Highest 6th Wicket Partnership in Test

Not too many times, a team has successfully put triple century partnership for 6th wicket in test matches. Ever since the inception of the gentlemen’s game, only 8 times a batting pair could forge a big partnership of plus 300 or more runs in this format for the 6th wicket.

The first ever plus 300 run stand for the 6th wicket was recorded some seven decades back in the year 1937 when Jack Fingleton and Sir Don Bradman added a mammoth 346-run against England in Melbourne.

In fact, this record stood in the record book for the next 65 years in a row, but the Aussie batsmen Damien Martyn and Adam Gilchrist hit a blistering 317-run partnership against South Africa in 2002 to become only the second pair in the history to accomplish triple century stand for this wicket.

Highest Sixth Wicket Partnership in Test Match

Batsmen (Team)

Runs

Against

Venue

Date

Ben Strokes and Jonny Bairstow
(England)

399

South Africa

Cape Town

02/01/2016

Kane Willimason and Bradley john Watling
(New Zealand)

365*

Sri Lanka

Wellington

03/01/2015

Bradley john Watling and Brendon McCullum
(New Zealand)

352

India

Wellington

14/02/2014

Mahela Jayawardene and Prasanna Jayawardene
(Sri Lanka)

351

India

Ahmedabad

16/11/2009

Jack Fingleton and Sir Don Bradman
(Australia)

346

England

Melbourne

01/01/1937

Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum
(New Zealand)

339

Bangladesh

Hamilton

15/02/2010

Damien Martyn and Adam Gilchrist
(Australia)

317

South Africa

Johannesburg

22/02/2002

Mike Hussey and Brad Haddin
(Australia)

307

England

Brisbane

25/11/2010

Dilip Vengsarkar and Ravi Shastri
(India)

298*

Australia

Mumbai

15/10/1986

Brian Lara and Ridley Jacobs
(West Indies)

282*

England

St John’s

10/04/2004

Honestly speaking, a triple century partnership is a rare phenomenon in itself. Though, a lot of batsmen invented several ways of scoring runs through unorthodox shots in limited-over internationals, but when it comes to test matches, not all batsmen could survive the challenge of shot balls, spin deliveries or even bowling at body line. After Martyn and Gilchrist’s 317-run stand way back in 2002, there was complete lull in the next seven years. However, Mahela Jayawardene and Prasanna Jayawardene built a gigantic 351-run stand for the 6th wicket against India in Ahmedabad in 2009 to join the elite league of Gilchrist, Bradman, Martyn and Fingleton. Interestingly, these two were the first non-Australian to accomplish so.

Statistically, Australia and New Zealand have forged plus three hundred run partnership for this wicket three times each. This is interesting, because out of 8 three hundred run stands for the sixth wicket, the Tasmanian nations shared 6 with each other while England and Sri Lanka added plus 300 run partnership for this wicket once each.

Surprisingly, India didn’t ever hit plus 300 run stand for the 6th wicket in test matches despite of its strong lower middle order. The highest ever partnership for this wicket was recorded a couple of months back when the English duo of Ben Strokes and Jonny Bairstow forged 339-run partnership against South Africa in Cape Town. This is still a world record.

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Last Updated on: 23/05/2022

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