Fastest Test Centuries

Last Modified Feb 24, 2020 14:23 IST
Sr. No.NameBallsForAgainstVenueYearResult
1Brendon McCullum54New ZealandAustraliaChristchurch2015/16Lost by 7 wickets
2Vivian Richards56West IndiesEnglandSt John’s1985/86Won by 240 runs
3Misbah-ul-Haq56PakistanAustraliaAbu Dhabi2014/15Won by 356 runs
4Adam Gilchrist57AustraliaEnglandPerth2006/07Won by 206 runs
5Jack Gregory67AustraliaSouth AfricaJohannesburg1921/22Drawn
6Shivnarine Chanderpaul69West IndiesAustraliaGeorgetown2002/03Lost by 9 wickets
7David Warner69AustraliaIndiaPerth2011/12Won by innings and 37 runs
8Chris Gayle70West IndiesAustraliaPerth2009/10Won by 35 runs
9Roy Fredericks71West IndiesAustraliaPerth1975/76Won by innings and 87 runs
10Colin de Grandhomme71New ZealandWest IndiesWellington2017/18Won by innings and 67 runs

In the list of 50 fastest Test centuries ever, there are only 15 of them which were scored before the year 2000. The game has picked up speed and batsmen nowadays score at a pace much higher than what the batsmen of earlier generations used to score. This has resulted in such a difference in the instances on the list.

New Zealand v Australia - 2nd Test: Day 1

The effect of T20 cricket can be seen in the ODI and Test formats as well. While this has resulted in high scoring matches, test matches last for about four days on an average and the percentage of drawn tests has been reduced.

With the ever-increasing pace of the game, more number of faster centuries will enter this list in the near future.

The quick centuries that have been scored even when the conditions didn’t force them, do not impress the purists, but can be a catalyst to attract people’s interest in the format. With the longer format being endangered, this can prove to be on the advantageous side for Test cricket.

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