Adam Gilchrist hits his 100th six in Tests November 17, 2007

A century of sixes

Cricinfo staff

Adam Gilchrist became the first batsman to hit 100 sixes in Test cricket. Here are a few highlights of his big-hitting prowess.

New Zealand have suffered the most number the sixes from Gilchrist's bat , with 21 hits clearing the boundary. India have been fairly successful in keeping the left-hander quiet, with only 10 sixes in 24 innings.

Gilchrist's sixes by opposition team
Team Innings Sixes
New Zealand 15 21
England 28 16
South Africa 19 12
Sri Lanka 11 10
India 24 10
Pakistan 12 8
West Indies 14 8
Bangladesh 3 6
Zimbabwe 2 5
ICC World XI 2 4

New Zealand's suffering is not surprising considering Daniel Vettori has been whacked for 17 sixes. Three left-arm spinners - Vettori, Enamul Haque and Nicky Boje - top the list. That Gilchrist favours them is indicated by the fact that 42 of his 100 have come against them.

Opposition bowlers hit for most sixes
Player Sixes
Daniel Vettori 17
Enamul Haque 5
Nicky Boje 4
Mark Butcher 4
Anil Kumble 4

Gilchrist's maximum of eight sixes falls well short of Wasim Akram's record of 12 in an innings.

Most sixes in an innings
Runs scored Sixes Innings strike-rate Opposition Venue Date
204* 8 95.77 South Africa Johannesburg 22 February 2002
121 6 96.03 New Zealand Christchurch 10 March 2005
144 6 67.92 Bangladesh Fatullah 9 April 2006
152 5 106.29 England Birmingham 5 July 2001
113 5 94.16 Pakistan Sydney 2 January 2005
162 5 110.95 New Zealand Wellington 18 March 2005

Apart from Chris Cairns, Gilchrist has the best percentage of sixes every innings compared to the rest of the batsmen in the top six six-hitters in Tests.

Highest six-hitters in Tests
Player Matches Innings Sixes Sixes per innings
Adam Gilchrist 92* 130 100 0.77
Brian Lara 131 232 88 0.38
Chris Cairns 62 104 87 0.84
Viv Richards 121 182 84 0.46
Matthew Hayden 91* 182 79 0.43
Andrew Flintoff 67 110 77 0.70

*Includes the ongoing Test between Australia and Sri Lanka.