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Top Run-Scorers in Test Cricket 2016

Suresh Iyer
December 20, 2021, 12:01
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Top Run-Scorers in Test Cricket 2016

In this article, we take a look at a list of players with the most runs in Test cricket in 2016. Find out who holds the record and who was the best run-scorer of Test cricket that year. Our list of the top ten highest-scoring players includes 5 players from England, 2 from India, and one each from Australia, New Zealand, and Pakistan.

Joe Root (1544 runs)

England skipper Joe Root leads the list of batters with the most Test runs in 2016. During the year he played in 25 innings of 14 Test matches to tot up 1544 runs at 64.33, with 6 tons and two fifties, including a top score of 254. He made that score versus Pakistan in the 2nd Test of a series in Manchester, helping England to win the match by 330 runs.

Jonny Bairstow (1470 runs)

Joe Root’s England teammate Jonny Bairstow was the next best run-scorer in Test cricket in 2016. The keeper-batter played 28 innings in 17 matches to make 1470 runs at 58.80. His runs included 3 hundreds and 8 fifties, including a top score of 167 not out. That score came in June 2016 in the 3rd Test of a series versus Sri Lanka at Lord’s. Bairstow was declared Man of the Match in a drawn game.

Top Run-Scorers in Test Cricket 2016

Alastair Cook (1270 runs)

The third place among the top run-scorers in 2016 also went to an English player, Alastair Cook. Cook played in 33 innings of 17 Tests in which he made 1270 runs at 42.33, with 2 tons and 7 fifties. He had a top score of 130 during the calendar year. Cook got the score against India in Rajkot in the 1st Test of a series. The knock helped England set a target of 310 before the game ended in a stalemate.

Virat Kohli (1215 runs)

India skipper Virat Kohli was the 4th best run-scorer in Test cricket in 2016. He had 1215 runs at 75.93 in 18 innings of 12 Tests. His runs included 4 tons and 2 fifties and his top score was 235. Kohli registered that score in the 4th Test of a series in Mumbai in December 2016. Thanks to Kohli’s knock, India won the match by an innings and 36 runs.

Azhar Ali (1198 runs)

Pakistan’s top-order batter Azhar Ali was next on the list of top Test run-scorers in 2016. He scored 1198 runs at 63.05 in 22 innings of 11 matches. His runs included 3 tons and 4 half-tons, with the highest score of 302 not out. Azhar registered that score versus West Indies in a day-night game in Dubai in October 2016. On the back of Azhar’s career-best knock, Pakistan won the match by 56 runs.

List of top Test run-scorers in 2016

Sr No Player Matches Innings Runs Average Highest Score 100s 50s
1 Root 14 25 1544 64.33 254 6 2
2 Bairstow 17 28 1470 58.80 167 n.o. 3 8
3 Cook 17 33 1270 42.33 130 2 7
4 Kohli 12 18 1215 75.93 235 4 2
5 Azhar 11 22 1198 63.05 302 n.o. 3 4
6 Smith 11 18 1079 71.93 165 n.o. 4 5
7 Moeen 17 29 1078 46.66 155 n.o. 4 5
8 Stokes 12 21 904 45.21 258 2 3
9 Pujara 11 16 836 55.73 124 3 4
10 Williamson 10 18 753 47.03 113 1 6

Steve Smith (1079 runs)

Former Australia skipper Steve Smith played in 18 innings of 11 Test matches in the calendar year 2016. He aggregated 1079 runs at 71.93. His runs included 4 centuries and 5 fifties, with a top score of 165 not out. Smith played that innings versus Pakistan in the 2nd Test of a series in Melbourne in December 2016. Riding on Smith’s knock, Australia won the game by an innings and 18 runs.

Moeen Ali (1078 runs)

England’s Moeen Ali played in 29 innings in 17 Tests during 2016 to make 1078 runs at 46.66. His runs included 4 tons and 5 half-tons, with a top score of 155 not out. Moeen got that highest score in the 2nd Test of a series versus Sri Lanka in Chester-le-Street in May 2016, in a match that England won by 9 wickets.

Ben Stokes (904 runs)

In 2016, England all-rounder Ben Stokes played in 12 Tests. In 21 innings, Stokes made 904 runs at 45.21, with 2 tons and 3 fifties, including a top score of 258. Stokes registered that score, his highest in Test cricket, versus South Africa in the 2nd match of a series in Cape Town in January 2016. He was named Player of the Match in the drawn encounter.

Top Run-Scorers in Test Cricket 2016

Cheteshwar Pujara (836 runs)

India’s Cheteshwar Pujara played in 16 innings of 11 Tests in the calendar year of 2016. He scored 836 runs at 55.73 with 3 tons and 4 fifties. His runs included a top score of 124 made against Australia in the 1st Test of a series in Rajkot in November 2016. Pujara’s knock helped India respond strongly to England’s first innings score of 537, in a match that was eventually drawn.

Kane Williamson (753 runs)

In 18 innings of 10 Test matches in 2016, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson scored 753 runs at 47.03, including one ton and six half-centuries. He had a top score of 113, made against Zimbabwe in the 2nd Test of a series in Bulawayo in August 2016. On the back of Williamson’s effort, New Zealand won the match by 254 runs.

Summary

Interestingly, barring Alastair Cook who has quit international cricket and Moeen Ali who has retired from Tests, all the other players on the list are currently active in the Test arena.

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