Record for centuries in consecutive Test matches

Published 06/05/2015, 2:54 PM EDT


The following is the list of players with hundreds in the most number of consecutive Tests:

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1. Sir Donald Bradman (6 Matches)

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The great Sir Donald Bradman has a record 6-match streak of scoring centuries. In the first match of 1937, Bradman scored 270 against England at the MCG. For a man who never seemed to be out of form, such feats would always be likely – in addition, he has twice scored centuries in 4 back-to-back matches, in a career which boasts of 29 centuries in 52 matches. This succession went on till the match on 22 July 1938.

                13270Australiav EnglandMelbourne1 Jan 1937
                26212Australiav EnglandAdelaide29 Jan 1937
                169Australiav EnglandMelbourne26 Feb 1937
                51144*Australiav EnglandNottingham10 Jun 1938
                18102*Australiav EnglandLord’s24 Jun 1938
                10316Australiav EnglandLeeds22 Jul 1938

2. Jacques Kallis (5 Matches)

The legendary South African all-rounder scored centuries in five consecutive matches from 12 December 2003 to 10 March 2004. In West Indies’ 2003-04 tour to South Africa, the Windies bowlers seemed to have no way to get through the classy batsman, and Kallis scored a century in every match of the series. He followed that up with a century against New Zealand.

                15844South Africav West IndiesJohannesburg12 Dec 2003
                177South Africav West IndiesDurban26 Dec 2003
                73130*South Africav West IndiesCape Town2 Jan 2004
                130*DNBSouth Africav West IndiesCenturion16 Jan 2004
                92150*South Africav New ZealandHamilton10 Mar 2004

 

Mohammad Yousuf (5 Matches)

The Pakistani middle order batsman was in a thunderous form in the second half of 2006, marauding the English and West Indian bowling attacks. In the eight innings of 5 matches, he scored 6 centuries and a half century. In November 2006, Mohammad Yousuf achieved the 10th highest-ever figure in ICC’s test batting rating. His rating of 933 gave him a personal best of 2nd place in the rankings behind Ricky Ponting and was the highest for any batsmen from Asia. During the third innings of the final Test between Pakistan and West Indies at Karachi, he surpassed Viv Richards’s thirty-year-old record and became the highest scorer in Test matches during a single calendar year.

                1928Pakistanv EnglandLeeds4 Aug 2006
                128Pakistanv EnglandThe Oval17 Aug 2006
                192DNBPakistanv West IndiesLahore11 Nov 2006
                56191Pakistanv West IndiesMultan19 Nov 2006
                102124Pakistanv West IndiesKarachi27 Nov 2006

 

Gautam Gambhir (5 Matches)

During the same period when he notched up fifty plus scores in 11 successive Tests, Gautam Gambhir also emulated the above feats of Jacques Kallis and Mohammad Yousuf. He built a solid opening pair with Virender Sehwag in what was probably the finest period of his Test career.

                16137Indiav New ZealandNapier26 Mar 2009
                23167Indiav New ZealandWellington3 Apr 2009
                1114Indiav Sri LankaAhmedabad16 Nov 2009
                167Indiav Sri LankaKanpur24 Nov 2009
                23116Indiav BangladeshChittagong17 Jan 2010

16 batsmen are tied on the third place for centuries in 4 consecutive Tests. We give here the notable mentions.

3. Sir Donald Bradman (4 Matches) (Twice)

In two separate consecutions, Donald Bradman scored centuries in 4 consecutive matches. Against South Africa in Jan 1932, he missed out his 3 triple century in Tests by a run. The statistics below give only vague glimpses into the adeptness and the unparalleled prowess of the batsman.

                112337*Australiav EnglandMelbourne8 Mar 1929
8131Australiav EnglandNottingham13 Jun 1930
2541Australiav EnglandLord’s27 Jun 1930
334Australiav EnglandLeeds11 Jul 1930
                2226Australiav South AfricaBrisbane27 Nov 1931
112Australiav South AfricaSydney18 Dec 1931
2167Australiav South AfricaMelbourne31 Dec 1931
299*DNBAustraliav South AfricaAdelaide29 Jan 1932

 

Kenneth Barrington (4 Matches) (Twice)

The right-handed English batsman known for “batting with bulldog determination and awesome concentration” (for he used to play long, defensive innings), twice achieved this feat. For his performances in India in 1961, he was named the Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year 1962.

                11396Englandv PakistanLahore21 Oct 1961
151*52*Englandv IndiaMumbai (BS)11 Nov 1961
21172Englandv IndiaKanpur1 Dec 1961
113*Englandv IndiaDelhi13 Dec 1961
                214814Englandv PakistanLord’s27 Jul 1967
109*DNBEnglandv PakistanNottingham10 Aug 1967
14213*Englandv PakistanThe Oval24 Aug 1967
143Englandv West IndiesPort of Spain19 Jan 1968

Matthew Hayden (4 Matches) (Twice)

The robust Australian run machine was always difficult to contain when on song, as is evident from this achievement. From 2001 to 2005, he recorded more than 1000 runs in every calendar year, the first man to achieve this feat five times.

                131131Australiav South AfricaAdelaide14 Dec 2001
1383*Australiav South AfricaMelbourne26 Dec 2001
10521*Australiav South AfricaSydney2 Jan 2002
122Australiav South AfricaJohannesburg22 Feb 2002
                21380*Australiav EnglandThe Oval8 Sep 2005
11177Australiav ICC World XISydney14 Oct 2005
37118Australiav West IndiesBrisbane3 Nov 2005
11046Australiav West IndiesHobart17 Nov 2005

 

Sir Everton Weekes (4 Matches)

One of the “Three Ws” of West Indian cricket, Sir Everton Weekes holds the record for scoring five Test centuries in consecutive innings, a record which he could have extended to six, if not for a controversial run out for 90 against India in Madras in the fourth Test of 1948-49 series in India. Also to his name is the record for seven Test half centuries in consecutive innings (along with Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Andy Flower).

                141DNBWest Indiesv EnglandKingston27 Mar 1948
                128West Indiesv IndiaDelhi10 Nov 1948
                194West Indiesv IndiaMumbai (BS)9 Dec 1948
                162101West Indiesv IndiaKolkata31 Dec 1948

Sir Clyde Walcott (4 Matches)

The next of the Three Ws, and the first non-English chairman of the International Cricket Council, Sir Clyde Walcott hit 5 centuries in 4 back-to-back Tests against England and Australia. In the mid-1950s, he was considered by many to be the best batsman of the world.

                12451*West Indiesv EnglandPort of Spain17 Mar 1954
                50116West Indiesv EnglandKingston30 Mar 1954
                10839West Indiesv AustraliaKingston26 Mar 1955
                126110West Indiesv AustraliaPort of Spain11 Apr 1955

 

Jacques Kallis (4 Matches)

Featuring again on this list, Kallis scored 5 hundreds in 4 Tests in October-November 2007 against Pakistan and New Zealand.

                155100*South Africav PakistanKarachi1 Oct 2007
                59107*South Africav PakistanLahore8 Oct 2007
                29186South Africav New ZealandJohannesburg8 Nov 2007
                131South Africav New ZealandCenturion16 Nov 2007

Kumar Sangakkara (4 Matches)

The Sri Lankan wicketkeeper batsman scored close to a thousand runs in the following four matches with four scores in excess of 150, including two of his 11 double centuries. 915 runs were scored by him in the 6 innings.

                200*Sri Lankav BangladeshColombo (PSS)3 Jul 2007
                222*Sri Lankav BangladeshKandy11 Jul 2007
                57192Sri Lankav AustraliaHobart16 Nov 2007
                92152Sri Lankav EnglandKandy1 Dec 2007

 

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Other players to have scored centuries in 4 Test matches in a row are:

 

                Jack Fingleton112Australiav South AfricaCape Town1 Jan 1936
108Australiav South AfricaJohannesburg15 Feb 1936
118Australiav South AfricaDurban28 Feb 1936
1000Australiav EnglandBrisbane4 Dec 1936
                Neil Harvey17823*Australiav South AfricaCape Town31 Dec 1949
2151*Australiav South AfricaDurban20 Jan 1950
56*100Australiav South AfricaJohannesburg10 Feb 1950
116Australiav South AfricaPort Elizabeth3 Mar 1950
                Sunil Gavaskar10842Indiav EnglandMumbai11 Feb 1977
3113Indiav AustraliaBrisbane2 Dec 1977
4127Indiav AustraliaPerth16 Dec 1977
0118Indiav AustraliaMelbourne30 Dec 1977
                Rahul Dravid13115Indiav EnglandNottingham8 Aug 2002
148Indiav EnglandLeeds22 Aug 2002
217Indiav EnglandThe Oval5 Sep 2002
100*Indiav West IndiesMumbai9 Oct 2002
                Sachin Tendulkar105*16Indiav BangladeshChittagong17 Jan 2010
143DNBIndiav BangladeshDhaka24 Jan 2010
7100Indiav South AfricaNagpur6 Feb 2010
106Indiav South AfricaKolkata14 Feb 2010
                Steven Smith162*52*Australiav IndiaAdelaide9 Dec 2014
13328Australiav IndiaBrisbane17 Dec 2014
19214Australiav IndiaMelbourne26 Dec 2014
11771Australiav IndiaSydney6 Jan 2015

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