Stats: Teams with most number of Test wins

Dipayan Saha / 30 June 2015

If we take a look at the history of cricket, Test matches are the oldest ones to exist. There was a point of time when Test matches were considered to be the highest form of competition in cricket, when people used to come in numbers to watch a Test match, a player who featured in a Test was regarded equivalent to a demi-god. The five day affair was seen no less than a festival and the audience enjoyed each and every moment as the cricketers battled out on the cricket pitch.

But with the inception of the shorter versions of the sport, specifically the 20 over format, Test cricket undoubtedly has lost much of its sheen. People find it grueling to sit through the entire five days and have shifted their focus to the exciting 20 and 50 over games, which provide more entertainment in a comparatively short time.

No matter how cricketing trends change and evolve, Test cricket will always remain the top most class of contest in cricket which includes elegance, patience and persistence. A classic example is the Ashes, which will be beginning next month, featuring two of cricket’s oldest rivals Australia and England.

The first officially recognized Test match was played between England and Australia which started on 15th March, 1877 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground(MCG) where Australia won by 45 runs.

Presently there are 10 Test playing nations in the world recognized by the ICC.

Lets take a look at the teams with highest number of Test wins in its 138 year long history:

 

Team

Matches played

Win

Lose

Draw

Tie

Win %

Australia

780

366

208

204

2

46.92

England

962

344

279

339

0

35.75

West Indies

508

164

173

170

1

32.28

South Africa

392

144

129

119

0

36.73

Pakistan

392

124

111

157

0

31.63

India

491

124

157

209

1

25.25

New Zealand

401

81

161

159

0

20.29

Sri Lanka

241

73

88

80

0

30.29

Zimbabwe

97

11

60

26

0

11.34

Bangladesh

93

7

71

13

0

7.52

 *Stats are updated up 15th September 2015

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