Australia has been a top side since the start of the game of cricket. The first ever test match was played between Australia and England in 1877. Since then, the Aussies have been a dominating team in all three formats of the game.
When it comes to test cricket, a few names come to mind, which include the legendary Australian batter, Sir Don Bradman. The man who ended as an average of near 100 (99.96) was the legend in himself. Nonetheless, a number of Australian batters have dominated world cricket regardless of the conditions or opposition.
Most Runs in Test Cricket in a Calendar Year for Australia
Here we will talk about the Australian batters with the most runs in a calendar year in Test cricket.
5. Steve Smith – 1474 runs in 2015
After Don Bradman, it is only Steve Smith who is batting in the longest format with an average of over 60. He is one of the best batters in the longest format. Smith made his test debut as a leg-spinner, but later he decided to focus more on his batting, and he is the best Australian batter today. Smith made 1474 runs in 13 games at an average of 73.70 with six centuries and five half-centuries in 2015.
4. Justin Langer – 1481 runs in 2004
Justin Langer was a key member of the Australian batting lineup between 2000 and 2010. He was the leading run-scorer for the team in various series and tours. However, his peak year was in 2004, when he ended as the highest run scorer in the longest format. He played 14 games and scored a total of 1481 runs at an average of 54.85. Langer also scored five centuries and four half-centuries in that calendar year.
3. Ricky Ponting – 1503 runs in 2003
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting was the backbone of the Australian batting order during his stint. He was good at both aggression and defense, which is why he ended as the highest run-getter for Australia in international cricket. Ponting ended the 2003 year as the leading run-getter among all teams. He scored 1503 runs at an average of 100.20 in just 11 games. Ponting smashed six centuries and four half-centuries with a best score of 257.
2. Ricky Ponting – 1544 runs in 2005
Ponting was at his peak between 2003 and 2005. Apart from 2003, he also ended 2005 as the highest run-scorer in Test cricket. During this time, he also led Australia to a string of test victories. Ponting scored 1544 runs in 15 games at an average of 67.13. He is also the only batter in history to have scored 1500 runs or more in test cricket twice in a calendar year. Ponting also scored six centuries and six half-centuries in 2005.
1. Michael Clarke – 1595 runs in 2012
After Ricky Ponting, it was Michael Clarke who carried the Australian legacy forward, both as a captain and as a batsman. Clarke is sitting at the top of the chart. He scored the most test runs in 2012 among all other batters. The former skipper has also scored the fifth-highest test runs in a calendar year. Clarke ended 2012 with 1595 runs in just 11 games at an incredible average of 106.33, including five centuries and three half-centuries. His best score was 329 not out against India.