Top 5 batsmen who faced most balls in Test cricket history

Top 5 batsmen who faced most balls in Test cricket history

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

 

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Sachin Tendulkar in Test cricket (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Testing cricketers on strength, endurance, skills, consistency, and various other parameters, Test cricket stands true to its name in all senses. Besides, despite the emergence of the limited-overs format like One-day Internationals and T20 Internationals, Test cricket hasn’t lost its essence, as it is still regarded as the purest format of the game, which truly determines the capabilities of a cricketer.

While in the modern era cricket, more emphasis is laid on maintaining the strike-rate or having the ability of hitting the ball out of the park , there were times when the batting greats used to exhibit first-class patience and tremendous resilience to stay on the cricket pitch and produce innings that spanned beyond our wildest imaginations.

Top 5 batsmen who faced most balls in Test cricket history

Allan Border – 27002

Allan Border
Allan Border. (Photo source: Getty Images)

Allan Border is widely renowned as the best captain to ever have led the Australia cricket team and was responsible for transforming them into world beaters who were capable of taking down any opposition anywhere in the world. However, Border was an equally good batsmen who was known for his determination and grit.

In his glorious Test career of 17 years, that spanned from 1978 to 1994, Border faced a huge 27,002 deliveries and spent a whopping 35,639 minutes on the pitch. He also has amassed 11,174 runs in 156 Test matches at an average of 50.6.

In addition, Allan has 27 hundreds and 63 half-centuries to his name in the purest format of the game, with 205 runs being his highest score.