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Highest Test totals without a century and half-century

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Modified 30 Jun 2015, 16:56 IST
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Simon Katich during his 99-runs inning against the West Indies in 2009

Test match is a game of partnerships. There is no restriction of the number of overs; all the batsmen have their own time to score at their will. It is not often we see a one man’s show in a Test inning like in the limited over games.

There have been many totals of over 450 and few over 500 were no batsman scored a century which clearly means that there was a small important contribution by all batsmen in the inning.

The highest inning total not to contain a century is India’s 524/9 against New Zealand at Kanpur in 1976/77. The highest score in the inning was not even 75. There were six individual half-centuries and the highest score was 70 by Mohinder Amarnath.

There are three more totals over 500 which did not have anyone scoring century. Let’s list them to see in more detail.

TOTALS OF 480 OR MORE WITHOUT AN INDIVIDUAL CENTURY

Total

Highest

Batsman

For

Against

Venue

Season

524/9 dec

70

Mohinder Amarnath

India

New Zealand

Kanpur

1976/77

520/7 dec

99

Simon Katich

Australia

West Indies

Perth

2009/10

517

87*

Brian McMillan

South Africa

Australia

Adelaide

1997/98

500/8 dec

95

Mudassar Nazar

Pakistan

Australia

Melbourne

1981/82

488

94

Habibul Bashar

Bangladesh

Zimbabwe

Chittagong

2004/05

485

88

Allan Border

Australia

New Zealand

Christchurch

1992/93

485

99

Sourav Ganguly

India

Sri Lanka

Nagpur

1997/98

481

91

Sachin Tendulkar

India

England

Nottingham

2007

480/8 dec

92

Simon Katich

Australia

West Indies

Brisbane

2009/10

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  • Two of the above instances were in the same Test series – Australia vs West Indies in West Indies in 2009/10. And on both occasions, the highest score in the inning was Simon Katich (99 and 92).
  • All of the above instances were in the first inning of the match except India’s 481 in 2007 was in the second inning of the match.
  • There were six half-centuries in India’s 524/9 and Pakistan’s 500/8.
  • There are three 300+ totals with no individual 50+ score.
  • Below the table lists the highest totals with no individual 50+ score in Tests.

TOTALS OF 270 OR MORE WITHOUT AN INDIVIDUAL HALF-CENTURY

Total

Highest

Batsman

For

Aganinst

Venue

Season

315

47

David Gower

England

West Indies

Port of Spain

1985/86

304

42

Steve Harmison

England

South Africa

Cape Town

2004/05

302

44

Peter van der Merwe

South Africa

New Zealand

Wellington

1963/64

296/8 dec

45*

Nayan Mongia

India

New Zealand

Cuttack

1995/96

284

48

Tapash Baisya

Bangladesh

West Indies

Kingston

2004

280

49

Gordon Greenidge

West Indies

Australia

Melbourne

1988/89

279

43*

Brett Lee

Australia

England

Birmingham

2005

278/8 dec

44

Gary Kirsten

South Africa

England

Lord’s

1994

273

48

Brendon McCullum

New Zealand

South Africa

Dunedin

2011/12

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Lowest completed inning to include a century is New Zealand’s 159 against England at Christchurch in 1962/63 where John Reid scored 100.

Lowest total (no qualification) to include a century is Pakistan’s 135/1 against India at Lahore in 1982/83 where Mohsin Khan scored 101.

Lowes total to include a double century is India’s 329 against Sir Lanka at Galle in 2008 in which Virender Sehwag scored 201*.

Published 30 Jun 2015, 16:15 IST
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