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Top 5 scores in Test cricket in 2017

Only one team except the top-ranked Test side could feature in the list.

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Top 5 / Top 10 23 Dec 2017, 16:32 IST
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India has been phenomenal in Test cricket in 2017
India has been phenomenal in Test cricket in 2017

In the longest format of the game, the tried and tested template for the win is to score big and crush the opponent under its weight. To put up a massive score of around 600 or more runs, the batting department has to click as a unit. One or two players should bat long, while other batsmen must make useful contributions.

Armed with scoreboard pressure, the captain can attack the opposition relentlessly. Bowlers have the luxury of aggressive field settings. Conceding a few extra runs in search of a wicket will not deter the morale of the team. Rather than having a third man or a sweeper in the deep, the fielding team can have an extra slip, or a fielder in close catching position.

Let us take a look which teams have scored the most runs in Tests in 2017.

#5 India 603/9 versus Australia, March 16-20, 2017

Cheteshwar Pujara scored a brilliant double hundred
Cheteshwar Pujara scored a brilliant double hundred

In the drawn third Test match between India and Australia, the hosts replied with a massive 603/9 in reply to visitors first innings total of 451. The Indians strategized out-batting their opponents and stretching the match into the final day.

The right-handed batsman Pujara played a marathon of 202. In his knock, the calm and composed batsman faced 525 balls – the highest by an Indian batsman beating the record of Dravid's 495-ball knock and spent more than 11 hours (672 minutes) at the crease.

Lower-order batsman Saha also contributed with a career-best 117. With his third century, the gritty batsman from West Bengal cemented his spot in the Test side. 

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