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Top 10 Most Runs in Test: Cricket is one of the most entertaining and passionate sports across the world. It has gained significant importance in the Indian Sub-Continent, Australia, Europe, Africa and now gaining significant importance in the Americas and the Middle East. England is the home of Test cricket. Cricket was professionally played in England and Australia in the initial stage. The English and Aussies were the first nations to compete in an international test match.

Player Span Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 0
SR Tendulkar (INDIA) 1989-2013 200 329 33 15921 248* 53.78 51 68 14
RT Ponting (AUS) 1995-2012 168 287 29 13378 257 51.85 41 62 17
JH Kallis (ICC/SA) 1995-2013 166 280 40 13289 224 55.37 45 58 16
R Dravid (ICC/INDIA) 1996-2012 164 286 32 13288 270 52.31 36 63 8
AN Cook (ENG) 2006-2018 161 291 16 12472 294 45.35 33 57 9
KC Sangakkara (SL) 2000-2015 134 233 17 12400 319 57.40 38 52 11
BC Lara (ICC/WI) 1990-2006 131 232 6 11953 400* 52.88 34 48 17
S Chanderpaul (WI) 1994-2015 164 280 49 11867 203* 51.37 30 66 15
DPMD Jayawardene (SL) 1997-2014 149 252 15 11814 374 49.84 34 50 15
AR Border (AUS) 1978-1994 156 265 44 11174 205 50.56 27 63 11

In the initial stages, Cricket was played in the test format where the players would play for a span of four to five days. The test format is comprised of two innings where the team which scores more runs wins the match. Test Cricket is the most popular form of Cricket. The audience and spectators in England and Australia watch the match for all five days. Test Cricket is known as the purest form of Cricket.

Cricket is one of the fastest evolving sport in the world and the players don’t leave behind any effort to entertain the fans. Batting professionally with a cool temperament along with patience and perseverance is the highlight of Test Cricket. Test Cricket is a matter of sheer determination and hard work. The legends of Test Cricket have scored many centuries to help their country win matches.

Here is the list of Top 10 Most Runs in Test Cricket:

Top 10 Most Runs in Test Cricket

#10 Allan Border, Australia

(11174  Runs)

Allan Border in in Test
Allan Border in in Test

Popularly known as Sir Border, Allan Border is an Australian Right-Handed Batsman who bats in the middle order. The border was one of the most successful batsmen for Australia in Test Cricket. He is highly praised for his elegant batting skills, patience, and cool temperament. The India-Australia Test Series is named after him which is known as the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Allan Border has scored 11,174 runs in 156 test matches played in his career which is the 10th most runs in test by any batsman. His highest score in Test is 205 and he has smashed 63 half-centuries and 27 centuries in his Test career. Border averaged 50.56 and had been not out on forty-four occasions in a Test Match.

#2 Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka

(11814 Runs)

Mahela Jayawardene in Test
Mahela Jayawardene in Test

Mahela Jayawardene is a Right-Handed Top-order batsman who played for the Sri Lankan National Team. Jayawardene was the Captain of the Sri Lankan side in all three formats of the game. He is one of the most successful batsmen for Sri Lanka in Test Cricket. His century at the World Cup Final in 2011 is still remembered by everyone.

Mahela Jayawardene has scored 11814 runs in 149 Test matches played in his career which is the 9th most runs in Test by any batsman. His highest score in Test is 374 and he has smashed 50 half-centuries and 34 centuries in his Test career. Jayawardene averaged 49.84 and had a strike rate of 36.23 in the test.

#3 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, West Indies

(11867 Runs)

Shivnarine Chanderpaul in test
Shivnarine Chanderpaul in test

Shivnarine Chanderpaul is a West Indies Right-Handed Batsman who played at the top order. Chanderpaul is the second most successful batsman for West Indies in test cricket. He opened for the Caribbean side and bowled the old ball on few occasions. Chanderpaul was a decent batsman and was known for his unique stance.

Chanderpaul has scored 11,867 runs in Test Cricket which is the 8th most runs in Test by any batsman and also the second most runs by any West Indies batsman in Test. His highest score in Test is 203* and he has smashed 66 half-centuries and 30 centuries in his career. Chanderpaul averaged 51.37 in test match cricket.

#4 Brian Lara, West Indies

(11953 Runs)

Brian Lara in test
Brian Lara in test

West Indies Cricket would have been incomplete without its most successful batsman in Test Cricket, Brian Lara. Brian Lara was a left-handed top-order batsman who was popularly known for his extravagant skills, extraordinary technique, and notable aggression. Lara holds the record of the highest individual score by any batsman in international cricket i.e. 400 Runs.

Brian Lara has scored 11,953runs in his seventeen years long Test Match career which is the 7th most runs in Test by any batsman and the most runs by any Caribbean in Test. His highest score on the test is 400* and he has smashed 48 half-centuries and 34 centuries in his career. Lara averaged 52.88 in test cricket.

#5 Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka

(12400 Runs)

Kumar Sangakkara in Test
Kumar Sangakkara in Test

Kumar Sangakkara is a Sri Lankan Left-Handed Opening Batsman who is popularly known for his excellent batting skills and extremely talented run-scoring ability. Sangakkara had also led the Sri Lankan side before Mahela Jayawardene and is the most successful batsman for Sri Lanka in Test cricket. Sangakkara was the best wicket-keeper of Sri Lanka.

Kumar Sangakkara has scored 12,400 runs in his 15 tears long Test match career which is the 6th most runs in Test by any batsman and the most runs by any Sri Lankan batsman. His highest score in Test is 319 and he has smashed 52 half-centuries and 38 centuries in his Test career. Sangakkara averaged 57.40 in tests.

#6 Alastair Cook, England

(12472 Runs)

Alastair Cook in Test
Alastair Cook in Test

Alastair Cook is a Left-Handed Top-order batsman who represented the England National Team. Cook was the Captain of the England Cricket team in Tests and ODI. He is the most successful batsman for England in Test cricket to date. His extraordinary batting skills and successful captaincy is praised by all the cricket enthusiasts.

Alastair Cook has scored 12,472 runs in 161 test matches played in his career which is the 5th most runs in Test by any batsman. His highest score in Test is 294 and he has smashed 57 half-centuries and 33 centuries in his Test career. Cook averaged 45.35 in test cricket.

#7 Rahul Dravid, India

(13288 Runs)

Rahul Dravid in test
Rahul Dravid in test

Popularly known as The Wall, Rahul Dravid is an Indian Right-Handed Batsman who bats in the middle order. Dravid was one of the most successful batsmen for India in Test Cricket. He is highly praised for his elegant batting skills, patience, and cool temperament. He loved Test cricket and he also led the Indian side on a few occasions.

Rahul Dravid has scored 13,288 runs in Test Match cricket which is the 4th most runs in Test by any batsman. His highest score in Test is 270 and he has smashed 63 half-centuries and 36 centuries in his Test career. Dravid averaged 52.31 in test cricket.

#8 Jacques Kallis, South Africa

(13289 Runs)

Jacques Kallis in test
Jacques Kallis in test

Jacques Kallis is a South African All-Rounder who was better known for his power-hitting skills and bouncers. Kallis is the most successful batsman for South Africa in Test cricket. He opened for the Proteas and bowled in the middle overs. Kallis was an explosive batsman and has contributed to South Africa significantly.

Jacques Kallis has scored 13,289 runs in Test Cricket which is the 3rd most runs in Test by any batsman and also the most runs by any South African in Test cricket. His highest score in Test is 224 and he has smashed 58 half-centuries and 45 centuries in his career. Kallis averaged 55.37 in test match cricket.

#2 Ricky Ponting, Australia

(13378 Runs)

Ricky Ponting in test
Ricky Ponting in test

Ricky Ponting is one of the greatest batsmen Australia could ever get in a lifetime. Ponting is a Right-Handed Batsman who batted for Australia at the top order. Ponting led Australia to victory in three successive cricket world cups in 1999, 2003, and 2007. Ponting is fondly known for his brilliant class and temperament while batting and is the most successful batsman for Australia in test cricket.

Ricky Ponting has scored 13,378 runs in his 17 year-long Test Match career which is the 2nd most runs in Test by any batsman. His highest score in Test is 257 and he has smashed 62 half-centuries and 41 centuries in his career. Ponting averaged 51.85 in test cricket. He is also the most successful batsman for Australia in ODI.

#1 Sachin Tendulkar, India

(15921 Runs)

Sachin Tendulkar in test
Sachin Tendulkar in test

Sachin Tendulkar often referred to as the God of Cricket is an Indian Right-Handed Top Order Batsman who played for India in the middle order. Tendulkar is the most successful batsman in the world and is known for his brilliant batting techniques and elegant run-scoring ability. Tendulkar is the highest-run scoring batsman in the world.

Sachin Tendulkar has scored 15,921 runs in his 23 years long Test Career which is the most runs in Test by any batsman. His highest score in Test is 248 and he has smashed a record 68 half-centuries and 51 centuries in his career. Tendulkar averaged 53.75 in test cricket. Tendulkar is the most successful batsman for India in Test and ODI Cricket.

Also Read: Most Runs in ODI

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