Top 10: Most Not-Outs in Test Cricket

England’s pacer, James Anderson, has made himself a name with his bowling excellence. But he holds one unique batting record.

Which record, you ask?

Remaining not out the most times in Test cricket.


Yes, you read that right.

In this article, we’ll look at the top 10 players with the most not-outs in Test cricket.

Most Not-Outs in Test Cricket

PlayerInningsNot Outs
James Anderson (ENG)264113
Courtney Walsh (WI)18561
Muthiah Muralidaran (SL)16456
Bob Willis (ENG)12855
Chris Martin (NZ)10452
Glenn McGrath (AUS)13851
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI)28049
Ishant Sharma (IND)14247
Trent Boult (NZ)9446
Steve Waugh (AUS)26046

Key Insights

110: James Anderson holds the record for registering the most not-outs in Test cricket. He has remained not out over 110 times, and he is the only player with 100+ not-outs. Moreover, he is also leading the charts across formats, with over 155 not-outs to his name.

10: There are over 15 players with 40+ not-outs, with 10 of them being bowlers who have batted lower down the order.

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25: West Indies ruthless batter, Desmond Haynes, has the most not-outs as an opening batter in Tests. Haynes returned to the pavilion, not out in 25 innings.

46: Out of Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s 49 not-out instances, 46 came while batting as a middle-order batter from No. 4 to No. 7. And this is the most by any middle-order batter in Tests.

400: Brian Lara’s unbeaten 400 is the highest score while remaining not out at the end of an innings in Tests. Moreover, this is also the highest individual score by any batter in the longer format.

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