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Most hundreds and five-fors in a match

Eight tons in a Test, and high totals without a hundred

Travis Basevi and George Binoy

May 23, 2007

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Alastair Cook, the Man of the Match at Lord's, was one of England's five centurions against West Indies © Getty Images
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Six new entries had to be made on the honours board at Lord's after the first Test between England and West Indies finished on Monday and all six belonged to England. Four of their batsmen scored centuries in the first innings, Monty Panesar took 6 for 129 and Kevin Pietersen scored another hundred in the second. Although West Indies scored 437 in their first innings, nobody scored a hundred. This week we look at matches with the most hundreds and five-wicket hauls.

The highest number of centuries and five-fors by one team in a match is seven, although there were only six performers. Saeed Anwar, Taufeeq Umar, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf and Abdul Razzaq pummeled Bangladesh for hundreds and Danish Kaneria scalped six in each innings as Pakistan won by an innings and 264 runs at Multan in 2001.

Most combined hundreds and 5wi in a match by one team - Tests
Team 100 5 Tot Result Opposition 100 5      Ground Match Date Scorecard
Pakistan 5 2 7 won Bangladesh 0 0 Multan 29 Aug 2001 Test 1560
Australia 4 2 6 won England 2 1 Adelaide 14 Jan 1921 Test 137
Australia 5 1 6 won West Indies 2 0 Kingston 11 Jun 1955 Test 408
Pakistan 4 2 6 won India 1 1 Faisalabad 3 Jan 1983 Test 945
Australia 3 3 6 tied India 1 0 Chennai 18 Sep 1986 Test 1052
England 5 1 6 drawn West Indies 0 0 Lord's 17 May 2007 Test 1831
England 3 2 5 lost Australia 3 1 Sydney 19 Dec 1924 Test 158
England 2 3 5 won South Africa 0 1 Johannesburg 24 Dec 1927 Test 168
Australia 4 1 5 lost England 2 1 Melbourne 29 Dec 1928 Test 178
England 3 2 5 won Australia 1 0 Sydney 2 Dec 1932 Test 220

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The timeless Test at Adelaide in 1921 had a total of six hundreds (Australia 4, England 2) and three five-wicket hauls (Australia 2, England 1) and is one of three Tests with a total of nine such performances. The other two are the Sydney Test between Australia and England in 1924 and the West Indies-India Test at Kingston in 1953.

The maximum number of hundreds in a Test is eight, scored by South Africa and West Indies at Antigua in 2005. AB de Villiers, Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis and Ashwell Prince scored centuries and when West Indies batted, Chris Gayle replied with 317 and three others weighed in with centuries too. The match was a dull draw with only 17 wickets falling in five days.

There have been three other Tests with seven hundreds scored, the most recent also being between West Indies and South Africa at Cape Town in 2004. The seventh century in that match was Dwayne Smith's audacious 105 off 105 balls on Test debut.

Most combined hundreds in a match - Tests
Team 100 Team 100 Tot      Ground Match Date Scorecard
West Indies 4 South Africa 4 8 St John's 29 Apr 2005 Test 1750
England 4 Australia 3 7 Nottingham 10 Jun 1938 Test 263
West Indies 2 Australia 5 7 Kingston 11 Jun 1955 Test 408
South Africa 4 West Indies 3 7 Cape Town 2 Jan 2004 Test 1681
Australia 4 England 2 6 Adelaide 14 Jan 1921 Test 137
Australia 3 England 3 6 Sydney 19 Dec 1924 Test 158
Australia 4 England 2 6 Melbourne 29 Dec 1928 Test 178
South Africa 3 England 3 6 Durban 3 Mar 1939 Test 271
Australia 3 India 3 6 Adelaide 23 Jan 1948 Test 294
West Indies 3 India 3 6 Kingston 28 Mar 1953 Test 371

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England's effort in the past week at Lord's was the only the third time in Test history that a team had five different centurions in a match. In the other two matches, there were five centuries in a single innings. One was the Pakistan-Bangladesh match mentioned above, while the other is the Kingston Test between West Indies and Australia in 1955. Colin McDonald, Neil Harvey, Keith Miller, Ron Archer and Richie Benaud, at No 8, helped Australia pile up 758 and beat West Indies by an innings and 82 runs even though they had two centurions of their own.

Most hundreds in an innings - Tests
Team 100 Result Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
Australia 5 won v West Indies Kingston 11 Jun 1955 Test 408
Pakistan 5 won v Bangladesh Multan 29 Aug 2001 Test 1560
England 4 drawn v Australia Nottingham 10 Jun 1938 Test 263
West Indies 4 drawn v India Delhi 10 Nov 1948 Test 304
Pakistan 4 won v India Faisalabad 3 Jan 1983 Test 945
West Indies 4 drawn v India St John's 28 Apr 1983 Test 956
Pakistan 4 won v Sri Lanka Galle 21 Jun 2000 Test 1501
Sri Lanka 4 won v India Colombo (SSC) 29 Aug 2001 Test 1559
New Zealand 4 drawn v Australia Perth 30 Nov 2001 Test 1573
New Zealand 4 drawn v India Mohali 16 Oct 2003 Test 1662

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In the recent Lord's Test, West Indies managed 437 in the first innings without anyone scoring a hundred. It's a pretty big score but nowhere close to the highest total without a hundred. India scored 524 for 9 against New Zealand at Kanpur in 1976. The highest score of the innings was Mohinder Amarnath's 70 while five others got past fifty.

Highest team score without a hundred - Tests
Team Score Result Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
India 524/9d drawn v New Zealand Kanpur 18 Nov 1976 Test 786
South Africa 517 drawn v Australia Adelaide 30 Jan 1998 Test 1397
Pakistan 500/8d won v Australia Melbourne 11 Dec 1981 Test 913
Bangladesh 488 won v Zimbabwe Chittagong (MAA) 6 Jan 2005 Test 1733
Australia 485 won v New Zealand Christchurch 25 Feb 1993 Test 1215
India 485 drawn v Sri Lanka Nagpur 26 Nov 1997 Test 1387
South Africa 479 won v India Bangalore 2 Mar 2000 Test 1486
England 477/9d drawn v South Africa Leeds 4 Aug 1994 Test 1264
Australia 476 lost v England Adelaide 12 Jan 1912 Test 118
West Indies 475 won v India Bridgetown 23 Mar 1962 Test 527

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Travis Basevi is the man who built Statsguru. George Binoy is an editorial assistant on Cricinfo

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