It has been half a century, and Sir Donald Bradman’s numbers against England in Test cricket still stand high. He is the only player to score more than 5000 runs against a single opponent in any format of the game. However, contrary to the myth that says Bradman played most of his games against a single opponent, the number of innings he batted against England is still lesser than others who are privileged to play and score against multiple sides in bulk.
One should read these five insane cricketing records that Don Bradman holds in Tests to understand his supremacy.
In the table below, we will list the top ten players who have scored the most runs against a single opponent in Test cricket.
Bonus: Read the same list for T20Is and ODIs.
Most Runs against Single Opponent in Tests
|Don Bradman (AUS)||England||5028||63||89.78||334||19|
|Jack Hobbs (ENG)||Australia||3636||71||54.26||187||12|
|Sachin Tendulkar (IND)||Australia||3630||74||55.00||241*||11|
|Allan Border (AUS)||England||3548||82||56.31||200*||8|
|David Gower (ENG)||Australia||3269||77||44.78||215||9|
|Garry Sobers (WI)||England||3214||61||60.64||226||10|
|Steve Waugh (AUS)||England||3200||73||58.18||177*||10|
|Steve Smith (AUS)||England||3044||56||59.68||239||11|
|Brian Lara (WI)||England||2983||51||62.14||400*||7|
|Geoffrey Boycott (ENG)||Australia||2945||71||47.50||191||7|
Steve Smith is the only current-day cricketer in the list above. Find out Steve Smith’s Test stats classified on the yearly basis.
Joe Root is the other non-retired batsman to score 2000+ runs against a single opponent in Tests. He has a 2000+ runs tally against two teams – Australia and India.
Virat Kohli against England is the next on the list to reach the milestone number of 2000.
Bradman’s 19 centuries against England, the most centuries by any batter against one single team in Test cricket, is also a mountainous value any modern-day cricketer would dream of achieving one day. Find out – Bradman’s Ashes records which Steve Smith might beat in the coming days.
Australia’s Syd Gregory, who played for Australia between 1890 and 1912, holds the record for batting in most Test innings against a single team. He played 52 matches versus England and batted for a massive 92 times. Fourth in our list, Allan Border comes second to Gregory with 82 batted innings against England.
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