Roll of honour

Roll of Honour – Overall Summary

5 Oct 2016 Country Total length of reigns No. of reigns Highest Score Longest Reign
1st Australia 332 12 120.18 146 (from Apr 01 - Aug 09)
2nd West Indies 156 4 118.09 130 (From Jun 80 - Mar 95)
4th South Africa 72* 9 98.84 26 (From Aug 12 - Mar 14)
3rd England 65 7 101.82 26 (From Jan 11 - Aug 12)
5th India 41 4 90.93 32 (Aug 16 - Feb 18)

Australia are clearly the overall Champions.

They have been champions for longest time and more frequently than any other country.

They also hold the highest ever score, a record held since Nov 1959, although the West Indies got close in 1986 mid way through their record breaking longest reign.

No one looked like getting close to matching the sustained dominance of the West Indies during the 1980’s and early 90’s. However Australia’s run at the top in the early 2000s surpassed their own reign of 56 series in the late 1990’s, and became the longest ever…. They hold all the records….

India became the fifth team to top the table… The previous new table topper was South Africa in 1970…

(Note: all figures in these tables are ‘standardised’ – the total score for the countries is always rounded up to 540 – so that an accurate comparison can be gained over the years. See FAQ for explanation)

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Roll of Honour by leaders over time

Team When & How took lead Length of reign Top score during reign, plus how and when
South Africa Sep 18 when India lost 4-1 to England 3* 73.04 when took lead
India Jul 18 when South Africa lost 2-0 to Sri Lanka 1 83.90 when took lead
South Africa April 18 defeating Australia 3-1 7 86.70 when took lead
India Aug 16 Australia losing 3-0 to Sri Lanka 32 90.93 beating Sri Lanka 3-0 in Aug 16
Australia Dec-15 South Africa losing to India 3-0 8 75.32 when took lead Dec-15
South Africa Oct-14 Australia losing 2-0 to Pakistan 18 84.77 Beating West Indies 2-0 Jan-15
Australia Mar-14 Beat South Africa 2-1 in South Africa 8 85.76 When took lead Mar-14
South Africa Aug-12 Beat England 2-0 in England 26 98.84 Beating Pakistan 3-0 Feb-13
England Jan-11 Beating Australia 3-1 in Australia 26 98.26 Beating India 4-0 Aug-11
India Oct-10 India beating Australia 2-0 5 78.99 When took lead Oct-10
Australia Jan-10 Australia beating Pakistan 3-0 12 83.18 When beat New Zealand 2-0 Mar-10
India Dec-09 India beating Sri Lanka 2-1 3 80.43 When took lead Dec-09
Australia Apr-01 South Africa only beating West Indies 2-1 away 146 120.18 Beating Sri Lanka 2-0 Nov-07
South Africa Mar-01 Australia lose 2-1 away to India 2 86.58 When beat Sri Lanka 2-0 before took lead Jan-01
Australia Mar-00 Beat New Zealand 3-0 away 15 95.38 Beat West Indies 5-0 at home Jan-01
South Africa Mar-00 Beat India 2-0 away 3 85.14 when took lead Mar-00
Australia Jan-00 South Africa only beat England 2-1 at home 1 83.3 Beat India 3-0 at home before took lead Jan-00
South Africa Mar-99 Beat New Zealand 1-0 away 11 86.83 Beat Zimbabwe 2-1 at home Nov-99
Australia May-95 Beat West Indies 2-1 away 56 85.18 Beat South Africa 1-0 at home Feb-98
West Indies Jun-80 Beat England 1-0 at home 130 118.09 Beat England 5-0 at home Feb-86
England Jun-78 Beat Pakistan 2-0 at home 15 79.14 Beat Australia 5-1 away Dec-78
West Indies Feb-78 West Indies beating Australia 3-1 1 70.13 Beat Australia 3-1 at home Mar-78
South Africa Feb-78 England only draw away against New Zealand 1 67.34 Before exclusion!
England Jun-77 England beat Australia 3-0 at home 3 70.6 when took lead Jun-77
Australia Dec-72 India beat England 2-1 at home 27 92.7 Beat West Indies 5-1 at home Nov-75
South Africa begin exclusion from International Sport - lasts 20 years - 20 points taken off (real) score - but remember all scores are standardised so that the table total always equals 500
England Nov-70 Beat Australia 2-0 away 8 97.7 When took lead Nov-70
South Africa Jan-70 Beat Australia 4-0 at home 1 89.25 When took lead Jan-70
Australia Dec-68 Beat West Indies 3-1 at home 8 84.24 When took lead Dec-68
West Indies Jun-68 England only drawing 1-1 with Australia at home 1 83.79 After losing to England(!) prior to becoming leaders Mar-68
England Mar-68 Beat West Indies 1-0 away 1 85.81 When went top Mar-68
West Indies Jun-63 Beat England 3-1 away 24 100.68 Beat India 2-0 away Dec-66
Australia Dec-58 Beat England 4-0 at home 18 119.17 Beat Pakistan 2-0 away Nov-59
England Feb-56 Beat Australia 2-1 at home 9 101.82 Beat New Zealand 4-0 at home Jun-58
Australia Mar-55 Beat West Indies 3-0 away 5 87.82 when went top Mar-55
England Nov-54 Beat Australia 3-1 away 3 86.09 Beat New Zealand 2-0 away Mar-55
Australia Mar-46 Beat New Zealand 1-0 away 29 115.59 Beat West Indies 4-1 at home Nov-51

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Biggest Series Wins

Most recent entries…

  • Sri Lanka’s whiteqwash of table topping Australia gave them a point increase of 16.92 (Aug 16) 11th on table
  • India’s thrashing of South Africa that knocked them from Number 1 to number 4 in the table gained India 17.11 points – the 10th best series on record
  • Australia’s whitewash of England in the winter of 2013-14 comes in at number 2 – but is not the best or worst for either team as number 1 looks fairly similar!
  • India’s whitewash at home v Australia in Mar 2013 a gain of 18.91 the then 4th best and India’s best ever also Australia’s worst ever away series
  • Pakistan’s whitewash of England – a gain of 19.05 – the then 3rd best ever…
  • England’s whitewash of India (Summer 2012) – a gain of 15.76 just outside our table
Position Gain By Home/Away Against Date
1 23.30 Australia Home England Dec 58
2 20.29 Australia Home England Jan 14
3 19.15 South Africa Away Australia Dec 52
4 19.05 Pakistan Home England Feb 12
5 18.91 India Home Australia Mar 13
6 18.75 South Africa Home Australia Jan 70
7 18.05 England Home Australia Jun 77
8 17.82 India Home Australia Nov 08
9 17.32 Australia Home England Dec 79
10 17.11 India Home South Africa Dec 15
11 16.92 Sri Lanka Home Australia Aug 16
12 16.90 England Away West Indies May 68
13 16.78 England Home India Sep 18
14 16.59 Australia Away West Indies Mar 55

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Highest Team Scores

Position Team Highest Score When
1 Australia 120.18 Nov 07
2 West Indies 118.09 Feb 86
3 England 101.82 Jun 58
4 South Africa 98.84 Feb 13
5 India 90.93 Aug 16
6 Pakistan 76.66 Feb 89
7 Sri Lanka 63.52 Mar 02
8 New Zealand 62.46 Feb 87
9 Zimbabwe 37.76 Dec 98
10 Bangladesh 34.80 Aug 17
11 Ireland 19.94 May 18
12 Afghanistan 19.65 Jun 18

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Lowest Team Scores

Position Team Lowest Score When
1 Australia 36.15 Dec 85
2 South Africa 35.82 Dec 49
3 Pakistan 30.97 Oct 52
4 India 28.78 Jun 59
6 Sri Lanka 25.89 Aug 88
7 England 25.71 Jun 89
5 West Indies 25.65 Jan 16
8 New Zealand 22.99 Feb 59
9 Ireland 19.94 May 18
10 Afghanistan 19.65 July 18
11 Zimbabwe 15.60 Mar 13
12 Bangladesh 11.45 Dec 02

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Highest Run-Rates

New Zealand’s 2016 domination of Zimbabwe gave an 8th best run rate of all time – 110.33, a mere 87.5 points above Zimbabwe’s
Position Run Rate No of tests By Home/away Against Opposition Run Rate Difference When
1 182 1 Pakistan Home Bangladesh 14.10 167.90 Sep 01
Pakistan v Bangladesh in Sep 2001 produced the highest run rate and the biggest difference (although this is just for a 1 test series)
2 162.50 2 England Home Bangladesh 17.18 145.32 Jun 05
England v Bangladesh in June 2005 produced the highest run rate and difference for a series of at least 2 tests. No team, until 2016, had recorded a run rate of over 100 for a series involving 3 or more tests
3 129 1 Australia Away Sri Lanka 24 105 Apr 83
4 125 2 Pakistan Home Sri Lanka 63.36 61.64 Mar 09
5 124.08 3 Australia Home West Indies 25.08 99.00 Jan 16
The highest run rate and difference for a series of 3 tests or more
5 118.45 2 Australia Home Sri Lanka 29.18 89.27 Nov 07
6 112.33 2 South Africa Home Bangladesh 18.60 93.73 Oct 02
7 111 1 Sri Lanka Home Bangladesh 20.90 90.10 Sep 01
8 110.33 3 New Zealand Away Zimbabwe 23.83 87.5 Aug 16
9 108 2 England Away New Zealand 29 79 Feb 75
10 101.23 2 South Africa Home Bangladesh 18.23 83 Oct 17
No other series have a team scoring over 100 run rate...
further down 67.32 4 South Africa Home West Indies 34.95 32.37 Jan 04
Highest run rate for a series of 4 tests or more
further down 66 5 England Home Pakistan 23 43 May 62
Highest run rate for a series of 5 tests or more, largest difference for a series of 4 or more tests

Country Table

Country Total series wins Home wins Away wins Total series losses Home losses Away losses Biggest home up Biggest away up Biggest home down Biggest away down Highest score Lowest score Best postition Worst position
Australia 88 45 43 90 43 47 23.30 16.59 -19.15 -18.91 120.18 36.15 1 7
Afghanistan 1 1 n/a n/a n/a -0.35 19.65 19.65 10 11
Bangladesh 27 17 10 29 12 17 4.55 4.78 -1.51 -5.12 34.80 11.45 8 10
England 109 58 51 92 48 44 18.05 16.90 -16.50 -23.30 101.82 25.71 1 9
India 76 48 28 82 31 51 18.91 14.12 -9.56 -16.78 90.93 28.78 1 8
Ireland 1 1 n/a n/a -0.06 n/a 19.94 19.94 10 11
New Zealand 78 47 31 83 37 46 8.97 8.29 -7.63 -6.56 62.46 22.99 3 9
Pakistan 75 39 36 75 30 45 19.05 8.94 -8.25 -11.95 76.66 30.97 2 9
South Africa 57 30 27 52 25 27 18.75 19.15 -15.87 -17.11 98.84 35.82 1 7
Sri Lanka 61 36 25 57 23 34 16.92 7.02 -8.94 -8.83 63.52 25.89 2 9
West Indies 69 33 36 74 33 41 11.33 16.50 -16.90 -13.92 118.09 25.65 1 9
Zimbabwe 26 18 8 30 12 18 3.79 5.85 -3.91 -4.18 37.76 15.60 7 10