THE BIGGEST VICTORIES IN TEST CRICKET

A test match is very interesting. To play a test match, you need immense patience and talent. Test match is a format not loved by everyone, only the hardcore cricket fans, will enjoy a test match and what a test match has to offer. During a test game, the emotions of players and fans are at an all-time high. You can play continuously for 3 or 4 days and still, the result could end in a draw. However, there have been those occasions where a match has ended quickly. But today we are not going to look at the times when the test match ended quickly, but instead, we will be reviewing the biggest victories in the history of cricket.

THE BIGGEST VICTORIES IN TEST CRICKET

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ENGLAND VS AUSTRALIA INNINGS AND 579 RUNS:

This was in the year 1938. England and Australia were playing against each other at the Oval. And England emerged victorious, defeating Australia by an innings and 579 runs.  Leonard Hutton, England’s opening batsman, scored a triple century. He was supported by Maurice Leyland, who scored 187. Joe Hardstaff also chipped in with the bat, scoring an impressive 169. The Australians on the other hand could not match England’s batting prowess, with Bill Brown being the top scorer, with a solid 69. Don Bradman, one of the legends of the game, was absent from this match.  This match was contested in 1938 and was watched on by many of the royalties.  This was a 4 match series, the score was 1-1, but unfortunately, the series got abandoned.

 

AUSTRALIA VS SOUTH AFRICA INNINGS AND 360 RUNS:

This time we have Australia on the winning side. The game between Australia and South Africa, at Johannesburg in 2002, saw Australia win the game by an innings and 360 runs.  Adam Gilchrist scored an unbeaten 204 and was supported by Mathew Hayden and Damien Martyn, who scored 122 and 133 respectively. Mark Waugh managed to get a half-century as well. In response, South Africa batted terribly. None of the South African players could score more than 50, with Ashwell Prince being the top scorer, with 49.  The Australian bowlers completely dominated the England batsmen. Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee, both took 3 wickets each, and Jason Gillespie and Shane Warne got 2 wickets each. Adam Gilchrist was declared the man of the match, and Australia took home the series.

WEST INDIES VS INDIA INNINGS AND 336 RUNS:

This game was held in the year 1958 and was played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. West Indies fully dominated over the Indian team and defeated them by an innings and 360 runs. Rohan Kanhai scored a wonderful 256. he was supported by Garry Sobers, who scored 106 not out. Basil Butcher also got a century in that game. In response, the Indian Batsmen got all out for 124. Polly Umrigar was the top scorer with 44. Roy Gilchrist and Wes Hall got 3 wickets each. In fact, in the 23 overs Roy Gilchrist bowled, he only conceded 18 runs, with an economy of 0.78.  During India’s second innings, Vijay Manjrekar managed to score a half-century, but that was enough as Roy Gilchrist again tore up the Indian batsmen. This time he took 6 wickets and conceded 55 runs. In the end, West Indies showcased their brilliance and were able to take home the victory.

AUSTRALIA VS ENGLAND INNINGS AND 332 RUNS:

This time it was Australia that got the victory. It was held at the Brisbane Cricket ground in the year 1946. The England batsmen batted brilliantly. Dennis Compton managed to score 147, he was supported by Leonard Hutton’s cool 94. Cyril Washbrro had a small cameo as well. Ray Lindwall was Australia’s best bowler,  picking up 4 wickets and conceding just 52 runs in the 23 overs he bowled. However, the Australian batsmen blew the England bowlers away.  Arthur Morris scored a well-deserved 122 and Keith Miller scored 141 not out. The only surprising event was Don Bradman, going out for a duck. However, he redeemed himself in the second innings, he scored a well-earned 56.

Australia continued its dominance against England for the remainder of the series and took home the series.

 

PAKISTAN VS NEW ZEALAND INNINGS AND 324 RUNS:

The game between Pakistan and New Zealand saw Palistan beat New Zealand by an innings and 324 runs. Inzamam-Ul-Haq scored a brilliant 329 and was supported by Imran Nazir who scored 127. These two batsmen batted brilliantly against the New Zealand bowlers and put up an impressive 643 on the scoreboard. On the other hand, none of the New Zealand batsmen could match what the Pakistan Batsmen had done.  Shoaib Akhtar only bowled 8.2 overs, and took 6 wickets, and conceded just 11 runs, absolutely insane. He had an economy rate of 1.32. In the second innings, it was Danish Kaneria who bamboozled the New Zealand batsmen. The crafty leg-spinner took 5 wickts and conceded 110 runs in the 32 overs he bowled. Pakistan fully dominated over New Zealand, however, the series was drawn. New Zealand managed to beat Pakistan in the second game.

 

These are some of the largest victories in test cricket. This just shows, how unpredictable test cricket is and the amount of skill you require to play at such a level.