Instances of batsmen hitting consecutive double centuries (200) in test cricket
There are only eight Instances of batsmen hitting double centuries (200) in consecutive matches in test cricket.
Test cricket is the oldest form of the game and came into existence in the late 1880s. There have been many changes to this game over the years, and two other formats (ODIs and T20Is) have also been introduced. But one thing that is still the same is the technique and concentration of the batters to score big runs.
Scoring a double hundred is itself a big landmark for a batter. There are not many players who have achieved this feat in their test careers. However, there are seven batters who have scored double centuries in consecutive test matches. In this article, we will talk about the instances of batsmen hitting consecutive double centuries (200) in test cricket.
Here are the instances of batsmen hitting consecutive double centuries (200) in test cricket
1. Wally Hammond :
Wally Hammond was the first player to achieve this feat. He did it during the 1928 Ashes series against Australia. During the Sydney test, he scored 251 runs in the second innings. Later in the next game at the MCG, Hammond scored 200 runs to become the first ever batter to cross the 200-run mark in consecutive matches in test cricket.
2. Wally Hammond :
English legend Wally Hammond was one of the best batters that played this game and his records speak for itself. He has scored seven double centuries in his test cricketing career and scored consecutive double hundreds in consecutive matches twice. The second occasion was in the New Zealand tour in 1933. Hammond scored 227 and an unbeaten 336 in consecutive innings in Christchurch and Auckland tests respectively.
3. Don Bradman :
There is no batting record in test cricket where Don Bradman is not on top. The legend scored 12 double hundreds and retired with an average of 99.94. He achieved this feat of scoring consecutive double centuries during the 1934 Ashes series. He scored a triple century (304) at Leeds during the second innings. In the next test at the Oval, he scored 244 in the first innings of the match.
4. Vinod Kambli :
The first Asian batter to achieve this rare feat was from India and he was one of the most talented left-handers the country has ever produced, Vinod Kambli. The Southpaw didn’t have a long career, but had pretty good success whenever he got opportunities. However, he is the only player to achieve this feat against two different teams. In February 1993, he scored 224 in Mumbai against England. In March 1993, he scored 227 in Delhi which was his next test innings and it came against Zimbabwe.
5. Kumar Sangakkara :
Kumar Sangakkara scored 11 double centuries in his test cricketing career, which is just phenomenal. However, on one occasion, he scored two double centuries consecutive test innings. He did it when Bangladesh toured Sri Lanka in 2007. Sangakkara scored 200 not out in the second innings of the first test in Colombo. In the second test, he scored 222 not out in Kandy.
6. Michael Clarke :
Former Australian captain Michael Clarke also achieved this feat and is the second Australian to do so. During South Africa’s tour of Australia in 2012, Clarke achieved this rare feat. Clarke scored 259 not out in the second innings of a game in Brisbane. He scored 230 in the first innings of the very next test match in Adelaide.
7. Virat Kohli :
Virat Kohli holds the record for the most double centuries hit by an Indian batter in test cricket. In his career, he has scored seven double hundreds, which is remarkable. However, Virat scored two consecutive double hundreds during the 2017 test series against Sri Lanka. He scored 213 runs during the second innings of the Nagpur test and followed it up with 225 not out in the first innings in the next test in Delhi. Virat is the second Indian to do so.
8. Yashasvi Jaiswal:
In February 2024, Yashasvi Jaiswal became third Indian batter and overall seventh batter to hit two double hundreds in back-to-back test matches. Jaiswal hit 209 against England in the second test match of the series in Vizag and smacked another in the third test in Rajkot (214*).
(All stats and numbers updated till 18th February, 2024)
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