Top 10: Fastest to 1000 Runs in Test Cricket

Test cricket is a game of skill and patience where batters have to endure challenges to accumulate runs. If a batter is new to the Test setup, it is even more difficult to thrive in front of world-class bowlers.

However, some batters show their flair to score runs with consistency, surpassing significant milestones in a jiffy. Scoring 1000 Test runs is a major landmark in a cricketer’s career, and doing so in a quick fashion is even more extraordinary.

In this article, we’ll list the top 10 fastest batters to reach 1000 runs in Test cricket.

Fastest to 1000 Runs in Test

PlayerInnings to 1000 RunsTime Taken
Herbert Sutcliffe (ENG)120y 244d
Everton Weekes (WI)121y 14d
Don Bradman (AUS)131y 223d
Neil Harvey (AUS)142y 312d
Vinod Kambli (IND)141y 293d
Leonard Hutton (ENG)161y 363d
Frank Worrell (WI)163y 314d
Lawrence Rowe (WI)162y 42d
Yashasvi Jaiswal (IND)160y 239d
George Headley (WI)171y 47d

Key Insights

12: England’s Herbert Sutcliffe and the West Indies’ Everton Weekes hold the record for the joint-fastest batter to 1000 runs in Test cricket. Both batters took exactly 12 innings to cross the milestone.

164: If we consider the time taken to reach 1000 Test runs, then Australia’s Mr Cricket, Michael Hussey, is the quickest. The southpaw batter scored 1000 runs in 164 days after making his Test debut on November 3, 2005.

14: Aiden Markram is the only other batter to complete 1000 runs in under 200 days, as the South African took 183 days. And there are over 14 batters, including Hussey and Markram, who surpassed the 1000-run mark in less than a year.

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12y 159d: The time taken by Jeffrey Stollmeyer to cross 1000 Test runs. This is the longest time a batter has taken to go past 1000 runs (among the batters who took 25 innings to 1000 runs). However, Stollmeyer could do nothing, as the West Indies didn’t play a single Test between September 1939 and January 1948 due to World War 2.

1: England’s Arthur Shrewsbury became the first-ever batter to score 1000 runs in the longest format. He achieved the feat in his 21st Test in July 1893.

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