James Anderson prepares to reverse sweep on Day 4 against India © Getty Images
James Anderson prepares to reverse sweep on Day 4 against India © Getty Images

 

Jul 12, 2014

Pacer James Anderson hit 81 runs from 130 balls against India, surpassing former bowler John Snow‘s unbeaten score of 59 to become the highest scorer in an innings at the number 11 position for England. The rearguard knock, which contained a record 17 fours, is currently the third-highest score in test cricket for that batting position. The Lancashire lad came to the crease at a time when England were looking to concede a major deficit to India. The duo of Anderson and Joe Root went on to add198 runs for the final wicket, breaking the 163-run record previously held by Ashton Agar and Phillip Hughes, interestingly at the same venue last year.

Following are the list of highest scores in an innings by a number 11 batsman in international test cricket:

Player Runs Team Versus Date
Ashton Agar 98 Australia England Jul 10, 2013
Tino Best 95 West Indies England Jun 07, 2012
James Anderson 81 England India Jul 12, 2014
Zaheer Khan 75 India Bangladesh Dec 10, 2004
Richard Collinge  68* New Zealand Pakistan Feb 16, 1973
Bert Vogler  62* South Africa England Mar 30, 1906
Glenn McGrath 61 Australia New Zealand Nov 18, 2004
Wasim Bari  60* Pakistan West Indies Feb 18, 1977
John Snow 59* England West Indies Aug 18, 1966