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Top 10 Cricketers With The Most Sixes in Test Cricket – 2021 Edition


Most Sixes in Test Cricket

Test cricket is not a format that you would associate with boundaries, let alone sixes. The format is known to test the true skills of a cricketer with a focus on values such as patience, dedication, and consistency. It is harder to score in tests, due to the red ball and the general nature of the format is to bat as long as possible while accumulating runs. Average test innings will hardly have 5 sixes, and there have been many test matches without even a single six. Yet there have been some top crickets who have brought more aggression to the game’s longest format. These are the players with the most sixes in test cricket. For these players, hitting sixes has been effortless, and that’s just how they play the game – fast-paced and aggressive, regardless of the format. Note that the list here may be updated with new records and stats by the latest players. Some of the players mentioned below are active, while the others have retired.  

Brendon McCullum – 107 Sixes

Most Sixes in Test Cricket
Brendon McCullum – Most Sixes in Test Cricket

The former New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman was known for his aggressive style of batting, at the top. Often, McCullum has got his team to blistering starts, regardless of the format, and has reduced the pressure on the batsmen coming after him to play. He debuted in 2004, and until he retired from tests in 2016, he had played 101 matches. Not just the most number of sixes, he also became the player with the fastest test century. And he had appeared in 100 consecutive tests since his debut match. A lot of records to this proud kiwi!

Adam Gilchrist – 106 Sixes

Most Sixes in Test Cricket
Adam Gilchrist – Most Sixes in Test Cricket

If aggression had another name, it would be Adam Gilchrist. He was aggressive not just in his batting, but also on the field through his body language. He is also easily one of the top wicketkeeper-batsmen in the history of the game. His batting was so fluid and breath-taking that people would be glued when he was at complete flow. One of the gems of Australian cricket, Gilchrist played 96 matches till his last match in 2008 and hit 106 sixes in tests. 

Chris Gayle – 98 Sixes

Most Sixes in Test Cricket
Chris Gayle – Most Sixes in Test Cricket

Known as the Universe Boss, some fewer players could smash the ball as effectively as Chris Gayle. The former Caribbean batsmen used to be a nightmare for bowlers when he was in flow, regardless of the format he played in. He is known for his ruthless hitting, and most of his sixes involved just standing at his crease and whacking the ball out of the stadium. His test career spanned from 2008 to 2014, and he hit 98 sixes during his tenure. 

Jacques Kallis – 97 Sixes

Most Sixes in Test Cricket
Jacques Kallis – Most Sixes in Test Cricket

One of the batsmen with the most sixes in Test cricket, Kallis was known for his classy batting. One of the most genuine all-rounders that the game has produced, he used to bat, bowl and field all so effortlessly. He was also one of the four players who have scored five consecutive test centuries. He debuted in 1995 in tests and played until 2013. In the meantime, he smashed 97 sixes. Many times, Kallis had taken his side out of crisis and his primary batting position was at Number 3. 

Virender Sehwag – 91 Sixes

Most Sixes in Test Cricket
Virender Sehwag – Most Sixes in Test Cricket

It is hard for any Indian to imagine any other batsmen than Sehwag when they think of an aggressive opener. He would just stand on the pitch and smash boundaries, it all seemed a piece of cake to him. Sehwag was famous for hitting the first ball of the match for four, regardless of the format. He also had some trademark shots to his name like the Upar Cut, which was mimicked by so many other players. In this test career though, he had scored 23 centuries and overall hit 91 sixes. 

Brian Lara 88 Sixes

Most Sixes in Test Cricket
Brian Lara – Most Sixes in Test Cricket

Not just was he a great West Indian cricketer, Brain Lara was one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the game. He was the first captain and his test score, to date is the highest ever – 400*. Before Sachin Tendulkar, he was also the leading run-scorer in test cricket, and he also holds the record for the most centuries by a West Indian cricketer. In his career of 131 test matches, Brain Lara has hit 88 sixes. 

Chris Cairns 84 Sixes

Most Sixes in Test Cricket
Chris Cairns – Most Sixes in Test Cricket

He is also known as one of the greatest all-rounders in the game, and a legendary cricketer for New Zealand. In his test cricket career, he scored 3000 runs and took 18 wickets. He was in his prime form between 1999-2000. He was known for his reliable batting and has bailed New Zealand out of tough situations many times in tests. His extraordinary performance in test matches featured 84 sixes.

Vivian Richards 84 Sixes

Most Sixes in Test Cricket
Vivian Richards – Most Sixes in Test Cricket

Modern kids know Vivian Richards for his commentary and analysis, but he was also one of the greatest cricketers to have played the game. He played aggressive and inspiring style cricket between the 1970s and 1980s. He accumulated more than 8000 runs with an average of more than 50, with 24 centuries to his name. He hit 84 sixes in his test match career that lasted from 1974 to 1991. 

Andrew Flintoff – 82 Sixes

Most Sixes in Test Cricket
Andrew Flintoff – Most Sixes in Test Cricket

One of the greatest all-rounders for England is Andrew Flintoff, who was equally dangerous with his bowling, batting, and fielding. The peak of their career was when he single-handedly won England the 2005 Ashes series. He played 79 test matches between 1998 and 2009 and scored an overall of 82 sixes. 

Matthew Hayden – 82 Sixes

Most Sixes in Test Cricket
Matthew Hayden – Most Sixes in Test Cricket

Standing tall, Mathew Hayden was intimidating for Australia as an opener. Regardless of the format, he played aggressive-style cricket and was consistent in his run-making. His career took a turn in 2001, and Hayden had a big role to play in Australia’s winning world-cup campaigns after that. He played 103 test matches until he retired from the game in 2009, and he smashed 82 sixes. 

Conclusion – Most Sixes in Test Cricket 

The above players were known for their aggressive hitting, and they made test matches memorable and fun. Although many modern cricketers are in contention to break these records, some of the innings that happened in history will always stay in memory. If you are a fan of cricket, read more about them or watch their best innings once again. 

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