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Highest 8th Wicket Partnerships in Test

Suresh Iyer
February 21, 2022, 8:52
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Highest 8th Wicket Partnerships in Test

In this article, we consider the 8th wicket partnership record in Test cricket that was set by the England pair of Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad versus Pakistan at Lord’s in August 2010. The duo broke the existing record of 313 runs set by Pakistan’s Wasim Akram and Saqlain Mushtaq versus Zimbabwe in 1996.

England vs Pakistan at Lord’s, August 2010 (332 Runs)

In the fourth Test at Lord’s on the Pakistan tour of England in August 2010, the home side batted first. On a wicket that helped the seamers, they lost a flurry of wickets to be reduced to 47 for five. Thereafter, a minor recovery ensued thanks to a 55-run stand for the sixth wicket before the home side lost two more wickets. At 102/7, the situation seemed hopeless when Jonathan Trott was joined at the wicket by Stuart Broad. What followed thereafter was the stuff of legends. The pair engaged in a stand that lasted nearly 96 overs until Stuart Broad was out for 169 minutes from 297 deliveries including 18 fours and a six. England were eventually bowled out for 446. In reply, Pakistan scored 74. Following on, they were dismissed for 147, rendering England the winners by an innings and 225 runs.

Pakistan vs Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura, October 1996 (313 Runs)

In the first match of a series on the Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan, the visitors batted first and scored 375. Pakistan began their reply with an opening stand of 64. However, a regular fall of wickets saw the home side reduced to 237 for 7. At this point, tail-end batsmen skipper Wasim Akram and Saqlain Mushtaq were at the crease. The pair then engaged in an eighth-wicket stand of 313, breaking a 65-year-old record of 246 set by England versus New Zealand. Saqlain Mushtaq’s contribution was 79 of 359 deliveries while Wasim Akram remained not out on 257 from 363 balls including 22 fours and 12 sixes. The match ended in a draw after Pakistan were bowled out for 553 and Zimbabwe replied with 243/7.

New Zealand vs South Africa at Cape Town, April-May 2006 (256 Runs)

In the second Test of a series between the visiting New Zealanders and South Africa at Cape Town in the summer of 2006 New Zealand batted first. The visitors were reduced to 279 for seven when tailender James Franklin joined skipper Steven from Fleming at the crease. The duo then nearly doubled the score with an eighth-wicket stand of 256. In the process, the pair came close to breaking the then world record of 313 set by Pakistan’s Wasim Akram and Saqlain Mushtaq 10 years earlier. The partnership ended when Stephen Fleming was bowled for 262 made from 423 balls with 31 fours and two sixes. New Zealand went on to score 593 for 8 declared, with Franklin remaining not out on 122. The match ended in a high-scoring draw.

New Zealand vs Australia at Perth, November-December 2001 (253 Runs)

In the third Test of a series between visitors New Zealand and hosts Australia in Perth in November 2001, the tourists batted first. After a poor start in which they were reduced to 19 for two, skipper Stephen Fleming and Lou Vincent steadied the ship with a 199-run stand for the third wicket. However, Australia struck back by grabbing a flurry of wickets to reduce New Zealand to 7 for 281. But nobody could have foreseen what was to follow, when Adam Parore joined Nathan Astle at the wicket. The pair then engaged in a stand of 253 runs that ended when Parore was dismissed for 110 made from 243 balls with 14 fours and a six. The match ended in a draw as Australia chasing 440 to win ended up at 341/7. Astle remained unbeaten on 156.

England vs New Zealand at Lord’s, June 1931, (246 Runs)

On the tour of England into 1931 New Zealand faced off correction batted first in the first Test of lords the visitors were bowled out for 224. When England batted the last regular wickets to be reduced to 194 seven, GOB Allen joined wicketkeeper Les Amis at the crease. The duo got together in a record stand of 246 for the eighth wicket before Ames was out for 137. Allen went on to make 122 in a team score of 454. While the match ended in a draw, it helped rewrite cricket history in that the previous record partnership for the eighth wicket of 173 set in December 1920 stood shattered.

                                       8th wicket Partnership Record in Test Cricket
Date Partnership Runs Venue Team Rivals
26 Aug 2010 Trott, Broad 332 Lord’s England Pakistan
17 Oct 1996 Akram, Saqlain 313 Sheikhupura Pakistan Zimbabwe
27 Apr 2006 Fleming, Franklin 256 Cape Town New Zealand South Africa
30 Nov 2001 Astle, Parore 253 Perth New Zealand Australia
27 Jun 1931 Ames, Allen 246 Lord’s England New Zealand
10 Jan 1908 Hartigan, Hill 243 Adelaide Australia England
8 Dec 2016 Kohli, Yadav 241 Mumbai India England
18 Aug 1966 Graveney, Murray 217 The Oval England West Indies
29 Oct 2017 Dowrich, Holder 212 Bulawayo West Indies Zimbabwe
10 Mar 2021 Williams, Tiripano 187 Abu Dhabi Zimbabwe Afghanistan
31 Dec 1920 Pellew, Gregory 173 Melbourne England England
4 Aug 2004 Jayawardene, Vaas 170 Galle Sri Lanka South Africa
7 May 2021 Abid Ali, Nauman Ali 169 Harare Pakistan Zimbabwe
5 Aug 1971 Illingworth, Lever 168 Manchester England India
4 Nov 2003 Streak, Blignaut 168 Harare Zimbabwe West Indies
27 Nov 1996 Azharuddin, Kumble 161 Kolkata India South Africa
14 Mar 1885 Bonnor, Jones 154 Sydney Australia England
2 Mar 1896 Wright, Bromley-Davenport 154 Johannesburg England South Africa
1 Jan 1947 Tallon, Lindwall 154 Melbourne Australia England

 

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