Players with the highest scores batting at no. 11 in Tests: Test cricket is all about patience and perseverance. Be it the challenge to bat through the day as a batsman or keep bowling hard lines as a bowler looking for a wicket, this form of cricket requires plenty of character from the players.
A Test match allows the batsmen to score big hundreds, but for the team’s cause, it’s the bowlers who decide the fate of the game by picking up 20 wickets. But many-a-times, the bowlers have to contribute with the bat to get the team out of a tricky situation.
Here we are going to mention the top 5 highest scores by a No.11 in test cricket.
5) Richard Collinge
New Zealand’s star bowler, Richard Collinge played an unbeaten knock of 68 runs while batting at No.11. The knock came against Pakistan in 1973. Pakistan had posted 402 runs on the board, and NZ was struggling, at 251 for the fall of 9 wickets.
Richard came out to bat and added 151 runs with Brian Hastings. He nullified Pakistan’s score, as NZ too scored 402 runs in their first innings. Ultimately, no team emerged as the winner, and the match ended up in a draw.
4) Zaheer Khan
Zaheer Khan, one of the world’s most lethal bowlers, is a part of this list as well. Strange, right? But Khan shocked everyone when he played a brilliant 75 runs innings against Bangladesh in 2004. He hit 10 fours in 2 sixes in the innings.
His knock helped Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar reach his highest international score of 248 runs. They took India’s score to a mammoth 526 runs. Bangladesh was bowled out for 184 runs and 202 runs in the first and second innings, respectively. India won the match comfortably as Irfan Pathan was adjudged the man-of-the-match for an eleven wicket haul in the game.
3) James Anderson
Another surprising name shows up in the list here. Anderson, arguably the best fast bowler ever, scored 81 runs against India in Nottingham in 2014. India posted a big total of 457, thanks to Murali Vijay’s 147. India looked set to have a big lead of over 150 runs as England was reeling at 298-9.
But then came Anderson, who then added 198 runs with Joe Root for the last wicket. As a result, England gained a lead of 39 runs. The match, eventually, ended up in a draw, and Anderson won the man-of-the-match award.
2) Tino Best
In a rain-affected game against England in 2012, Tino Best showed what he could do with the bat in hand. Best scored 95 runs and hit 14 fours and a six. West Indies posted 426 runs in the first innings courtesy the knocks of Dinesh Ramdin(107*) and Tino Best(95).
England scored 221 runs for the fall of 5 wickets before the game was called off, with no winner emerging up.
1) Ashton Agar
It was the first test of the 2013 Ashes in Nottingham, where Ashton Agar achieved something unrealistic. The southpaw scored 98 runs while batting at number 11. In his innings, he hit 12 fours and 2 sixes.
England had scored 215 runs in the first innings, and Australia was reeling at 117-9 when Agar came into bat. He added up 163 runs with Philip Hughes(81*) as Australia managed to take a lead of 65 runs after the first innings.
England, however, won the match dramatically by 14 runs at the end, as James Anderson delivered a man-of-the-match winning performance.