Fastest Century in Test Cricket: It was test cricket that gave birth to the game of bat and ball way back in 1877. Being the longest format of the game, a test match is truly a test of a player’s strength, patience, and techniques on the field.
A century in the 5-day long format is considered an achievement for a player. Talking about centuries, let us take a look at the top 10 fastest century in Test cricket.
|54||BB McCullum||New Zealand v Australia||Christchurch||2015/16|
|56||IVA Richards||West Indies v England||St John’s||1985/86|
|56||Misbah-ul-Haq||Pakistan v Australia||Abu Dhabi||2014/15|
|57||AC Gilchrist||Australia v England||Perth||2006/07|
|67||JM Gregory||Australia v South Africa||Johannesburg||1921/22|
|69||S Chanderpaul||West Indies v Australia||Georgetown||2002/03|
|69||DA Warner||Australia v India||Perth||2011/12|
|70||CH Gayle||West Indies v Australia||Perth||2009/10|
|71||RC Fredericks||West Indies v Australia||Perth||1975/76|
|71||C de Grandhomme||New Zealand v West Indies||Wellington||2017/18|
Top 10 Fastest Century in Test Cricket | Fastest Test Centuries
#10 Colin de Grandhomme (71 balls) vs West Indies, Wellington
The New Zealand all-rounder, Colin de Grandhomme scored his maiden test century in just 71 deliveries playing against the West Indies team in Wellington. This was the 2nd fastest century in test by any New Zealand cricketer.
De Grandhomme now owns the record of fastest innings for a maiden test century, it was last held by England’s Gilbert Jessop for hundreds of years, when he scored his maiden 100 in a test in just 76 deliveries at the Oval in 1902.
De Grandhomme came to bat just after the tea and slammed a solid knock of 105 runs in just 74 balls with a strike rate of 141.89. His innings comprised of 11 fours and 3 sixes in a test match, which is quite rare to witness.
#9 RC Fredericks (71 balls) vs Australia, Perth
West Indies’ Roy Clifton Fredericks is known for his famous knock of 71-balls a hundred way back in 1975. Fredericks’ scored 169 off 145 deliveries against Australia in their backyard.
Fredericks’s innings comprised of beautifully timed cut shots, cover drives, and his trademark hook shot. However, the Aussies won the series by 5-1, this was the only test West Indies registered a victory in. His innings are still considered a delight for the eyes inning by the test cricket fans.
#8 Chris Gayle (70 balls) vs Australia, Perth
Chris Gayle is one of the most destructive names in the world of cricket and a nightmare for the bowlers. Gayle’s fastest century in the test came off 70 deliveries against Australia in Perth.
The West Indies captain Gayle scored a total of 102 runs in this innings on Day 2 of the 3rd Test against Australia. Gayle’s memorable innings consisted of 9 fours and 6 sixes against the Aussies on their home ground. The inning was sure a treat for the 10,000 strong crowds and the worldwide TV audience in the 2009-2010 period.
#7 David Warner (69 balls) vs India, Perth
The 25-year-old, new in the Aussie squad, young David Warner played a destructive knock of 104 not out against team India at Perth in 2012. The Indians were only able to set a target of 161, in return, the Australian opener alone played a knock of 104 runs and came up with his fastest century in Test cricket.
The openers alone scored 141 while chasing the target of 162 against India. Warner’s extraordinary innings helped the Australians win the test at their home.
#6 S Chanderpaul (69 balls) vs Australia, Georgetown
The West Indies’ batsman S Chanderpaul played a tremendous knock of 100 runs off 69 balls and secured the 6th spot in the Top 10 fastest centuries in Test cricket list.
S Chanderpaul’s knock comprised 15 fours and 2 sixes which helped him knit the 100-run innings. Chanderpaul was dismissed by Andy Bichel in the match which resulted in West Indies’ loss at the game, but his knock became a milestone for the upcoming cricketing generation.
#5 JM Gregory (67 balls) vs South Africa, Johannesburg
One of the most famous knocks from the world of cricket came from Jack Gregory’s bat in 1921. Jack Gregory did not only score the 5th fastest century in Test cricket but also owns the record of fastest century in terms of time (70 minutes) – which still stays unbeaten.
The commendable innings comprised 19 fours and 2 sixes. Gregory scored a total of 119 runs in this innings against South Africa.
#4 Adam Gilchrist (57 balls) vs England, Perth
The wicketkeeper-batsman, Adam Gilchrist slammed a ton in just 57 deliveries during the 3rd match of 2006-07 Ashes Test.
The Australian reached his half-century in 40 balls and scored the next 50 runs in just 17 balls. Gilchrist smashed 24 runs in Monty Panesar over, which still holds the record of most runs in an over in the Ashes Test. Gilchrist slammed the English bowlers with 12 fours and 4 sixes and remained not out on 102 runs with an unbelievable strike rate of 172.88 in the test match.
#3 Misbah-Ul-Haq (56 balls) vs Australia, Abu Dhabi
Misbah Ul Haq is one of Pakistan’s greatest players as well as captain in the longest format of the game. Misbah has also set new milestones with his bat in the world of Test cricket.
Pakistan’s image in the world of cricket got renewed when the batsman scored a ton in just 56 balls and became the player to score the third fastest century in test cricket.
Batting first, the Pakistani posted an enormous score of 570/6 – declared, with a doubleton from Younis Khan and centuries from Azhar Ali and Misbah Ul Haq.
With the iconic 57 ball century that comprised 10 fours and 1 six, Pakistan registered a 346 runs win over the Aussies. Later Pakistan won the series against Australia by 2-0.
#2 Viv Richards (56 balls) vs West Indies, St Johns
Sir Vivian Richards is one of the Cricket world’s legends. Throughout Sir Richards era, West Indies dominated world cricket. However, the one knock always stands out when we talk about Sir Richards, the 56-balls ton back in 1986, during the England tour of West Indies.
With 7 fours and 7 sixes, Richards completed his ton in just 56 deliveries. Completing his innings at 110 runs, Sir Richards dominated the English bowlers on their home ground – St Johns. Sir Viv Richards held the fastest century in Test cricket for 30 years but it was then broken by New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum, which now brings us to the number 1 placed player in the top 10 fastest test centuries list.
#1 Brendon McCullum (54 balls) vs Australia, Christ Church
Playing his 101st and the last match on 20th Feb 2016, the New Zealand captain, Brendon McCullum scored a breath-taking 100 in just 54 delivers! Walking in when New Zealand was 32 for 3, no one thought that one can play a fearless knock like McCullum’s.
His half-century came in 34 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes, who would have thought that this might be a threat for the Viv Richards and Misbah Ul Haq’s previously held records.
McCullum was at 82 runs after playing 50 balls, he smashed Josh Hazelwood a 6,4,4,4 in the first four balls and creates history at Christ Church and in the world cricket. 85% of this legend’s runs came from boundaries.
The remarkable innings of 145 runs off 79 deliveries comprised of 21 fours and 6 sixes with a strike rate of 183.59. Australia might have won the match, but New Zealand’s skipper won the hearts of every cricket fan as he bid farewell to the game.