The longest Test streak without playing a single draw

The South African team has created quite a unique record over the past few years in Test cricket. The Rainbow nation has played 43 matches on the trot without registering a draw.

South Africa has created a special record in the longest and purest format of the game since 2017. The Proteas have played 43 Test matches since July 2017 and have won 23 encounters and lost 20.

The Proteas toured England for a full tour consisting of three ODIs, three T20Is, and four Tests in the summer of 2017. The Test series began on July 06 at the home of cricket, Lord’s in London and that is when their streak started. They lost that fixture by 211 runs to mark the beginning of the no-draw streak.

Currently, Dean Elgar’s South African side is on the England tour yet again and their streak is still intact. Their last drawn encounter came against New Zealand in March 2017 in Hamilton before the above-mentioned Lord’s game. In this period, they have appeared in 26 matches on home soil and have won 18 and lost eight.

Away from home, the Proteas have contested in 17 Tests with victories in five clashes and losses in 12. Currently, they are placed third in ICC Test rankings. Talking about their spot in ICC World Test Championship (WTC) for cycle 2021-2023, they are second in the chart with 72 points behind Australia’s 84.

As of now, Elgar’s side looks like a strong contender to be playing the WTC final next year in 2023 in England. But they have a tough tour of Australia coming up in December when they will play three Tests against the Aussies down under with the first of those games beginning on December 17, 2022, at The Gabba in Brisbane.