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Top 10 Greatest English Batsmen of All Time

Top 10 Greatest English Batsmen of All Time

In the recently concluded Test Series against New Zealand, England Captain Alastair Cook crossed 7,500 runs. He entered the Elite Club of Great English Batsmen. Lets take a look at all the England Batsmen featuring in our list of Top 10 Greatest English Batsmen of All Time.

Top 10 Greatest English Batsmen of All Time

10. Sir Colin Cowdrey

top 10 Greatest English Batsmen of All Time

Sir Colin Cowdrey

Batting Style : Right-handed Batsman

Sir Colin Cowdrey was the most durable batsman of his era. He was the first to play 100 Test matches. One cannot simply forget his marathon partnership of 411 with Peter May against West Indies in which the spent more than 500 minutes at the crease. He scored a record 22 International Centuries for England which was broken in 2012.  Knighted in 2009, Cowdrey takes the tenth spot in our list of Top 10 Greatest English Batsmen of All Time.

Tests:

MatchesRunsAverageHighest Score
50/100
 114 7624 44.06 18238/22

 

9. Denis Compton

top ten Greatest English Batsmen of All Time

Dennis Compton

Batting Style : Right-Handed Batsman

Dennis Compton occupies the ninth spot in our list of Top 10 Greatest English Batsmen of All Time. He was a remarkable batsman of his era. He could play all the strokes, but rarely plays straight-drive. He was the one who started standing outside the crease even to quickest bowlers and challenged them to bowl anything other than the length he wanted. His average of 50.06 shows how good a batsman he was. He is one of only seventeen players to have scored over one hundred centuries in first-class cricket. He was also an accomplished footballer who played most of his football career at the author’s favourite Arsenal F.C.

Tests:

MatchesRunsAverageHighest Score
50/100
78580750.0627828/17

 

8. Sir Len Hutton

Top 10 Best English Batsmen of All Time

Sir Len Hutton

Batting Style : Right-Handed Batsman

Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack described him as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. He is sound in defensive strokes and could play the attacking shots whenever needed. In 1941 Hutton injured his left arm during commando training for the World War II and had to alter his batting style since his arm never fully recovered. He played majority of his career after the injury and still had an astonishing average of 56.67 and that makes Sir Len Hutton the number 8 in our list of Top 10 Greatest English Batsmen of All Time.

Tests:

MatchesRunsAverageHighest Score
50/100
 79 6971 56.67364 33/19

 

7. Sir Ian Botham

Top 10 Greatest Batsmen of England of All Time

Ian Botham

Batting Style : Right-Handed Batsman

Sir Ian Botham, also known as “Beffy” holds the seventh position in our list of Top 10 Greatest English Batsmen of All Time. He was famous for his heroics in 1981 Ashes series which was renamed Botham’s Ashes aftermath his performances in the tournament that included 34 wickets in 5 matches apart from his batting contributions. He is considered as the greatest All-Rounder ever to have played the game. He could hit a cricket ball with enormous power and He has won England many matches with it.

Tests:

MatchesRunsAverageHighest Score
50/100
 102 5200 33.54 20822/14

ODI’s:

MatchesRunsAverageHighest Score
50/100
 116 2113 23.21799/0

 

6. Alastair Cook

 

Greatest English Batsmen of All Time

Alastair Cook

Batting Style : Left-Handed Batsman

Alastair Cook started his career with a Century on debut against India at Nagpur in 2006. Since then he never looked back. He went on to score 1000 runs in his maiden year and become the youngest Englishman to reach 1500, 2000, 3000, 4000 and 5000 Test runs. He was the chief architect behind England’s Ashes Victory in 2010-11, England’s first series win in Australia for 24 years where he scored 766 runs in seven innings. His total of 24 Test centuries remains an English record. With age on his side, Cook seems to be the potential Threat for Sachin’s records in tests. The Current England Captain occupies the number 6 in our list of Top 10 Greatest English Batsmen of All Time.

Tests:

MatchesRunsAverageHighest Score
50/100
 92 7524 49.17 29429/24

ODI’s:

MatchesRunsAverageHighest Score
50/100
 68 2550 39.2313716/5

 

5. Wally Hammond, one of the Top Ten Greatest Batsmen of All Time

best English Batsmen of All Time

Wally Hammond

Batting Style : Right-Handed Batsman

Wally Hammond is given the fifth position in our list of Top Ten Greatest English Batsmen of All Time. The judgment of cricket history is that the greatest batsmen to have played the game has known are WG Grace, Jack Hobbs, Wally Hammond and Don Bradman. His career aggregate of runs was the highest in Test cricket until it was surpassed by Colin Cowdrey in 1970 and his total of 22 Test centuries remained an English record until Alastair Cook surpassed it in December 2012. Between 1920 and 1951 he scored 50,493 runs, with 167 centuries and an average of 56.10.

Tests:

MatchesRunsAverageHighest Score
50/100
 85 7249 58.45 336*24/22

 

4. W.G.Grace

Greatest English Batsmen of All Time

W.G. Grace

Batting Style : Right-Handed Batsman

W.G. Grace is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest players of all time. He was particularly admired for his mastery of all strokes. The statistics of his career are alone enough to explain why he is considered as the finest batsman to have played the game. His International career might not be up to the mark but his first class career is enough to describe him. He is given the number 4 in our list of Top 10 Greatest English Batsmen of All Time.

Tests:

MatchesRunsAverageHighest Score
50/100
 22 1098 32.39 1705/2

First Class:

MatchesRunsAverageHighest Score
50/100
 870 54211 39.45 344251/124

 

 

3. Geoffrey Boycott, one of the Top 10 Greatest Batsmen of England of all time

Greatest English Batsman of All Time

Geoffrey Boycott

Batting Style : Right-handed Batsman

Geoffrey Boycott is the number 3 in our list of Top 10 Greatest Batsmen of England of All Time. He established himself as one of England’s most successful opening batsmen. He was noted for his ability to occupy the crease. He was expected to be the first batsman to score 10000 test runs. But unfortunately he missed many tests in his prime. Apart from his batting skills, he is renowned for his commentary skills. He is also considered as one of the Greatest commentator.

Tests:

MatchesRunsAverageHighest Score
50/100
 108 8114 47.72246* 42/22

ODI’s:

MatchesRunsAverageHighest Score
50/100
 36 1082 36.06105  9/1

2. Graham Gooch, one of The Top 10 Best English Batsmen of all time

Top 10 Greatest English Batsman of All Time

Graham Gooch

Batting Style : Right-handed Batsman

Graham Gooch was one of the most successful international batsmen of his generation. He has the most runs in a career in List A cricket which totals 22211 runs. When his list A total is combined with his First Class total of 44,846 first-class runs, he would be ahead of Jack Hobbs in terms of runs scored. He has scored 8900 runs in test cricket, the most number by any English Batsman. He occupies the second spot in our list of Top 10 Best English Batsmen of All Time.

Tests:

MatchesRunsAverageHighest Score
50/100
 118 8900 49.2333346/20

ODI’s:

MatchesRunsAverageHighest Score
50/100
 1254290 36.9814223/8

Top 10 Greatest English Batsmen of All Time – Numero Uno

1. Sir Jack Hobbs

Top 10 Greatest English Batsman of All Time

Sir Jack Hobbs

Batting Style : Right-handed Batsman

Sir Jack Hobbs is given the First our list of Top 10 Greatest English Batsmen of All Time. No one has scored more runs than him in First Class Cricket. Also his tally of 199 centuries is still record for most number of centuries in First Class career. He might have scored many more had the Great War not intervened. Even in Tests, he has scored 5410 runs with an average of 57. He is the oldest batsman to score a century at 46 years. The Cricket World cannot see such a dominating batsman in the future. In 1953, he became the first professional cricketer to be knighted.

Tests:

MatchesRunsAverageHighest Score
50/100
 61 5410 56.9421128/15

First Class:

MatchesRunsAverageHighest Score
50/100
 185 61760 50.70316273/199

You may also like to view the List of  Top Five English All Rounders of All Time

And the  List of  Top Ten English Bowlers of All Time

 

No one can replace Jack Hobbs as the best English batsman of all time and with that note we round-up our list of Top 10 Greatest English Batsmen of All Time.

About Vignesh Ananthasubramanian

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5 comments

  1. Beefy was a fine batsman but not top ten, surely. Pietersen, though hardly English, Barrington, Dexter, Gower plus quite a few othersare surely more eligible.

  2. where is the Kp…………..//////////////

  3. 1. Wally Hammond
    2. Jack Hobbs
    3. Len Hutton
    4. Dennis Compton
    5. Herbert Sutcliffe
    6. Kevin Pietersen
    7. Geoff Boycott
    8. Alastair Cook
    9. Graham Gooch
    10. David Gower

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