The first ever team to feature in a test match was England and Australia, which took place in 1877 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Since then, England has been playing this game and is the only team in history to have played over 1000 Test matches. England has produced many big names in this format, including some of its greatest batters, some brilliant bowlers, and some excellent all-rounders.
However, in this article, we will cover some of the best batsmen from England who have scored the most runs for their country in a calendar year of tests. Former captain Joe Root is a gifted batter who is carrying on this trend and is regarded as one of the best test batters in the world right now.
5. Joe Root – 1385 runs in 2015
Joe Root is among the unofficial “Fab Four” across all three formats. It means that he is among the top batters in all three formats. Root has been a consistent performer for his team over the years. He made his test debut in 2012 and didn’t take long to establish himself as a complete batter. He ended up 2015 as the highest score for England and second highest overall in test matches. Root scored 1385 runs in 14 games at 60.21. He also scored three centuries and 10 half-centuries.
4. Jonny Bairstow – 1470 runs in 2016
Jonny Bairstow is known for his white-ball success for England, but he is equally affected in test cricket as well. That’s what he has been proving to the world. Bairstow ended 2016 as the second highest run-scorer for England in red-ball cricket. He scored 1470 runs in 17 games at an average of 58.80. In that year, he also scored three centuries and 18 half-centuries, with a best of 167 not out.
3. Joe Root – 1477 runs in 2016
Joe Root is back again on this list. Bairstow had a brilliant season in 2016, but it was Root who was the top scorer for England in test cricket. Notably, England also played the most test matches in 2016 as compared to other teams. Root scored 1477 runs in those games at an average of 49.23 and a highest score of 254. He also scored three centuries and 10 half-centuries in that year. Overall, he was the top scorer in 2016.
2. Michael Vaughan – 1481 runs in 2002
Former English skipper Michael Vaughan is second on the list. In fact, he held the record for most test runs for England in a calendar year, and Root broke it in 2021. Vaughan had the highest score in the world in 2002 for the longest format of the game. He scored 1481 runs in 14 games at an average of 61.70 with a highest score of 197. Vaughan also made six centuries and two half-centuries in 2002.
1. Joe Root – 1708 runs in 2021
The year 2021 was a mixed one for Joe Root. He finished the year as the leading test scorer, but his team continued to lose series after series. Root set a calendar-year record for the third-most test runs. In 2021, he scored 1708 runs in 15 matches at an average of 61, with a highest score of 228 against India. He also scored six centuries and four half-centuries but fell short by just three runs behind Viv Richards’ tally of 1710 to become the second-highest run-scorer ever in test cricket in a calendar year.
Most Runs in Test Cricket in a Calendar Year for England