmen such as Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara in so many ways have changed the definition of batting in test matches. They have not just accumulated tons of runs for their respective sides but have made look batting look like something worth falling in love for.

Certain batsmen have enjoyed batting against particular teams and this has further increased the scope for an anticipated and a renowned rivalry. In this article, we glance through the top 5 batsmen who have scored the most test runs against a single opposition.

5. David Gower (3269 runs vs Australia):

David Gower, one of England’s finest batsmen enjoyed playing against archrivals Australia as that got the best out of him. Gower, in 42 test matches scored 3269 runs against the highly respected Australian bowling attack, at an average of 44.78. The southpaw also had 9 tons to his credit.

4. Allan Border (3548 runs vs England):

Allan Border, undoubtedly Australia’s most illustrious test captain had a fruitful outing against the Poms as he went on to accumulate 3548 runs at an average of 56.31. Border also led his side exceptionally well and enjoyed batting under the extra responsibility. His 8 tons against England too were very crucial for the Kangaroos. 

3. Sachin Tendulkar (3630 runs vs Australia):

The century Tendulkar got against the Aussies in his first tour of the nation in 1991/92 was just the beginning of a very special relationship between Tendulkar and the Australian bowlers. The Master Blaster from India, who changed the perception of run making, had an aggregate of 3630 runs against the Australians at a stunning average of 55. Tendulkar also had 11 centuries associated with this name against the Australians. His knock at Perth in his maiden tour of Australia is still considered among his finest test innings till date.

2. Jack Hobbs (3636 runs vs Australia):

Sir Jack Hobbs, who is the record holder for the most number of first class centuries with 199, simply enjoyed playing against the Australians in the Ashes. Hobbs’ 3636 runs against the Australians came at an average of 54.26 with 12 centuries to his name.

1. Don Bradman (5028 runs vs England):

Topping the batting charts in another record criterion is once again the legend himself, Sir Donald Bradman! Bradman scored approximately 72% of his runs against England and that just displays his affection for the English bowlers. Bradman scored the 5208 runs against England in just 37 matches, at an average of 89.78. To make things absolutely unbelievable, Bradman scored as many as 19 centuries against England!

 

Name

Matches

Innings

Runs

Average

100’s

50’s

D. Bradman

37

63

5028

89.78

19

12

J. Hobbs

41

71

3636

54.26

12

15

S. Tendulkar

39

74

3630

55.00

11

16

A. Border

47

82

3548

56.31

8

21

D. Gower

42

77

3269

44.78

9

12