Bangladesh beatAfghanistan by a massive 546 runs, registering the biggest victory in 21st Century. Winning a Test match itself is a big achievement for any captain and his team. It is arguably the toughest and topmost of all the three other international formats in the sport of cricket. Even after so many years of Twenty20 cricket and other shorter formats, Test cricket remains the ultimate priority for many players. A captain and a player always take the field to win matches for their respective side and to achieve it in a bigger way is more special.
In this article, we’ll look at top 10 victories by margin in test cricket.
England (675 vs Australia)
The English side holds the record for registering the biggest victory in the history of Tests in terms of runs. They defeated their rivals Australia in their own backyard by a staggering margin of 675 runs in the first of the five-match Ashes series in Brisbane in 1928/29. It was Australia’s turn next to script the second-largest victory of 562 runs against their arch-rivals England at The Oval in the fifth and final Test of the 1934 Ashes series.
England (Innings and 579 runs vs Australia)
The Oval was the host venue of the 5th Test of a series in August 1938 on Australia’s tour of England. Batting first, England piled up 903/7 on the back of opener Len Hutton’s mammoth knock of 364 supported by centuries from Maurice Leyland and Joe Hardstaff. In reply, Australia scored 201, with English bowler Bill Barnes returning figures of 5/49. Following on the visitors collapsed to be all out for 123 in the second innings. This time around, Ken Farnes was England’s most impressive bowler with figures of 4/63.
Bangladesh (546 vs Afghanistan)
Bangladesh has been the latest addition in the list of teams with biggest win margin, the Tigers defeated Afghanistan by a massive margin of 546 runs. This was also the biggest victory by runs in Test match in the 21st century and overall the match takes the third spot. Afghanistan, who played their just seventh Test has been thrashed by the experienced Bangladesh at Mirpur by margin of 546 runs while chasing a massive 662 runs.
Australia (530 runs vs South Africa)
Although the majority of these victories occurred between 1990 and 1950, they are still incredible. The 4th highest win margin was recorded when Australia took on South Africa in Melbourne in February 1911. Australia scored 328 runs in their first inning, with Warren Bardsley scoring 82 runs. In reply, South Africa managed a score of 205 runs in 62.5 overs, with Dave Nourse scoring 92 runs. Australia got a 123 run lead. In the second innigs ,South Africa bundled out for 171 while chasing a target of 702 and lost the match by 530 runs.
South Africa (492 runs vs Australia)