Top 10 Fastest Fifty in Test Cricket History: Test Cricket 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. Test Cricket is played for five days and is truly a display of sheer determination and perseverance shown by the batsmen, bowlers as well as fielders.
|21||Misbah-ul-Haq||Pakistan v Australia||Abu Dhabi||2014|
|23||DA Warner||Australia v Pakistan||Sydney||2017|
|24||JH Kallis||South Africa v Zimbabwe||Cape Town||2005|
|25||S Shillingford||West Indies v New Zealand||Kingston||2014|
|26||Shahid Afridi||Pakistan v India||Bangalore||2005|
|26||Mohammad Ashraful||Bangaldesh v India||Mirpur||2007|
|26||DW Steyn||South Africa v West Indies||Port Elizabeth||2014|
|27||Yousuf Youhana||Pakistan v South Africa||Cape Town||2003|
|28||EAV Williams||West Indies v England||Bridgetown||1948|
|28||IT Botham||England v India||Delhi||1981|
At the initial phases of the inception of Test Cricket, the batsmen took their time to settle and score runs. Many matches had ended in a Draw and the bowlers would sweat out to get rid of the batsmen. After the introduction of the T-20 Cricket in 2006, the explosive mode of batting was adapted by the batsmen in Test Cricket too.
Scoring quick runs for the team in crucial times and rain-played test match has been a new feature of Test Match Cricket. The historical series win of India against Australia at the Gabba has truly portrayed the importance of scoring quick runs in Test Crocket. The recent test match between India and England at the Lord’s has also displayed that how scoring quick runs would benefit the team to win a Test Match.
Many international cricket stars have pounded quickfire fifties by scoring quick runs and entertained the fans. Here is the list of the Top 10 fastest fifty in Test Cricket:
Top 10 Fastest Fifty in Test Cricket History
Ian Botham (28 Balls) vs India, Delhi
England Tour of India, 1981-82
Ian Botham was a brilliant English All-Rounder who played in the middle order. The dominant and domineering cricketer was England’s most valuable asset in the 1980s. Within three years of his debut, Botham was named as the captain of the England team.
Botham scored the fastest fifty by any English batsman and the 10th fastest fifty in the test against India in 1981. His sparky innings came off just 28 balls that included a couple of big hits and three boundaries. Botham’s fifty is hailed by every cricketing expert and was the perfect sight for the eye.
Foffie Williams (28 Balls) vs England, Bridgetown
West Indies tour of England, 1948
Ernest Albert Vivian Williams, popularly known as Foffie Williams was primarily a Caribbean fast bowler who was well known for his power hitting. Foffie Williams is one of the most renowned West Indies Cricketers whose contribution is highly recognized by the West Indies Cricket Board.
Foffie Williams’s remarkable batting performance comes against England in 1948. Williams scored the second-fastest fifty by any West Indies batsman and the 9th fastest fifty in test by any batsman. William’s stellar fifty came off just 28 balls with ample boundaries scored in his quickfire innings.
Yousuf Youhana (27 Balls) vs South Africa, Cape Town
Pakistan tour of South Africa, 2003-04
Yousuf Youhana is recognized as one of the most successful cricketing stars in the history of Pakistan Cricket. Youhana was a regular test player and contributed significantly to the glory of Pakistan’s Test Cricket. Youhana played crucial knocks at important times to take his team through.
The most incredible innings of Youhana will always be his outstanding fifty against South Africa in 2003. Youhana scored the third-fastest fifty by any Pakistani batsman and the 8th fastest fifty in test cricket. Every critic and spectator present at the ground hailed the innings of the stylish batsman.
Dale Steyn (26 Balls) vs West Indies, Port Elizabeth
West Indies tour of South Africa, 2014
Fast bowlers have nothing to lose while batting in Test Cricket and the quickfire fifty by Dale Steyn proves this statement. Dale Steyn is one of the most fierce and aggressive fast bowlers in world cricket and is highly praised for his bowling style and action. He was the most decorated and valuable player for South Africa in every format of the game.
Notably, Dale Steyn holds the record of the second-fastest fifty by any South African batsman and the 7th fastest fifty in test. Steyn’s fastest fifty came against West Indies at a time when his team needed it the most. His 26-balls fifty comprised of a couple of sixes and five boundaries.
Mohammad Ashraful (26 Balls) vs India, Mirpur
India tour of Bangladesh, 2007-08
Mohammad Ashraful is popularly recognized as the most successful batsman for Bangladesh in Test Cricket. His brilliant cricketing shots and patience in test cricket are praised by every cricketing analyst. Ashraful is the biggest name in Bangladesh cricket and has held several records for his nation.
Mohammad Ashraful scored the fastest fifty by any Bangladeshi batsman and the 6th fastest fifty in test against the world number one India that came of just 26 balls. Ashraful’s classy innings comprised of cover drive flicks as well as some excellent pull shots.
Shahid Afridi (26 Balls) vs India, Bangalore
Pakistan tour of India, 2005-06
Shahid Afridi features in every list of top ten centuries or fifties in any format. The former Pakistani All-Rounder is one of the most successful cricketers in the history of cricket. Afridi is well known for his power-hitting skills and for scoring quick runs in every format.
Afridi holds the record of second fastest fifty by any Pakistani batsman and the 5th fastest fifty in test. His 26 ball 50 came against the arch-rivals India in 2005. Afridi smashed a few sixes and some talented boundaries to entertain the crowd at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Shane Shillingford (25 Balls) vs New Zealand, Kingston
New Zealand tour of West Indies, 2014
Shane Shillingford was a Caribbean fast bowler who was widely recognized for his pace and action. He was a regular test player and helped the West Indies team to revive through their falling test cricket days. Shillingford is the second all-time bowler featuring in the list.
Shillingford scored the fastest fifty by any West Indies and the 4th fastest fifty in test. Shillingford’s explosive innings came against New Zealand in 2014 where he went on to score his fifty in just twenty-five balls. His innings comprised six and five boundaries.
Jacques Kallis (24 Balls) vs Zimbabwe, Cape Town
Zimbabwe tour of South Africa, 2005
Jacques Kallis is one of the most destructive and renowned all-rounders of South African cricket. Kallis is the highest run-scorer for South Africa in international cricket and his significant contribution to South African cricket is highly recognized and praised.
Kallis scored the fastest fifty by any South African Batsman and the 3rd fastest fifty in test. Kallis scored his fifty of just 24 balls at a very young age and gained a significant appreciation for his efforts. The Kallis show consisted of a couple of sixes and five fours.
David Warner (23 Balls) vs Pakistan, Sydney
Pakistan tour of Australia, 2017-18
David Warner is known as the most destructive opening batsman in Australian cricket. Warner is regarded as the most successful opener for Australia and has often led the side in absence of regular captain Steve Smith. Warner is a brilliant driver and puller of the cricketing ball.
Warner scored the fastest fifty by any Australian batsman and the 2nd fastest fifty in test. Warner got ample appreciation from the home crowd who were fascinated by his quick innings. Warner’s aggressive knock comprised seven boundaries and a hit out of the park.
Misbah-ul-Haq (21 Balls) vs Australia, Abu Dhabi
Australia tour of Pakistan, 2014-15
Misbah-ul-Haq is one of the most successful cricketers in Pakistani Cricketing history. Misbah is a brilliant striker of the red ball as well as white-ball and holds the record of scoring most runs for Pakistan in international cricket. India was Misbah’s favorite opponent.
Misbah holds the record of scoring the fastest fifty in Test cricket and the fastest fifty by any Pakistani batsman in test cricket. Misbah entertained the fans at Abu Dhabi and scored his fifty of just 21 balls that comprised of six boundaries and a couple of sixes.