The hardest format in the game of cricket demands the highest quality and produces the toughest players. The dominance of a team in a test is very much dependent on the batsman just like the bowlers. Scoring runs for his team is what every player wants to do in the middle. It’s all about controlling sessions for being at the top after the end of the day’s play. In this article, we are going to see the batsman who has taken the fewest innings to score 2000 runs in Tests.
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#5. Marnus Labuschagne | 34 innings
Current Australia’s best Test batsman Marnus Labuschagne has reached the 2000 runs mark in just 34 innings. The right-handed batsman has played 21 matches in which he has aggregated 2113 runs with an average of 62.15. Labuschagne has smashed 12 half-centuries and 6 centuries in his Test career so far.
Meanwhile, he has the highest score of 215 and this was his only double ton in Tests. Marnus has also taken 12 wickets with an average of 43.67 in those 28 innings he bowled. Labuschagne is now one of the most successful batsmen on the Aussies side since the last two to three years. He has been involved in good partnerships with his teammate Steve Smith. Therefore, he comes at number five on this list of fewest innings to 2000 Test runs.
#4. Michael Hussey | 33 innings
Former Australia opening batsman Michael Hussey has smashed 2000 runs in 33 innings – one inning earlier than Labuschagne. Hussey was one of the main batsmen in his era. Michael Hussey has played 137 test innings in which he has aggregated 6235 runs with an average of 51.53. Meanwhile, Hussey has smashed 29 half-centuries and 19 centuries during his test career. Hussey has the highest score of 195 in tests. Moreover, he has played with a strike rate of over 50 in his test career. Therefore, Hussey comes at number four on this list of fewest innings to 2000 test runs.
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#3. Herbert Sutcliffe | 33 innings
Former England batsman Herbert Sutcliffe has reached the 2000 runs mark in 33 innings – means the same as Michael Hussey. Sutcliffe has played during 1924-1935. Meanwhile, he has played 54 tests for England, in which he has aggregated 4555 runs with an average of 60.83. Herbert has smashed 23 fifties and 16 hundred during his test career. Herbert Sutcliffe has the highest score of 194 in tests for his national side England. Therefore, he booked the third spot on this elite list of batsmen.
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#2. George Headley | 32 innings
Former West Indies batsman George Headley has reached the 2000 runs milestone in just 32 innings – means one inning earlier than Hussey and Sutcliffe. Headley has aggregated 2190 runs in 40 innings he has played in tests. Meanwhile, Headley has a brilliant average of 60.83 in Tests. Headley has smashed 5 half-centuries and 10 centuries during his test career. Moreover, Headley has the highest score of 270 in tests and he has played for West Indies for around 25 years. Therefore, Headley comes at number two on this list of the batsmen with the fewest innings to 2000 runs.
#1. Sir Donald Bradman | 22 innings
Sir Donald Bradman needs no introduction as he is always known for his brilliant batting skills in the early 19’s. Sir Bradman has reached the milestone in just 22 innings – means 10 innings earlier than George Headley. Don Bradman is much ahead of all the other four batsmen on this list. Sir Bradman has played 52 tests, in which he has aggregated 6996 runs and played with an impressive average of 99.94 in tests.
Meanwhile, Bradman has smashed 13 half-centuries and 29 centuries including 12 double tons during his 21 years long Test career. Therefore, Sir Donald Bradman topped this list of the elite batsmen and became the batsman with the fewest innings to smash 2000 test runs.
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N.B: The stats are accurate as of 26/12/2021.