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Who Has the Most Test Centuries in Cricket History?| List of Top 25 Cricketers with Test Hundreds

by Mar 14, 2023Records

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Can you name cricketers with the most test centuries? If you are struggling, don’t worry. We got you.

Test cricket is the most challenging format of the sport, and it takes great skill and determination to reach the pinnacle of batting performance. That’s why a century in Test cricket has become one of the most sought-after milestones for batters. In this post, we take a look at 25 cricketers who have scored the most Test centuries. From Sachin Tendulkar to Steve Smith, we’ll explore the career records of each and every cricketer who has achieved this extraordinary feat.

So, come join us and let’s dive into the fascinating world of cricketing greatness!

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Key Takeaways

  • Sachin Tendulkar (51), Jacques Kallis (45), Ricky Ponting (41), Kumar Sangakkara (38), and Rahul Dravid (36) are the Top 5 batters with the most centuries in Test cricket.
  • Sachin Tendulkar (119), Jacques Kallis (103), Ricky Ponting (103), Rahul Dravid (99), and Shivnaire Chanderpaul (96) have the most 50+ scores in Test cricket.
  • Sir Donald Bradman (99.94), Steve Smith (60.22), Sir Garfield Sobers (57.78), Kumar Sangakkara (57.40), and Jacques Kallis (55.37) have the highest average for players on this list of most Test centuries.
  • Sir Donald Bradman (29 – 100s, 13 – 50s)/Younis Khan (34/33), Matthew Hayden (30/29), Michael Clarke (28/27), and Virat Kohli (28/28) have the best conversion rates from fifties to hundreds in Test matches.
  • Sachin Tendulkar (15921), Ricky Ponting (13378), Jacques Kallis (13289), Rahul Dravid (13288), and Alastair Cook (12472) have scored the most Test runs.
  • Australia (8), India (4), South Africa, West Indies (3), Sri Lanka, England, Pakistan (2), and New Zealand (1) have produced the most players on this elite list.
  • Only Steve Smith (32), Joe Root (30), Virat Kohli (28), Kane Williamson (28), and David Warner (25) are the remaining active players on this list.

There were some players that surprisingly missed out:

Notable Omissions: Mohammad Yousuf, Greg Chappell, Viv Richards (24) Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen, Justin Langer, Javid Miandad (23), AB De Villiers, Geoffrey Boycott, Mohammad Azharuddin, Colin Cowdrey, Ian Bell (22)

Test Cricket Batting Records: Top 25 List of Most Test Centuries

In this Top 25 list of cricketers with the most Test centuries, each cricketer has more than 25 Test hundreds to their name.

Note: To break ties, we went with the player with the most 50+ scores. In addition, players with * next to their names are still active in international cricket.

1. Sachin Tendulkar (51), India

  • Years Played: 1989-2013, Test Matches Played: 200
  • Total 50+ Scores: 119 (51 – 100s, 68 – 50s)
  • Average: 53.78
  • Runs Scored: 15921

Sachin Tendulkar stands at the top of the list with a whopping 51 Test centuries, establishing him as one of the greatest batsmen in cricket history.

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2. Jacques Kallis (45), South Africa

  • Years Played: 1995-2013, Test Matches Played: 166
  • Total 50+ Scores: 103 (45 – 100s, 58 – 50s)
  • Average: 55.37
  • Runs Scored: 13289

Jacques Kallis was one of the greatest all-rounders to have ever played the game, and his 45 Test centuries stand testament to this.

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3. Ricky Ponting (41), Australia

  • Years Played: 1995-2012, Test Matches Played: 168
  • Total 50+ Scores: 103 (41 – 100s, 62 – 50s)
  • Average: 51.85
  • Runs Scored: 13378

Ricky Ponting is the all-time highest run scorer for Australia in Test cricket, and his 41 centuries have put him firmly at third on this list. Ponting’s career was marked by consistent runs, hundreds in various conditions, and captaincy glory.

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4. Kumar Sangakkara (38), Sri Lanka

  • Years Played: 2000-2015, Test Matches Played: 134
  • Total 50+ Scores: 90 (38- 100s, 52 – 50s)
  • Average: 57.40
  • Runs Scored: 12400

Kumar Sangakkara is one of the most prolific batsmen in Test cricket, with 38 centuries to his name. His 90 50+ scores display his longevity and consistency, making him one of the all-time greats.

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5. Rahul Dravid (36), India

  • Years Played: 1996-2012, Test Matches Played: 164
  • Total 50+ Scores: 99 (36- 100s, 63- 50s)
  • Average: 52.31
  • Runs Scored: 13288

Rahul Dravid, nicknamed ‘The Wall’, is one of the only few cricketers to have scored centuries in all 10 Test playing nations. His 36 centuries and 99 50+ scores make him one of the most prolific batsmen in history. Along with Sachin Tendulkar, Dravid formed a formidable partnership for India’s batting line up during the late 90s and early 2000s.

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6. Mahela Jayawardene (34), Sri Lanka

  • Years Played: 1997-2014, Test Matches Played: 149
  • Total 50+ Scores: 84 (34- 100s, 50 – 50s)
  • Average: 49.84
  • Runs Scored: 11814

Mahela Jayawardene is the highest Test run scorer for Sri Lanka, with 11814 runs in 149 Tests. His batting style was known for its elegance and grace, and he will be remembered as one of the greats of Sri Lankan cricket.

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7. Brian Lara (34), West Indies

  • Years Played: 1990-2016, Test Matches Played: 131
  • Total 50+ Scores: 82 (34- 100s, 48 – 50s)
  • Average: 52.88
  • Runs Scored: 11953

Brian Lara is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in cricket history. He holds the record for the highest individual score in Test cricket (400*). His elegant stroke play set him apart from the rest of the pack.

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8. Sunil Gavaskar (34), India

  • Years Played: 1971-1987, Test Matches Played: 125
  • Total 50+ Scores: 79 (34 – 100s, 45 – 50s)
  • Average: 51.12
  • Runs Scored: 10122

Sunil Gavaskar is considered to be one of the best openers to have ever played cricket. His Test centuries scores speak volumes about his ability with the bat, and he holds the record for most Test centuries by an Indian batsman. He was known for his defensive technique and in a career spanning 16 years.

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9. Younis Khan (34), Pakistan

  • Years Played: 2000-2017, Test Matches Played: 118
  • Total 50+ Scores: 67 (34 – 100s, 33 – 50s)
  • Average: 52.05
  • Runs Scored: 10099

Younis Khan was a Pakistani batting icon and his 34 centuries speak volumes of his ability. He is the only player in the world to have scored centuries in 11 countries*, and he holds the record for most Test centuries by a Pakistani batsman. His attitude towards cricket made him an inspiration to many young players.

*since UAE/Pakistan both hosted home matches for Pakistan during his career

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10. Sir Alastair Cook (33), England

  • Years Played: 2006-2018, Test Matches Played: 161
  • Total 50+ Scores: 90 (33 – 100s, 57 – 50s)
  • Average: 45.35
  • Runs Scored: 12472

Sir Alastair Cook, one of the most successful English batsmen in history, has 33 Test centuries to his name. He holds several records for England’s batting performance, including most consecutive tests and most runs scored (until Joe Root takes over, of course). His success is due to his hard work and dedication, which have made him a true legend of the game.

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11. Steve Waugh (32), Australia

  • Years Played: 1985-2004, Test Matches Played: 168
  • Total 50+ Scores: 82 (32 – 100s, 50 – 50s)
  • Average: 51.06
  • Runs Scored: 10927

Steve Waugh was one of Australia’s greatest batsmen, and one of the best captains for sure. He was known for his aggressive style of play and determination to succeed in every match.

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12. Steve Smith* (32), Australia

  • Years Played: 2010-, Test Matches Played: 99*
  • Total 50+ Scores: 69 (32 – 100s, 37 – 50s)
  • Average: 59.76
  • Runs Scored: 9085

Steve Smith is a modern-day batting legend, and his Test average around 60 (after almost 100 tests) is one of the highest among contemporary batsmen. His success has been due to his meticulous approach to the game and ability to dominate any bowling attack.

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13. Shivnarine Chanderpaul (30), West Indies

  • Years Played: 1994-2015, Test Matches Played: 164
  • Total 50+ Scores: 96 (30 – 100s, 66 – 50s)
  • Average: 51.37
  • Runs Scored: 11867

Shivnarine Chanderpaul was one of the most consistent and reliable batsmen for West Indies. His 96 50+ scores speak of his ability to bat long and dominate the bowlers, especially as a lower middle order batter.

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14. Joe Root* (30), England

  • Years Played: 2012-, Test Matches Played: 129
  • Total 50+ Scores: 86 (29 – 100s, 57 – 50s)
  • Average: 50.22
  • Runs Scored: 10948

Joe Root is the name that comes to mind when talking about England’s current batting lineup. He has been a consistent performer for England, and his dedication and commitment to improving as a player are admirable. His stellar 2021-22 season has definitely put him as one of greatest batsmen of our generation, if not all-time.

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15. Matthew Hayden (30), Australia

  • Years Played: 1994-2009, Test Matches Played: 103
  • Total 50+ Scores: 59 (30 – 100s, 29 – 50s)
  • Average: 50.73
  • Runs Scored: 8625

Matthew Hayden was a powerhouse of Australian cricket. He was known for his aggressive style of play and ability to dominate the bowlers in all conditions. His Test hundred conversion rate still stands tall in world cricket, and he will be remembered as one of Australia’s finest batsmen.

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16. Virat Kohli*(29), India

  • Years Played: 2011-, Test Matches Played: 108
  • Total 50+ Scores: 56 (28 – 100s, 29 – 50s)
  • Average: 48.93
  • Runs Scored: 8416

Virat Kohli is a modern-day batting great, and his ability to score runs at will has made him one of the most feared batsmen in world cricket. His aggressive style of play combined with his natural technique make him a force to be reckoned with, especially his exploits in Australia, South Africa, and a memorable comeback in England.

Also Read: Virat Kohli’s 25 Best Innings Across International Formats (RANKED): Mohali 2016, MCG 2022, Hobart 133*, Adelaide 141…Which One is Your Favorite?, How Many ODI Centuries has Virat Kohli Scored? (The Complete Guide) List of Virat Kohli’s 46 ODI Centuries

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17. Sir Donald Bradman (29), Australia

  • Years Played: 1928-1948, Test Matches Played: 52
  • Total 50+ Scores: 42 (29 – 100s, 13 – 50s)
  • Average: 99.94
  • Runs Scored: 6996

Probably the greatest batsman of all time, Sir Donald Bradman needs no introduction. His incredible average of nearly 100 is a testament to his legendary batting skills and ability to dominate any bowling attack in the world. He was one of the most feared batsmen of his era, and he will continue to inspire generations of cricketers for years to come.

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18. Hashim Amla (28), South Africa

  • Years Played: 2004-2019, Test Matches Played: 124
  • Total 50+ Scores: 69 (28 – 100s, 41- 50s)
  • Average: 46.64
  • Runs Scored: 9282

Hashim Amla was one of South Africa’s most consistent batsmen, and his style of play has been a delight to watch. His ability to stay focused and grind out long innings made him an integral part of the Proteas’ batting line-up for many years.

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19. Michael Clarke (28), Australia

  • Years Played: 2004-2015, Test Matches Played: 115
  • Total 50+ Scores: 55 (28 – 100s, 27 – 50s)
  • Average: 49.10
  • Runs Scored: 8643

Michael Clarke was one of Australia’s most successful captains, and his batting record speaks for itself. He was known for his calm approach to the game, and he had a knack for scoring big runs when it mattered the most. The way he batted in the double century filled 2012-13 season was just amazing to watch.

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20. Kane Williamson* (28), New Zealand

  • Years Played: 2010-2023, Test Matches Played: 93
  • Total 50+ Scores: 60 (27 – 100s, 33 – 50s)
  • Average: 53.80
  • Runs Scored: 7909

Kane Williamson is one of the best batsmen in the world, and his ability to build an innings from scratch and score big runs has made him a star. His calm demeanor and sound technique have enabled him to dominate in all conditions, making him one of the most respected cricketers of our time.

With Ross Taylor, he formed the core of a World Test Championship winning middle order.

Also Read: Ross Taylor, An Underrated Cricketer Who Was A Giant Among New Zealand’s Greatest Generation, World Test Championship Final Review 2021

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21. Allan Border (27), Australia

  • Years Played: 1978-1994, Test Matches Played: 156
  • Total 50+ Scores: 90 (27 – 100s, 63 – 50s)
  • Average: 50.56
  • Runs Scored: 11174

Allan Border was known for being a gritty player with an eye for scoring big runs, and he was able to do so even on difficult pitches. His contribution to Australia’s success in the 1980s and 1990s cannot be understated.

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22. Graeme Smith (27), South Africa

  • Years Played: 2002-2014, Test Matches Played: 117
  • Total 50+ Scores: 65 (27 – 100s, 38 – 50s)
  • Average: 48.25
  • Runs Scored: 9265

Graeme Smith was known for his fearless batting, and he led the South African team with bravery and determination. He was able to stay at the crease for long periods of time and score big runs in difficult conditions, making him one of the greatest opening batsmen in history.

The way he batted with a broken hand to try to save a Test match against Mitchell Johnson and Australia is exemplary of his bravery and fearlessness. A ‘mighty figure,’ commentators declared.

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23. Sir Garfield Sobers (26), West Indies

  • Years Played: 1954-1974, Test Matches Played: 93
  • Total 50+ Scores: 56 (26 – 100s, 30 – 50s)
  • Average: 57.78
  • Runs Scored: 8032

Sir Garfield Sobers is widely regarded as one of the greatest all-round cricketers in history. His talent and skill with both bat and ball have rarely been matched, and his ability to control a match with his batting was remarkable. He will forever be remembered for his incredible achievements on the cricket field.

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24. Inzamam Ul-Haq (25), Pakistan

  • Years Played: 1992-2007, Test Matches Played: 120
  • Total 50+ Scores: 71 (25 – 100s, 46 – 50s)
  • Average: 49.60
  • Runs Scored: 8830

Inzamam Ul-Haq was one of Pakistan’s most consistent batsmen, and he was able to score big runs when the team needed them. His ability to play with power and finesse made him a formidable opponent for any bowler. With Younis & Yousuf, Pakistan had a stable middle order that they had lacked earlier.

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25. David Warner (25), Australia

  • Years Played: 2011-, Test Matches Played: 103
  • Total 50+ Scores: 59 (25 – 100s, 34 – 50s)
  • Average: 45.57
  • Runs Scored: 8158

David Warner is one of Australia’s most explosive batsmen, and his ability to score quickly and aggressively has made him a vital asset for the team.

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Final Thoughts on Test Crickets Greatest Centurions

Test cricket is a game of patience, skill and strategy, and several cricketers have been able to master it.

The players on this list are have scored the most test centuries in cricket history. This indicates the impact they had and the number of the games they changed. Each one has made an incredible contribution to the sport through their individual performances. Their feats will continue to be remembered for years to come as a testament to the sheer brilliance and dedication of these players. Test cricket will always be a game of heroes.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the game!

Also Read: 155 Greatest Cricketers of All Time (Men’s): The Complete List (Updated 2023), 76 Greatest Women Cricketers of All Time, Most Wickets in Test Cricket, Most Runs in Test Cricket

Most Test Centuries – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who has the most centuries in Test Cricket?

Sachin Tendulkar (51), Jacques Kallis (45), Ricky Ponting (41), Kumar Sangakkara (38), Rahul Dravid (36), Mahela Jayawardene (34), Brian Lara (34), Sunil Gavaskar (34), Younis Khan (34), and Alastair Cook (33), are the Top 10 batters with most centuries in Test cricket.Collage of Cricketers with Most Test Centuries

2. Who has scored the most double centuries in Test cricket?

Sir Donald Bradman (12), Kumar Sangakkara (11), Brian Lara (9), Wally Hammond (7), Virat Kohli (7), and Mahela Jayawardene have scored the most Test double centuries.

3. Who has scored the most Test centuries in a calendar year?

Mohammad Yousuf (9, 2006), Ricky Ponting (7, 2006), Sir Vivian Richards (7, 1976), Aravinda de Silva (7, 1997), and Sachin Tendulkar (7, 2010) scored the most Test centuries in a calendar year.

4. Who has scored the most Test centuries for India?

Sachin Tendulkar (51), Rahul Dravid (36), Sunil Gavaskar (34), Virat Kohli (28), Virender Sehwag (23), Mohammad Azharuddin (22), Cheteshwar Pujara (19), Dilip Vengsarkar (17), VVS Laxman (17), and Sourav Ganguly (16) have scored the most Test hundreds for India.

5. Who has scored the most Test centuries for England?

Alastair Cook (33), Joe Root (29), Kevin Pietersen (23), Wally Hammond, Colin Cowdrey, Geoffrey Boycott, Ian Bell (22), Andrew Strauss (21), Ken Barrington, Graham Gooch (20), Len Hutton (19), Michael Vaughan, David Gower (18), and Denis Compton (17) scored the most Test hundreds for England.

6. Who has scored the most Test centuries for Australia?

Ricky Ponting (41), Steve Waugh (32), Steve Smith (30), Matthew Hayden (30), Sir Don Bradman (29), Michael Clarke (28), Allan Border (27), David Warner (25), Greg Chappell (24), Justin Langer (23), Neil Harvey, David Boon (21), Mark Waugh (20), Mike Hussey, Mark Taylor (19), and Adam Gilchrist (17) scored the most hundreds for Australia.

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