The beauty of Test cricket lies in the skills, technique, resilience, and character shown by a player. After grinding hard in the field, if a player reaches a certain milestone, it puts them on cloud nine.

Having said that, a batter scoring the highest score is a significant achievement, given how tough it is to score runs in the Test format. To bring up big scores, batters need to stay longer on the pitch. 

A few prominent batters notched up high scores while coming to bat at particular positions. Here are the highest individual scores accumulated by batters at each batting position in Test cricket.

Highest Scores at Each Batting Position in Test

OpenerMatthew Hayden – 380Leonard Hutton – 364Sanath Jayasuriya – 340Hanif Mohammad – 337David Warner – 335*
No. 3Brian Lara – 400*Brian Lara – 375Garry Sobers – 365*Wally Hammond – 336*Don Bradman – 334
No. 4Mahela Jayawardene – 374Inzamam-ul-Haq – 329Bob Cowper – 307Martin Crowe – 299Ross Taylor – 290
No. 5Michael Clarke – 329*Don Bradman – 304Karun Nair – 303*Brendon McCullum – 302Tip Foster – 287
No. 6Ben Stokes – 258Doug Walters – 250Don Bradman – 234MS Dhoni – 224AB de Villiers – 217*
No. 7Don Bradman – 270Denis Atkinson – 219Adam Gilchrist – 204*Jack Ryder – 201*Brendon McCullum – 185
No. 8Wasim Akram – 257*Imtiaz Ahmed – 209Jason Holder – 202*Kamran Akmal – 154Mahmudullah – 150*
No. 9Ian Smith – 173Stuart Broad – 169Clem Hill – 160Asif Iqbal – 146Daniel Vettori – 137*
No. 10Walter Read – 117Abul Hasan – 113Pat Symcox – 108Reggie Duff – 104Sarfraz Nawaz – 90
No. 11Ashton Agar – 98Tino Best – 95James Anderson – 81Zaheer Khan – 75Richard Collinge – 68*

Key Insights

2: Brian Lara is the only player to accumulate 2 350-plus scores in Test cricket. The Windies’ legendary batter amassed both scores while batting at No. 3 against England almost 10 years apart. Now, both scores occupy the top 2 spots in the No. 3 batting position.

400: One of those knocks is an unbeaten 400, which Lara scored in 2004 by rewriting the history books. Lara’s 400 is the highest-ever individual score in the Test format, irrespective of batting position.

380: Five months before Lara came all guns blazing, Matthew Hayden hammered 380 runs against Zimbabwe in October 2003. Hayden’s knock was the highest then, though it remains the highest by an opener in the longest format.

300: Apart from Lara, Don Bradman, Virender Sehwag, and Chris Gayle have notched up 2 triple centuries each in Tests. Moreover, Bradman and Sehwag also have the most 290+ scores, with 3 each to their names.

11: Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara whacked 11 Test double centuries while batting at No. 3 — the most double hundreds at a particular position. While Bradman has the most double tons in the red-ball format (12), however, only 9 came at No. 3, with the rest 3 coming at No. 5, 6, and 7.

224: India’s Captain Cool MS Dhoni scripted history in 2013 by racking up the highest score as a designated wicketkeeper-captain. Dhoni notched up 224 runs against Australia in Chennai and became the first keeper-captain to breach the 200 mark. Two weeks later, Mushfiqur Rahim followed suit by bringing up his 200 while leading Bangladesh against Sri Lanka.

0: Test cricket has witnessed batters scoring centuries at each position except No. 11. Ashton Agar and Tino Best came close to the mark but fell short of reaching remarkable hundreds. 

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