5 batsmen who have more Test Centuries to their name than fifties
Test cricket is considered to be the ultimate and the purest version of the game. A consistent performance in the format gives an idea about the real character, temperament and class of a batsman. Players are tested in grueling conditions with their fitness levels challenged to the extreme limits. Quick scores of fifties might turn out to be enough in Limited overs cricket. However, it is not enough in Test cricket on most occasions.
Test cricket requires long period of survival and demands a batsman to score big hundreds. The game has witnessed some players over the years who have displayed exceptional conversion rates, that is, ability to covert starts into big hundreds. Let us now have a look at five of those players who have more Test centuries to their name than the number of fifties.
#1 Mathew Hayden
Mathew Hayden is one of those players who belonged to the golden era of Australian cricket. Australia went on to win many trophies and series both overseas and at home in the period between 1999 and 2007. Hayden was one of those reasons behind all that success. He set himself as a role model for the next generation Australian batsmen.
The elegant and powerful left-handed opener was one of Australia’s main batting stalwarts in all three formats of the game. He is one of those rare players who had the ability to play pretty long innings. And that is the reason that could be attributed to his higher number of Test hundreds than fifties. He has 30 Test hundreds to his name as compared to 29 fifties. Once settled down at the crease, he would generally make it big. A career best score of 380 suggests so. In the 103 matches that he played for Australia, he made 8625 runs at a stunning average of 50.73.