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This is a list of Test and One Day International cricket batting averages.

Career Test average leaders

Current as of 8 February 2009 — Qualification = 20 innings — (1,898 Tests – Source Cricinfo Statsguru).


Top 20 retired Test batsmen

Rank Batsman Tests Inns n.o. Runs Highest Ave Career dates
1 Australia D.G. Bradman 52 80 10 6996 334 99.94 1928 – 1948
2 South Africa R.G. Pollock 23 41 4 2256 274 60.97 1963 – 1970
3 West Indies G.A. Headley 22 40 4 2190 270* 60.83 1930 – 1954
4 England H. Sutcliffe 54 84 9 4555 194 60.73 1924 – 1935
5 England E. Paynter 20 31 5 1540 243 59.23 1931 – 1939
6 England K.F. Barrington 82 131 15 6806 256 58.67 1955 – 1968
7 West Indies E.D. Weekes 48 81 5 4455 207 58.61 1948 – 1958
8 England W.R. Hammond 85 140 16 7249 336* 58.45 1927 – 1947
9 West Indies G.S. Sobers 93 160 21 8032 365* 57.78 1954 – 1974
10 England J.B. Hobbs 61 102 7 5410 211 56.94 1908 – 1930
11 West Indies C.L. Walcott 44 74 7 3798 220 56.68 1948 – 1960
12 England L. Hutton 79 138 15 6971 364 56.67 1937 – 1955
13 England G.E. Tyldesley 14 20 2 990 122 55.00 1921 – 1929
14 West Indies C.A. Davis 15 29 5 1301 183 54.20 1968 – 1973
15 India V.G. Kambli 17 21 1 1084 227 54.20 1993 – 1995
16 Australia G.S. Chappell 87 151 19 7110 247* 53.86 1970 – 1984
17 South Africa A.D. Nourse 34 62 7 2960 231 53.81 1935 – 1951
18 West Indies B.C. Lara 131 232 6 11953 400* 52.88 1990 – 2006
19 Pakistan Javed Miandad 124 189 21 8832 280* 52.57 1976 – 1993
20 Australia J. Ryder 20 32 5 1394 201* 51.62 1920 – 1929
* denotes not out

Top 10 active Test batsmen

Rank Batsman Tests Inns n.o. Runs Highest Ave Date of debut
1 India G. Gambhir 27 48 3 2553 206 56.00 3 November 2004
2 Australia R.T. Ponting 142 240 26 11859 257 55.67 8 December 1995
3 Sri Lanka K.C. Sangakkara 88 147 10 7549 287 55.10 20 July 2000
4 India S.R. Tendulkar 162 265 28 12970 248* 54.72 15 November 1989
5 South Africa J.H. Kallis 131 221 33 10277 189* 54.66 14 December 1995
6 Sri Lanka D.P.M.D Jayawardene 110 182 13 9120 374 53.96 20 June 1996
7 Pakistan Mohammad Yousuf 85 145 12 7164 223 53.86 26 February 1998
8 India R.S Dravid 137 237 27 11256 270 53.60 2 August 1996
9 India V Sehwag 72 123 4 6248 319 52.50 3 November 2001
10 Australia M.E.K. Hussey 44 83 11 3819 182 53.04 3 November 2005
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 12 December 2009.
* denotes not out

There are some striking differences between the two groups:

  • English and West Indian players are prominent in the retired list.
  • The top retired players have played significantly fewer Tests than the top active players. The most notable exception among active players is Michael Hussey, who did not make his Test debut until the age of 30, unusual in the modern era of cricket. The retired players who have played in a number of Tests comparable to today's top active players generally had very long Test careers (for example, Garry Sobers' Test career spanned 20 years).

However, at the same time, an equally striking similarities can be seen:

  • Apart from Bradman, the two lists cluster around very similar averages, with the retired batsmen being slightly higher than the active ones.

Career One Day International average leaders

The first ODI was on 5 January 1971, but it was a year or two before the genre took off elsewhere than England.

Current as of 11 April 2009 — Qualification = 20 innings — (2,839 ODIs – Source Cricinfo Statsguru).

Top 10 retired ODI batsmen

Rank Batsman ODIs Inns n.o. Runs Highest Ave S.R. Career dates
1 Australia M.G. Bevan 232 196 67 6912 108* 53.58 74.16 1994 – 2004
2 Pakistan Zaheer Abbas 62 60 6 2572 123 47.62 84.80 1974 – 1985
3 West Indies I.V.A. Richards 187 167 24 6721 189* 47.00 90.20 1975 – 1991
4 New Zealand G.M. Turner 41 40 6 1598 171* 47.00 68.05 1973 – 1983
5 West Indies C.G. Greenidge 128 127 13 5134 133* 45.03 64.92 1975 – 1991
6 Australia D.M. Jones 164 161 25 6068 145 44.61 72.56 1984 – 1994
7 Australia M.L. Hayden 161 155 15 6133 181* 43.80 78.96 1993 – 2008
8 South Africa H.H. Dippenaar 107 95 14 3421 125* 42.23 67.78 1999 – 2007
9 Pakistan Javed Miandad 233 218 41 7381 119* 41.70 67.01 1975 – 1996
10 West Indies D.L. Haynes 238 237 28 8648 152* 41.37 63.09 1978 – 1994
* denotes not out
† played for World XI
S.R. = strike rate

External links

Test records
Batting averagesTest hat-tricksTest triple centuries
ODI records
Batting averagesODI hat-tricks
World Cup recordsTwenty20 International records
Women's Test recordsWomen's One Day International records

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