Highest and lowest Test totals of all the teams 

Highest and lowest Test totals of all the teams 

Despite emergence of the limited-overs format like ODIs and T20Is, Test cricket hasn't lost its very essence.


Australia Test 1955
Australia Test 1955. (Photo by S&G/PA Images via Getty Images)

758/8d vs West Indies, 1955

Australia had dominated the West Indies cricket team in the five-match Test series on the Caribbean soil in 1955. Playing in the fifth Test of the series, West Indies posted a total of 357 on the board in a hope of winning at least a single game. However, the Australian batters launched an assault on the hosts bowling unit as they declared their innings at 758/8, the highest Test score by Kangaroos till date.

As many as four visiting batters including C Mcdonald, R Archer, K Miller and R Benaud smashed a ton, while the left-hander Neil Harvey played a terrific knock of 204 runs. This resulted in Australia posting a massive 758 on the board in 246 overs. The Caribbean side could score only 319 runs in their second innings and thus the visitors won the game by an innings and 82 runs and the series by 3-0.

36 vs England, 1902

The incident of the Kangaroos scoring as low as 36 runs in Test format dates back to 1902. In the first Test of the five-match Test series, Australia were sent to bowl first at Edgbaston. In the three-day game, the hosts racked up a target of 376 on the board, however, Australia flattened at a score of 36 as England’s left-arm spinner Wilfred Rhodes scalped seven wickets.

Four Australian batters went back to the pavilion after scoring a duck while the opening batsman V Trumper was the only player to score runs in double digits with 18 runs under his belt. Asked to follow-on, the visitors managed to draw the game as they scored 46 runs while losing just 2 wickets by the end of third day.