Australia has always been a heavyweight in cricket. Being the only team with five World Cups in their kitty, they have revolutionised the game. They are rated as the best team going in World cricket. However, not only in white-ball cricket, they have taken their game to next level in the longest format of the game as well. Ever since Pat Cummins has taken over, Australia is yet to lose the series and their biggest challenge will be against India.
3 Australian players with the most Test centuries in India
Australian batters have always stepped up whenever there’s a big stage. They have produced some magnificent efforts and have played some staggering brands of cricket as well. Although India has an upper edge in the series played between them but the Aussies are also no mug as they’ve from time to time played some sensational cricket. In this piece, we will take a look at 3 Australian players with the most Test centuries in India.
Michael Clarke – 3
Michael Clarke was one of the best batters that played for Australia in the longest format of the game. Not only did he lead the team well but he was among the top run-getters for the side during his tenure. He proved his prowess in overseas conditions as well as he was the most consistent batter. He’s Australian with the most Test centuries in India with 3 tons to his name. In the Asian nation, he averaged 40 as he amassed 972 runs in just 13 matches. Apart from three hundreds he also has 4 fifties in the country. He is also fifth leading run-getter in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The right-hander has scored 2049 runs at an average of 53.92. To go with this he has scored 7 hundreds and 6 fifties with the highest score of unbeaten 329 runs.
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Steve Smith – 3
Steve Smith is one of the finest to have touched the cricket bat and it’s fair to say that he loves playing against India. The right-hander also has smashed three centuries in India and his record in India is the best among any other Australian. The batting great has scored 660 runs in just 6 innings in India at a staggering average of 60, which is the most by any player from the current Australian squad. He has been the mainstay of the Australian batting lineup and has many times bailed his team out of trouble. Overall, he has scored 1742 runs against India in just 14 games at an average of 72.58. He also has 8 hundred and 5 fifties against India and is among the leading run scorer in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. It’s fair to say that the Pat Cummins-led side would be dependent on him to score in bulks and he needs to perform well if Australia has to fancy their chances of winning the series.
Most runs in Border-Gavaskar Trophy (Active players):
Cheteshwar Pujara – 1893 runs @ 54.08
Steve Smith – 1742 runs @ 72.58
Virat Kohli – 1682 runs @ 48.05
David Warner – 1148 runs @ 33.76
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Neil Harvey – 3
Not many know Neil Harvey, but he was the mainstay of the Australian batting lineup in the during the 1950s. He scored truckloads of runs for his side in the longest format of the game and is among the three Australians with the most centuries to their name in India. He scored 3 tons in India and smashed 609 runs in just 8 matches against the Asian giants. His average of 55.36 is the second highest by Australian in India. Also, he has smashed 2 fifties in India. His overall record against them is also decent as he averages more than 59 with 775 runs to his name.
Australian players with the most Test centuries in India
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