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Highest partnerships and aggregates between captain-wicketkeeper pair in a Test innings

BJ Watling (left) and Brendon McCullum © Getty Images
BJ Watling (left) and Brendon McCullum © Getty Images

By Bharath Seervi

Brendon McCullum (captain) and BJ Watling (wicketkeeper) added 352 runs for the sixth wicket against India at Basin Reserve, Wellington.  It turns to be the highest partnership between a captain and a wicketkeeper in a Test innings. They overcame the 347-run stand between West Indies skipper, Denis Atkinson and wicket keeper, Clairmonte Depeiaza against Australia at Bridgetown in May 1955.

Highest Partnership between a Captain-Wicket Keeper pair in a Test Inning (200+)

Runs Wicket Captain Wicketkeeper Team Against Venue Date
352 #6 B McCullum BJ Watling NZ Ind Wellington Feb-14
347 #7 D Atkinson C Depeiaza WI Aus Bridgetown May-55
338 #5 G Smith AB de Villiers SA Pak Dubai (DSC) Oct-13
282* #6 B Lara R Jacobs WI Eng St John’s Apr-04
250 #6 C Lloyd D Murray WI Ind Mumbai  (WS) Jan-75
223* #3 J Miandad T Arif Pak Aus Faisalabad Mar-80
221 #7 P van der Merve D Lindsay SA Aus Johannesburg Dec-66
207 #6 C Lloyd J Dujon WI Ind St John’s Apr-83
203 #2 S Jayasuriya K Sangakkara SL Pak Lahore Mar-02

McCullum and Watling’s aggregate of 400 plus runs in the innings is only the third time a captain and keeper aggregated 400 or more runs in a Test innings. The table is lead by Brian Lara (400 not out) and Ridley Jacobs (107 not out), who aggregated 507 runs against England at St John’s in April 2004.

 Highest aggregates between a captain-wicketkeeper pair in a Test innings (300+)

Aggregate Captain Wicketkeeper Team Against Venue Date
507 B Lara (400*) R Jacobs (107*) WI Eng St John’s Apr-04
471 Y Khan (313) K Akmal (158*) Pak SL Karachi Feb-09
426  B McCullum (302) BJ Watling 124 NZ Ind Wellington Feb-14
398 G Smith (234) AB de Villiers (164) SA Pak Dubai (DSC) Oct-13
341 D Atkinson (219) C Depeiaza (122) WI Aus Bridgetown May-55
333 C Lloyd (242*) D Murray (91) WI Ind Mumbai (WS) Jan-75
320 R Ponting (207) A Gilchrist (113) Aus Pak Sydney Jan-05
323 W Hammond (240) L Ames (83) Eng Aus Lord’s Jun-38
318 S Jayasuriya (88) K Sangakkara (230) SL Pak Lahore Mar-02
316 J Miandad (106*) T Arif (210*) Pak Aus Faisalabad Mar-80
314 P May (285*) G Evans (29) Eng WI Birmingham Jun-57
311 B Simpson (311) W Grout (0) Aus Eng Manchester Jul-64
306 G Chappell (235) R Marsh (71) Aus Pak Faisalabad Mar-80
303 MAK Pataudi (203*) B Kunderan (100) Ind Eng Delhi Feb-64

# Younis Khan (313) and Kamran Akmal (158 not out), and Graeme Smith (234) and AB de Villiers (164) are the only instances when a captain and a wicketkeeper scored 150 or more in the same innings.

# Javed Miandad and Taslim Arif as well as Greg Chappell and Rod Marsh were in the same Test match.

# None of the above occasions resulted in a loss.

# Peter van der Merve and Denis Lindsay as well as McCullum and Watling were in the third innings of the match.

Please note: Statistics updated till February 17, 2014 (End of 4th day of India vs New Zealand second Test at Wellington)

(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)

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