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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
May 23, 2012
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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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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