Fastest test century | Fastest century in test | Best test 100

Fastest test century|Fastest century in test | Best test 100

With evolution of Twenty20 cricket, modern batsmen have started to score quite quickly in one day and test matches as well. Naturally, that day is not far off when someone may thrill the world with a quick ton in longest format. See list of fastest century in ODIs.

Fastest test century

On 20 February 2016, on first day of his last test match, Brendon McCullum ravaged his favorite opposition Australia with a 54 ball century which now is the fastest ever in test cricket. McCullum’s fifty came off 34 balls but he accelerated exponentially after that, blasting 6 sixes and 21 fours on a spicy Christchurch pitch and break all time record.

Vivian Richards, West Indies master blaster, didn’t play T20 cricket, but he always scored quickly anyway. The Caribbean legend held the record of fastest hundred in test match cricket for nearly three decades until McCullum broke it, raising hundred off off just 56 balls against England at Antigua back on 15 April 1986. With 4 wins in 4 games of that series, West Indies wanted a whitewash and after taking 164 run lead on first innings, it was obvious for them to push for an outright win. Viv Richards (the then captain) unleashed his true self, scoring unbeaten 110 from only 58 runs with 7 fours and 7 sixes to propel his team’s lead to 410, helping his bowlers secure a 240 run win. and thus, a clean sweep!

On 2nd November 2014, Misbah-ul-Haq at the age of 40 years, matched Vivian’s record against the Aussies (just couldn’t break it!), blasting 5 sixes and 11 fours in his 56 balls ton.

Other recent fastest test ton has been made by Adam Gilchrist, as Australians pushed for a win at Perth. Gilchrist took just 59 balls for his 102 runs, stroking 12 fours and 4 sixes against a depleted England side who went on to suffer yet another whitewash in that 5 test match series!

Nathan Astle of New Zealand holds the record of fastest double century in test match cricket, against England, at Jade stadium in Christchurch. Set 550 to chase, Kiwis were 333 for 9 before Nathan Astle went briserk. With injured Chris Cairns at other end, defending, Astle scored his second hundred runs off just 39 balls, trying to pull off a miraculous win, but Kiwis lost the game by 98 runs. Recently, Ben Stokes overtook second position from Virender Sehwag.

Record of fastest triple ton (300) in test cricket is held by India’s Virender Sehwag, as you can see in 3rd table below. note that most triple centuries were made in yesteryears when cricket stats didn’t record the number of balls played but number of minutes batted by the batsmen. hence, cricketing world don’t have the accurate figures for fastest triple centuries in test matches.

Fastest test century

Fastest century in test cricket.

Batsman (Country)BallsVersusVenueYear
Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)54AustraliaC’church20 Feb 2016
Vivian Richards (West Indies)56EnglandAntigua1986
Misbah ul Haq (Pakistan)56AustraliaAbu Dhabi2014
Adam Gilchrist (Australia)57EnglandPerth2007
John Gregory (Australia)67South AfricaJo’burg1921
David Warner (Australia)69IndiaPerth2012
S Chanderpual (West Indies)69AustraliaG’town2002
Chris Gayle (West Indies)70AustraliaPerth2009
Roy Fredericks (West Indies)71AustraliaPerth1975
Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)74Sri LankaC church2014
Majid Khan (Pakistan)74New ZealandKarachi1976
Kapil Dev (India)74Sri LankaKanpur1986
Md Azharuddin (India)74South AfricaKolkata1996
AB de Villiers (SA)76IndiaCenturion2010
Gilbert Jessop (England)76AustraliaThe Oval1902

Fastest double century in test cricket.

Nathan Astle (NZ)153EnglandC’church2001
Ben Stokes (England)163South AfricaCape Town2016
Virender Sehwag (India)168Sri LankaMumbai2009
Virender Sehwag (India)182PakistanLahore2005
Brendon McCullum (NZ)186PakistanSharjah2014
Virender Sehwag (India)194South AfricaChennai2008
Herschelle Gibbs (SA)211PakistanCape Town2002
Adam Gilchrist (Australia)212South AfricaJo’burg2001
Ian Botham (England)220IndiaThe Oval1982
Virender Sehwag (India)222PakistanMultan2003
Adam Voges (Australia)226West IndiesHobart2015
Virender Sehwag (India)227Sri LankaGalle2008
Arvinda de Silva (SL)229BangladeshColombo2002

Fastest triple century in test cricket.

Virender Sehwag (India)278South AfricaChennai2007
Mathew Hayden (Australia)362ZimbabwePerth2003
Virender Sehwag (India)364PakistanMultan2004

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