Stats: Five instances when a batsman was close to 300 runs, but the team declared

SANDIPAN GHOSH / 11 December 2015

When Adam Voges was on 269 runs and was going for 300, Australia declared their innings at 538/4 against West Indies in their first Test at Hobart. The triple century is a very rare record. 

This is not the first time in international Test cricket where any batsman had been called into dressing-room just before 300. Even Voges’s this innings is not on top-5.

Here are the top 5 batsmen who came close to score 300 but didn’t achieve that due to declare that innings:-

Peter May (England) (285* against West Indies, Edgbaston 1957):- At Edgbaston in 1957, England right-handed batsman Peter May made a terrific knock of unbeaten 285 runs against West Indies. Before he came to bat, England was in deep trouble in the 2nd innings. Peter May was came as a saviour for his team. Just 15 runs short from his maiden triple century, as a captain he declared their innings. At the end, West Indies somehow managed to draw that match as they ended 72/7.

Javed Miandad (Pakistan) (280* against India, Hyderabad, Sind 1983):- One of the greatest Pakistani batsman Javed Miandad is also in this list. This memorable knock came against India at 1983. He was on 280 runs before their captain Imran Khan declared their innings. He hit 19 fours and 1 six in that innings. In the end, Pakistan thrashed India by an innings and 119 runs.


AB de Villiers (South Africa) (278* against Pakistan, Abu Dhabi 2010):- South African superstar AB de Villiers also came very close to triple hundred but before his 300 knock, their captain Greame Smith declared their innings. He hit 23 fours and 6 sixes in that innings and ended that innings at unbeaten 278 runs. It was the highest individual knock for South Africa which was broken by Hasim Amla at later. The match was ended in a draw.

Daryll Cullinan (South Africa) (275* against New Zealand, Auckland 1999):- Daryll Cullinan made a great knock of unbeaten 275 against New Zealand in 1999 at Auckland. He broke the record of Graham Pollock’s 274 runs, which was the highest individual score by a South African. Later that record was broken. The match was drawn at finally. Cullinan also made a triple hundred (337*) in the first-class cricket at 1993.

Stephen Fleming (New Zealand) (274* against Sri Lanka, Colombo 2003):- Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming made an unbeaten 274 runs knock against Sri Lanka in 2003 at Colombo. The left-handed batsman had a chance to broke Martin Crowe’s 299 record, which was highest individual score by a New Zealand player in a Test innings, but he denied this and made declare. The match was also ended with a draw.


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