Australia was the first ever team to play a test match against England in 1877. They are the oldest team in this game. But what makes them the most successful team in this game is the skill of their players. Australia has produced many proven match-winners who have been the best in the business for them.
It is never easy to beat Australia or even perform against them in the test format. That is the reason they have a record for most consecutive test wins (16), which they have done twice. But to perform against a strong team, you have to be at your best. Thus, some batters have done well against Australia. And here we will talk about the batters with the most test centuries against them.
Most Centuries in Test Cricket against Australia
|Jack Hobbs (ENG)||1908-1930||41||12||3636||187||15|
|Sachin Tendulkar (IND)||1991-2013||39||11||3630||241*||16|
|Richie Richardson (WI)||1984-1995||29||9||2175||182||7|
|Wally Hammond (ENG)||1928-1947||33||9||2852||251||7|
|Brain Lara (WI)||1992-2005||31||9||2856||277||11|
|David Gower (ENG)||1978-1991||42||9||3269||215||12|
|Sunil Gavaskar (IND)||1977-1986||20||8||1550||172||4|
|Herbert Sutcliffe (ENG)||1924-1934||27||8||2741||194||16|
|Maurice Leyland (ENG)||1929-1938||20||7||1705||187||3|
|Virat Kohli (IND)||2011-2020||20||7||1682||169||5|
5. Brain Lara – 9 centuries in 31 Tests
Brain Lara was known for scoring big centuries in red-ball cricket. He holds the record of 400 not out, which he scored against England in 2004. Not many knew that he was the only player in history with two scores of 375 or more in international cricket. Against Australia, he was part of 31 games and scored 2856 runs at 51. He also scored nine centuries, which is joint-third most, and 11 half-centuries.
4. Wally Hammond – 9 centuries in 33 Tests
It is common for an English player to perform and score runs against Australia because these two teams are the biggest rivals in the game. Former English skipper Wally Hammond is fourth on the list. He was part of 33 games against the Australian team and scored 2850 runs at an average of 51.85 and a high score of 251. Hammond scored the third-joint most centuries (9) against Australia, along with 7 half-centuries.
3. Richie Richardson – 9 centuries in 29 Tests
Former West Indian top-order batter Richie Richardson was another one with nine centuries against Australia, but he did it in fewer innings than other legends. Richardson scored 16 centuries in 86 games in his Test career. Out of his 16 centuries, nine came against Australia. He scored 2175 runs in 29 games at 49.43, which is five more than his career average. Richardson also scored seven half-centuries against the Aussies.
2. Sachin Tendulkar – 11 centuries in 39 Test games
Sachin Tendulkar ended his career with a total of 100 international centuries, which is a record. Out of those, 51 came in the test cricket. Sachin scored centuries against all opponents, but he was always a consistent performer against Australia, both at home and away. He played 39 games against them and scored 3630 runs, including his career best score of 241 not out. Sachin scored 11 centuries and 16 half-centuries against the likes of Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, and Brett Lee.
1. Jack Hobbs – 12 centuries in 39 Test games
Former English batter and the oldest player to score a test century, Jack Hobbs, is at the top of the list. He played for England from 1905 to 1934, and in those days, Australia and England played 80 to 90 percent of their games against each other. Hobbs was part of 41 games against Australia and scored 3636 runs at 54.26. He scored 12 centuries and 15 half-centuries during that time.