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Last Updated: Monday, 28 July, 2003, 15:59 GMT 16:59 UK
Number cruncher: Top Test scores
Graeme Smith has just compiled the biggest ever Test score by a South African, but he is still some way down the all-time pecking order.

Biggest Test innings by country
Biggest Test innings by country

Smith's sublime knock of 277, eclipsed Darryl Cullinan and Gary Kirsten, who both made 275.

  • But it left him almost a century short of Brian Lara, whose score of 375 in 1994 - also against England - raised the barrier for the West Indies and for the world.

    Lara's compatriot Sir Garfield Sobers had held the world mark for 36 years at 365 not-out.

  • Len Hutton's 364, England's highest ever individual score, was the foundation stone of his country's biggest ever Test total, 903-7 against Australia in 1938.

    375: Brian Lara
    365*: Gary Sobers
    364: Len Hutton
    340: Sanath Jayasuriya
    337: Hanif Mohammad
    336*: Wally Hammond
    334*: Mark Taylor
    334: Don Bradman
    333: Graham Gooch
    329: Inzamam-ul-Haq
    325: Andy Sandham
    311: Bob Simpson
    310*: John Edrich
    307: Bob Cowper
    304: Don Bradman
    302: Lawrence Rowe

    * = not out

  • And similarly, Sanath Jayasuriya's 340, for Sri Lanka, was posted as his side compiled a world record 952-6 in 1997.

  • Pakistan are the next country to have a representative with Hanif Mohammad, who took 16 hours and 10 minutes 0 still a Test record - to compile 337 runs against West Indies.

  • And they are followed by Australia, for whom Mark Taylor declared on 334 against Pakistan so as not to pass Don Bradman's mark. Bradman is the only cricketer to have made two scores of over 300 - and he threw in another of 299 for good measure.

  • Martin Crowe matched Bradman's near-miss with a 299 of his own in 1990, to lead the way for New Zealand.

  • And, surprisingly, India have to rely on the recent effort of 281, by VVS Laxman, for their top total.

  • Further adrift, Test minnows Zimbabwe and Bangladesh call on David Houghton (266) and Aminul Islam (145) for their best innings.

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