Teams With Most Whitewash Series Wins in Tests
Jun 22, 2020 at 12:01 PM
Test Cricket has always been challenging forms of cricket. Well, maintaining, consistency, commitment has been the features that determine a player and a particular team’s calibre in Test cricket. The longest version of the game has provided some nail-biting moments when it comes to rivalries between some of the best teams across the globe.
These teams took pride in their performances which gave the fans some ultimate moments to relish. In this piece, we are about to discuss teams who have registered the most number of whitewash series wins in Test cricket. These teams have maintained remarkable consistency with their resolve and temperament, which enabled them to record the most number of whitewash series wins.
It is also because these teams executed their plans as per the strengths of their opponents which gave them an edge over their opponents. It was simply amazing how some teams maintained their winning run, but it was the commitment to the field that gave them the upper hand.
We take a look at the eight teams who registered most whitewash series wins in Tests.
# 1 Australia (23 wins):
Australia is the team which tops the list with the most number of whitewash wins. The Baggy Greens have registered 23 whitewash wins in test cricket. Australia has always been the most dominating and successful team in test cricket.
The Kangaroos latest whitewash was against New Zealand this year when they won with a 3-0 margin at home. Marnus Labuchagne was the man of the series. Australia registered four whitewash wins over England (1920-21 with a 5-0 scoreline), (1979-80 with a 3-0 scoreline), (2006-07 with a 5-0 scoreline), (2013-14 with a 5-0 scoreline).
Australia has registered three white was series wins over South Africa (5-0 in 1931-32, 3-0 in 2001-02, 3-0 in 2005-06). Australia has registered two whitewash series wins over India (3-0 in 1967-68, 1999-00 and 4-0 in 2011-12). Australia has registered six whitewash series wins over Pakistan in 1972-73, 1999-00, 2002-03, 2004-05,2009-10, 2016-17 (all with a 3-0 scoreline).
Australia has registered three whitewash series wins over Sri-Lanka (in 1995-96, 2003-04, 2012-13). Australia completed two whitewash series wins over west-indies (1999-00 with a 5-0 scoreline and in 2005-06 with a 3-0 scoreline).
# 2 England (13 wins):
The three lions have always showcased their class and supremacy in test cricket with some accomplished performances. England registered its last whitewash series win over Sri-Lanka in 2018-19 with a 3-0 scoreline when debutant Ben Foakes was adjudged man of the series.
England registered four whitewash series wins over New Zealand (1962-63, 1965,1978, 2004) with a 3-0 scoreline. England registered three whitewash series wins over India 3 times (5-0 in 1959, 3-0 in 1967, 4-0 in 2011). England also registered two whitewash series wins over West-Indies (3-0 in 1928 and 4-0 in 2004).
England registered whitewash series wins over South Africa in 1895-96 and 1912 both with a 3-0 scoreline. England registered its whitewash series win over arch-rivals Australia in 1886 with a 3-0 scoreline.
# 3 India (6 wins):
India’s recent whitewash series win came in 2019 when India beat the proteas with a 3-0 scoreline at home. Rohit Sharma was awarded man of the series award in that series as he finished the series with 529 runs, three centuries and averaged 132.85. India showed consistency in every department, but the spinners played a dominating role. India won the test series in 2017 and 1993-94 against SriLanka.
India won the four-test series against South-Africa in 2012-13 in India with a 4-0 scoreline. India won 3-0 against New-Zealand in 2016-17 at home with a 3-0 scoreline. India won the three-test series against England in 1992-93 with a 3-0 scoreline.
# 4 South-Africa (5 wins):
South Africa won the test series against Pakistan 2 times (2019-20 and 2012-13 with a 3-0 scoreline). Fast bowler Duanne Olivier was the man of the series with 24 wickets. South-Africa won 3-0 against Sri-Lanka in 2016-17 with a 3-0 scoreline.
The Proteas completed their most comprehensive whitewash against the Caribbeans with a 5-0 scoreline in 1998-99. South-Africa registered its whitewash against Australia in 1969-70 series with a 4-0 scoreline.
# 5 Pakistan (5 wins):
Pakistan completed its last whitewash against England in UAE in 2011-12 series with a 3-0 scoreline. Spinners Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman spun a web around the English batsmen as the Pakistani spinners took 44 wickets in that series. Pakistan won against Australia with a 3-0 scoreline in the 1982-83 series.
Pakistan won against the kiwis in the 1990-91 series with a 3-0 scoreline. Pakistan also won against the West Indies in 1997-98 and against Bangladesh in 2003 with a 3-0 scoreline.
# 6 Sri-Lanka (4 wins)
Sri-Lanka registered its last whitewash win in 2016 in Sri-Lanka against Australia with a 3-0 scoreline. Left-arm off-spinner Rangana Herath took 28 wickets in that series and was adjudged man of the series. Sri Lanka’s victory in the first test of that series was its first win against Australia in 17 years.
Sri-Lankan spinners bowled with tremendous consistency, and the batsmen batted with a resolute and firm approach. Sri-Lanka won against West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe all with a 3-0 scoreline.
# 7 West-Indies (2 wins):
West-Indies completed their first whitewash win in 1985-86 against England with a 5-0 scoreline when Vivian Richards was the skipper. West-Indian fast bowlers gave an exhibition of some quality swing bowling. West-Indies completed their most accomplished whitewash against India in 1961-62 with a 5-0 win. Rohan Kanhai and the legendary Sir Garfield Sobers topped the batting charts in that series with 495 424 runs respectively.
The West-Indian bowlers bowled with efficiency and accuracy while batsmen led by the determined showed discipline and rigidity during pressure situations.
# 8 Bangladesh (1 Win):
Bangladesh registered its only whitewash win in 2014 by beating Zimbabwe at home with a 3-0 scoreline. Shakib AL Hasan was the stand out performer with 18 wickets and 251 runs. Apart from him, other spinners also bowled well with accuracy and bowled in the right areas. The batsmen looked temperamentally strong and read the situations well.