Australia-India first Test to witness three greatest run scorers in same match

Sachin Tendulkar (L) leads with a huge 15,183 runs, while Ponting has amassed 12,656 runs to himself Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Melbourne: Dec 23, 2011

Boxing Day Test will see for the first time in 100 years, three greatest runscorers to play in the same Test match when Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Ricky Ponting grace the MCG field during the first Test match between India and Australia.

This will be the second time in cricket history that a Test match will feature batting’s top trio.

Last time it was Australians Clem Hill, Victor Trumper and Warwick Armstrong, although their previous figures didn’t help as England won a timeless match by 70 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 1 (the game was started on February 23).

Hill (3384 runs), Trumper (3108) and Armstrong (2181) had a combined 8673 runs between them entering the Test.

Ponting has amassed 12,656 runs to himself, while Tendulkar leads with a huge 15,183. Dravid has surged into the top two with a stellar last two years to total 13,094.

Between them, Tendulkar, Dravid and Ponting have scored a staggering 40,933 Test runs according to Herald Sun.

Though all of them have captained their country, none will be leading on Boxing Day.

Given the growth of shorter-form cricket, leading to shorter Test careers, and the lack of emerging Test batting superstars, this is likely to be the final series in history to feature the three leading scorers.