Test cricket is the most testing format of the game, which keeps throwing different challenges at the player. It is equally hard for both batters and bowlers to remain consistent. This format has many untold records and moments captured in history that haven’t been heard before. In this article, we will talk about one such statistic.
Here we will talk about the list of batters that have batted all five days of a test match. A test match is being played for five days, and each team plays two innings. But for a batter to stay on the crease once in all five days is just remarkable. So let’s check it out.
List of players who have batted in all 5 days of a test match
|Batter||1st Inn||2nd Inn||Vs||Venue||Date|
|Motganhalli Jaisimha (IND)||20*||74||Australia||Eden Gardens||23 Jan 1960|
|Geoff Boycott (ENG)||107||80*||Australia||Nottingham||28 Jul 1977|
|Kim Hughes (AUS)||117||84||England||Lord’s||28 Aug 1980|
|Allan Lamb (ENG)||23||110||West Indies||Lord’s||28 Jun 1984|
|Ravi Shastri (IND)||111||7*||England||Eden Gardens||31 Dec 1984|
|Adrian Griffith (WI)||114||18||New Zealand||Hamilton||16 Dec 1999|
|Andrew Flintoff (ENG)||70||51||India||Mohali||9 Mar 2006|
|Alviro Petersen (SA)||156||39||New Zealand||Wellington||23 Mar 2012|
|Cheteshwar Pujara (IND)||52||22||Sri Lanka||Eden Gardens||16 Nov 2017|
|Rory Burns (ENG)||133||11||Australia||Birmingham||1 Aug 2019|
|Kraigg Brathwaite (WI)||182||25||Zimbabwe||Bulawayo||4 Feb 2023|
|Tagenarine Chanderpaul (WI)||207*||15||Zimbabwe||Bulawayo||4 Feb 2023|
|Usman Khawaja (AUS)||141||65||England||Birmingham||16 Jun 2023|
1. Motganhalli Jaisimha (India)
Former Indian opener Motganhalli Jaisimha was the first batter to bat on all five days of a test. He had this moment against Australia at Eden Gardens. India ended the first day at 158/7, and he was 2 not out. Day 2, he made 20, and India got all out for 194. Australia made 331 in reply. In the second inning, he came out to bat four on Day 3, when India finished at 67/2 and he was not out on zero. India ended Day 4 at 243/6, and Jaisimha was unbeaten at 59. He got out on the final day for 74 runs. India made 339, and the game ended in a draw.
2. Geoff Boycott (England)
Former English opener Geoff Boycott was the first English player and second overall to bat all five days. He did it against Australia in July 1977 in Nottingham. He scored 107 and 80 not out in the two innings he batted in the game. England won that match by seven wickets and chased down the score of 189 runs in 81.2 overs to win the game.
3. Kim Hughes (Australia)
Australia’s Kim Hughes was the third batter to bat on all five days of a test match. He achieved this feat against England at Lord’s in August 1980. It was a draw. Australia made 385/5d and 189/4d, and England replied with 205 and 244/3. Hughes scored 117 and 84 runs in two innings and won the Man of the Match award for his effort.
4. Allan Lamb (England)
England’s Allan Lamb was also the second player from his country to bat in all five days of a test. But this was the first instance that it was in a losing cause. He achieved this against West Indies at Lord’s in June 1984. England made 286 and 300/9d, and West Indies scored 245 and 344/1 to chase one of the biggest test totals thanks to Gordon Greenidge’s 214 not out. Lamb also played well for his 23 and 110 in the game.
5. Ravi Shastri (India)
Former Indian all-rounder Ravi Shastri was the fifth player with this unique record. He had this moment against England at Eden Gardens in January 1985. The match ended in a draw. India made 437/7d and 29/1, while England batted once and scored 276. Shastri, who batted all five days, had a score of 111 and 7 not out in two innings.