In Test match commentary, the conversation can dart here and there
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The novelist with the mike

Harsha Bhogle: Commentary styles change with the format of the game. In Test cricket, it's about being a storyteller

'No one moved from his seat'

Champagne Moments: Pakistani commentator Chishty Mujahid on the 1978-79 series against India, which culminated in a thrilling final-day chase in Karachi

A snooze, a smoke, a roar

The Test match-watching experience has changed over the years - the players' faces are obscured, the grounds are more coldly impersonal - but the buzz of a big game remains. By David Frith

Features

Stuart Broad spreads his arms to celebrate his hat-trick

Droid Broad, Bell Jr Jr and more. Alan Tyers trains his Futurometer on the year 2061

English fans in Santa Claus costumes

Boxing Day at the MCG is one of cricket's grand traditions. For some it's about being at the cricket and for others a time with family, writes Greg Baum

Richard Hadlee in thoughtful mood

Harsha Bhogle on the joy of being a rookie on air when Richard Hadlee broke the record for most Test wickets in Bangalore in 1988

Is it possible to compare the Invincibles of 1948 to the West Indies teams of the '80s and '90s, asks Gideon Haigh

Test matches burn bright in the memory whether you actually saw them or not. By Suresh Menon

Sharda Ugra: In Test cricket, like in no other game, time is a protagonist. An instant can be an aeon, hours can go by in a heartbeat

Champagne Moments: Australian commentator Tim Lane looks back at Australia's Port Elizabeth Test of 1997 where they came back from the dead to pull off a series win

Michael Henderson: Cricket is coming home for its 2000th Test, but even if the game's a dud, it won't take away from the glory of Lord's

Peter Roebuck: The 300-run milestone is unique to Test cricket, calling on the batsman to express the work of a lifetime in a single innings

Champagne Moments: Commentator Tim Lane recalls Australia's back-from-the-dead win in Port Elizabeth in 1997, and Mark Waugh's contribution to it

Match of My Life

Players on their favourite Tests

Ted Dexter poses with the Gillette Cup after Sussex's win in the 1963 final

For Ted Dexter, it didn't get better than bouncing back to put one across the old enemy, on their turf

The final play of the first Tied Test

The tied Test was memorable not just for the result but the friendships it built, recounts Alan Davidson

Glenn Turner

Defeating Australia was just one of the many memorable things for New Zealand in their 1974 game at Lancaster Park, says Glenn Turner

Allan Donald plays rugby on the outfield at Chester-le-Street

When South Africa set Australia 117 to win in Sydney in 1994, few gave the visitors a chance. They won by five runs. Allan Donald remembers

ESPNcricinfo XIs

We look at some of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe's memorable Tests: starring first wins and upsets

Some of Australia's more memorable Tests: Ashes classics, and wins over West Indies and India among others

A look at some of South Africa's more memorable Tests, including two unforgettable series wins against Australia

Some of Sri Lanka's more unforgettable Tests, which naturally includes some mammoth scores

Some of the top Tests featuring New Zealand, including several firsts

Galleries

Enduring images I [Click to view]Enduring images I: From WG Grace to Australia's rise in the 1990s, via Bodyline, the tied Tests and more: our pick of the iconic photographs that have come to define Test cricket down the first century and more of its existence.

Enduring images II [Click to view]Enduring images II: The ball of the century, Lara's 153, India's thrillers against Australia and plenty more in part two of our selection of classic pictures that have come to define Test cricket over the years.

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Stats and Records

Youngest captains - Test matches
Player Age Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
T Taibu 20y 358d Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka Harare 6 May 2004 Test # 1698
Nawab of Pataudi 21y 77d India v West Indies Bridgetown 23 Mar 1962 Test # 527
Waqar Younis 22y 15d Pakistan v Zimbabwe Karachi 1 Dec 1993 Test # 1237
GC Smith 22y 82d South Africa v Bangladesh Chittagong 24 Apr 2003 Test # 1640
Shakib Al Hasan 22y 115d Bangladesh v West Indies St George's 17 Jul 2009 Test # 1926
ID Craig 22y 194d Australia v South Africa Johannesburg 23 Dec 1957 Test # 444
Javed Miandad 22y 260d Pakistan v Australia Karachi 27 Feb 1980 Test # 876
M Bisset 22y 306d South Africa v England Johannesburg 14 Feb 1899 Test # 58
Mohammad Ashraful 22y 353d Bangladesh v Sri Lanka Colombo (SSC) 25 Jun 2007 Test # 1837
Mushfiqur Rahim 23y 50d Bangladesh v West Indies Chittagong 21 Oct 2011 Test # 2010
Most player-of-the-match awards - Test matches
Player Span Mat Awards
JH Kallis (ICC/SA) 1995-2013 166 23
M Muralitharan (ICC/SL) 1992-2010 133 19
Wasim Akram (Pak) 1985-2002 104 17
SK Warne (Aus) 1992-2007 145 17
KC Sangakkara (SL) 2000-2014 128 16
RT Ponting (Aus) 1995-2012 168 16
CEL Ambrose (WI) 1988-2000 98 14
SR Waugh (Aus) 1985-2004 168 14
SR Tendulkar (India) 1989-2013 200 14
DPMD Jayawardene (SL) 1997-2014 149 13
Highest run rate in a completed innings - Test matches
Most matches on a single ground - Test matches
Ground Span Mat
Lord's, London 1884-2014 129
Melbourne Cricket Ground 1877-2013 106
Sydney Cricket Ground 1882-2014 102
Kennington Oval, London 1880-2014 97
Old Trafford, Manchester 1884-2014 76
Headingley, Leeds 1899-2014 73
Adelaide Oval 1884-2013 72
Trent Bridge, Nottingham 1899-2014 60
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad 1930-2014 59
Basin Reserve, Wellington 1930-2014 56
Most hundreds in an innings - Test matches
Team Score 100s Inns Result Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
Australia 758/8d 5 2 won v West Indies Kingston 11 Jun 1955 Test # 408
Pakistan 546/3d 5 2 won v Bangladesh Multan 29 Aug 2001 Test # 1560
England 658/8d 4 1 drawn v Australia Nottingham 10 Jun 1938 Test # 263
West Indies 631 4 1 drawn v India Delhi 10 Nov 1948 Test # 304
Pakistan 652 4 2 won v India Faisalabad 3 Jan 1983 Test # 945
West Indies 550 4 2 drawn v India St John's 28 Apr 1983 Test # 956
Pakistan 600/8d 4 2 won v Sri Lanka Galle 21 Jun 2000 Test # 1501
Sri Lanka 610/6d 4 2 won v India Colombo (SSC) 29 Aug 2001 Test # 1559
New Zealand 534/9d 4 1 drawn v Australia Perth 30 Nov 2001 Test # 1573
New Zealand 630/6d 4 1 drawn v India Mohali 16 Oct 2003 Test # 1662