Top 10 Most Sixes in Test Cricket: Cricket at its inception was played in the most basic format that is known as Test Cricket. Test Cricket is played for a span of four to five days where the competing teams play a couple of innings. Test Cricket is truly the test of a player’s patience, perseverance, hard work, and commitment. Sixes are not a cup of tea in Test Cricket, however, the developing era of cricket has seen a wide range of elegant players trying to clear the fence.
|BB McCullum (NZ)||2004-2016||101||176||9||6453||302||38.64||9989||64.60||12||31||14||776||107|
|AC Gilchrist (AUS)||1999-2008||96||137||20||5570||204*||47.60||6796||81.95||17||26||14||677||100|
|CH Gayle (WI)||2000-2014||103||182||11||7214||333||42.18||11970||60.26||15||37||15||1046||98|
|JH Kallis (ICC/SA)||1995-2013||166||280||40||13289||224||55.37||28903||45.97||45||58||16||1488||97|
|V Sehwag (ICC/INDIA)||2001-2013||104||180||6||8586||319||49.34||10441||82.23||23||32||16||1233||91|
|BC Lara (ICC/WI)||1990-2006||131||232||6||11953||400*||52.88||19753||60.51||34||48||17||1559||88|
|CL Cairns (NZ)||1989-2004||62||104||5||3320||158||33.53||5815||57.09||5||22||7||365||87|
|IVA Richards (WI)||1974-1991||121||182||12||8540||291||50.23||9613+||69.77*||24||45||10||952+||84|
|A Flintoff (ENG/ICC)||1998-2009||79||130||9||3845||167||31.77||6197||62.04||5||26||17||513||82|
|ML Hayden (AUS)||1994-2009||103||184||14||8625||380||50.73||14349||60.10||30||29||14||1049||82|
Test Cricket is all about staying at the crease for a long time. However, sixes have been a part of the new age of Test cricket. Here is the list of the Top 10 most sixes in Test cricket:
Top 10 Most Sixes in Test Cricket History
#10 Matthew Hayden, Australia
Matthew Hayden is a powerful and fierce opening batsman of the Australian National Team. He is popularly known for using his unique Mongoose bat which was later banned in international cricket. Hayden was the most reliable batsman for Australia who performed brilliantly in all three formats of the game.
Hayden had hit a total of 82 sixes in 103 test matches he played in his decorated career. He holds the record of 10th most sixes in Test. Hayden’s special knocks include 29 fifties and 30 centuries in Test cricket. He has been a valuable asset to Australia as he has scored runs with an excellent average of 50.73 and a strike rate of over 65.
#9 Andrew Flintoff, England
Andrew Flintoff is an English All-Rounder who was especially engrossed for his power-hitting skills along with pace balling. Flintoff is one of England’s most successful players in international cricket. Flintoff is also remarked controversially for his spark with Yuvraj Singh.
Flintoff was a ruthless hitter of the red ball as he had hit 82 sixes in his brief test career. He is the batsman to hit the 9th most sixes in Test. Flintoff’s batting career for England in the test was stupendous as he scored 3,845 runs with an average of 31.77 and a strike rate of 62.04.
#8 Vivian Richards, West Indies
Sir Vivian Richards is the most oldest and experienced cricketer to feature in the list. Richards is regarded as one of the best batsmen in the history of cricket. Vivian Richards was an integral part of the two-time world cup winning team of West Indies.
When sixes were truly a low fanatic in test cricket, Sir Vivian Richards had managed to hit 82 sixes at such a developing phase. Sir holds a present record of 8th most sixes in Test. Sir Richards has scored 8,540 runs in the test with an average of 50.23 and a strike rate of 69.77.
#7 Christopher Cairns, New Zealand
A highly underrated quality New Zealand batsman, Christopher Cairns has earned a name by smashing sixes over the fence and entering into the book of records. Cairns was a brilliant test player for New Zealand and helped to flourish the nations’ name in the longest format.
In a short-lived career span of eight years, Cairns successfully managed to hit 87 sixes in 62 test matches. Cairns scored 3,320 runs with an average of 33.53. His 87 sixes along with 365 boundaries make him the batsman to hit the 7th most sixes in Test.
#6 Brian Lara, West Indies
The most successful batsman for West Indies in Test Cricket, Brian Lara also holds the record of the highest individual score in international cricket of 400 runs. Lara is an elegant batsman who is highly praised for his successful test and one-day career.
With most of his runs coming through boundaries, Lara has also managed to hit the ball over the fence. In his test career of 131 matches, Lara has smashed 88 sixes which is the 6th most sixes in Test by any batsman. Lara has scored 11,953 runs with an outstanding average of 52.88.
#5 Virender Sehwag, India
Virender Sehwag was the most explosive and destructive opening batsman for India in test cricket. He has destroyed the bowling attack of every test-playing nation and he is popularly known for hitting a boundary on the very first ball of the innings.
With scoring the highest score of 319 by any Indian opening batsman in test cricket, Sehwag has hit 91 sixes which is the 5th most sixes in Test by any batsman. The powerful right-hander has scored 8,586 runs with an average of 49.34 and a record test cricket strike rate of 82.23.
#4 Jacques Kallis, South Africa
Jacques Kallis is the most successful batsman for South Africa in Test Cricket. Kallis’s brilliant all-around abilities have helped South Africa to reach a milestone in test cricket. The contribution of Kallis in South African cricket is simply commendable and exemplary.
In a long-lived test career of 18 years and 166 matches, Kallis has hit 97 balls out of the park to hold a record of 3rd most sixes in Test by any batsman. The Right-Handed Opener has scored 13,289 runs in test cricket with a massive average of 55.37 runs.
#3 Chris Gayle, West Indies
Chris Henry Gayle, popularly known as The Universe Boss and the Jamaican Powerhouse is a devastating West Indies opening batsman who is well known for his massive out of the stadium hitting. Along with a record in test cricket, Gayle also holds the record of hitting maximum sixes in T-20 by any West Indies batsman.
Gayle is a ruthless, destructive, and hammering batsman who has smashed every great bowler in the world. Gayle is not very much fond of Test cricket but has been violent when playing in one. In his 103 matches Test career, Gayle has smashed 98 sixes which makes him the batsman to hit 3rd most sixes in Test. Gayle has scored 7,214 runs with an average of 42.18
#2 Adam Gilchrist, Australia
The greatest legend from Australia Adam Gilchrist is the first batsman to hit 100 sixes in test cricket. The Left-Handed Wicket Keeper Opening batsman has been the most successful batsman for Australia in the test. Gilchrist is renowned for his cool temperament and elegant batting skills. Gilchrist was the shiny star of the Australian team.
Gilchrist has been extravagant in all three formats of the game, test cricket being the highlight of his career. Gilchrist has smashed 100 sixes which is the 2nd most sixes in Test by any batsman. He has successfully scored 5,570 runs with an average of 47.60 and the best score of 204*. Gilchrist has also hit 677 boundaries in his test career.
#1 Brendon McCullum, New Zealand
Bredon McCullum is a Kiwi powerhouse who is popularly known for his massive and brutal hitting. McCullum has featured in many records of hitting sixes and scoring quick fifties or hundreds. McCullum is only the second batsman to smash 100 sixes in Test Cricket. McCullum is a brilliant batsman who suits every format of the game.
In his twelve years of Test cricket, McCullum has successfully smashed 107 sixes to hold the record of most sixes in Test by any batsman. McCullum has scored 6,453 runs with a decent average of 38.64. Along with 107 sixes, McCullum has hit 776 boundaries. His highest score in Test is 302 and he has scored 31 fifties and 12 centuries in Test cricket.
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