Mark Wood showed some resistance with the bat as well in The Ashes 2015    Getty Images
Mark Wood showed some resistance with the bat as well in The Ashes 2015 Getty Images

Mark Wood scored 24 runs with six fours in England s first innings of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval. Bharath Seervi lists highest individual Test scores made entirely in boundaries (fours and sixes).

Coming to bat at No. 10 in the fifth Test of Ashes 2015 at The Oval, Mark Wood scored 24. The innings included six fours. Wood s 24 is the highest individual score in Ashes where all runs came in boundaries (fours and/or sixes). However, it is not the record in the history of Test cricket.

The highest all-boundary individual score is 32 by two batsmen. Sanath Jayasuriya scored 32 with eight fours against India at SSC in 1997, as did Alex Tudor in his 32 against New Zealand at Edgbaston in 1999. Jayasuriya faced 38 balls while Tudor batted 62 balls for their 32. The closes to this was Brian Lara s 16-ball 30 against India at Bourda in 1996-97. Lara hit six fours and asix.

Shoaib Akhtar (28 with 4 fours and 2 sixes) and Seymour Nurse (26 with 5 fours and 1 six) have also done better than Wood. The table below lists the highest individual scores in Tests that were all scored in boundaries.

20 or more runs in an innings scored all in boundaries (fours and sixes)

Batsman Runs Balls 4s 6s Inns For Against Venue Date
Alex Tudor 32* 62 8 0 2 England New Zealand Edgbaston 01-Jul-99
Sanath Jayasuriya 32 38 8 0 1 Sri Lanka India SSC 09-Aug-97
Brian Lara 30 16 6 1 2 West Indies India Georgetown 17-Apr-97
Shoaib Akhtar 28 14 4 2 3 Pakistan India Rawalpindi 13-Apr-04
Seymour Nurse 26 5 1 2 West Indies India Chennai 13-Jan-67
Graeme Swann 24 26 6 0 2 England Sri Lanka Galle 26-Mar-12
Darren Sammy 24 17 6 0 3 West Indies New Zealand Hamilton 19-Dec-13
Mark Wood 24 41 6 0 2 England Australia The Oval 20-Aug-15
Keith Stackpole 20 18 5 0 4 Australia South Africa St George s Park 05-Mar-70
Boeta Dippenaar 20 62 5 0 2 South Africa India Bloemfontein 03-Nov-01
Harbhajan Singh 20 9 5 0 1 India New Zealand Hamilton 19-Dec-02
Wavell Hinds 20 27 5 0 2 West Indies Australia Queen s Park Oval 19-Apr-03
Michael Vaughan 20 33 5 0 1 England Zimbabwe Chester-le-Street 05-Jun-03
Aftab Ahmed 20 14 5 0 1 Bangladesh England Lord’s 26-May-05
Matthew Hayden 20 33 5 0 3 Australia South Africa WACA 16-Dec-05
Justin Langer 20 32 5 0 4 Australia South Africa SCG 02-Jan-06
Ravi Rampaul 20 22 2 2 4 West Indies Pakistan Basseterre 20-May-11
Chris Gayle 20* 16 5 0 4 West Indies Bangladesh Khulna 21-Nov-12
James Anderson 20 22 5 0 1 England West Indies North Sound 13-Apr-15

Alex Tudor faced 62 balls for this all-in-boundaries innings of 32 not out, as did Boeta Dippenaar for his 20; this is the most balls faced by batsmen in the above table.

Harbhajan Singh scored 20 off 9 balls with five fours, which is the lowest.

Let us now list innings where all runs were scored only in sixes. The record is held by, of all people, Courtney Walsh. Surprised? Walsh scored unbeaten 18 runs with three sixes against England at Edgbaston in 1994. There are five batsmen who scored 12 runs with two sixes. The table below lists the details.

Highest individual scores made all with sixes

Batsman Runs Balls 6s Inns For Opposition Venue Date
Courtney Walsh 18* 18 3 4 West Indies England Kensington Oval 08-Apr-94
Kapil Dev 12 7 2 3 India Australia MCG 26-Dec-91
Shoaib Akhtar 12 29 2 1 Pakistan England Faisalabad 20-Nov-05
Tim Southee 12* 7 2 4 New Zealand Australia The Gabba 20-Nov-08
Stuart Broad 12* 6 2 2 England India Old Trafford 07-Aug-14
Matt Henry 12* 4 2 3 New Zealand England Headingley 29-May-15

– There are 39 instances of batsman scoring exactly 6 runs with a single six in Tests.

The most consecutive runs scored all in boundaries at any point of an innings is 52 by Shakib Al Hasan during his stretch from 4 to 56 against New Zealand in the fourth innings at Hamilton in 2010. He hit 10 fours and 2 sixes for those 52 consecutive runs in boundaries.

The most consecutive runs scored all in boundaries at the start of an innings is 40 by Chris Gayle during his 333 against Sri Lanka at Galle in 2010. He hit 7 fours and 2 sixes for those 40 runs. These are subject to matches where ball-by-ball records are known.

Bonus Trivia

There are two batsmen who have started their innings in a Test with two sixes on the first two balls they faced: Foffie Williams (against England at Kensington Oval in 1948 off Jim Laker) and Sachin Tendulkar (against Australia at Chepauk in 2012 off Nathan Lyon).

(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 @SeerviBharath and on Facebook here)