Record for Fifty plus scores in consecutive Test matches

Published 06/04/2015, 3:41 AM EDT


A few batsmen have enjoyed dream runs in their careers with fifty plus scores in a number of consecutive Tests. The following are the players to have scored fifties in the most number of consecutive Test matches.
1. AB de Villiers (12 Matches)

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AB de Villiers

A man for all seasons and formats, AB de Villiers is currently the best batsman of the world, all formats taken together. He made fifty plus scores in 12 consecutive matches from 30 November 2012 to 20 February 2014. It all started with a century in the 2 innings of the third Test of South Africa’s Australian tour, when AB scored 169 off 184 balls, helping South Africa amass 569 runs. Unfortunately, the streak did came to an end against Australia at Port Elizabeth. He scored 1390 runs during this phase at an average of 77.22.

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1 Innings2 InningsTeamOppositionVenueMatch Date
4169South Africav AustraliaPerth30 Nov 2012
67South Africav New ZealandCape Town2 Jan 2013
51South Africav New ZealandPort Elizabeth11 Jan 2013
31103*South Africav PakistanJohannesburg1 Feb 2013
6136South Africav PakistanCape Town14 Feb 2013
121South Africav PakistanCenturion22 Feb 2013
1990South Africav PakistanAbu Dhabi14 Oct 2013
164South Africav PakistanDubai (DSC)23 Oct 2013
13103South Africav IndiaJohannesburg18 Dec 2013
74DNBSouth Africav IndiaDurban26 Dec 2013
9148South Africav AustraliaCenturion12 Feb 2014
11629South Africav AustraliaPort Elizabeth20 Feb 2014

2. Sir Vivian Richards (11 Matches)

Sir Vivian Richards

Surely among the most intimidating batsmen of all time, Viv Richards enjoyed a statistically golden run from 23 January 1976 to 18 February 1977, spanning 11 matches. The string began with a century against Australia at Adelaide and came to a halt at Bridgetown against Pakistan. This chain included his 291 off 386 balls against England at the Oval, which is probably his greatest Test innings, and another double century against the same opposition- 232 at Nottingham. 1788 runs were scored by him in these 11 matches at a whopping average of 94.11, with 7 hundreds and 6 fifties.

1 Innings2 InningsTeamOppositionVenueMatch Date
30101West Indiesv AustraliaAdelaide23 Jan 1976
5098West Indiesv AustraliaMelbourne31 Jan 1976
142West Indiesv IndiaBridgetown10 Mar 1976
13020West Indiesv IndiaPort of Spain24 Mar 1976
17723West Indiesv IndiaPort of Spain7 Apr 1976
64DNBWest Indiesv IndiaKingston21 Apr 1976
23263West Indiesv EnglandNottingham3 Jun 1976
4135West Indiesv EnglandManchester8 Jul 1976
6638West Indiesv EnglandLeeds22 Jul 1976
291DNBWest Indiesv EnglandThe Oval12 Aug 1976
3292West Indiesv PakistanBridgetown18 Feb 1977

3. Gautam Gambhir (11 Matches)

Gautam Gambhir

The next on the list is Gautam Gambhir, again with 11 matches. The left-handed Indian batsman enjoyed a run of sublime form in late 2008, 2009 and early 2010, during which period he also became the best Test batsman in the world according to ICC Test Rankings. The run extended from 17 October 2008 to 24 January 2010, when under the guidance of Gary Kirsten, he and Virender Sehwag made one of the world’s best opening pairs. This run included his highest score of 206 against Australia at Delhi, and his acclaimed performances against New Zealand in 2009. His 1708 runs in these 11 matches came at an average of 89.89.

1 Innings2 InningsTeamOppositionVenueMatch Date
67104Indiav AustraliaMohali17 Oct 2008
20636Indiav AustraliaDelhi29 Oct 2008
1966Indiav EnglandChennai11 Dec 2008
17997Indiav EnglandMohali19 Dec 2008
7230*Indiav New ZealandHamilton18 Mar 2009
16137Indiav New ZealandNapier26 Mar 2009
23167Indiav New ZealandWellington3 Apr 2009
1114Indiav Sri LankaAhmedabad16 Nov 2009
167Indiav Sri LankaKanpur24 Nov 2009
23116Indiav BangladeshChittagong17 Jan 2010
680*Indiav BangladeshDhaka24 Jan 2010

4. Virender Sehwag (11 Matches)

Virender Sehwag

Viru’s streak was in a nascent stage when Gambhir’s was in a closing one. Sehwag’s string of 11 consecutive matches with fifty plus scores started against Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad on 16 November 2009, with scores of 16 and 51 and ended with scores of 59 and 17 against Australia at Mohali on 1 October 2010. However, it did include his annihilating innings of 293 off 254 balls against Sri Lanka and in addition, 5 other centuries – three against Lanka and two against South Africa. Gary Kirsten was an influential factor in his case as well. He scored 1358 runs during this period, averaging 79.88.

1 Innings2 InningsTeamOppositionVenueMatch Date
1651Indiav Sri LankaAhmedabad16 Nov 2009
131Indiav Sri LankaKanpur24 Nov 2009
293Indiav Sri LankaMumbai (BS)2 Dec 2009
5245Indiav BangladeshChittagong17 Jan 2010
560*Indiav BangladeshDhaka24 Jan 2010
10916Indiav South AfricaNagpur6 Feb 2010
165Indiav South AfricaKolkata14 Feb 2010
10931Indiav Sri LankaGalle18 Jul 2010
99Indiav Sri LankaColombo (SSC)26 Jul 2010
1090Indiav Sri LankaColombo (PSS)3 Aug 2010
5917Indiav AustraliaMohali1 Oct 2010

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5. Mominul Haque (11 Matches)

Mominul Haque

And the last but not the least on the list is Bangladeshi batsman Mominul Haque, again with 11 matches, and his run is not yet over. If he scores a fifty against India in the upcoming match, he would go on to join AB de Villiers at the top of this list. The 23-year old batsman’s first fifty in this string came with 181 against New Zealand in October 2013, a phase in which he has scored four centuries (including 181). His latest fifty plus scores came against Pakistan at Dhaka and Khulna. He averages 65.11 in this streak, having scored 1172 runs.

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1 Innings2 InningsTeamOppositionGroundMatch Date
18122*Bangladeshv New ZealandChittagong9 Oct 2013
47126*Bangladeshv New ZealandDhaka21 Oct 2013
850Bangladeshv Sri LankaDhaka27 Jan 2014
13100*Bangladeshv Sri LankaChittagong4 Feb 2014
5112Bangladeshv West IndiesKingstown5 Sep 2014
356Bangladeshv West IndiesGros Islet13 Sep 2014
530Bangladeshv ZimbabweDhaka25 Oct 2014
3554Bangladeshv ZimbabweKhulna3 Nov 2014
48131*Bangladeshv ZimbabweChittagong12 Nov 2014
8021Bangladeshv PakistanKhulna28 Apr 2015
1368Bangladeshv PakistanDhaka6 May 2015

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