Highest Team Total in TEST: Cricket is a game for batters, and the rules of the game favor batters. Test match cricket is beautiful because of how patient and determined the batters are, especially in the beginning of the first day’s play. In cricket, it’s almost like an unwritten rule that the team that bats first has to bat for a long time to make the other team’s bowlers work hard and make it even harder for them to come back.
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But the team that bats first often takes a long time, and the Test match ends in a high-scoring tie because the pitch doesn’t give the bowlers much to work with. Other times, the team that bats second turns the game into a match, and it ends up being a nail-biter. Other times, the team that bowls first has no chance of winning.
Sri Lanka – 952 vs India (1997) Team Total:
In 1997, a cricket match between two countries that were close by set a record that still stands. In the first innings against India, Sri Lanka scored a huge 952 to set a record for the highest score by a team in a test match. It was a great place to bat, and India took full advantage of it to score 537 runs in the first innings. The next thing Sri Lanka did was even better: they scored 952 runs. Sanath Jayasuriya got 340 runs and a triple century, and Roshan Mahanama did just as well with 225 runs.
England – 903 vs Australia (1938) Team Total:
In 1938, England beat Australia and set a record for the highest score by a team in a test cricket game. After choosing to bat first, England scored 903 runs in 335.2 overs. Leonard Hutton scored 364 runs, and Joe Hardstaff scored 169 runs without getting out. England won the game by a score of 579 runs and an innings.
England – 849 vs West Indies (1930) Team Total:
This was one of the first times a team scored the most runs in a test match. After the first innings, England set a huge target of 849 runs because they chose to bat first. During the whole innings, Andy Sandham and Les Ames did a lot to beat up on the West Indies bowlers. Even though England had a huge advantage, the game ended in a tie.
West Indies – 790 vs Pakistan (1958) Team Total:
This is still the highest score the West Indies have ever made in a test match. Pakistan’s first innings score was 328, and Conrad Hunte and Gary Sobers destroyed Pakistan’s bowling line-up with scores of 260 and 365*, respectively. During their innings, West Indies only sent out five batsmen, but they did a great job of setting a score for Pakistan. West Indies won by 174 runs because of this. They had a comfortable inning.
Pakistan – 765 vs Sri Lanka (2009) Team Total:
At Karachi, both teams were trying to set a record for the highest score ever made by a team in a test cricket game. Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat first. Thanks to great innings from Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera, they ended up with a score of 644. In the first innings, both scored 200 runs. After that, Pakistan scored a huge 765 runs in 248.5 overs. Younis Khan played like a captain and hit 313 runs, while Kamran Akmal added 158.
Sri Lanka – 760 vs India (2009) Team Total:
In 2009, this entertaining show took place during Sri Lanka’s tour of India. India chose to bat first and made a total of 426 runs in their first innings at home. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, destroyed it in their first innings with 760 runs. Mahela Jayawardene scored 275 runs and was the star of the game. Prasanna Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan also scored hundreds and were good back-ups. The score of the game was a tie.
India – 759 vs England (2016) Team Total:
After getting a total of 759 in the first innings, India won the home series against England. India won by a big margin of 75 runs and an innings because of this. Karun Nair was named the man of the match after making 303 runs without being out. KL Rahul, who was out for 199, just missed making a double century. Parthiv Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin also gave good performances. England’s first innings score was 477, which was a good number. Moeen Ali’s 146 was a big part of that.
Australia – 758 vs West Indies (1955) Team Total:
In this game, Australia won by an innings and 82 runs, which was a lot more than the West Indies could do. Australia did a great job with the bat after being sent to bowl in the first innings. Neil Harvey hit a double century to lead the way. West Indies were out for 357 runs. Colin McDonald, Keith Miller, Ron Archer, and Richie Benaud all played for a long time. In the second innings, West Indies was bowled out for 319, which was a big drop from the first innings.
The highest test cricket scores by a team are listed here. The first ten is:
|1||Sri Lanka||952||India||Colombo||Aug 1997|
|2||England||903||Australia||The Oval||Aug 1938|
|3||England||849||West Indies||Kingston||Apr 1930|
|4||West Indies||790||Pakistan||Kingston||Feb 1958|
|5||Pakistan||765||Sri Lanka||Karachi||Feb 2009|
|6||Sri Lanka||760||India||Ahmedabad||Nov 2009|
|8||Australia||758||West Indies||Kingston||Jun 1955|
|9||Sri Lanka||756||South Africa||Colombo||Jul 2006|
|10||West Indies||751||England||St John’s||Apr 2004|