Graeme Smith scored 27 Test tons. Out of those tons, 18 in victories and nine in draws © Getty Images
Graeme Smith scored 27 Test tons. Out of those tons, 18 in victories and nine in draws © Getty Images

 

 

By Bharath Seervi

 

Graeme Smith, who retired recently, had scored 27 Test centuries in his career and none of those came in defeats. Thus, Smith has the unique record of having the most Test centuries, none of which have come in defeats. Out of the 27 centuries, 18 centuries resulted in wins and nine in draws.

 

Geoffrey Boycott and Wally Hammond have scored 22 Test tons, and they are behind Smith in the list of batsmen with the most career centuries without defeats. Some of the current players who haven’t faced defeats when they have scored Test tons include Ian Bell, Gautam Gambhir, MS Dhoni, Matt Prior and Kamran Akmal.

 

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly scored 16 Test tons and never faced a defeat. His first Test century came on debut, which was a drawn game at Lord’s and his last Test ton came against Australia at Mohali, which India won in style. He leads the list for India for the most career tons without defeats.

 

 

Batsmen who have scored five or more Test centuries and never face defeats:

 

Batsman

100s

Graeme Smith

27

Geoff Boycott

22

Wally Hammond

22

Ian Bell

20

Gordon Greenidge

19

Sourav Ganguly

16

Alex Stewart

15

Everton Weekes

15

Ken Walters

15

Saleem Malik

15

Gundappa Viswanath

14

Michael Slater

14

Arthur Morris

12

Hanif Mohammad

12

John Edrich

12

Zaheer Abbas

12

Dean Jones

11

Andrew Hassett

10

Mudassar Nazar

10

Bob Simpson

10

Ted Dexter

9

Gautam Gambhir

9

Ian Redpath

8

Mark Butcher

8

Andrew Jones

7

Clem Hill

7

Charles Macartney

7

Jackie McGlew

7

Glen Turner

7

Keith Miller

7

Keith Stackpole

7

Keith Fletcher

7

Matt Prior

7

Mohsin Khan

7

Peter Partiff

7

Shoaib Mohammad

7

Bill Ponsford

7

Chris Broad

6

Craig McMillan

6

Grant Flower

6

Imran Khan

6

Jimmy Adams

6

Kamran Akmal

6

Kepler Wessels

6

MS Dhoni

6

Norman O’Neill

6

Warren Bardsley

6

Warwick Armstrong

6

Aamer Sohail

5

Bert Sutcliff

5

Basil D’Oliviera

5

Colin McDonald

5

Dilip Sardesai

5

Darren Lehmann

5

Mohammad Hafeez

5

Mark Boucher

5

Neil McKenzie

5

Pankaj Roy

5

Peter Richardson

5

Jeff Dujon

5

Bob Cowper

5

Wavell Hinds

5

 

At the same time, there have been batsmen who scored Test tons, but were never on the winning side. Andrew Jones leads the list as his seven Test tons never won a game for New Zealand. In fact, all his tons came in draws. On the other hand, Bert Sutcliffe’s five tons also came in draws. It is interesting to note that Sutcliffe played 42 Tests and was never on the winning side.

 

Batsmen whose Test tons never resulted in victories:

 

Batsman

100s

Andrew Jones

7

Asanka Gurusinha

7

Bevan Congdon

7

Lawrence Rowe

7

Vijay Manjrekar

7

Cyril Washbrook

6

John Reid

6

Mohammad Ashraful

6

Bert Sutcliffe

5

Brian Booth

5

Chandu Borde

5

Mark Burgess

5

 

(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)