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Most consecutive Test matches without defeat

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#4 Australia - 22 Tests

This Australian side holds the world record for most consecutive Test wins

The first of two Australian sides to make this list is the one captained by Ricky Ponting who went on a 22-game unbeaten run that was spread across two and half years and began right at the end of the most famous Ashes series in memory (2005).

After drawing the final Ashes Test at The Oval, they would go on to dominate the Test arena unlike any other team before them in the history of the format. Of the 22 Tests, they drew just two and won 20 and went on a world record 16-game winning run in Tests that hasn't come close to being broken since then.

The most impressive aspect of their 22-game run wasn't just the wins that they kept on accumulating but also the manner in which they were winning games. Only thrice during their 20 wins did they win it by less than 100 runs or with fewer than five wickets hand, which highlights just how dominant they were.

They whitewashed West Indies, England, and Sri Lanka at home, whitewashed Bangladesh away from home and were leading India 2-0 and on a 16-game winning run before Anil Kumble's side stunned them at Perth and won by 72 runs thereby ending both their world record winning run and their 22-game unbeaten streak.

Published 13 Feb 2017, 17:31 IST
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