Graham Gooch on his way to 333 against India at Lord's in 1990 © Getty Images

Though England had wrapped up the series before the fourth Test, they had received a hammering from Mohammad Yousuf. His scores in the series were 202, 48, 38, 15, 192 and 8. Pakistan were pushing for a consolation win at The Oval and Yousuf scored 128 in the first innings. With one innings left, he had an outside shot at beating Mudassar Nazar's Pakistan record for most runs in a series but because of the forfeiture on the fourth day his tally remained 631. Yousuf, however, did move past Hanif Mohammad's 628 against West Indies in 1957-58 to become the third-highest run-scorer in a series for Pakistan and the fifth-highest overall in a four-Test series.

Jacques Kallis's 712 runs against West Indies in 2003-04 is the highest in a four-Test series. He scored four centuries, a fifty and 44 in six innings but still lost the Man-of-the-Series award to Makhaya Ntini, who took 29 wickets.

George Headley scored three hundreds and a double-century in his debut series against England. He became the first West Indian to score hundreds in each innings as West Indies levelled the series in the third Test at Georgetown. In total, Headley amassed 703 runs but England's Patsy Hendren provided the balance with 693 runs and the series was drawn.

Most runs in a 4-Test series
Player Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50 Series Season
JH Kallis (SAf) 6 712 177 178.00 4 1 v WI 2003/04
RT Ponting (Aust) 8 706 257 100.85 2 2 v India 2003/04
GA Headley (WI) 8 703 223 87.87 4 0 v Eng 1929/30
EH Hendren (Eng) 8 693 205* 115.50 2 5 v WI 1929/30
Mohammad Yousuf (Pak) 7 631 202 90.14 3 0 v Eng 2006
RB Richardson (WI) 7 619 194 88.42 2 3 v India 1988/89
R Dravid (India) 8 619 233 123.80 1 3 v Aust 2003/04
MP Vaughan (Eng) 7 615 197 102.50 3 1 v India 2002
R Dravid (India) 6 602 217 100.33 3 1 v Eng 2002
A Sandham (Eng) 8 592 325 74.00 2 2 v WI 1929/30

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Graham Gooch's plundering of the Indian attack to the tune of 752 runs in 1990 is the highest aggregate in a three-Test series. Gooch began the series with 333 and 123 at Lord's and broke Greg Chappell's record for the most runs in a match. He scored 116 in the first innings of the second Test at Old Trafford and equalled the English record - held by Herbert Sutcliffe, Denis Compton and Geoffrey Boycott - for most centuries in consecutive innings. He missed out on two hundreds in the third Test at The Oval where he was dismissed for 85 and 88.

Most runs in a 3-Test series
Player Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50 Series Season
GA Gooch (Eng) 6 752 333 125.33 3 2 v India 1990
BC Lara (WI) 6 688 221 114.66 3 1 v SL 2001/02
Zaheer Abbas (Pak) 5 583 235* 194.33 2 1 v India 1978/79
SM Nurse (WI) 5 558 258 111.60 2 1 v NZ 1968/69
Saleem Malik (Pak) 6 557 237 92.83 2 1 v Aust 1994/95
Younis Khan (Pak) 5 553 199 110.60 2 2 v India 2005/06
ML Hayden (Aust) 6 549 203 109.80 2 2 v India 2000/01
V Sehwag (India) 6 544 201 90.66 2 1 v Pak 2004/05
JC Adams (WI) 6 520 174* 173.33 2 2 v India 1994/95
RT Ponting (Aust) 6 515 143* 103.00 3 2 v SAf 2005/06

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While Gooch's runs played a crucial part in England winning that series, Lara's 688 runs against Sri Lanka in 2001-02 couldn't prevent West Indies from suffering a 0-3 whitewash. Sri Lanka won the third Test in Colombo by ten wickets in which Lara scored 221 and 130 and beat Andy Flower's record for most runs scored in a lost match.

Lara's 798 runs against England in 1993-94 is the only entry in the top ten for a five-Test series in the last 30 years. Fourteen of the 20-highest aggregates were scored before 1950 with Don Bradman appearing five times. Bradman's 974 runs in England in 1930 is the highest aggregate in a series of any length. That performance helped wrest back the Ashes after Wally Hammond's 905 runs in 1928-29 steered England to victory in Australia. In the series that followed, Bradman was restricted to a mere 396 runs due to the infamous Bodyline tactics.

Most runs in a 5-Test series
Player Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50 Series Season
DG Bradman (Aust) 7 974 334 139.14 4 0 v Eng 1930
WR Hammond (Eng) 9 905 251 113.12 4 0 v Aust 1928/29
RN Harvey (Aust) 9 834 205 92.66 4 3 v SAf 1952/53
IVA Richards (WI) 7 829 291 118.42 3 2 v Eng 1976
CL Walcott (WI) 10 827 155 82.70 5 2 v Aust 1954/55
GS Sobers (WI) 8 824 365* 137.33 3 3 v Pak 1957/58
DG Bradman (Aust) 9 810 270 90.00 3 1 v Eng 1936/37
DG Bradman (Aust) 5 806 299* 201.50 4 0 v SAf 1931/32
BC Lara (WI) 8 798 375 99.75 2 2 v Eng 1993/94
ED Weekes (WI) 7 779 194 111.28 4 2 v India 1948/49

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Sachin Tendulkar is conspicuous by his absence in the tables - his highest Test series aggregate is 446 against Australia in 1997-98. However, Tendulkar is the only batsman to have scored over 500 runs in a World Cup . In the 1996 edition he scored 523 runs and was Man of the Tournament in South Africa in 2003 where his 673 runs were instrumental in India reaching the finals.

Most runs in a multi-team ODI tournament
Player Inns Runs HS Ave 100 Series Season
GS Chappell (Aust) 14 686 138* 68.60 1 World Series Cup 1980/81
SR Tendulkar (India) 11 673 152 61.18 1 ICC World Cup 2002/03
IVA Richards (WI) 11 651 103* 65.10 1 World Series Cup 1984/85
AR Border (Aust) 12 590 127* 65.55 2 World Series Cup 1984/85
DI Gower (Eng) 10 563 158 62.55 3 World Series Cup 1982/83
ME Waugh (Aust) 12 542 85 49.27 0 Carlton & United Series 1998/99
ME Waugh (Aust) 7 542 173 108.40 3 Carlton Series 2000/01
IVA Richards (WI) 14 536 78 41.23 0 World Series Cup 1981/82
AC Gilchrist (Aust) 12 525 154 43.75 2 Carlton & United Series 1998/99
SR Tendulkar (India) 7 523 137 87.16 2 Wills World Cup 1995/96

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