Calendar Year 2009 : AJ Strauss's distinction – Only captain to aggregate 1000 plus runs in 2009

With 1172 runs from 14 tests, AJ Strauss became the only captain in 2009 to aggregate 1000 plus runs. His feat provides the 20th occasion of a captain compiling 1000 runs in a calendar year in the annals of test cricket.

AJ Strauss became the third England captain after GA Gooch and MA Atherton to total 1000 runs in a calendar year, while his feat of 1172 runs in 2009 provide the fifth occasion. GA Gooch and MA Atherton aggregated 1000 runs in two separate calendar years.

Don Bradman was the captain to aggregate 1000 runs in calendar year. He achieved the feat in 1948 with 1025 runs to his credit in eight tests. His eight tests remains as the record for least number of tests in which a batsman completed 1000 runs.

RT Ponting oF Australia remains the only captain to aggregate 1500 runs in a calendar year. His aggregate of 1544 runs in 2005 from 15 tests remains a record for most runs in calendar year by a captain in the annals of test cricket. The following table lists out the twenty occasions.

No Captains Team Mat Runs HS Ave Year
1 DG Bradman Aus 8 1025 201 113.88 1948
2 RB Simpson Aus 14 1381 311 60.04 1964
3 AR Border Aus 11 1099 196 64.64 1985
4 AR Border Aus 11 1000 140 62.50 1986
5 GA Gooch Eng 9 1264 333 79.00 1990
6 GA Gooch Eng 9 1040 174 65.00 1991
7 MAAtherton Eng 13 1136 144 49.39 1994
8 MAAtherton Eng 13 1129 185* 49.08 1995
9 SRTendulkar Ind 12 1000 169 62.50 1997
10 WJ Cronje SAF 14 1040 126 47.27 1998
11 MA Taylor Aus 12 1112 334* 58.52 1998
12 BC Lara Win 10 1344 209 74.66 2003
13 GC Smith SAF 11 1047 277 58.16 2003
14 BC Lara Win 12 1178 400* 58.90 2004
15 RT Ponting Aus 15 1544 207 67.13 2005
16 R Dravid Ind 12 1095 146 60.83 2006
17 RT Ponting Aus 10 1333 196 88.86 2006
18 RT Ponting Aus 14 1182 158 47.28 2008
19 GC Smith SAF 15 1656 232 72.00 2008
20 AJStrauss Eng 14 1172 169 53.27 2009

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