Top 5 highest run scorers of all-time in Ashes

The Ashes is considered as one of the fiercest cricket battles. As we have India vs Pakistan for the cricket teams in the sub-continent, the battle between Australia and England is on the same lines. One of the oldest rivalries in the history of the sport, England squaring off against Australia always makes for headline news, and when the two sides meet in Tests, the stakes can’t get any higher.

The Ashes is of prime importance for both teams. It is on par with the Cricket World Cup for both teams. After winning the Ashes in 2020, Australia will be looking to retain the trophy. Their batting and bowling; both seem to be in tremendous form.

While England who are revolutionizing Test cricket with “Bazball” will be looking to snatch the trophy from the opposition’s hands. Who will prevail in this historic Test series between two of the oldest Test nations?

Many pundits have predicted the results of the ongoing Ashes series. Australian legend Glenn McGrath has predicted a 5-0 whitewash in the favour of the Australians. And he has predicted Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne to do good in the series.

Many legendary cricketers have displayed moments of brilliance in this historic Test series. From Sir Donald Bradman’s historic season in the 1930 season to Sir Alastair Cook’s remarkable 2010-11 season, the Ashes has witnessed several remarkable moments. In this article, we have a look at the Top 5 highest run-getters of all time in Ashes.

Top 5 highest run scorers of all-time in Ashes

#5 Steve Smith (3060 runs in 33 games)

Steve Smith

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Steve Smith has been an amazing player for Australia with the right-hander displaying his craft at the Ashes. The former Australian skipper is one of the very cricketers to feature in the top 10 run-getters of Ashes of all time.

Smith has scored 8,947 runs in 97 Tests at an average of 60.04. Out of the 8947 runs, over 3000 runs have come against England, which is 34.02% runs of his Test career. Also, Smith has scored more than 500 runs in successive Ashes series – 687 in 2017-18 and 774 in 2019.

Smith, who was banned from international cricket, made a return to Test cricket in 2019. The 2020 Ashes saw a very different Smith. He was absolutely sensational with the bat, making runs at an average of 110.57. With Smith smashing a wonderful century in the World Test Championship final, Smith will be looking to build on his amazing form.

#4 Steve Waugh (3173 runs in 45 games)

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Steve Waugh was one of the most prolific leaders in Australian cricket. Waugh has the highest win percentage 66, across all formats and is one of cricket’s greatest captains in history. Not only his leadership skills were excellent, but also his batting would envy any top-order batter.

The gritty right-hander is the third player to cross the landmark of 10,000 Test runs. Waugh has accumulated 3,173 runs against England in 45 Tests played from 1986 to 2003. Of the 32 Test centuries he notched, 10 were against England. He was more dominant against England in England, averaging 74.22 in 22 Tests.

His biggest Ashes season came in 1989 when he scored 506 runs at a staggering average of 126.50. His magnificent batting coupled with great bowling from the Aussies helped them win the Ashes 4-0.

#3 Alan Border (3222 runs in 42 games)

Alan Border - highest run-getters of Ashes

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Alan Border loved playing against England. The left-hander averaged 56.31 against the Poms in 42 Tests with 3222 runs with the assistance of 21 fifties and eight centuries.

His best came when Australia won three consecutive Ashes in 1989 (4-0), 1990-91 (3-0) and 1993 (4-1). During these series, Border’s leadership skills were as sharp as his batting skills. Did you know Border captained Australia in a record-breaking 28 Ashes Tests and won 13 of them? That makes him the most successful captain of the Ashes.

During the 1985 Ashes, Border played one of the most vital knocks of his career. During the Oval Test of 1985, Border played a valiant knock of 146* to salvage Australia’s chances to draw the Test. Also, his unbeaten knock of 200 at the Headingley Test from the 1993 Ashes series will forever be etched in every cricket fan’s memory.

#2 Jack Hobbs (3636 runs in 41 games)

Jack Hobbs - highest run-getters of Ashes

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The only player who made it to the Top 5 highest run-getters of all time in Ashes; Jack Hobbs was a pivotal player for England who helped the Poms win many important clashes. He was called ‘The Master’ and scored even after he went past 50 years of age.

Hobbs made 61,760 runs in first-class cricket and 199 centuries. Hobbs made 5410 runs in 61 Tests from 1908 to 1930. Out of the 61 Tests, 41 were a part of the Ashes. In the Ashes, he scored 3636 runs in 71 Test innings against England at 54.26, including 12 centuries.

#1 Sir Donald Bradman (5028 runs in 37 games)

Sir Donald Bradman - highest run-getters of Ashes

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The top spot is obviously occupied by none other than; the maestro himself, Sir Donald Bradman. In the 52 Tests that he has played, Bradman has scored 6996 runs at an unbelievable average of 99.98.

He is the only player to score more than 5,000 Test runs in the Ashes. He has hit 19 of his 29 Test centuries against England and averaged 89.78 against them. Bradman’s record of 974 runs in the 1930 Ashes is the most runs scored in a Test series. The record is yet to be broken even after 93 years.

Bradman has played many unforgettable innings during his career. One such came inning came during the third Test at the Headingley in Leeds where he slammed his career-best of 334 runs.

BCCI set to announce squad for West Indies Tour; Pujara to be dropped from Test team

BCCI set to announce squad for West Indies Tour; Pujara to be dropped from Test team

After the embarrassing loss in the World Test Championship final, it is believed that the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) will be bringing major changes to the Test squad. As reported by Cricbuzz, only a couple of players are set to be rested or dropped, and importantly, Rohit Sharma is set to continue as India’s Test captain in the foreseeable future.

As per the report, four out of the top five batsmen retain their place in the batting lineup. Rohit, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane are certain to retain their places in the squad for the two Test matches in West Indies, but a question mark hangs over Cheteshwar Pujara, who is plagued with a drop in form.

Cheteshwar Pujara has been Team India’s wall in the red-ball format for over a decade. But lately, the right-hander has witnessed a dip in form. The Saurashtra-based batsman has scored only one century in 52 innings (28 Tests) since 2020 at a disappointing average of 29.69. While he has registered 11 half-centuries, his average further drops to 26.31 when his scores of 90 and 102* in the Chittagong Test in December 2022 are excluded.

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Pujara’s shot selection and his strike rate have garnered a lot of criticism with many former cricketers believing the right-hander needs to call it a time from the Test format.

In addition, Mohammad Shami who has been in exceptional touch will be rested for the Test series. The veteran fast bowler may return for the ODIs that follow the two Tests in view of the World Cup later this year. Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik who have impressed everyone with their talent will likely be included in the 2 Test series.

KS Bharat, who showed exceptional skills behind the stumps will retain his position in the squad. Additionally, Ishan Kishan will also be included in the Test squad as a backup keeper.

PM Narendra Modi

PM Modi to attend the 4th Test between India and Australia at Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad is all set to play the host for India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese as special spectators on day one of the fourth Test between India and Australia.

As per reports, the two leaders might be seen in the commentary box as well in the first session of the Test. However, no such plans have been revealed by any officials so far, but reports have surfaced regarding the possibility of such an occurrence on Thursday. Along with that, a lap of the ground is also planned on a vintage vehicle.

According to a statement from the Australian Prime Minister’s office, his visits to Ahmedabad, Mumbai, and New Delhi would strengthen Australia’s strategic, economic, and people-to-people connections with India. According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Anthony Albanese will fly into Ahmedabad on March 8 before visiting Mumbai on March 9 and then flying into Delhi later that day.

The 4th Test being held at the Narendra Modi Stadium is the biggest cricket stadium in the world in terms of seating capacity. The venue can host around 1.25 lakh people, and the stadium is expected to be filled with many spectators as India faces Australia.

Having already retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the Indians have too much at stake in the 4th Test. If the Indians manage to win the 4th Test, it will guarantee their place in the World Test Championship finals to be played at Lords.

Indore pitch rated "poor" by ICC; gets three demerit points

Indore pitch rated “poor” by ICC; gets three demerit points

Indore’s Holkar Cricket Stadium, where the third Test match was conducted, saw some stark opinions from the cricketing fraternity. The playing surface saw a sharp turn from the first day itself. Thereby getting rated “poor” by the International Cricket Council.

The Indore pitch came under scanner after it saw the Test getting completed within three days. With the Indore pitch rated poor under the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, the venue received three demerit points after match referee Chris Broad submitted his report. Broad said, “The pitch, which was very dry, did not provide a balance between bat and ball, favouring spinners from the start. He further added, “The fifth ball of the match broke through the pitch surface and continued to occasionally break the surface providing little or no seam movement and there was excessive and uneven bounce throughout the match.”

BCCI now have 14 days if they wish to appeal against the sanction. As per ICC’s rules, a venue will be suspended from hosting any international cricket for a period of 12 months if it accumulates five or more demerit points over a five-year rolling period. If it accumulates ten demerit points, it will be suspended from hosting international cricket for a period of 24 months.

The last time a pitch in India was rated poor was in 2017, the Pune Test, where Australia beat India on a similar turner. Also, Broad was the one who handed out that sanction as well.

Indian Cricket Team Squad For Asia Cup

Bumrah still unfit; not picked for Australia ODI series

Team India is having a fantastic summer. After winning the first two Tests from Australia ODI Series in the 2023 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the team has announced an unchanged squad for the rest of the two Tests. KL Rahul, whose form is a concern for the team, has been retained but has been stripped of his vice-captain position from the squad.

Almost all of the members are the same as the squad announced for the first two Tests. Saurashtra’s Jaydev Unadkat, who recently won the Ranji trophy, will be back with the squad for the third and fourth Test in Indore and Ahmedabad, respectively.

Team India squad for the third and fourth Test: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, KS Bharat (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat.

Additionally, the selectors have also announced an 18-man squad for the 3-match ODI series against Australia. The likes of Shahbaz Ahmed and Rajat Patidar – who were part of the squad for the New Zealand series last month – have been left out. KL Rahul returns, too, at the expense of KS Bharat.

Sanju Samson, who has performed exceptionally in the limited chances he’s got, has been skipped for the limited-overs series.

India will miss the services of Rohit Sharma for the first ODI – who will be unavailable due to family commitments, BCCI said in a release. Hardik Pandya will lead the side in Rohit’s place.

Team India squad for the ODI series against Australia: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya (Vice-captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Jaydev Unadkat

Interestingly, Team India’s star bowler Jasprit Bumrah has not been included in the Tests and ODI series. The talk is that the selectors don’t want to rush the Mumbai Indians pacer and want him to be fully fit for the ODI World Cup scheduled in October.

IPL: Has it killed Test cricket?

IPL: Has it killed Test Cricket?

T20 cricket cancels out the entire foundation of what the sport of cricket was initially based on during its establishment. The makers of cricket wanted it to be a gentlemen’s game, with the Test format being the oldest version of the sport. Time, days, or results were not the issue in Test cricket, whereas T20 demands entertainment plus results in a span of a few hours. 

Why did T20 cricket become famous? 

The T20 format was introduced in the 21st century, and its rise happened soon after India won the first T20 World Cup in 2007. The MS Dhoni-led team lifted the first World Cup, and it gave rise to the Indian Premier League, the biggest T20 tournament in the world to date. With the introduction of leagues like the IPL, the focus of the cricketing fans drastically shifted to the T20 format. 

Fans got the taste of a quicker, faster format with sure results within 4 hours. T20 handed more amusement than the two older formats. Test cricket was already in its dying stage, with “The Ashes” being one of the few events which were keeping the format alive amongst the fans. T20 was the antidote to the long, tedious hours of cricket, and it worked very well to rejuvenate the meaning of the game. 

The IPL has had a large influence on the game of cricket. It has drawn some top international players to the league and has become known for its exciting and high-scoring format. The shorter format of the matches has also allowed more opportunities for teams to come out on top, making it more difficult for any one team to dominate the tournament. 

The IPL has also had a major influence on cricket’s commercial and business side, with the league’s massive success allowing teams to earn huge amounts of money in sponsorships and broadcasting rights. This has increased top players’ wages and increased investment in cricket’s infrastructure and youth development programs. The IPL has also been credited with creating new jobs in the sport and helping bring more attention and recognition to the game worldwide. 

While many fans, especially the younger generations, are glued to the T20 format, some have accused the shortest format of the game of killing the entire game. Is it true that T20 has killed Test cricket? Or it’s just an accusation without any base? Let’s have a look at it. 

IPL: Has it seriously killed Test cricket? 

Now, many fans are against the whole idea of T20 cricket as it is considered to be killing Test cricket slowly. However, the fans have already drifted away from the Test format and were only interested in the ODIs. But as soon as IPL came into the picture, it hijacked the market completely. Fans went berserk for the shortest format as the fours, and massive sixes were not a sight of novelty. 

The financial rewards from playing in the IPL have also had an effect on Test cricket. Many of the top players are now opting to play in the IPL rather than participate in test cricket, which can affect the traditional form of the game. It is difficult to say whether the Indian Premier League (IPL) has had a direct and negative impact on test cricket. The IPL has certainly changed the landscape of cricket, but it is still too soon to evaluate its long-term effects on the world’s oldest form of the game. 

MS Dhoni won the toss and inserted Mumbai Indians in to bat.

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Many experts have suggested that the IPL could provide a boost to test cricket by bringing more fans and attention to the game. However, there are also concerns that the intense IPL schedule could put too much strain on players and potentially lead to injuries or further fatigue if they are not given enough rest and recovery time. Ultimately, it is hard to say what the long-term effects of the IPL on test cricket will be, but it is clear that the competition has had an overall impact on the game and its future. 

The IPL’s influence on cricket is not limited to just Test cricket. The league has been credited with introducing the sport to new audiences, helping to drive up interest in cricket worldwide. It has also helped fund projects such as improved facilities, training programs, and academies for young players all around the world. Additionally, the IPL has brought in new rules and regulations, as well as innovations such as pitch technology and third-umpire decisions, which have all had an effect on the game of cricket as a whole. 

IPL, PSL, and BBL all came into the existence as the T20 format started running for the entire year. And as it is rightly said, too many cooks spoil the dish. The T20 format is sounding less and less amusing after 15 years of its existence due to the numerous numbers of matches per year.

As opposed to all the accusations, the T20 format has done more good to Test cricket than harm. People have slowly started enjoying Test cricket again as they want a break from the one-sided batting-oriented games. While the fans also enjoy the fast-paced games in T20 cricket, they also want to see technicality and aggression in the purest format of the game. Virat Kohli’s era as India’s Test captain greatly helped the format. The aggression bought into the game influenced and also seemed attractive to the newer generations. 

The same work is being done by Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum as they are re-defining Test cricket as a whole via ‘Bazball’. The T20 World Cup winners have set new heights in the Test format, which is as interesting as it can get. Credit for England’s new mentality toward Test cricket should also be given to the T20 format. The T20 format has taken sports to undiscovered places. The T20 format, especially IPL, has even handed many modern-day Test aces like Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar, and Shardul Thakur. So, in our opinion T20 format has benefited the growth of Test cricket. 

VISAKHAPATNAM, INDIA – MAY 10: Trent Boult of the Delhi Capitals celebrates taking the wicket of Faf Du Plessis of the Chennai Super Kings during the Indian Premier League IPL Qualifier Final match between the Delhi Capitals and the Chennai Super Kings at ACA-VDCA Stadium on May 10, 2019 in Visakhapatnam, India. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

The success of the IPL has also had other positive effects, such as encouraging more international players to participate in the competition, bringing together different cultures, and creating opportunities for talented players worldwide. Additionally, the IPL has helped to re-engage traditional cricket fans and bring in new ones, driving up viewership and helping the sport reach new heights. Ultimately, the IPL has had a major impact on test cricket and cricket as a whole, and its influence is likely to continue for years to come. 

Test cricket has always been the best format of the game, and it will continue to be the same for generations to come. The T20 structure is like a breath of fresh air and has handed the fans more reasons to love the sport. Having said that, top cricketers of top countries still prefer Test cricket over lucrative leagues like IPL and PSL. Cricketers are ready to let go of their million-dollar deals to represent their country in the red-ball format. 

Here are some of the famous quotes about the IPL: 

  1. “The IPL has changed the face of cricket in India and it’s been a wonderful journey for many of us.” Mahendra Singh Dhoni
  2. “The IPL has caught the imagination of the masses and I think it is here to stay.” – Sachin Tendulkar
  3. “IPL is an incredible platform which has opened up avenues for a lot of youngsters who have got a chance to show their talent.” – Virat Kohli
  4. “IPL has been a great platform to measure a cricketer’s skills and talent.” – Yuvraj Singh
  5. “The IPL has become a global phenomenon and I’m proud to be part of it.” – Brian Lara
  6. “It has always been amazing to play in the IPL. The quality of the cricket and the audiences have only made it better.” – Shane Warne

There are pros and cons. While it has led to shorter attention spans, IPL has led players to play a very exciting form of cricket that no longer leads to boring dead rubbers. Do you think IPL has killed Test cricket?

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