Test cricket is the most classical format of the game. So here are the top 5 players with highest strike rate in test cricket.

Top 5 Players With Highest Strike Rate In Test cricket

Most of the people are of the belief that strike rate doesn’t matter a lot in Test cricket, but the batsmen.


who score at a high strike rate in Test matches, give their team that much of extra time to dismiss the opposition twice which is all that you need to win a Test match.

Virender Sehwag scored big daddy hundreds at a strike rate of above 100 while Gilchrist too played vital innings for Australia at a quicker pace.

Out of all the batsmen who have scored 5000 or more runs in Test match cricket, here are the 5 batsmen with the highest strike rate ÷

1. Tim Southee – 88.05

Surpisingly, the New Zealand speedster Tim Southee holds the record for the best strike-rate in cricket history with a career strike rate of 88.05. Known for his quick bowling, the tall Kiwi cricketer has batted in 91 innings for the Kiwis.

Top 5 Players With Highest Strike Rate In Test cricket

He has scored 1,459 runs in his career and also has hit 4 fifties with the bat. The right-handed batsman has sent the red ball out of the boundary line 64 times while batting in the white jersey.

Averaging just above 17, Southee has a highest score of 77*. Southee has picked up 220 wickets in the 60 matches he has played and has an economy of 3.05.

The NZ player has strike rates of 101.73 and 137.50 in ODIs and T20Is which shows that he is more of a bowling all-rounder now than being referred to as a bowler only.

2. Shahid Afridi – 86.97

Known for his explosive batting, Shahid Afridi had a short Test career as he was picked for only 27 tests in his entire career.

He scored 1,716 runs for Pakistan in the 27 Test matches he played. Afridi averaged 36.51 in his career and scored runs at a blistering strike rate of 86.97.

Top 5 Players With Highest Strike Rate In Test cricket

Nicknamed Boom Boom Afridi, he hit 220 fours and 52 sixes in his short Test career where he batted in 48 innings.

He had the highest score of 156 and had smashed 5 centuries and 8 half-centuries playing for Pakistan.

With his spin, Afridi scalped 48 wickets and had a career best of 5/52. Afridi was included in the limited overs format more times due to his batting technique as the legend had played 398 ODIs and 99 T20Is in his cricket career.

3. Virender Sehwag – 82.23

Virender Sehwag is one of the rarest cricketers to have scored multiple triple hundreds in international cricket.

Not only did Sehwag score big for his team, he did this thing at a relatively quicker rate. Whenever Sehwag crossed the 200 mark, he batted with a strike rate above 100.

Top 5 Players With Highest Strike Rate In Test cricket

He had a strike-rate of 82.23 in his Test career for India. The Delhite played 104 test and batted in 180 innings out of which he remained not out in 6 of them.

With a highest score of 319, Sehwag averaged nearly 50 in his Test career. Opening the innings, he used to set the tone of the innings with his boundaries.

Sehwag hit 1233 fours and 91 sixes in his Test career and aggregated over 8,500 runs which included 23 hundreds and 32 half-centuries and faced 10,441 balls in his career.

4. Adam Gilchrist – 81.95

The Australian wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist made name for himself by playing several important innings for his country batting in the lower middle order.

Gilly, as he was fondly known, was promoted to the top of the order in ODIs but in Tests, he predominantly played lower down the order.

Top 5 Players With Highest Strike Rate In Test cricket

Gilchrist smashed 100 sixes in his Test career for Australia and scored 5570 runs in the 96 test matches he played. Gilchrist had a strike-rate of 81.95 and hit runs at a blistering average of 47.60. He had a career-best score of 204* and had 17 centuries to his name.

Donning the wicket-keeping gloves behind the stumps, the stalwart took 379 catches and did 37 stumpings. He was the last Australian wicket-keeper to have played with such consistency and dominance in the sport’s longest format.

5. Graeme Swann – 76.49

The English off-spinner Graeme Swann who was primarily included in the playing XI as an off-spinner often made crucial contributions with the bat for his side batting down the order.

Featuring in the tail-end of the line-up, Swann scored 1,370 runs in the 76 test innings he batted in.

Top 5 Players With Highest Strike Rate In Test cricket

Not only did he score 5 half-centuries for England, but he also scored runs at a healthy strike rate of 76.49. Swann had the highest score of 85 in his test career.

He also scalped 255 wickets for England and had a career best of 6/65. Nicknamed Chin, Swann also picked 3 10-wicket hauls in his career.

By Rishabh

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