Top 10 captains with most overseas wins in Test cricket
Published - Oct 27, 2016 4:43 pm | Updated - Oct 29, 2016 4:56 pm
The challenge in Test cricket grows even further when traveling overseas and playing on unfamiliar, alien conditions that are set up to favor the hosts; no wonder we see the home team win most Test series’. And the teams that won overseas series’ are the ones rated the best.
The stature of a captain in Test cricket is often measured in terms of the number of victories away from home. Playing overseas is always a challenge as the conditions are unfamiliar as compared to playing at home and as a result, teams struggle to win matches overseas.
The trend of losing away is not new in cricket but has existed since the inception of the game. But over the years, there have been captains who fought against the odds and led their teams to victories in foreign conditions and hence are valued amongst the top leaders in the game.
Here are such captains with most number of away victories in Test cricket:
10. Stephen Fleming (New Zealand) – 10 wins:
The left-hander led the New Zealand side for close to a decade from 1997 to 2006 in 42 matches overseas and emerged victorious on 10 occasions. Under him, the side lost 16 times and also drew 16 times. Their biggest win came in the year 1999 when they defeated the English side in their home by 2-1 in a 4-match series.
He is also the most successful captain overall in Tests for the country with 28 wins in 80 matches. He was the pioneer of New Zealand cricket for a long time and was responsible for taking the nation’s cricket to altogether a new level. He is still the leading run-scorer in Test cricket for his country.
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