Top 10: Most Centuries by a Captain in Tests

Captaining the country’s Test team is one of the toughest jobs ever, and it takes a lot of toll on the player who leads the team in the longest format of the game. The reason a captain needs to maintain the intensity of their game through the course of 5 days and, at the same time, not allow the extra responsibility to distract their own game.

When a captain performs well in a Test match, the whole unit gets lifted, and a skipper always takes pride in leading from the front. One way a captain can put a mark on the game is by scoring a century if he/she is a batter.

Let us take a look at which Test skippers have scored the most centuries while leading the side.

Most Centuries by a Captain in Tests

CaptainInnings100s as CaptainHigh Score
Graeme Smith (SA)19325277
Virat Kohli (IND)11320254*
Ricky Ponting (AUS)14019209
Allan Border (AUS)15415205
Steve Smith (AUS)6715239
Steve Waugh (AUS)8315199
Don Bradman (AUS)3814270
Michael Clarke (AUS)8614329*
Mahela Jayawardene (SL)6614374
Brian Lara (WI)8514400*

Key Stats

109: Test matches played by Graeme Smith as the skipper of South Africa. This is the most games a player has captained a team in the longest format. In 193 innings, Smith scored 25 centuries, again the most by any Test captain in history.

8: 20 batters have scored 10 or more centuries at the helm of their respective Test teams, and 8 of them belong to Australia.

51: Players with 5 or more Test centuries when they captained their side, and 162 batters have made at least a Test century while leading the team.

6: Number of batters who have scored 14 centuries as skipper. Apart from the 4 mentioned here, Clive Lloyd and England’s former skipper Joe Root have also scored 14 tons each.

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6: Captains who have hit more centuries than half-centuries in this list. Sir Don Bradman has made a whopping 14 centuries in just 38 innings and has the best innings-per-century ratio for a captain (min. 38 innings).

400: West Indies Brian Lara, who has scored 14 centuries as skipper, made Test cricket’s highest-ever individual score of 400* while leading his country.

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