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They came, they played, they conquered

Players have won matches in the most countries, and batsmen who have scored centuries in the most countries

Travis Basevi and George Binoy

April 22, 2009

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Inzamam-ul-Haq plays a stylish square-cut, Pakistan v West Indies, 2nd Test, Multan, 1st day, November 19, 2006
Inzamam-ul-Haq has been part of a Test win in every country he's played in © AFP
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Pakistan and Australia clash for the first time since February 2005 today, at an unfamiliar cricket location - Dubai. One-day international cricket has been played in two other Emirates, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, and Dubai will become its 172nd venue. However, for most of Australia's touring party, this is the first time they will be competing in the UAE. In this week's list, we looked at which players have won matches in the most countries, which batsmen have scored centuries in the most countries and so on.

Inzamam-ul-Haq is the only player to have won a Test in all 11 countries - the 11th being Sharjah - that he has played in. Four of his team-mates have also played Tests in as many countries but participated in victories in only 10. Waqar Younis did not win a game in the West Indies (which we've counted as one country), Younis Khan hasn't had success in Australia, Mohammad Yousuf missed out in Australia and West Indies, and Saqlain Mushtaq did not win in South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.

Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh, Glenn McGrath and Justin Langer won a Test in all 10 countries they went to - they never toured Bangladesh. Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne travelled to 11 nations for Test cricket but won in only 10. Warne toured Pakistan only once, in 1994, a series Pakistan won 1-0, while Ponting played only a solitary Test in Pakistan in 1998, which was drawn. Ian Healy, Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist won in nine out of nine countries. Healy didn't go to UAE and Bangladesh, and Hayden and Gilchrist didn't go to Pakistan and Zimbabwe.

Winning a Test in the most nations
Player Span Mat Total Num List
Inzamam-ul-Haq (ICC/Pak) 1992-2007 120 11 11 Aus, Ban, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, SL, UAE, WI, Zim
SR Waugh (Aus) 1985-2004 168 10 10 Aus, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, SL, UAE, WI, Zim
SR Tendulkar (India) 1989-2009 159 10 10 Aus, Ban, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, SL, WI, Zim
ME Waugh (Aus) 1991-2002 128 10 10 Aus, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, SL, UAE, WI, Zim
JL Langer (Aus) 1993-2007 105 10 10 Aus, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, SL, UAE, WI, Zim
GD McGrath (Aus) 1993-2007 124 10 10 Aus, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, SL, UAE, WI, Zim
JH Kallis (ICC/SA) 1995-2009 131 10 10 Aus, Ban, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, SL, WI, Zim
R Dravid (ICC/India) 1996-2009 134 10 10 Aus, Ban, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, SL, WI, Zim
VVS Laxman (India) 1996-2009 105 10 10 Aus, Ban, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, SL, WI, Zim
MV Boucher (ICC/SA) 1997-2009 126 10 10 Aus, Ban, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, SL, WI, Zim
V Sehwag (ICC/India) 2001-2009 69 10 10 Aus, Ban, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, SL, WI, Zim
Waqar Younis (Pak) 1989-2003 87 11 10 Aus, Ban, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, SL, UAE, Zim
SK Warne (Aus) 1992-2007 145 11 10 Aus, Ban, Eng, Ind, NZ, SA, SL, UAE, WI, Zim
RT Ponting (Aus) 1995-2009 131 11 10 Aus, Ban, Eng, Ind, NZ, SA, SL, UAE, WI, Zim
Younis Khan (Pak) 2000-2009 60 11 10 Ban, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, SL, UAE, WI, Zim

Four Indian players - Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag - registered their first win in New Zealand after the recent win in Hamilton and now have victories in all 10 countries they've played Test cricket in.

Dravid, though, is the only batsman to have scored a century in all Test-playing nations. He completed the set by scoring 160 against Bangladesh in Chittagong in 2004. Steve Waugh and Sachin Tendulkar have scored hundreds in nine out of 10 countries. Waugh did not manage a century in Sri Lanka, a country in which he scored only 83 runs in five innings at an average of 16.60. Tendulkar scored three hundreds against Zimbabwe but none of them in Zimbabwe, where he had a high score of 74 and an average of 40 in seven innings.

India was Brian Lara's only bogey country among the nine he played Tests in. He didn't score a century there in three Tests, and surprisingly toured India only once for a Test series. However, he did play 31 ODIs in India, though he didn't manage a century in any of them either.

Scoring a Test hundred in the most nations
Player Span Mat 100 Total Num List
R Dravid (ICC/India) 1996-2009 134 26 10 10 Aus, Ban, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, SL, WI, Zim
SR Waugh (Aus) 1985-2004 168 32 10 9 Aus, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, UAE, WI, Zim
SR Tendulkar (India) 1989-2009 159 42 10 9 Aus, Ban, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, SL, WI
Inzamam-ul-Haq (ICC/Pak) 1992-2007 120 25 11 9 Aus, Ban, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SL, WI, Zim
RT Ponting (Aus) 1995-2009 131 37 11 9 Aus, Ban, Eng, Ind, NZ, SA, SL, UAE, WI
Mohammad Yousuf (Pak) 1998-2007 79 23 11 9 Aus, Ban, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, UAE, WI, Zim
BC Lara (ICC/WI) 1990-2006 131 34 9 8 Aus, Eng, NZ, Pak, SA, SL, WI, Zim
G Kirsten (SA) 1993-2004 101 21 9 8 Aus, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, WI, Zim
AC Gilchrist (Aus) 1999-2008 96 17 9 8 Aus, Ban, Eng, Ind, NZ, SA, SL, WI
JH Kallis (ICC/SA) 1995-2009 131 31 10 8 Aus, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, WI, Zim
DPMD Jayawardene (SL) 1997-2009 102 25 10 8 Aus, Ban, Eng, NZ, Pak, SL, WI, Zim
Younis Khan (Pak) 2000-2009 60 16 11 8 Ban, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SL, UAE, WI
MC Cowdrey (Eng) 1954-1975 114 22 7 7 Aus, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, WI
KF Barrington (Eng) 1955-1968 82 20 7 7 Aus, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, WI
AR Border (Aus) 1978-1994 156 27 8 7 Aus, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SL, WI

The highest number of countries that a bowler has taken a five-wicket haul in is nine, and only the leading wicket-takers in Test cricket have done it. Muttiah Muralitharan has missed out on a perfect 10 so far because of his performance in Australia, where his best innings figures in seven attempts is only 3 for 55. Shane Warne's taken five in an innings in nine countries but played in 11. The venues that escaped him were the West Indies, where his best figures in seven Tests were 4 for 70, and Zimbabwe, where he took 3 for 69 and 3 for 68 in his only Test in 1999.

Taking a five-wicket haul In Tests in the most nations
Player Span Mat 5 Total Num List
M Muralitharan (ICC/SL) 1992-2009 127 66 10 9 Ban, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, SL, WI, Zim
SK Warne (Aus) 1992-2007 145 37 11 9 Aus, Ban, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, SL, UAE
Wasim Akram (Pak) 1985-2002 104 25 10 8 Aus, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SL, WI, Zim
Waqar Younis (Pak) 1989-2003 87 22 11 8 Ban, Eng, NZ, Pak, SA, SL, WI, Zim
CA Walsh (WI) 1984-2001 132 22 8 7 Aus, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, WI
Saqlain Mushtaq (Pak) 1995-2004 49 13 11 7 Aus, Ban, Ind, Pak, SL, WI, Zim
GD McKenzie (Aus) 1961-1971 60 16 6 6 Aus, Eng, Ind, Pak, SA, WI
DL Underwood (Eng) 1966-1982 86 17 7 6 Aus, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SL
Imran Khan (Pak) 1971-1992 88 23 7 6 Aus, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, WI
RJ Hadlee (NZ) 1973-1990 86 36 7 6 Aus, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SL
CL Cairns (NZ) 1989-2004 62 13 7 6 Aus, Eng, NZ, Pak, SL, Zim
A Kumble (India) 1990-2008 132 35 10 6 Aus, Ind, Pak, SA, SL, WI
GD McGrath (Aus) 1993-2007 124 29 10 6 Aus, Eng, NZ, Pak, SA, WI
SM Pollock (SA) 1995-2008 108 16 10 6 Aus, Eng, NZ, Pak, SA, WI
DL Vettori (ICC/NZ) 1997-2009 92 18 10 6 Aus, Ban, Eng, Ind, NZ, SL

Dravid has played one-dayers in 18 countries, the most for any player, and has been part of victories in 17 of them. The only country in which Dravid has not won an ODI is the Netherlands, where he's played two games in 2004: India lost the first, to Pakistan, and the next, against Australia, was washed out. Tendulkar has won in all 16 countries he's played in, and he wasn't part of the series in Netherlands. The only other players to win ODIs in 17 countries are Inzamam, Shahid Afridi and Yousuf.

Winning an ODI in the most nations
Player Span Mat Total Num List
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Asia/Pak) 1991-2007 378 17 17 Aus, Ban, Can, Eng, Ind, Ken, Moroc, Neth, NZ, Pak, SA, Scot, Sin, SL, UAE, WI, Zim
Shahid Afridi (Asia/ICC/Pak) 1996-2009 271 17 17 Aus, Ban, Can, Eng, Ind, Ken, Moroc, Neth, NZ, Pak, SA, Scot, Sin, SL, UAE, WI, Zim
Mohammad Yousuf (Asia/Pak) 1998-2008 269 17 17 Aus, Ban, Can, Eng, Ind, Ken, Moroc, Neth, NZ, Pak, SA, Scot, Sin, SL, UAE, WI, Zim
R Dravid (Asia/ICC/India) 1996-2007 333 18 17 Aus, Ban, Can, Eng, Ind, Ire, Ken, Malay, NZ, Pak, SA, Scot, Sin, SL, UAE, WI, Zim
SR Tendulkar (India) 1989-2009 425 16 16 Aus, Ban, Can, Eng, Ind, Ire, Ken, Malay, NZ, Pak, SA, Sin, SL, UAE, WI, Zim
S Chanderpaul (WI) 1994-2009 246 16 16 Aus, Ban, Can, Eng, Ind, Ire, Ken, Malay, NZ, Pak, SA, Sin, SL, UAE, WI, Zim
JH Kallis (Afr/ICC/SA) 1996-2009 291 16 16 Aus, Ban, Eng, Ind, Ire, Ken, Moroc, Neth, NZ, Pak, SA, Sin, SL, UAE, WI, Zim
Abdul Razzaq (Asia/Pak) 1996-2007 231 16 16 Aus, Ban, Can, Eng, Ind, Ken, Moroc, Neth, NZ, Pak, SA, Scot, Sin, SL, UAE, WI
AB Agarkar (India) 1998-2007 191 17 16 Aus, Ban, Can, Eng, Ind, Ire, Ken, Malay, NZ, Pak, SA, Scot, SL, UAE, WI, Zim
Waqar Younis (Pak) 1989-2003 262 15 15 Aus, Ban, Can, Eng, Ind, Ken, Moroc, NZ, Pak, SA, Sin, SL, UAE, WI, Zim

Most players would part with an arm and a leg to have 12 ODI centuries, but Sanath Jayasuriya and Tendulkar have scored centuries in that many countries. Jayasuriya has played ODIs in 15 countries, and the ones in which he hasn't scored a hundred are Kenya, Morocco and Zimbabwe, where he's played six, five and 11 matches respectively. Tendulkar missed out in Canada, Ireland, Kenya and the West Indies.

Scoring an ODI hundred in the most nations
Player Span Mat 100 Total Num List
ST Jayasuriya (Asia/SL) 1989-2009 432 28 15 12 Aus, Ban, Eng, Ind, Neth, NZ, Pak, SA, Sin, SL, UAE, WI
SR Tendulkar (India) 1989-2009 425 43 16 12 Aus, Ban, Eng, Ind, Malay, NZ, Pak, SA, Sin, SL, UAE, Zim
Saeed Anwar (Pak) 1989-2003 247 20 14 9 Aus, Ban, Eng, Ind, Ken, Pak, SA, UAE, Zim
CH Gayle (ICC/WI) 1999-2009 199 19 15 9 Can, Eng, Ind, Ken, NZ, SA, UAE, WI, Zim
SC Ganguly (Asia/India) 1992-2007 311 22 16 9 Aus, Ban, Eng, Ind, Ken, SA, SL, UAE, Zim
HH Gibbs (SA) 1996-2009 244 21 15 8 Eng, Ind, Moroc, Pak, SA, SL, WI, Zim
BC Lara (ICC/WI) 1990-2007 299 19 16 8 Aus, Ban, Pak, SA, SL, UAE, WI, Zim
ME Waugh (Aus) 1988-2002 244 18 12 7 Aus, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, Zim
AC Gilchrist (Aus/ICC) 1996-2008 287 16 12 7 Aus, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, WI
MS Atapattu (SL) 1990-2007 268 11 14 7 Aus, Ban, Eng, Pak, SA, SL, UAE

Murali, who is the leading wicket-taker in ODIs, has taken four-wicket hauls in the most countries, 11, although he's played in 14. The ones that got away were Bangladesh, Morocco and Singapore. Wasim Akram, who was the record-holder before Murali overtook him, took four-wicket hauls in 10 out of 14 countries. He didn't manage any in India, Kenya, Morocco and Bangladesh.

Taking a four-wicket haul in ODIs in the most nations
Player Span Mat 4+ Total Num List
M Muralitharan (Asia/ICC/SL) 1993-2009 329 24 14 11 Aus, Eng, Ind, Ken, NZ, Pak, SA, SL, UAE, WI, Zim
Wasim Akram (Pak) 1984-2003 356 23 14 10 Aus, Can, Eng, NZ, Pak, SA, SL, UAE, WI, Zim
Saqlain Mushtaq (Pak) 1995-2003 169 17 15 10 Aus, Ban, Can, Eng, Ind, Ken, Pak, SA, SL, UAE
Waqar Younis (Pak) 1989-2003 262 27 15 9 Aus, Eng, Ken, Moroc, NZ, Pak, SA, Sin, UAE
AA Donald (SA) 1991-2003 164 13 12 7 Aus, Eng, Ind, Ken, Moroc, SA, WI
GD McGrath (Aus/ICC) 1993-2007 250 16 13 7 Aus, Eng, NZ, Pak, SA, SL, WI
A Kumble (Asia/India) 1990-2007 271 10 14 7 Aus, Can, Ind, NZ, SA, SL, UAE
Abdul Razzaq (Asia/Pak) 1996-2007 231 11 16 7 Aus, Ban, Ind, Ken, Pak, UAE, WI
AB Agarkar (India) 1998-2007 191 12 17 7 Aus, Eng, Ind, SA, SL, UAE, Zim
J Srinath (India) 1991-2003 229 10 11 6 Aus, Ban, Ind, NZ, SA, Sin

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