Captains scoring 200 plus runs in Test innings. JE Root of England is the latest addition to the list

JE Root of England scored 226 against New Zealand at Hamilton in the ongoing Test to provide the 80th occasion of a captain scoring a double century in an innings in the annals of Test cricket. All such occasions are tabulated below.

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 WL Murdoch 211 1 Aus Eng The Oval 11 Aug 1884
2 HL Collins 203 1 Aus SAF Jo’burg 12 Nov 1921
3 DG Bradman 270 3 Aus Eng Melbourne 01 Jan 1937
4 DG Bradman 212 3 Aus Eng Adelaide 29 Jan 1937
5 WR Hammond 240 1 Eng Aus Lord’s 24 Jun 1938
6 DG Bradman 234 2 Aus Eng Sydney 13 Dec 1946
7 DG Bradman 201 1 Aus Ind Adelaide 23 Jan 1948
8 AD Nourse 208 1 SAF Eng Nottingham 07 Jun 1951
9 L Hutton 205 2 Eng Win Kingston 30 Mar 1954
10 DS Atkinson 219 2 Win Aus Bridgetown 14 May 1955
11 PBH May 285* 3 Eng Win Birmingham 30 May 1957
12 ER Dexter 205 2 Eng Pak Karachi 02 Feb 1962
13 MAK Pataudi 203* 3 Ind Eng Delhi 08 Feb 1964
14 RB Simpson 311 1 Aus Eng Manchester 23 Jul 1964
15 Hanif Mohammad 203* 1 Pak NZl Lahore 02 Apr 1965
16 RB Simpson 201 1 Aus Win Bridgetown 05 May 1965
17 RB Simpson 225 2 Aus Eng Adelaide 28 Jan 1966
18 GT Dowling 239 1 NZl Ind Christchurch 22 Feb 1968
19 WM Lawry 205 2 Aus Win Melbourne 26 Dec 1968
20 CH Lloyd 242* 1 Win Ind Mumbai 23 Jan 1975
21 SM Gavaskar 205 1 Ind Win Mumbai 01 Dec 1978
22 GS Chappell 235 1 Aus Pak Faisalabad 06 Mar 1980
23 GS Chappell 204 2 Aus Ind Sydney 02 Jan 1981
24 GS Chappell 201 2 Aus Pak Brisbane 27 Nov 1981
25 DI Gower 215 2 Eng Aus Birmingham 15 Aug 1985
26 Javed Miandad 203* 2 Pak Srl Faisalabad 16 Oct 1985
27 AR Border 205 2 Aus NZl Adelaide 11 Dec 1987
28 Javed Miandad 211 1 Pak Aus Karachi 15 Sep 1988
29 GA Gooch 333 1 Eng Ind Lord’s 26 Jul 1990
30 MD Crowe 299 3 NZl Srl Wellington 31 Jan 1991
31 AR Border 200* 1 Aus Eng Leeds 22 Jul 1993
32 Saleem Malik 237 3 Pak Aus Rawalpindi 05 Oct 1994
33 Wasim Akram 257* 2 Pak Zim Sheikhupura 17 Oct 1996
34 MA Taylor 334* 1 Aus Pak Peshawar 15 Oct 1998
35 BC Lara 213 2 Win Aus Kingston 13 Mar 1999
36 SR Tendulkar 217 1 Ind NZl Ahmedabad 29 Oct 1999
37 CL Hooper 233 1 Win Ind Georgetown 11 Apr 2002
38 SP Fleming 274* 1 NZl Srl Col-PSS 25 Apr 2003
39 BC Lara 209 2 Win Srl Gros Islet 20 Jun 2003
40 GC Smith 277 1 SAF Eng Birmingham 24 Jul 2003
41 GC Smith 259 2 SAF Eng Lord’s 31 Jul 2003
42 BC Lara 202 2 Win SAF Jo’burg 12 Dec 2003
43 BC Lara 400* 1 Win Eng St John’s 10 Apr 2004
44 MS Atapattu 249 2 Srl Zim Bulawayo 14 May 2004
45 SP Fleming 202 1 NZl Ban Chattogram 26 Oct 2004
46 RT Ponting 207 2 Aus Pak Sydney 02 Jan 2005
47 S Chanderpaul 203* 1 Win SAF Georgetown 31 Mar 2005
48 SP Fleming 262 1 NZl SAF Cape Town 27 Apr 2006
49 M Jayawardene 374 2 Srl SAF Col-SSC 27 Jul 2006
50 BC Lara 216 2 Win Pak Multan 19 Nov 2006
51 M Jayawardene 213* 1 Srl Eng Galle 18 Dec 2007
52 GC Smith 232 1 SAF Ban Chattogram 29 Feb 2008
53 M Jayawardene 240 1 Srl Pak Karachi 21 Feb 2009
54 Younis Khan 313 2 Pak Srl Karachi 21 Feb 2009
55 RT Ponting 209 1 Aus Pak Hobart 14 Jan 2010
56 KC Sangakkara 219 1 Srl Ind Col-SSC 26 Jul 2010
57 MJ Clarke 329* 2 Aus Ind Sydney 03 Jan 2012
58 MJ Clarke 210 1 Aus Ind Adelaide 24 Jan 2012
59 MJ Clarke 259* 2 Aus SAF Brisbane 09 Nov 2012
60 MJ Clarke 230 1 Aus SAF Adelaide 22 Nov 2012
61 MS Dhoni 224 2 Ind Aus Chennai 22 Feb 2013
62 Mushfiqur Rahim 200 2 Ban Srl Galle 08 Mar 2013
63 GC Smith 234 2 SAF Pak Dubai-DSC 23 Oct 2013
64 BB McCullum 224 1 NZl Ind Auckland 06 Feb 2014
65 BB McCullum 302 3 NZl Ind Wellington 14 Feb 2014
66 BB McCullum 202 2 NZl Pak Sharjah 26 Nov 2014
67 HM Amla 208 1 SAF Win Centurion 17 Dec 2014
68 AN Cook 263 2 Eng Pak Abu Dhabi 13 Oct 2015
69 HM Amla 201 2 SAF Eng Cape Town 02 Jan 2016
70 V Kohli 200 1 Ind Win North Sound 21 Jul 2016
71 V Kohli 211 1 Ind NZl Indore 08 Oct 2016
72 V Kohli 235 2 Ind Eng Mumbai 08 Dec 2016
73 V Kohli 204 1 Ind Ban Hyd-RGS 09 Feb 2017
74 V Kohli 213 2 Ind Srl Nagpur 24 Nov 2017
75 V Kohli 243 1 Ind Srl Delhi 02 Dec 2017
76 SPD Smith 239 2 Aus Eng Perth 14 Dec 2017
77 JO Holder 202* 3 Win Eng Bridgetown 23 Jan 2019
78 KS Williamson 200* 2 NZl Ban Hamilton 28 Feb 2019
79 V Kohli 254* 1 Ind SAF Pune 10 Oct 2019
80 JE Root 226 2 Eng NZl Hamilton 29 Nov 2019

It also provides the eighth occasion of an England captain scoring a double century in a Test innings. All such occasions are tabulated below

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 WR Hammond 240 1 Eng Aus Lord’s 24 Jun 1938
2 L Hutton 205 2 Eng Win Kingston 30 Mar 1954
3 PBH May 285* 3 Eng Win Birmingham 30 May 1957
4 ER Dexter 205 2 Eng Pak Karachi 02 Feb 1962
5 DI Gower 215 2 Eng Aus Birmingham 15 Aug 1985
6 GA Gooch 333 1 Eng Ind Lord’s 26 Jul 1990
7 AN Cook 263 2 Eng Pak Abu Dhabi 13 Oct 2015
8 JE Root 226 2 Eng NZl Hamilton 29 Nov 2019

It also provides the fifth occasion of a captain scoring a double century in a Test innings against New Zealand. All such occasions are tabulated below

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 Hanif Mohammad 203* 1 Pak NZl Lahore 02 Apr 1965
2 AR Border 205 2 Aus NZl Adelaide 11 Dec 1987
3 SR Tendulkar 217 1 Ind NZl Ahmedabad 29 Oct 1999
4 V Kohli 211 1 Ind NZl Indore 08 Oct 2016
5 JE Root 226 2 Eng NZl Hamilton 29 Nov 2019

JE Root’s 226 represent the highest individual score by a captain against New Zealand in a Test innings. The previous best was SR Tendulkar’s 217 at Ahmedabad in October 1999. SR Tendulkar’s record stood for 20 years and  one month {taking the start date of the test into account}

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 JE Root 226 2 Eng NZl Hamilton 29 Nov 2019
2 SR Tendulkar 217 1 Ind NZl Ahmedabad 29 Oct 1999

BC Lara {05} and V Kohli {07} are the two captains in the annals of Test cricket to score double centuries on five or more occasions. The following table furnishes the double centuries scored by these two captains.

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 BC Lara 213 2 Win Aus Kingston 13 Mar 1999
2 BC Lara 209 2 Win Srl Gros Islet 20 Jun 2003
3 BC Lara 202 2 Win SAF Jo’burg 12 Dec 2003
4 BC Lara 400* 1 Win Eng St John’s 10 Apr 2004
5 BC Lara 216 2 Win Pak Multan 19 Nov 2006
               
1 V Kohli 200 1 Ind Win North Sound 21 Jul 2016
2 V Kohli 211 1 Ind NZl Indore 08 Oct 2016
3 V Kohli 235 2 Ind Eng Mumbai 08 Dec 2016
4 V Kohli 204 1 Ind Ban Hyd-RGS 09 Feb 2017
5 V Kohli 213 2 Ind Srl Nagpur 24 Nov 2017
6 V Kohli 243 1 Ind Srl Delhi 02 Dec 2017
7 V Kohli 254* 1 Ind SAF Pune 10 Oct 2019

Test cricket has witnessed 19 occasions of captains scoring 250 plus runs in a Test innings. All such occasions are tabulated below

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 BC Lara 400* 1 Win Eng St John’s 10 Apr 2004
2 M Jayawardene 374 2 Srl SAF Col-SSC 27 Jul 2006
3 MA Taylor 334* 1 Aus Pak Peshawar 15 Oct 1998
4 GA Gooch 333 1 Eng Ind Lord’s 26 Jul 1990
5 MJ Clarke 329* 2 Aus Ind Sydney 03 Jan 2012
6 Younis Khan 313 2 Pak Srl Karachi 21 Feb 2009
7 RB Simpson 311 1 Aus Eng Manchester 23 Jul 1964
8 BB McCullum 302 3 NZl Ind Wellington 14 Feb 2014
9 MD Crowe 299 3 NZl Srl Wellington 31 Jan 1991
10 PBH May 285* 3 Eng Win Birmingham 30 May 1957
11 GC Smith 277 1 SAF Eng Birmingham 24 Jul 2003
12 SP Fleming 274* 1 NZl Srl Col-PSS 25 Apr 2003
13 DG Bradman 270 3 Aus Eng Melbourne 01 Jan 1937
14 AN Cook 263 2 Eng Pak Abu Dhabi 13 Oct 2015
15 SP Fleming 262 1 NZl SAF Cape Town 27 Apr 2006
16 MJ Clarke 259* 2 Aus SAF Brisbane 09 Nov 2012
17 GC Smith 259 2 SAF Eng Lord’s 31 Jul 2003
18 Wasim Akram 257* 2 Pak Zim Sheikhupura 17 Oct 1996
19 V Kohli 254* 1 Ind SAF Pune 10 Oct 2019

Test cricket has witnessed eight occasions of captains scoring 300 plus runs in a Test innings. All such occasions are tabulated below. The list include the only occasion of captain scoring 400 runs in a Test innings.

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 BC Lara 400* 1 Win Eng St John’s 10 Apr 2004
2 M Jayawardene 374 2 Srl SAF Col-SSC 27 Jul 2006
3 MA Taylor 334* 1 Aus Pak Peshawar 15 Oct 1998
4 GA Gooch 333 1 Eng Ind Lord’s 26 Jul 1990
5 MJ Clarke 329* 2 Aus Ind Sydney 03 Jan 2012
6 Younis Khan 313 2 Pak Srl Karachi 21 Feb 2009
7 RB Simpson 311 1 Aus Eng Manchester 23 Jul 1964
8 BB McCullum 302 3 NZl Ind Wellington 14 Feb 2014

SP Fleming of New Zealand, MJ Clarke of Australia and GC Smith of South Africa are the three captains in the  annals of Test cricket  to score  250 plus  runs on two occasions

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 SP Fleming 274* 1 NZl Srl Col-PSS 25 Apr 2003
2 SP Fleming 262 1 NZl SAF Cape Town 27 Apr 2006
               
1 MJ Clarke 329* 2 Aus Ind Sydney 03 Jan 2012
2 MJ Clarke 259* 2 Aus SAF Brisbane 09 Nov 2012
               
1 GC Smith 277 1 SAF Eng Birmingham 24 Jul 2003
2 GC Smith 259 2 SAF Eng Lord’s 31 Jul 2003

MJ Clarke remains the only captain to score 300 plus runs and 250 plus runs in a Test innings. Both such occasions are tabulated below

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 MJ Clarke 329* 2 Aus Ind Sydney 03 Jan 2012
2 MJ Clarke 259* 2 Aus SAF Brisbane 09 Nov 2012
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