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10 fastest centuries in Test cricket

Meet the ten batsmen who smashed the hapless bowlers in Test cricket to re-write history.


Colin de Grandhomme scored the second-fastest Test ton by a Kiwi player
Colin de Grandhomme scored the second-fastest Test ton by a Kiwi player

Test cricket is supposed to be slow and dull. It may be a stimulating contest of skills but on the surface, it is not the most entertaining.

But there are exceptions. Who says Test cricket cannot be fun and interesting? Meet these batsmen who poured life in Test cricket with their aggressive batting and free flowing strokes.

This is a collection of the top ten fastest hundreds in Tests. Check which attacking batsman has made it to this elite club.


#10 Colin de Grandhomme - 71 balls

On day two of the first Test against West Indies at Wellington, Colin de Grandhomme came in to bat with the score at 272/5. By the time he departed, the score was 429/7 and the all-rounder had also smashed a 71-ball century, the second-fastest by a New Zealand batsman in the history of Tests.

It also happened to be his maiden Test century and his 71-ball effort was the fastest maiden century in the history of Tests, beating the previous record G Jessop who got there in 76 balls. It was also the fastest century against West Indies in the history of Tests.

Pace or spin didn't matter to Colin who hit the Windies bowlers to all corners of the Basin Reserve. He hit 11 fours and 3 sixes but it wasn't all just big hits as he was brilliant between the wickets and also played some classical shots on his way to a century.

He was eventually dismissed for 105, off just 74 balls but not before helping New Zealand to a massive lead.

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