List: Highest Team Totals in Tests for Each Team

A Test match can be long, longer than any sport you would see. 5 days of drama unfolding had never happened or will happen in any other sport. It can be testing, play a patient game on the players. And sometimes, when the batting team decides to put a big score on board, provided the conditions help, it will be challenging for the bowler and fielders.

This article will list down the highest team totals for every Test-playing nation in a Test innings.

Sri Lanka952/6d2IndiaColombo (RPS)1997
England903/7d1AustraliaThe Oval1938
West Indies790/3d2PakistanKingston1958
Pakistan765/6d2Sri LankaKarachi2009
Australia758/8d2West IndiesKingston1955
New Zealand715/6d2BangladeshHamilton2019
South Africa682/6d2EnglandLord's2003
Bangladesh638/101Sri LankaGalle2013
Zimbabwe563/9d2West IndiesHarare2001
Afghanistan545/4d1ZimbabweAbu Dhabi2021

Key Stats

  • Sri Lanka’s 952/6d against India in 1997 in Colombo is the highest score by a team in a Test innings.
  • England are the only team to have scored 800+ total twice in Test cricket. They scored 903/7d against Australia in 1938 and 849 all-out against West Indies in 1930.
  • England’s 849 in Kingston (Jamaica) is also the highest score by a team in an away Test match.
  • In the list of teams with the Most 600+ totals in Test cricket, Australia (34) leads the chart, followed closely by India (33)
  • The record for the highest Test score in an Indian venue is held by Sri Lanka – 760/7d against India (2009) in Ahmedabad.
  • The highest Indian Test innings total is 759/7d in Chennai in England’s 2016 tour.
  • No teams have ever lost a Test match after scoring a 600+ total.

The highest Test score in terms of the number of innings are:

1st903/7d – EnglandAustraliaThe Oval1938
2nd952/6d – Sri LankaIndiaColombo (RPS)1997
3rd680/8d – New ZealandIndiaWellington2014
4th654/5 – EnglandSouth AfricaDurban1939

The Wrap

Even though England’s highest total, 903/7d against Australia, came in a timeless Test match, the match got over within five days, with Australia suffered an innings loss in that game. But the record for the highest Test total in the 4th innings of a match (England’s 654-5) came in a match that lasted for 10 days. Interestingly the game ended in a draw due to various reasons.

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With the current teams looking for a result in every game, thanks to WTC’s points system and the evolution of Test cricket restricted to 4-days, the above numbers seem to stay there longer than expected.

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