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Stats: Highest individual Test scores for each year starting from 1877 to 2015

Umang Pabari
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28.09K   //    20 Dec 2015, 15:42 IST
Sehwag's 319 turned out to be the highest score of the year 2008

There are many well-known Test centuries made by players that most of us have heard of. Many of us know about Brian Lara’s 400* or Matthew Hayden’s 380. Every die-hard cricket fan will know about Don Bradman and Virender Sehwag’s two triple centuries in Tests or Mahela Jayawardena’s 374 against South Africa in Tests.

But do you know the highest score made by a player in each year starting from 1877 to 2015 in Tests? You might have read about all who hold the records for the respective ages in Tests, but you may not know the same for years.

Even if you are a cricket fanatic, some of the record holders will certainly surprise you. While some legends like Don Bradman, Brian Lara are on this list, there are some you would least suspect of holding the record.

So, here we have presented a table that includes the highest score made by players in each year starting from 1877 to 2015 in Test cricket to this day:

Note: There were no Tests played in 1878, 1891, 1900 and during two World Wars 1915-1919 and 1940-1945.

Year Player name Country Runs  Opposition Ground
1877 Charles Bannerman Australia 165* England Melbourne Cricket Ground
1879 Alec Bannerman Australia 73 England Melbourne Cricket Ground
1880 William Murdoch Australia 153* England Kennington Oval
1881 Thomas Horan Australia 124 England Melbourne Cricket Ground
1882 George Ulyett England 149 Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground
1883 Allan Steel England 135* Australia Sydney Cricket Ground
1884 William Murdoch Australia 211 England Kennington Oval
1885 George Bonnor Australia 128 England Sydney Cricket Ground
1886 William Grace England 170 Australia Kennington Oval
1887 Dick Barlow England 42* Australia Sydney Cricket Ground
1888 Robert Abel England 70 Australia Kennington Oval
1889 Robert Abel England 120 South Africa Newlands
1890 William Grace England 75* Australia Lord’s
1892 John Lyons Australia 134 England Sydney Cricket Ground
Andrew Stoddart England 134 Australia Adelaide Oval
Henry Wood England 134* South Africa Newlands
1893 Henry Graham Australia 107 England Lord’s
1894 Sydney Gregory Australia 201 England Sydney Cricket Ground
1895 John Brown England 140 Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground
Francis Iredale Australia 140 England Adelaide Oval
1896 Kumar Ranjintsinhji England 154* Australia Old Trafford
1897 Kumar Ranjintsinhji England 175 Australia Sydney Cricket Ground
1898 Clement Hill Australia 188 England Melbourne Cricket Ground
1899 Thomas Hayward England 137 Australia Kennington Oval
1901 Arechibald MacLaren England 116 Australia Sydney Cricket Ground
1902 Warwick Armstrong Australia 159* South Africa Old Wanderers
1903 Reginald Foster England 287 Australia Sydney Cricket Ground
1904 Victor Trumper Australia 113 England Adelaide Oval
1905 Reginald Duff Australia 146 England Kennington Oval
1906 Gordon White South Africa 147 England Old Wanderers
1907 Charles Fry England 129 South Africa Kennington Oval
1908 Victor Trumper Australia 166 England Sydney Cricket Ground
1909 Vernon Ransford Australia 143* England Lord’s
1910 George Faulkner South Africa 204 Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground
1911 Victor Trumper Australia 214* South Africa Adelaide Oval
1912 Jack Hobbs England 187 Australia Adelaide Oval
1913 Wilfred Rhodes England 152 South Africa Old Wanders
1914 Charles Mead England 117 South Africa St George's Park
1920 Warwick Armstrong Australia 158 England Sydney Cricket Ground
1921 Herbert Collins Australia 203 South Africa Old Wanderers
1922 Herbert Taylor South Africa 176 England Old Wanderers
1923 Charles Mead England 181 South Africa Kinsmead
1924 Jack Hobbs England 211 South Africa Lord’s
1925 John Ryder Australia 201* England Adelaide Oval
1926 Warren Bardsley Australia 193* England Lord’s
1927 George Tyldesley  England 122 South Africa Old Wanderers
1928 Walter Hammond England 251 Australia Sydney Cricket Ground
1929 Walter Hammond England 177 Australia Adelaide Oval
1930 Don Bradman Australia 334 England Headingley
1931 Don Bradman Australia 226 South Africa Brisbane Cricket Ground
1932 Don Bradman Australia 299* South Africa Adelaide Oval
1933  Walter Hammond England 336* New Zealand Eden Park
1934 Don Bradman Australia 304 England Headingley
1935 Georgy Headley West Indies 270* England Sabina Park
1936 Walter Hammond England 231* Australia Sydney Cricket Ground
1937 Don Bradman Australia 270 England Melbourne Cricket Ground
1938 Lenoard Hutton England 364 Australia Kennington Oval
1939 Edward Paynter England 243 South Africa Kingsmead
1946 Sidney Barnes Australia 234 England Sydney Cricket Ground
Don Bradman Australia 234 England Sydney Cricket Ground
1947 Denis Compton England 208 South Africa Lord’s
1948 Don Bradman Australia 201 India Adelaide Oval
1949 Martin Donnelly New Zealand 206 England Lord’s
Leonard Hutton England 206 New Zealand Kennington Oval
1950 Frank Worrell West Indies 261 England Trent Bridge
1951 Eric Rowan South Africa 236 England Headingley
1952 Mulvantrai Mankad India 184 England Lord’s
1953 Derrick McGlew South Africa 255* New Zealand Basin Reserve
1954 Denis Compton England 278 Pakistan Trent Bridge
1955 Bert Sutcliffe New Zealand 230* India Feroz Shah Kotla
1956 Mulvantrai Mankad India 231 New Zealand Nehru Stadium (Chennai)
1957 Peter May England 285* West Indies Edgbaston
1958 Garry Sobers West Indies 365* Pakistan Sabina Park
1959 Rohan Kanhai West Indies 217 Pakistan Bagh-e-Jinnah
1960 Garry Sobers West Indies 226 England Kensington Oval
1961 Vijay Manjrekar India 189* England Feroz Shah Kotla
1962 Ted Dexter England 205 Pakistan National Stadium
1963 Conrad Hunte West Indies 182 England Old Trafford
1964 Robert Simpson Australia 311 England Old Trafford
1965 John Edrich England 310* New Zealand Headingley
1966 Robert Cowper Australia 307 England Melbourne Cricket Ground
1967 Geoffrey Boycott  England 246* India Headingley
1968 Graham Dowling New Zealand 239 India AMI Stadium
1969 Seymour Nurse West Indies 258 New Zealand AMI Stadium
1970 Graeme Pollock South Africa 274 Australia Kingsmead
1971 Zaheer Abbas Pakistan 274 England Edgbaston
1972 Glenn Turner New Zealand 259 West Indies Bourda
1973 Mushtaq Mohammad Pakistan 201 New Zealand Carisbrook
1974 Lawrence Rowe West Indies 302 England Kensington Oval
1975 Clive Lloyd West Indies 242* India Wankhede Stadium
1976 Viv Richards West Indies 291 England Kennington Oval
1977 Doug Walters Australia 250 New Zealand AMI Stadium
1978 Zaheer Abbas Pakistan 235* India Gaddafi Stadium
1979 Sheik Bacchus West Indies 250 India Green Park
1980 Greg Chappell Australia 235 Pakistan Iqbal Stadium
1981 Kimberley Hughes  Australia 213 India Adelaide Oval
1982 Gundappa Viswanath  India 222 England MA Chidambaram Stadium
1983 Javed Miandad Pakistan 280* India Niaz Stadium
1984 Gordon Greenidge West Indies 223 England Old Trafford
1985 David Gower England 215 Australia Edgbaston
1986 Dean Jones Australia 210 India MA Chidambaram Stadium
1987 Javed Miandad Pakistan 260 England Kennington Oval
1988 Javed Miandad Pakistan 211 Australia National Stadium
1989 Javed Miandad Pakistan 271 New Zealand Eden Park
1990 Graham Gooch England 333 India Lord’s
1991 Martin Crowe New Zealand 269 Sri Lanka Basin Reserve
1992 Ravi Shastri India 206 Australia Sydney Cricket Ground
1993 Brian Lara West Indies 277 Australia Sydney Cricket Ground
1994 Brian Lara West Indies 375 England Antigua Recreation Ground
1995 Michael Slater Australia 219 Sri Lanka WACA Ground
1996 Wasim Akram Pakistan 257* Zimbabwe Sheikhupura Stadium
1997 Sanath Jayasuriya Sri Lanka 340 India R Premadasa Stadium
1998 Mark Taylor Australia 334* Pakistan Arbab Niaz Stadium
1999 Daryll Cullinan  South Africa 275* New Zealand Eden Park
Gary Kirsten South Africa 275 England Kingsmead
2000 Andy Flower Zimbabwe 232* India Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground
2001 VVS Laxam India 281 Australia Eden Gardens
2002 Inzamam-ul-Haq Pakistan 329 New Zealand Gaddafi Stadium
2003 Matthew Hayden Australia 380 Zimbabwe WACA Ground
2004 Brian Lara West Indies 400* England Antigua Recreation Ground
2005 Chris Gayle West Indies 317 South Africa Antigua Recreation Ground
2006 Mahela Jayawardena Sri Lanka 374 South Africa Sinhalese Sports Club Ground
2007 Sourav Ganguly India 239 Pakistan M Chinnaswamy Stadium
2008 Virender Sehwg India 319 South Africa MA Chidambaram Stadium
2009 Younis Khan Pakistan 313 Sri Lanka National Stadium
2010 Chris Gayle West Indies 333 Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium
2011 Alastir Cook England 294 India Edgbaston
2012 Michael Clarke Australia 329* India Sydney Cricket Ground
2013 Greame Smith South Africa 234 Pakistan Dubai International Cricket Stadium
2014 Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka 319 Bangladesh Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium
2015 Ross Taylor New Zealand 290 Australia WACA Ground

Here is an another table that shows team-wise distributions of highest scores made by their players in Test cricket:

Count Team
39 Australia
38 England
17 West Indies
10 Pakistan
9 South Africa
8 India
6 New Zealand
3 Sri Lanka
1 Zimbabwe

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