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Headingley's 82-year-old best

The top individual Test score in Leeds hasn't changed since Bradman's 334, while the Gabba has had three out of four records fall in the last two seasons

Travis Basevi and George Binoy

May 23, 2012

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Alastair Cook moved to his 150 on the final morning, Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 5th day, November 29, 2010
Alastair Cook has the highest score at the Gabba - 235 not out in the 2010-11 Ashes. The previous best was Don Bradman's 226, made in 1931 © Getty Images
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Who has made the highest Test score at a ground at the most grounds? It isn't Don Bradman or Brian Lara, who had penchants for long innings, or Sachin Tendulkar, who has played at the most venues. We'll tell you later. And which Test ground has the longest-standing highest score? That's Headingley, and the record does belong to Bradman, who scored 334 there in 1930. The closest anyone has come to eclipsing that was John Edrich, who made 310 not out against New Zealand in 1965.

This week's column is about venues that have the longest-standing best individual performances. The tables contain all venues that have held at least 15 Tests or 25 ODIs, and the venues are ranked according to the longevity of the highest score or best bowling performance.

Of the 106 venues to have hosted a Test, only two have best individual scores that have stood for longer than Bradman's 82-year mark in Leeds. But that's because those venues don't exist anymore. Bramall Lane in Sheffield, the early home of Yorkshire, hosted only one Test, in 1902, when Australia's Clem Hill top-scored with 119 in a 143-run victory against England. In 1973 the venue was rebuilt into a football stadium, and it is presently the home of Sheffield United. Lord's, the one in Durban, hosted four Tests before it was destroyed in 1922. Johnny Douglas of England made 119 in 1913 there - the top score at the ground.

So who has made the highest Test score at a ground at the most grounds? It's Stephen Fleming. He made 274 not out at Colombo's P Sara Oval in 2003, 192 at Hamilton's Seddon Park, also in 2003, and 262 at Cape Town's Newlands in 2006. The most anyone else has in the table below, and even if we extend it to all 106 Test grounds, is two.

Venues with the longest-standing best Test score (min. 15 matches hosted)
Player Runs Opp Start Date Scorecard Ground Span Mat
DG Bradman (Aus) 334 v Eng Jul 11, 1930 Test 196 Headingley, Leeds 1899-2010 70
DG Bradman (Aus) 299* v SA Jan 29, 1932 Test 215 Adelaide Oval 1884-2012 70
WR Hammond (Eng) 336* v NZ Mar 31, 1933 Test 226 Eden Park, Auckland 1930-2006 47
AD Nourse (SA) 231 v Aus Dec 24, 1935 Test 248 Old Wanderers, Johannesburg 1896-1939 22
L Hutton (Eng) 364 v Aus Aug 20, 1938 Test 266 Kennington Oval, London 1880-2011 94
DCS Compton (Eng) 278 v Pak Jul 1, 1954 Test 388 Trent Bridge, Nottingham 1899-2011 57
B Sutcliffe (NZ) 230* v India Dec 16, 1955 Test 418 Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi 1948-2011 31
Hanif Mohammad (Pak) 337 v WI Jan 17, 1958 Test 446 Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados 1930-2012 48
GS Sobers (WI) 365* v Pak Feb 26, 1958 Test 450 Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica 1930-2011 45
RB Simpson (Aus) 311 v Eng Jul 23, 1964 Test 564 Old Trafford, Manchester 1884-2010 74
RM Cowper (Aus) 307 v Eng Feb 11, 1966 Test 601 Melbourne Cricket Ground 1877-2011 104
SM Nurse (WI) 258 v NZ Mar 13, 1969 Test 652 AMI Stadium, Christchurch 1930-2006 40
SM Gavaskar (India) 220 v WI Apr 13, 1971 Test 686 Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad 1930-2012 58
GM Turner (NZ) 259 v WI Apr 6, 1972 Test 696 Bourda, Georgetown, Guyana 1930-2005 30
CH Lloyd (WI) 242* v India Jan 23, 1975 Test 753 Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 1975-2011 22
SFAF Bacchus (WI) 250 v India Feb 2, 1979 Test 845 Green Park, Kanpur 1952-2009 21
GA Gooch (Eng) 333 v India Jul 26, 1990 Test 1148 Lord's, London 1884-2011 123
MD Crowe (NZ) 299 v SL Jan 31, 1991 Test 1162 Basin Reserve, Wellington 1930-2012 53
GS Blewett (Aus) 214 v SA Feb 28, 1997 Test 1356 New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 1956-2011 33
MS Atapattu (SL) 223 v Zim Jan 7, 1998 Test 1394 Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy 1983-2007 21

There are only four Test venues where a hundred hasn't been scored, and all of them have hosted only one match each: Jinnah Stadium in Gujranwala, Pindi Club Ground in Rawalpindi, Southend Club Cricket Stadium in Karachi, and Sector 16 Stadium in Chandigarh. The other 16 single-Test grounds have all had a hundred. St George's Park in Port Elizabeth is the venue that has hosted the most Tests without a double-century - 23. The best score there is Herschelle Gibbs' 196 against India in 2001.

The SCG has the oldest record for best bowling in an innings: England's George Lohmann took 8 for 35 in 1887, in the eighth Test at the venue. Lohmann nearly bettered that himself in 1892, when he took 8 for 58. The only bowler to take eight in an innings at the SCG in 86 Tests in the 20th and 21st centuries is Anil Kumble, who took 8 for 141 in 2004.

There are quite a few Test spinners with ground records for best bowling in the table below. Probably because they could bowl for most of the day, and when conditions suited them, there was little competition for wickets. It's probably why none of the great West Indian fast bowlers have any ground records at home. Australian offspinner Ian Johnson holds the record in Guyana - 7 for 44 in 1955; Lance Gibbs' 8 for 38 in 1962 is the best for Barbados; and Jack Noreiga's 9 for 95 in 1971 is the Trinidad record. Jermaine Lawson's 7 for 78 in 2003 and Steve Harmison's 7 for 12 in 2004 are the records for Antigua and Jamaica.

Venues with the longest-standing best Test bowling (min. 15 matches hosted)
Player Figs Opp Start Date Scorecard Ground Span Mat
GA Lohmann (Eng) 8/35 v Aus Feb 25, 1887 Test 26 Sydney Cricket Ground 1882-2012 100
J Briggs (Eng) 8/11 v SA Mar 25, 1889 Test 32 Newlands, Cape Town 1889-2012 48
AE Trott (Aus) 8/43 v Eng Jan 11, 1895 Test 44 Adelaide Oval 1884-2012 70
GA Lohmann (Eng) 8/7 v SA Feb 13, 1896 Test 47 St George's Park, Port Elizabeth 1889-2007 23
GA Lohmann (Eng) 9/28 v SA Mar 2, 1896 Test 48 Old Wanderers, Johannesburg 1896-1939 22
W Rhodes (Eng) 7/17 v Aus May 29, 1902 Test 70 Edgbaston, Birmingham 1902-2011 46
MH Mankad (India) 8/55 v Eng Feb 6, 1952 Test 348 MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai 1934-2008 30
IWG Johnson (Aus) 7/44 v WI Apr 26, 1955 Test 405 Bourda, Georgetown, Guyana 1930-2005 30
JC Laker (Eng) 10/53 v Aus Jul 26, 1956 Test 428 Old Trafford, Manchester 1884-2010 74
HJ Tayfield (SA) 8/69 v Eng Jan 25, 1957 Test 436 Kingsmead, Durban 1923-2011 39
HJ Tayfield (SA) 9/113 v Eng Feb 15, 1957 Test 437 New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 1956-2011 33
JM Patel (India) 9/69 v Aus Dec 19, 1959 Test 483 Green Park, Kanpur 1952-2009 21
LR Gibbs (WI) 8/38 v India Mar 23, 1962 Test 527 Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados 1930-2012 48
BS Chandrasekhar (India) 7/157 v WI Dec 13, 1966 Test 610 Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai 1948-2009 18
JM Noreiga (WI) 9/95 v India Mar 6, 1971 Test 683 Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad 1930-2012 58
EAS Prasanna (India) 8/76 v NZ Jan 24, 1976 Test 769 Eden Park, Auckland 1930-2006 47
RJ Hadlee (NZ) 7/23 v India Feb 13, 1976 Test 772 Basin Reserve, Wellington 1930-2012 53
IT Botham (Eng) 8/34 v Pak Jun 15, 1978 Test 826 Lord's, London 1884-2011 123
Sarfraz Nawaz (Pak) 9/86 v Aus Mar 10, 1979 Test 849 Melbourne Cricket Ground 1877-2011 104
IT Botham (Eng) 7/48 v India Feb 15, 1980 Test 874 Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 1975-2011 22

Lord's, the original in London this time, has the second-oldest record for a high score in one-day internationals despite it being a rather low one. Viv Richards' unbeaten 138 in the 1979 World Cup final against England has stood for 33 years. Several people have got close, though.

Out of 180 ODI venues, 11 have a top score by Sachin Tendulkar, the most for any batsman. One of those is the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, where Tendulkar has also scored the highest Test score. The only other batsmen with the best Test and ODI scores at a venue are: Javed Miandad at the Niaz Stadium in Hyderabad, Roshan Mahanama at Moratuwa and Ian Bell at the Rose Bowl in Hampshire.

Venues with the longest-standing best ODI score (min. 25 matches hosted)
Player Runs Opp Start Date Scorecard Ground Span Mat
GM Turner (NZ) 171* v EAf Jun 7, 1975 ODI 20 Edgbaston, Birmingham 1972-2010 43
IVA Richards (WI) 138* v Eng Jun 23, 1979 ODI 74 Lord's, London 1972-2011 52
GM Turner (NZ) 140 v SL Mar 20, 1983 ODI 190 Eden Park, Auckland 1976-2012 64
IVA Richards (WI) 189* v Eng May 31, 1984 ODI 264 Old Trafford, Manchester 1972-2011 39
IVA Richards (WI) 181 v SL Oct 13, 1987 ODI 457 National Stadium, Karachi 1980-2009 46
Shoaib Mohammad (Pak) 126* v NZ Mar 8, 1989 ODI 557 Basin Reserve, Wellington 1975-2005 26
BC Lara (WI) 128 v Pak Feb 19, 1993 ODI 805 Kingsmead, Durban 1992-2011 37
DJ Callaghan (SA) 169* v NZ Dec 11, 1994 ODI 960 SuperSport Park, Centurion 1992-2011 42
BC Lara (WI) 146* v NZ Mar 30, 1996 ODI 1086 Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad 1983-2011 61
Ijaz Ahmed (Pak) 139* v India Oct 2, 1997 ODI 1236 Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore 1978-2009 58
SR Tendulkar (India) 141 v Aus Oct 28, 1998 ODI 1360 Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka 1988-2005 58
ST Jayasuriya (SL) 189 v India Oct 29, 2000 ODI 1652 Sharjah Cricket Stadium 1984-2012 204
DR Martyn (Aus) 144* v Zim Feb 4, 2001 ODI 1683 Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth 1980-2012 68
ME Waugh (Aus) 173 v WI Feb 9, 2001 ODI 1687 Melbourne Cricket Ground 1971-2012 134
ND McKenzie (SA) 131* v Kenya Oct 22, 2001 ODI 1763 Newlands, Cape Town 1992-2011 35
ML Hayden (Aus) 146 v Pak Aug 30, 2002 ODI 1868 Gymkhana Club Ground, Nairobi 1996-2010 62
Saleem Elahi (Pak) 135 v SA Dec 11, 2002 ODI 1916 St George's Park, Port Elizabeth 1992-2011 34
AC Gilchrist (Aus) 172 v Zim Jan 16, 2004 ODI 2082 Bellerive Oval, Hobart 1988-2012 30
Younis Khan (Pak) 144 v HK Jul 18, 2004 ODI 2147 Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo 1982-2011 59
NJ Astle (NZ) 145* v USA Sep 10, 2004 ODI 2169 Kennington Oval, London 1973-2011 48

The Gabba in Brisbane had three records broken in the previous two seasons. Alastair Cook's 235 not out in the 2010-11 Ashes beat Bradman's 226 against South Africa in 1931; Chris Woakes took 6 for 45 in an ODI against Australia in January 2011, consigning Ian Bishop's 5 for 25 against Pakistan in 1993 to second place; and David Warner made 163 against Sri Lanka in March this year, breaking David Gower's 158 against New Zealand in 1983. For the Gabba's Test bowling record to be broken, however, someone will have to better Richard Hadlee's 9 for 52.

Venues with the longest-standing best ODI bowling (min. 25 matches hosted)
Player Figs Opp Start Date Scorecard Ground Span Mat
GS Chappell (Aus) 5/15 v India Jan 8, 1981 ODI 104 Sydney Cricket Ground 1979-2012 140
TM Alderman (Aus) 5/17 v NZ Feb 20, 1982 ODI 148 Basin Reserve, Wellington 1975-2005 26
CG Rackemann (Aus) 5/16 v Pak Jan 30, 1984 ODI 243 Adelaide Oval 1975-2012 75
MD Marshall (WI) 4/23 v Eng Feb 18, 1986 ODI 364 Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica 1984-2011 31
SP O'Donnell (Aus) 5/13 v NZ Mar 4, 1990 ODI 615 AMI Stadium, Christchurch 1973-2011 48
RJ Shastri (India) 5/15 v Aus Dec 8, 1991 ODI 693 Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth 1980-2012 68
A Kumble (India) 6/12 v WI Nov 27, 1993 ODI 858 Eden Gardens, Kolkata 1987-2011 26
Waqar Younis (Pak) 6/30 v NZ Mar 13, 1994 ODI 894 Eden Park, Auckland 1976-2012 64
OD Gibson (WI) 5/42 v SL Jan 3, 1996 ODI 1029 Bellerive Oval, Hobart 1988-2012 30
AA Donald (SA) 6/23 v Kenya Oct 3, 1996 ODI 1124 Gymkhana Club Ground, Nairobi 1996-2010 62
L Klusener (SA) 5/42 v India Jan 23, 1997 ODI 1167 Chevrolet Park, Bloemfontein 1992-2012 26
SC Ganguly (India) 5/16 v Pak Sep 18, 1997 ODI 1230 Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club 1996-2011 30
L Klusener (SA) 6/49 v SL Nov 6, 1997 ODI 1252 Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore 1978-2009 58
GD McGrath (Aus) 5/14 v WI May 30, 1999 ODI 1470 Old Trafford, Manchester 1972-2011 39
HK Olonga (Zim) 6/19 v Eng Jan 28, 2000 ODI 1551 Newlands, Cape Town 1992-2011 35
SM Pollock (SA) 5/20 v Eng Feb 13, 2000 ODI 1560 New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 1992-2012 39
M Muralitharan (SL) 7/30 v India Oct 27, 2000 ODI 1650 Sharjah Cricket Stadium 1984-2012 204
M Muralitharan (SL) 5/30 v NZ Jan 31, 2001 ODI 1680 McLean Park, Napier 1983-2012 36
Waqar Younis (Pak) 7/36 v Eng Jun 17, 2001 ODI 1724 Headingley, Leeds 1973-2011 35
WPUJC Vaas (SL) 8/19 v Zim Dec 8, 2001 ODI 1776 Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo 1982-2011 59

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Travis Basevi is a cricket statistician and UK Senior Programmer for ESPNcricinfo and other ESPN sports websites. George Binoy is an Assistant Editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Rally_Windies on (May 24, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

The requirements seem a bit stiff..

15 matches hosted leaves 401 (the highest Test score) clean off your list.

I thought it odd that 401 isn't considered a record for the highest score at a ground, quite odd..

and I notice the "faux pass" of putting in Sacchin's name where it is not deserved ..

You have a list with a criterion of 25 ODI matches to qualify a venue , yet Sacchin escapes the qualification, Grounds where he has made the top score that have less than 25 ODI's are included .... That is quite unfair to the other contenders won't you say ?

Posted by SouthPaw on (May 24, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

Imagine that Lara scored both his big innings at Antigua!

Posted by Meety on (May 23, 2012, 23:16 GMT)

Stephen Fleming - the dark horse!

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

What a waste of time....really.......don't see any point in putting up such insignificant numbers.......

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