Consistency and scoring runs heavily across all formats is the key to success for any international team and batsman. It demands great skill and ability, in order to pile up the runs across the different formats of the game, be it test cricket, or T20I cricket. The teams that have consistently achieved success across all forms of the game have had some exceptional batsmen in their ranks, who have made run making look precisely easy.

Recently, during the first day’s play between Australia and West Indies in the Boxing Day test, Aussie batsmen Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns registered their tons in the same over. With that, Australia’s international century count was raised to 1000. By the virtue of this magnanimous feat, Australia became the first international team, to have 1000 international centuries in its tally spread across all formats of the game. It is a feat which simply cannot be described by superlatives.

Australia as a side lead the international century count by a slight margin, as England closely follows them with 964 international centuries. Following England, is a massive gap, as the third side on the international centuries rank is team India, positioned with 688 international tons. The fourth positioned West Indies is behind by a bit as the men from the Caribbean have a tally of 629 centuries. Fifth on the list is another South Asian side – Pakistan. The Pakistanis have a total of 543 international centuries.

For a test playing nation, the lowest number of international centuries is scored by the Bangladeshi batsmen, who have a combined 77 international centuries. However, Bangladesh began playing test matches only in the 21st century.

 

From the individual point of view, India’s Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar tops the century making charts with a staggering 100 international centuries. Needless to say, he leads India’s century count as well, followed by Rahul Dravid with 48 international centuries.

Australia’s leader in the century pack is none other than flamboyant batsman and former captain Ricky Ponting, who has 70 international tons to his credit. Following Ponting is destructive southpaw Mathew Hayden, with 40 centuries.

England’s leader in this particular statistic is current test captain Alastair Cook, who has 33 tons to his name. Topping the charts for West Indies is the Prince of Trinidad, Brian Lara, with 53 international centuries. For Pakistan, it is veteran batsman Mohammad Yousuf who tops the list with 39 international centuries.

Rank

Country

Centuries

Best Batsman

Centuries of the batsman

1

Australia

1000

Ricky Ponting

70

2

England

964

Alastair Cook

33

3

India

688

Sachin Tendulkar

100

4

West Indies

629

Brian Lara

53

5

Pakistan

543

Mohammad Yousuf

39

 

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