Highest Test averages in a 50-Test sequence

Maintaining a solid average on a consistent basis is a task for a batter irrespective of the format. Quality players who perform consistently in any particular format see their average rise inevitably. But to continue it for an extended period speaks volumes of the calibre and the talent a cricketer possesses. A few top-notch batters have managed to achieve the highest average in a 50-Test sequence and they feature in this article. Coincidentally, all belong to the same country, the current World Test champions Australia.

Let’s take a look at the cricketers with the highest average in a 50-Test sequence (Top 3)

3. Ricky Ponting (74.48)

The right-handed batter smashed 5586 runs from October 11, 2002, to December 05, 2006, in 50 Test matches. Ponting had a solid average of 74.48 in this period in 88 innings. His streak began against Pakistan in Sharjah and ended against England in Adelaide in which he slammed 22 centuries and 19 half-centuries with the highest score of 257.

2. Steven Smith (76.02)

The classy right-handed player hammered 5778 runs from February 12, 2014, to September 08, 2019, in 50 games. Smith boasted an impressive average of 76.02 in the 89 innings. His run started against South Africa in Centurion and ended against arch-rivals England in Manchester in the 2019 Ashes. In this period, he struck 23 centuries and 21 fifties with the highest score of 239.

1. Don Bradman (104.13)

One of the greatest players that the world cricket ever produced, Bradman struck 6977 runs from December 29, 1928, to July 27, 1948, in 50 Tests. The right-handed player accumulated an average of 104.13 in 77 innings. His streak started off against rivals England in Melbourne and ended against the same opposition in Leeds. He smashed 29 tons and 13 fifties with the best score of 334 in this period.