Top 10: Most Runs by a Batter in a Single Test Match

A batter’s mastery with the bat reflects in their consistent performances, match after match. To do this in the Test format is a testament to the batter’s skills and endurance.

Accumulating a triple-digit score in a Test is a great achievement, and following up that with another one in the same match is an even bigger accomplishment. A few notable batters have displayed their penchant for scoring huge runs across both innings in a single Test match.

Here are the top 10 instances of batters who have scored the most runs in a single Test match.

Most Runs by a Batter in a Test Match

Player1st Inn2nd InnTotal RunsAgainstVenueDate
Graham Gooch (ENG)333123456IndiaLord’s26 Jul 1990
Mark Taylor (AUS)334*92426PakistanPeshawar15 Oct 1998
Kumar Sangakkara (SL)319105424BangladeshChattogram04 Feb 2014
Brian Lara (WI)400* 400EnglandSt John’s10 Apr 2004
Greg Chappell (AUS)247*133380New ZealandWellington01 Mar 1974
Matthew Hayden (AUS)380380ZimbabwePerth09 Oct 2003
Andy Sandham (ENG)32550375West IndiesKingston03 Apr 1930
Brian Lara (WI)375DNB375EnglandSt John’s16 Apr 1994
Mahela Jayawardene (SL)374374South AfricaColombo (SSC)27 Jul 2006
Garry Sobers (WI)365*365PakistanKingston26 Feb 1958

Key Insights

456: England’s Graham Gooch holds the record for scoring the most runs in a Test match across 2 innings combined. The prolific English batter wielded his willow against India at Lord’s, scoring 333 in the 1st innings and 123 in the 2nd innings. His 2 innings scores aggregated 456 runs, and the record has been untouched since 1990.

2: Only 2 batters have followed up their triple centuries with a hundred in one match in the Test format. Besides Gooch, Kumar Sangakkara is the other batter to achieve this feat against Bangladesh. 

400: This is the most runs scored by a batter in a single innings. The West Indies batting maestro Brian Lara amassed 400* runs against England — the highest individual score in the red-ball format

350: Lara’s hunger for accumulating huge scores can be seen from his three 350+ aggregate runs in Test matches. He is the only batter with three 350+ runs combined across 2 innings in a Test match. Apart from the 2 instances listed above, Lara garnered 351 runs — 221 in the 1st innings and 130 in the 2nd innings — against Sri Lanka in 2001. (Check out Brian Lara’s double centuries in Test cricket here.)

300: There are over 60 instances of batters who have accumulated 300 or more runs in a single match.

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