Highest individual score by a batsman in test match cricket

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Brain-Lara-375-Record-Innings-180209.jpg Sachin Tendulkar may own the record of the batsman with most runs in test cricket (and in onedayers), Brain Lara, former West Indian artist with bat, will take heart from his highest score by a batsman in an innings which he owned for 9 years before Mathew Hayden broke it.

6 months since Hayden's hurricane against Zimbabweans, at same Venue (Recreation ground in Antigua) and against same opposition (England), Brain Lara snatched back his phenomenal record, scoring the first and only 400 in test match cricket till today.

Drawback : Not that Brain Lara's record can't be broken today, but modern day batters have lost the patience with loads of ODI & T20 cricket played around the world and also the teams have become more result oriented than in Lara's days whose best test match score didn't fetch a win for his team (England earned a draw!).

Capables : Virendra Sehwag of India and Chris Gayle of West Indies who like to play their shots when most batsman like to defend in test cricket.

Note : Double centuries may won a batsman a test match for his country, but not a place in elite list below, which comprises only 300s.

Note : There have been 10 countries to play test cricket. Highest scores by batsman from West Indies, Australia, Sri Lanka, England, Pakistan, New Zealand and India feature in list below. Now among remaining teams, highest test match score by a Zimbabwe batsman is by David Houghton = 266 against Sri Lanka at Bulawayo in October 1994 while top test score by a Bangladesh batsman is 200* by Mushfiqur Rahim against Sri Lanka at Galle in March 2013, the only double century from the nation.

Highest Individual scores by a batsman in test matches
Batsman (Country) Runs Balls 4s 6s Versus Mon/Yr
Brian Lara (West Indies) 400* 582 43 4 England Apr 2004
Mathew Hayden (Australia) 380 437 38 11 Zimbabwe Oct 2003
Brian Lara (West Indies) 375 538 45 0 England Apr 1994
Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) 374 572 43 1 South Africa Jul 2006
Gary Sobers (West Indies) 365* --- 38 0 Pakistan Feb 1958
Len Hutton (England) 364 847 35 0 Australia Aug 1938
Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) 340 578 36 2 India Aug 1997
Hanif Mohammad (Pakistan) 337 --- 24 0 West Indies Jan 1958
Wally Hammond (England) 336* --- 34 10 New Zealand Mar 1933
Mark Taylor (Australia) 334* 564 32 1 Pakistan Oct 1998
Don Bradman (Australia) 334 448 46 0 England Jul 1930
Chris Gayle (West Indies) 333 437 34 9 Sri Lanka Nov 2010
Graham Gooch (England) 333 485 43 3 India Jul 1990
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan) 329 436 38 9 New Zealand May 2002
Michael Clarke (Australia) 329* 468 39 1 India Jan 2012
Adam Sandham (England) 325 640 28 0 West Indies Apr 1930
Virender Sehwag (India) 319 304 42 5 South Africa Mar 2008
Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) 319 482 32 8 Bangladesh Feb 2014
Chris Gayle (West Indies) 317 483 37 3 South Africa Apr 2005
Younus Khan (Pakistan) 313 568 27 4 Sri Lanka Feb 2009
Bob Simpson (Australia) 311 740 23 1 England Jul 1964
Hashim Amla (South Africa) 311* 529 35 0 England Jul 2012
John Edrich (England) 310* 450 52 5 New Zealand Jul 1965
Virender Sehwag (India) 309 375 39 6 Pakistan Mar 2004
Bob Cooper (Australia) 307 589 20 1 England Feb 1966
Don Bradman (Australia) 304 473 43 2 England Jul 1934
Lawrence Rowe (West Indies) 302 430 36 1 England Mar 1974
Brendon McCullum (New Zealand) 302 559 32 4 India Feb 2014
Don Bradman (Australia) 299* --- 23 0 South Africa Jan 1932
Martin Crowe (New Zealand) 299 523 29 3 Sri Lanka Jan 1991


Record Holders :
Highest test score was first owned by CG Bannerman who made 165 in that first ever test match between England and Australia in year 1877. Then, WL Murdoch of Australia broke the record in 1884 with his 211 and in process became the first batsman to score a double century in test cricket. Robert Foster took away the record with his 287 against Australia in 1903, before it was broken by A Sandham's first ever triple century = 325. WR Hammond, L Hutton and Gary Sobers held the record for highest test match score before Brain Lara broke Gary Sober's 36 years old record in 1994 with his 375 before making 400, taking record back from Mathew Hayden who held it for just 6 months!