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Slowest Fifty in Test Cricket

Yogesh Gupta
December 15, 2021, 10:40
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Slowest Fifty in Test Cricket

People love to watch Test matches because they push the players out of their comfort zone and test their skills. Any Test series brings the best as well as worst out of the players. Without further ado, below is the rundown of the slowest Test fifties ever made.

Peter Taylor (Australia)

Peter Taylor played for Australia for a short period. And in that short time, the player made one of the slowest ever fifties. Taylor went onto the field at number seven and was there for a respectable amount of time. The player scored around 54 runs in 251 balls and in the 235th ball, he hit his fifty. Despite the efforts of Tayor, Australia lost the match by 188 runs and an innings. He continues to hold the top position among the five slowest fifties in Test cricket.

Chris Tavare (England)

After the growth of international cricket between Australia and England, the two teams played against each other in Test cricket various times. During these Test matches, there were a number of records created and broken.

Chris Tavare managed to create a record of the slowest fifty of 1980. He played an extremely slow innings of 82 runs off 277 balls. He reached his fifty in 236 balls.

Moreover, the player opened the innings for the team in the match.

Evan Gray (New Zealand)

New Zealand was one of the powerful cricket teams between the 80s and 90s. They had many legendary players during the period; Evan Gray was among them. He was only part of the New Zealand team for ten Test matches. Nevertheless, he continues to be remembered for his slow fifty that went to the records. Moreover, it was the only half-century of Evan’s cricket career. The 65-year-old player played 238 balls against England in Nottingham in 1986. He came onto the field at number six and hit his fifty with a strike rate of merely 21.

Allan Border (Australia)

Former captain Allan Border is a popular name in the history of Test cricket. He led the team for several years and created a number of records along the way. The 64-year-old was known for his gritty and stubborn attitude.

Playing a Test match against West Indies with legends like Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose, Malcolm Marshall, Allan scored 75 runs off 330 balls. In 262 balls, he scored his fifty with a low strike rate of 22. Australia won the match by seven wickets, and Border won the Man of the Match for his long innings.

Trevor Bailey

Throughout Test cricket history, England has presented the world with legendary batsmen, and Trevor Bailey is among them. In 1958, he created a record that had never been heard before until that time. In the Test match between Australia and England in Brisbane, Trevor played an exceptional score of 68 runs in 425 balls. The player scored his 50 off 350 balls, paving the way for an unprecedented feat. To date, it is the slowest fifty in the history of Test cricket. However, Australia won the match, and it was the first Test match to be shown on television.

Balls  Players  Match Location
350 TE Bailey England v Australia Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane 2/1
343 DJ McGlew South Africa v Australia New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 2/1
330 AC Bannerman Australia v England Association Ground, Sydney 1/19
264 CL Smith England v New Zealand Eden Park, Auckland 1/22
262 MC Cowdrey England v South Africa Old Trafford, Manchester 5/8
262 AR Border Australia v West Indies Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 1/21
260 DR Jardine England v Australia Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 2/26
260 FJ Titmus England v India Brabourne Stadium, Bombay 1/29
259 HL Collins Australia v England Kennington Oval, Kennington 4/9
257 PE Richardson England v South Africa New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 1956/57
250 JW Trumble Australia v England Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 1/21
245 Alimuddin Pakistan v England Dacca Stadium, Dacca 1/30
243 MC Cowdrey England v West Indies Edgbaston, Birmingham 5/10
241 BA Edgar New Zealand v Australia Basin Reserve, Wellington 1/23
240 WH Scotton England v Australia Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 1/21
240 A Jackson Australia v England Kennington Oval, Kennington 4/13
239 B Mitchell South Africa v England Edgbaston, Birmingham 1929
239 B Mitchell South Africa v England St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth 2/7
239 DS Sheppard England v India Kennington Oval, Kennington 5/5
239 L Hutton England v West Indies Kensington Oval, Bridgetown 2/4
239 JB Bolus England v India Nehru Stadium, Madras 1/29
239 WM Lawry Australia v England Kennington Oval, Kennington 1964
239 BA Pocock New Zealand v England Basin Reserve, Wellington 1/19
237 KF Barrington England v India Nehru Stadium, Madras 1963/64
236 JW Burke Australia v South Africa New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 2/1
236 Hanif Mohammad Pakistan v England Dacca Stadium, Dacca 1961/62
236 DN Sardesai India v England Modi Stadium, Kanpur 1963/64
236 CJ Tavar England v Pakistan Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood 6/4
235 PL Taylor Australia v Pakistan National Stadium, Karachi 1988/89
234 RH Catterall South Africa v England Edgbaston, Birmingham 1929
234 E Paynter England v South Africa Kingsmead, Durban 2/17
234 JJ Crowe New Zealand v Sri Lanka Colombo Cricket Club Ground, Colombo 1986/87
232 KL Wishart West Indies v England Bourda, Georgetown 1934/35
231 V Pollard New Zealand v England Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood 1965
230 TP Horan Australia v England Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 1/21
230 TE Bailey England v New Zealand Lancaster Park, Christchurch 1950/51
230 GM Turner New Zealand v England Lancaster Park, Christchurch 1/26
229 GO Rabone New Zealand v South Africa Newlands, Cape Town 1953/54
229 JW Burke Australia v England Trent Bridge, Nottingham 1956
229 Javed Burki Pakistan v England Dacca Stadium, Dacca 1961/62
229 DB Vengsarkar India v England Eden Gardens, Calcutta 1981/82
229 KR Rutherford New Zealand v Australia Eden Park, Auckland 1985/86
229 BA Young New Zealand v South Africa Kingsmead, Durban 1/19
228 JM Brearley England v Pakistan Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad 1/24
228 EJ Gray New Zealand v England Trent Bridge, Nottingham 6/8
228 Shoaib Mohammad Pakistan v Zimbabwe Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore 1/20
227 JF Crapp England v South Africa Newlands, Cape Town 1948/49
227 Hanif Mohammad Pakistan v England Dacca Stadium, Dacca 1961/62
225 B Mitchell South Africa v England Kennington Oval, Kennington 1947
225 RN Harvey Australia v England Headingley, Leeds 1956
223 DCS Compton England v Australia Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 1946/47
222 CN Frank South Africa v Australia Old Wanderers, Johannesburg 1921/22
222 CT Radley England v New Zealand Eden Park, Auckland 1/24
221 PA Gibb England v South Africa Kingsmead, Durban 1938/39
221 R Illingworth England v Australia Headingley, Leeds 1972
219 GS Camacho West Indies v England Kensington Oval, Bridgetown 1967/68
219 CJ Tavar England v Australia Old Trafford, Manchester 1981
219 GW Flower Zimbabwe v India Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi 1992/93
218 EAB Rowan South Africa v England Kingsmead, Durban 1938/39
218 DJ McGlew South Africa v Australia Kingsmead, Durban 1957/58
218 GM Turner New Zealand v India Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur 1969/70
218 WM Lawry Australia v England Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 1970/71
218 G Boycott England v Australia Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth 1978/79
218 CJ Tavar England v India Wankhede Stadium, Bombay 1981/82
218 JG Wright New Zealand v Australia Basin Reserve, Wellington 1992/93

There you have it, the slowest half-century in the Test series. These are some of the best cricket players and have many records in their name. But along with their achievements, they also have the record of slowest fifties in Test cricket.

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