Most centuries against opposition in Tests

The longest format of the game has witnessed several great names prove their worth in gold with their sheer determination and batting exploits. While batters aspire to score runs against each and every opposition they face, some just found their groove against particular opponents. On that note, we list the batters with the most Test centuries against an opposition.

12 – Jack Hobbs (England) and Steve Smith (Australia)

Late English batting star Jack Hobbs is widely regarded as one of the greatest batters to have emerged from the country with a rich cricketing heritage. Hobbs was involved in an intense battle with arch-rivals Australia for much of his international career, finding great success against the Aussies. He accumulated 3636 runs against Australia with the help of 12 centuries, the most by any batter against the Aussies.

Australian batting sensation Steve Smith has carved his own place in the Hall of Fame of Test cricket. The unorthodox batter is considered one of the modern greats of red-ball cricket and his record is a testament to his outworldly abilities with the bat. The former Australian skipper has amassed 3176 runs against England with 12 centuries against the Three Lions.

13 – Sunil Gavaskar (India)

Former Indian opener and batting icon Sunil Gavaskar is considered one of the pioneers of red-ball cricket in the subcontinent. While the Windies’ notorious pace attack terrorized batters all across the globe during the 70s and 80s, Gavaskar stood in front of them like a brick wall. The diminutive opener never shied away from taking a blow to the body, putting a big price on his wicket against some of the greatest fast bowlers to have graced the game. He managed 2749 against the Caribbean side, averaging an incredible 65.45 with 13 centuries to his name.

19 -Don Bradman (Australia)

While several cricketers have surpassed Don Bradman in terms of volume of runs in Tests, none come close to matching his consistency in the longest format of the game. Bradman’s numbers in red-ball cricket project the Aussie icon in a league of his own, with his best batting performances coming against arch-rivals England. The trailblazing batter accumulated 5028 runs against the Three Lions in just 37 matches, averaging an earth-shattering 89.78 with a record 19 tons.