Test Cricket: England was one of two teams that played in the very first cricket match in history. The English team has a very long history when it comes to the game of cricket. Speaking of records, England holds the second highest, at 903/7d, which they made against Australia. Apart from that, England has produced many legends in the game who have dominated the world.
However, in the history of test cricket, five England batters have scored a triple century. In this article, we will be covering the list of the highest individual scores by England in Test matches. The English team is always a strong opponent in any form of the game. One prime reason is their strong batting.
3. Graham Gooch (333 runs) against India at Lord’s
The last triple century for England came in 1990 off the bat of former skipper Graham Gooch against India. It was the first match of India’s tour of England. India won the toss and chose to bowl first. The English batting, led by skipper Gooch, did a really good job, and three batters scored a century. Allan Lamb made 139, while Robin Smith was unbeaten on 100. But the marathon innings came from Graham Gooch.
He scored the third highest score for England and made 333 runs with 43 fours and three sixes. England declared 653/4. In reply, India also batted well and made 454 runs. With a lead of 199 runs, England batted again and declared at 272/4, giving India a target of 472 runs. Skipper Gooch scored another century and made 123 runs. Chasing a big target, India got all out for just 224 and lost the match by 427 runs.
Fun Fact: Graham Gooch became the first batsman in history to score a triple century and a century in one test.
2. Wally Hammond (336* runs) against New Zealand at Auckland
The second highest individual score for England is registered under the name of Wally Hammond. It came in a match against New Zealand in April 1933 at Auckland. The Black Caps won the toss and batted first, but it didn’t go as per plan. The whole New Zealand team got out for just 158 runs. Bill Bowes took six wickets for England. In response, the English team batted for 156 overs and declared at 548/7.
More than 60 percent of the team’s runs were scored by Wally Hammond. He went on to score the highest score for England in those days. He made 336 runs with 34 boundaries and 10 sixes. England got the first innings lead of 390 runs. As New Zealand started their batting and were at 16/0 in 8.3 overs when the match was called off and ended in a draw due to rain. So unfortunately for England, they were not able to win that game.
1. Leonard Hutton (364 runs) against England (Biggest win in Test cricket)
Leonard Hutton is at the top of the list. It was the final match of the five-match series between Australia and England at The Oval. England won the toss and batted first and went on to break all the batting records. The English team batted for almost four days and went on to score the highest total by any team in those days, which is the second highest now. England declared at 903/7 in 335.2 overs with three batters scoring centuries.
Maurice Leyland made 187 while Joe Hardstaff was unbeaten on 169*. But the highest score came from the bat of Leonard Hutton, who went on to score 364 runs with 35 fours. Trailing by such a huge score, Australia were bowled out twice for 201 and 123 runs in their two innings. As a result, England registered the biggest win by an innings and 579 runs.
List of Highest Individual score in Test by England
|Leonard Hutton||364||847||35||0||Australia||The Oval||20 Aug 1938|
|Wally Hammond||336*||—||34||10||New Zealand||Auckland||31 Mar 1933|
|Graham Gooch||333||485||43||3||India||Lord’s||26 Jul 1990|
|Andy Sandham||325||640||28||0||West Indies||Kingston||3 Apr 1930|
|John Edrich||310*||450||52||5||New Zealand||Leeds||8 Jul 1965|
|Alastair Cook||294||545||33||0||India||Birmingham||10 Aug 2011|
|Tip Foster||287||—||37||0||Australia||Sydney||11 Dec 1903|
|Peter May||285*||—||25||2||West Indies||Birmingham||30 May 1957|
|Denis Compton||278||—||34||1||Pakistan||Nottingham||1 Jul 1954|
|Zak Crawley||267||393||34||1||Pakistan||Southampton||21 Aug 2020|