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Stats: Slowest 50s in terms of time and balls faced in Test cricket

Umang Pabari
β€˜Little Master’ Sunil Gavaskar once played a patient innings of 326 minutes to make his fifty against Sri Lanka

No format of the game tests the skills of a cricketer more than Test cricket. Apart from skills, the longest format of cricket also pushes cricketers to show some amount of resolve and have bundles of patience too.

But with the advent of Twenty20 cricket, the strike rates in Tests have gone up to a level that is scarcely believable. There have been times when a hundred with a strike rate of 60 was considered a good innings; now, batsmen are scoring centuries at a strike-rate of 80 and entertaining cricket fans in ways that many did not think was possible.

Irrespective of the size of the boundaries, batsmen have demonstrated an ability to clear the rope with consummate ease.

However, Test cricket has been witness to some highly patient yet heroic knocks from batsmen, which have helped their team to secure a hard-fought stalemate. They may seem like inglorious stands, but the mental qualities displayed during such knocks, not to mention the degree of mastering the defensive technique, put these batsmen into the highest order of great cricketers.

We take a look at slowest fifties in Test cricket by minutes and balls till this day.

Here is a table that shows slowest fifties in Test cricket by minutes. (More than 275 minutes).

Minutes Player name Country Opponant Venue Year
357 Trevor Bailey England Australia Brisbane 1958/59
350 Christopher Tavare England Pakistan London 1982
333 Bryan Young New Zealand South Africa Durban 1994/95
326 Sunil Gavaskar India Sri Lanka Colombo 1985
318 Rameez Raja Pakistan West Indies Karachi 1986/87
316 Chetan Chauhan India Pakistan Kanpur 1979/80
315 Shoaib Mohammad Pakistan Zimbabwe Lahore 1993/94
313 Derrick McGlew South Africa Australia Johannesburg 1957/58
312 Jeffrey Crowe New Zealand Sri Lanka Colombo 1986/87
310 Bruce Edgar New Zealand Australia Wellington 1981/1982
310 Allan Border Australia West Indies Sydney 1988/89
306 Christopher Tavare England Australia Manchestar 1981
304 Peter Taylor Australia Pakistan Karachi 1988/89
302 Dilip Sardesai India West Indies Bridgetwon 1961/62
300 Geroge Camacho West Indies England Bridgetown 1967/68
300 Kiran More India South Africa Durban 1992/93
298 Evan Gray New Zealand England Nottingham 1986
297 Robert Hart New Zealand West Indies Bridgetown 2002
294 Christopher Smith England New Zealand Auckland 1983/84
290 Geoffrey Boycott England Pakistan Lahore 1977/78
289 Christopher Tavare England India Bombay 1981/82
282 EDAS McMorris West Indies England Kingston 1959/60
282 James Adams West Indies England Manchester 2000
281 Naseer Hussain England South Africa Durban 1999/00
280 Peter Richardson England South Africa Johannesburg 1956/57
280 Geoffrey Boycott England Australia Perth 1978/79
277 Geoffrey Boycott England New Zealand Wellington 1977/78
275 William Lawry Australia England Melbourne 1962/63
275 VVS Laxman India South Africa Durban 2006/07

Here is a table that shows slowest fifties in Test cricket in terms of balls faced. (Min.200 balls faced)

Balls faced Player Name Country Opponant Venue Year
350 Trevor Bailey England Australia Brisbane 1958/59
262 Allan Border Australia West Indies Sydney 1989/89
238 Evan Gray New Zealand England Nottingham 1986
236 Christopher Tavare England Pakistan London 1982
235 Peter Taylor Australia Pakistan Karachi 1988/89
229 Bryan Young New Zealand South Africa Durban 1994/95
228 John Brearley England Pakistan Hyderabad 1977/78
222 Clive Radley England New Zealand Auckland 1977/78
219 Christopher Tavare England Australia Manchestar 1981
218 William Lawry Australia England Sydney 1970/71
214 James Adams West Indies England Manchestar 2000
213 Naseer Hussian England South Africa Durban 1999/00
212 Jeffrey Crowe New Zealand Sri Lanka Colombo 1986/87
212 Heath Streak Zimbabwe New Zealand Harare 2000/01
210 Mudassar Nazar Pakistan England Hyderabad 1977/78
209 Rameez Raja Pakistan West Indies Karachi 1986/87
208 Geoffrey Boycott England Pakistan Lahore 1977/78
208 James Adams West Indies Zimbabwe Kingston 1999/00
207 Anothony Greig South Africa India Delhi 1972/73
204 Dennis Amiss England India Mumbai 1976/77
204 Bruce Edgar New Zealand Australia Perth 1985/86
204 Naseer Hussain England Pakistan Karachi 2000/01
204 Rajin Saleh Bangladesh Pakistan Karachi 2003/04
204 Abdul Razzaq Pakistan India Mohali 2004/05
203 Graham Roope England Pakistan Karachi 1977/78
202 Robert Hart New Zealand West Indies Bridgetown 2002
201 Adrian Griffith West Indies Australia Antigua 1998/99
201 Javed Omar Bangladesh Zimbabwe Chittagong 2001/02
200 John Wright New Zealand England Wellington 1977/78
200 Mark Butcher England Sri Lanka Galle 2003/04
200 Thilan Samaraweera Sri Lanka England Colombo 2003/04

Edited by Staff Editor

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