Highest margin of win in Test cricket  

In the history of Test cricket, several one-sided matches have taken place and some of them saw the highest margin of win ever in Test cricket. Teams have rolled their opponents over and dictated terms to them. England hold the record for the biggest ever win in Test cricket after they defeated Australia by an innings and 579 runs back in August 1938 at the Kennington Oval in London.

There have been plenty of such matches where it was one-way traffic for one team while the other team went through a nightmare.

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Highest margin of win in Test cricket

England vs Australia, 675 runs – 1928

Back in 1928, England beat Australia by 675 runs in the 1st Test of the 5-match series at the Exhibition Ground in Brisbane. After opting to bat, England scored 521 on the back of Patsy Hendren’s 169-run knock. Thereafter, the visitors took a lead of 399 runs after bowling Australia out for 122.

England scored 342 for 8 declared in their second innings. Chasing a mammoth target of 742, Australia were bowled out for 66 in 25.3 overs. Harold Larwood picked up 6 wickets in the first match.

Australia vs England, 562 runs – 1934

In 1934, Australia defeated England by 562 runs at the Kennington Oval in London. After batting first, Bill Ponsford’s 266 and Don Bradman’s 244 helped Australia score 701. The visitors took a lead of 380 runs after which they set England a huge target of 708 to chase down.

The Aussies bowled England out for 145 in 63.3 overs to pull the curtains down on the match. Australia also won the series 2-1. Clarrie Grimmett picked up 5 wickets in the second innings.

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Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, 546 runs – 2023

Back in 2023, Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by 546 runs in the Only Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. Najmul Hossain Shanto’s 146-run knock helped Bangladesh score 382 runs. The Tigers took a lead of 266 runs after which they set the Afghans a target of 662 to chase down.

In their run-chase, Australia were bowled out for 115 in 33 overs. Shanto followed his hundred in the first innings with a knock of 124 in the second. Mominul Haque also made an unbeaten 121.

Australia vs South Africa, 530 runs – 1911

Back in 1911, Clem Hill’s Australia beat Percy Sherwell’s South Africa by 530 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. After being put in to bat first, Australia scored 328 after which they bowled the visitors out for 205 to take a lead of 223 runs.

Thereafter, Australia scored 578 runs and set South Africa a target of 702 to chase down. Ranji Hordern picked up 5 wickets as the hosts bowled the Proteas out for 171 in 40.2 overs.

South Africa vs Australia, 492 runs – 2018

Back in March 2018, South Africa beat Australia by 492 runs at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. Batting first, the Proteas scored 488 in 136.5 overs. The hosts took a lead of 267 runs after bowling Australia out for 221 in 70 overs.

Faf du Plessis scored 120 runs and helped South Africa set the visitors a target of 612 to chase. Thereafter, Australia bowled the home team out for 119 in 46.4 overs to secure victory and win the series 3-1.

Australia vs Pakistan, 491 runs – 2004

Australia beat Pakistan by 491 runs in the 1st Test at the WACA in Perth back in December 2004. The hosts scored 381 runs in their first innings after which they bowled Pakistan out for 179 in 77.3 overs. Thereafter, the Aussies declared their innings at 361 for 5 to set their opponents a target of 564.

Glenn McGrath finished with figures of 16-8-24-8 as Australia bowled Pakistan out for 72 in 31.3 overs. Damien Martyn and Justin Langer also scored hundreds.

Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, 465 runs – 2009

Back in 2009, Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 465 runs at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium. TM Dilshan scored 162 runs as the visitors scored 384 in their first innings after which they bowled the Tigers out for 208 in 76.2 overs.

In their second innings, Dilshan scored 143 off 175 balls and helped Sri Lanka bowl Bangladesh out for 158 in 49.2 overs. Dilshan also accounted for four scalps in the second innings. Ajantha Mendis also got 7 wickets in the match.

India vs England, 434 runs – 2024

India beat England by 434 runs at the Niranjan Shah Stadium in Rajkot. After batting first, India scored 445 after which they bowled England out for 319 runs. In their second innings, the hosts made 430 for 4 declared and set the Three Lions a target of 557.

Thereafter, India bowled England out for 122 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Ravindra Jadeja won the Player of the Match award after he scored 112 runs and picked up a 5-wicket haul. Yashasvi Jaiswal scored a double hundred as well.

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West Indies vs England, 425 runs – 1976

West Indies beat England by 425 runs in the 3rd Test of the 5-match series at the Old Trafford in Manchester. The visitors scored 211 runs in the first innings after which they took a lead of 140 runs by bowling England out for 71 in 32.5 overs.

West Indies set England a target of 552 after declaring their innings at 411 for 5. The Caribbean team bowled the Three Lions out for 126 in 63.5 overs.

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New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 423 runs – 2018

Back in December 2018, New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 423 runs at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. After getting bowled out for 178, the Kiwis bowled the Lankans out for 104 to take a lead of 74 runs in their first innings.

Tom Latham scored 176 runs as New Zealand declared their innings at 585 for 4 and set Sri Lanka a target of 660 to chase down. The Black Caps bowled Sri Lanka out for 106.2 overs to win the 2-match series 1-0. 


Rohit is an experienced cricket writer based in India