Test cricket is the oldest format of the game, which was played in March 1877. Thus, it is still the most popular format among the players. Every player wants to represent his country in red-ball cricket. However, with over 150 years, this format is still being played. And with such a rich history, it has seen many ups and downs.
One of the prime reasons why it is named “Test” is that it is the hardest format for the players to perform. But over the years, a few players have certainly mastered the technique to survive in this format. Here we will talk about the fastest batter in this format to complete 1000 career runs in history.
Fastest 1000 Runs Test Cricket
|Herbert Sutcliffe (ENG)||Australia||13 Feb 1925||14 Jun 1924||0y 244d||9||12|
|Everton Weekes (WI)||India||4 Feb 1949||21 Jan 1948||1y 14d||9||12|
|Don Bradman (AUS)||England||11 Jul 1930||30 Nov 1928||1y 223d||7||13|
|Neil Harvey (AUS)||England||1 Dec 1950||23 Jan 1948||2y 312d||10||14|
|Australia||6 Jul 2023||9 Sep 2022||300d||10||17|
|Vinod Kamble (IND)||West Indies||18 Nov 1994||29 Jan 1993||1y 293d||12||14|
|Leonard Hutton (ENG)||West Indies||24 Jun 1939||26 Jun 1937||1y 363d||11||16|
|Frank Worrell (WI)||Australia||22 Dec 1951||11 Feb 1948||3y 314d||10||16|
|Lawrence Rowe (WI)||England||30 Mar 1974||16 Feb 1972||2y 42d||12||16|
|George Headley (WI)||Australia||27 Feb 1931||11 Jan 1930||1y 47d||9||17|
|Sid Barnes (AUS)||England||24 Jun 1948||20 Aug 1938||9y 309d||11||17|
|Graeme Smith (SA)||England||31 Jul 2023||8 Mar 2002||1y 145d||12||17|
|Garry Ballance (ENG)||West Indies||21 Apr 2015||3 Jan 2014||1y 108d||10||17|
|Harry Brook (ENG)||Australia||6 Jul 2023||8 Sep 2022||310d||10||17|
5. Vinod Kamble (India) – 14 Innings
The joint-third fastest player to reach the 1000-run mark in a test is former Indian player Vinod Kamble. The right-hander made his Test debut for India in February 1993 against England. He reached 1000 test runs in just his 14 tests and is also the fastest Indian to do so. Kamble played 17 tests for India and scored 1084 runs, including four centuries and three half-centuries.
4. Neil Harvey (Australia) – 14 Innings
Another player who reached the 1000-run mark in a test in his 14th innings was former Australian cricketer Neil Harvey. He made his red-ball debut for Australia way back in January 1948 against India and played 79 matches in his career. Harvey scored 6149 runs at an average of 48.41 and scored 21 centuries and 24 half-centuries. He took 14 innings to complete 1000 runs.
3. Don Bradman (Australia) – 13 Innings
There aren’t many records in cricket that this man doesn’t have. Don Bradman was the greatest cricketer ever born. The Australian legend is the second fastest player to reach 1000 runs in a test. He made his debut in November 1928 and took only 13 innings to do so. Bradman played 52 tests for Australia and scored 6996 runs at an average of an incredible 99.94. He scored 29 centuries and 13 half-centuries.
2. Everton Weekes (West Indies) – 12 Innings
West Indies were the most dominant team in the early days of cricket. They dominated both the test and ODI formats of the game. That is because they had some world-class players. One such player was the legendary batter Everton Weekes, who holds the record for joint-fastest to reach 1000 test runs. It just took him 12 months to achieve this milestone. Weekes played 48 red-ball matches and scored 4455 runs at an average of 58.61. He also scored 15 centuries and 19 half-centuries.
1. Herbert Sutcliffe (England) – 12 Innings
At the top of the tree is the legendary English player Herbert Sutcliffe, who holds the joint-fastest 1000-run record in tests. Sutcliffe made his debut in June 1924 against South Africa and played 54 games. He scored 4555 runs at an average of 60.73, including 16 centuries and 23 half-centuries. Sutcliffe took 12 innings to complete 1000 Test runs.