Tuesday 26 September 2017 / 10:41 PM

Daily Top 5: Most sixes in Test cricket

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has equalled legendary Australian keeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist all-time Test record of 100 sixes, bringing up the milestone by smashing the ball over the fence twice in his six-ball innings of 17 not out against Sri Lanka in Dunedin on Sunday.

McCullum reached the mark in his 98th Test – two matches slower than Gilchrist. But ‘Gilly’ stands out even further given he bludgeoned his 100 sixes in facing just 6796 balls at Test level; McCullum has faced 9756 deliveries in his Test career.

The Daily Top 5 celebrates the players that have cleared the rope the most times in Test cricket.

MOST SIXES IN A TEST CRICKET CAREER

5. Virender Sehwag – 91

The mesmerising little Indian averaged a six every 115 balls faced. He hit a career-best 7 sixes in an innings of 293 against Sri Lanka in 2009, while he managed 6 in his 309 against Pakistan five years earlier.

4. Jacques Kallis – 97

One of the greatest all-rounders the game has ever seen, the big South African was one of the most explosive batsmen on the planet during his 166-Test career. Kallis hit 5 sixes in his brilliant 201 not out against India in 2010.

3. Chris Gayle – 98

The incomparable Gayle also boasts the third-most sixes in ODI history (behind Shahid Afridi and Sanath Jayasuriya) with 238, while he has produced some of the most limited overs-like innings witnessed in Test cricket. The West Indian entertainer has his 6 or more sixes in an innings four times, including 9 in his incredible 333 against Sri Lanka in 2010. Few will forget the 6 sixes he belted against Australia at the WACA in 2009 as he brought up a 69-ball century.

2. Brendon McCullum – 100

McCullum often comes under fire for his gung-ho approach to batting in all forms of the game, but he is unquestionably one of the greatest crowd-pleasers the modern game has produced. ‘Baz’ hit 11 sixes in an innings twice in the space of a month – in his 202 off 188 balls against Pakistan in Sharjah in November 2014, and in his 195 off 134 balls against Sri Lanka in Christchurch in the Boxing Day Test – just one shy of Wasim Akram’s all-time record for a single innings.  

1. Adam Gilchrist – 100

A revolutionary figure, ‘Gilly’ hit 17 centuries and 26 half-centuries in his extraordinary 96-match Test career, retiring with a previously unheard of strike-rate of 81.95. He whacked a career-high 8 sixes in his sparkling 202 not out against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2002. Gilchrist became the first player to reach the astonishing mark of 100 sixes when he hit 3 in his 67 not out against Sri Lanka in Hobart in 2007, bringing up the milestone by hitting Muttiah Muralitharan over the Bellerive Oval fence in consecutive balls.

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