Over the years, there has been a top-class partnership behind every top-class team. Mahela Jayewardene and Sangakkara have been the backbone of the Sri Lankan team for many years. Sachin Tendulkar has had a prolific partnership with many players like Dravid and Ganguly. Ben Stokes, Ponting, Matthew Hayden, and Johnny Bairstow are other big names in prolific partnerships.
A partnership is not just about scoring runs for your team. It’s about understanding situations, making compromises, deciding when to play and when to pause, when to target and whom to respect, and a lot more.
Whenever there is a great partnership on the field, millions of cricket fans across the world are stuck in front of their TV to watch it. This is also the time when online cricket betting sites are flooded with bettors to place bets on the players and the teams. Also, players use cricket betting apps to place bets on the go. For those who are new to the world of online betting, they can refer to our site to get some useful information about the game.
In the sport of cricket, batting in always done in pair regardless of the format. However, in the quest for individual performances, many players invariably overlook at the fact that cricket is a team game. Let’s take a look at the highest partnerships for each wicket in Test cricket.
1st wicket – 415 runs between Neil McKenzie and Graeme Smith
The opening partnership is the most crucial part of the game, they say. A score of 100 for 0 can be threatening. Imagine what it would be like to look at 415 for 0! On a rare date, South African openers Neil McKenzie and Graeme Smith stitched a partnership that managed to score 415 for 0.
The year was 2008 and the last time when McKenzie scored a century was in 2001, so he ensured to make the most of the opportunity. McKenzie batted for 518 minutes and faced 388 balls for his 226 before falling to Shahadat Hossain. Smith’s 406-minute-long outing ended when Abdur Razzak cleaned him up at 232 and gave Bangladesh their first wicket after 94 overs.
2nd wicket – 576 runs between Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama
When playing against India in Colombo, Sri Lanka lost its first wicket on 39. Little did anyone know that the next partnership will make for 576 runs! The pair of Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama batted for two complete days playing 1110 balls. Jayasuriya batted for 799 minutes and scored 340 runs off 578, while Mahanama lasted 753 minutes for his 225 off 561.
The 576-run stand broke the 63-year old record of 451 between Donald Bradman and William Ponsford. This 753-minute partnership is the longest in terms of duration in Test cricket till date.
3rd wicket – 624 runs between Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene
It seems that Sri Lanka and big partnerships have a connection between them. In a Test on 27th July 2006, South Africa opted to bat first and managed only an unimpressive 169. Trailing Sri Lanka lost 2 wickets on 14. This is when Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene took charge and despoiled a star-studded South African bowling attack.
Sangakkara managed to score 287 off 457, and Mahela’s 374 off 562 guided Sri Lanka to a gargantuan score of 765/5.
4th wicket – 449 runs between Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh
In a Test against West Indies on 11th December 2015, Australia chose to bet on a friendly track. Being at 121 for three and with Smith and Warner back in the pavilion, it seemed that West Indies was in a solid position. But, Voges and Marsh had a different plan for Australia.
The duo completely outplayed West Indies and scored an insurmountable lead of 583. Voges smashed 269 runs in merely 285 balls, while Marsh anchored the partnership with easing grace and went on to make 182 off 266.
5th wicket – 405 runs between Sidney Barnes and Don Bradman
It was the 1946-47 season when England was touring Australia for the Ashes. Under the leadership of the legendary Wally Hammond, the English side decided to bat first and smashed 255 runs. Coming to bat, Australia found itself in a difficult situation at they lost 3 wickets with 96 onboard.
This is when the indisputable champion Don Bradman stepped in. Being injured, he chose to bat at No.6 that day. His entry marked the beginning of a 405-run stand. Bradman scored as many 234 off 396 balls before being dismissed by Norman Yardley whereas Barnes batted over 10 hours for his 232 and faced 667 deliveries.
6th wicket – 399 runs between Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes
It’s always interesting to watch England and South Africa face-off. One memorable clash was the Cape Town test of 2015. Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes were on the pitch, both of whom left the South African bowlers gnashing.
England were 223/5, and the fall of the fifth wicket brought Stokes alongside Bairstow, which marked the beginning of Stokes’ pandemonium. Stokes took 163 balls to complete his double-century, and eventually smashed 258 runs – the highest score for any batsman batting at No.6 in the history of test cricket. Bairstow was not ordinary by any standard, and his 150 off 191 balls were perfectly in tandem with Stoke.
7th wicket – 347 runs between Denis Atkinson and Clairmonte Depeiaza.
In 1955, Australia was in West Indies for a five-Test series. In the 4th Test of the series, Australia decided to bat first and posted 668/10. In response, West Indies was at 147/6 and the chances of winning were getting low with each ball. Soon the captain Atkinson was joined by wicket-keeper Depeiaza, and the duo helped West Indies in making an incredible recovery.
Both the batsmen stitched a 347 run-stand. Atkinson managed his maiden double century before being dismissed for 219, while Depeiaza quietly scored 122. West Indies slammed 510 runs before being dismissed.
8th wicket – 332 runs between Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad
This series was impaired by unceasing controversy about a few Pakistani players being involved in spot-fixing. England led the 4-Test series by 2-1 and Pakistan was eager to level the series by winning the last game. Having won the toss, Pakistan elected to bowl first.
England were 102/7, and Jonathan Trott was the only hope. Dangerously running out of partners, Trott was joined by Stuart Board. The duo managed to share an amazing partnership. Trott batted 554 minutes to score 184 off 383. And Broad’s 169 off 297 lasted a massive 426 minutes.
9th wicket – 195 runs between Pat Symcox and Mark Boucher
In 1998, Pakistan was touring South Africa for a three-Test series. Winning the toss, Pakistan elected to bowl first. Things were on Pakistan’s side as they ravaged South Africa to 166/8. When the end looked imminent, Pat Symcox joined Mark Boucher on the crease and from here began the revival of South Africa. Boucher scored 78 off 161 balls whereas Symcox made a gritty 78 off 161.
10th wicket – 198 runs between James Anderson and Joe Root
In the first match of the five-Test series, India won the toss and scored 457 runs. In response, England was at 298/9. Just when everybody was thinking that India was about to gain the first lead, Anderson came to bet alongside Joe Root. The duo slammed a 198-run stand which secured England a lead of 39 runs.