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List of Australia Test cricket records against Sri Lanka

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This is a list of Australian Test cricket records against Sri Lanka. It is based on the List of Australia Test cricket records, but concentrates solely on records dealing with the Australian Test cricket team, and any cricketers who have played for that team, against the Pakistan Test cricket team. Australia played its first recognised Test cricket match against Pakistan in April 1983, and the records listed here date from that time.

Listing criteria[edit]

In general the top ten are listed in each category (except when there is a tie for the last place among the ten, when all the tied record holders are noted).

Listing notation[edit]

Team Notation

  • (300–3) indicates that a team scored 300 runs for three wickets and the innings was closed, either due to a successful run chase or if no playing time remained.
  • (300–3 d) indicates that a team scored 300 runs for three wickets, and declared its innings closed.
  • (300) indicates that a team scored 300 runs and was all out, either by losing all ten wickets or by having one or more batsmen unable to bat and losing the remaining wickets.

Batting Notation

  • (100) indicates that a batsman scored 100 runs and was out.
  • (100*) indicates that a batsman scored 100 runs and was not out.

Bowling Notation

  • (5–100) indicates that a bowler has captured 5 wickets while giving away 100 runs.

Currently playing

  • Record holders who are currently playing Test cricket (i.e. their record details listed could change) are shown in bold

Team records[edit]

Team wins, losses, ties, and draws[edit]

Matches played[edit]

Team 1st Test Matches Won Lost Drawn Tied % Won
 Australia Apr 1983 28 17 3 8 0 62.96
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 31 July 2016.

Highest scores (Innings)[edit]

Rank Score Opposition Venue Season
1 617-5d  Sri Lanka Perth 1995–96
2 551-4d  Sri Lanka Brisbane 2007–08
3 542-5d  Sri Lanka Hobart 2007–08
4 517  Sri Lanka Cairns 2004
5 514-4d  Sri Lanka Kandy 1982–83
6 513-5d  Sri Lanka Hobart 1989–90
7 512-8d  Sri Lanka Galle 2003–04
8 502-9d  Sri Lanka Adelaide 1995–96
9 500-6d  Sri Lanka Melbourne 1995–96
10 488  Sri Lanka Colombo 2011–12
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 15 February 2016.

Lowest scores (Innings)[edit]

Rank Score Opposition Venue Season
1 120  Sri Lanka Kandy 2003–04
2 140  Sri Lanka Kandy 1999–2000
3 161  Sri Lanka Pallekele 2016
4 188  Sri Lanka Kandy 1999–2000
5 201  Sri Lanka Darwin 2004
6 203  Sri Lanka Pallekele 2016
7 207  Sri Lanka Darwin 2004
8 210  Sri Lanka Galle 2011–12
9 220  Sri Lanka Galle 2003–04
10 224  Sri Lanka Hobart 1989–90
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 31 July 2016.

Greatest win margins (by innings)[edit]

Rank Margin Teams Venue Season
1 Innings and 201 runs  Australia (460) beat  Sri Lanka (156 & 103) Melbourne 2012–13
2 Innings and 108 runs  Australia (455) beat  Sri Lanka (194 & 153) Perth 1987–88
3 Innings and 40 runs  Australia (551-4d) beat  Sri Lanka (211 & 300) Brisbane 2007–08
4 Innings and 38 runs  Australia (514-4d) beat  Sri Lanka (271 & 205) Kandy 1982–83
5 Innings and 36 runs  Australia (617-5d) beat  Sri Lanka (251 & 330) Perth 1995–1996
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 15 February 2016.
Note: Australia has only beaten Sri Lanka by an innings in Test cricket on 5 occasions.

Greatest win margins (by wickets)[edit]

Rank Margin Teams Venue Season
1 10 wickets  Australia (500-6d & 41–0) beat  Sri Lanka (233 & 307) Melbourne 1995–96
2 5 wickets  Australia (432-9d & 141–5) beat  Sri Lanka (294 & 278) Sydney 2012–13
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 15 February 2016.

Note: Australia has only beaten Sri Lanka by a wicket margin in Test cricket on 2 occasions.

Greatest win margins (by runs)[edit]

Rank Margin Teams Venue Season
1 197 runs  Australia (220 & 512-8d) beat  Sri Lanka (381 & 154) Galle 2003–04
2 173 runs  Australia (224 & 513-5d) beat  Sri Lanka (216 & 348) Hobart 1989–90
3 149 runs  Australia (207 & 201) beat  Sri Lanka (97 & 162) Darwin 2004
4 148 runs  Australia (502-9d & 215-6d) beat  Sri Lanka (317 & 252) Adelaide 1995–96
5 137 runs  Australia (450-5d & 278) beat  Sri Lanka (336 & 255) Hobart 2012–13
6 125 runs  Australia (273 & 210) beat  Sri Lanka (105 & 253) Galle 2011–12
7 121 runs  Australia (401 & 375) beat  Sri Lanka (401 & 248) Colombo 2003–04
8 96 runs  Australia (542-5d & 210-2d) beat  Sri Lanka (246 & 210) Hobart 2007-8
9 27 runs  Australia (120 & 442) beat  Sri Lanka (211 & 324) Kandy 2003–04
10 16 runs  Australia (256 & 471) beat  Sri Lanka (547-8d & 164) Colombo 1992–93
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 15 February 2016.

Narrowest win margins (by wickets)[edit]

Rank Margin Teams Venue Season
1 5 wickets  Australia (432-9d & 141–5) beat  Sri Lanka (294 & 278) Sydney 2012–13
2 10 wickets  Australia (500-6d & 41–0) beat  Sri Lanka (233 & 307) Melbourne 1995–96
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 15 February 2016.
Note: Australia has only beaten Sri Lanka by a wicket margin in Test cricket on 2 occasions.

Narrowest win margins (by runs)[edit]

Rank Margin Teams Venue Season
1 16 runs  Australia (256 & 471) beat  Sri Lanka (547-8d & 164) Colombo 1992–93
2 27 runs  Australia (120 & 442) beat  Sri Lanka (211 & 324) Kandy 2003–04
3 96 runs  Australia (542-5d & 210-2d) beat  Sri Lanka (246 & 210) Hobart 2007-8
4 121 runs  Australia (401 & 375) beat  Sri Lanka (401 & 248) Colombo 2003–04
5 125 runs  Australia (273 & 210) beat  Sri Lanka (105 & 253) Galle 2011–12
6 137 runs  Australia (450-5d & 278) beat  Sri Lanka (336 & 255) Hobart 2012–13
7 148 runs  Australia (502-9d & 215-6d) beat  Sri Lanka (317 & 252) Adelaide 1995–96
8 149 runs  Australia (207 & 201) beat  Sri Lanka (97 & 162) Darwin 2004
9 173 runs  Australia (224 & 513-5d) beat  Sri Lanka (216 & 348) Hobart 1989–90
10 197 runs  Australia (220 & 512-8d) beat  Sri Lanka (381 & 154) Galle 2003–04
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 15 February 2016.

Greatest loss margins (by innings)[edit]

Rank Margin Teams Venue Season
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 15 February 2016.
Note: Sri Lanka has never beaten Australia by an innings in Test cricket.

Greatest loss margins (by wickets)[edit]

Rank Margin Teams Venue Season
1 6 wickets  Sri Lanka (234 & 95–4) beat  Australia (188 & 140) Kandy 1999–2000
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 15 February 2016.
Note: Sri Lanka has only beaten Australia by a wickets margin in Test cricket on 1 occasion.

Greatest loss margins (by runs)[edit]

Rank Margin Teams Venue Season
1 By 106 runs  Sri Lanka (117 & 353) beat  Australia (203 & 161) Pallekele 2016
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 31 July 2016.
Note: Sri Lanka has only beaten Australia by a runs margin in Test cricket once.

Narrowest loss margins (by wickets)[edit]

Rank Margin Teams Venue Season
1 6 wickets  Sri Lanka (234 & 95–4) beat  Australia (188 & 140) Kandy 1999–2000
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 15 February 2016.
Note: Sri Lanka has only beaten Australia by a wickets margin in Test cricket on 1 occasion.

Narrowest loss margins (by runs)[edit]

Rank Margin Teams Venue Season
1 By 106 runs  Sri Lanka (117 & 353) beat  Australia (203 & 161) Pallekele 2016
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 31 July 2016.
Note: Sri Lanka has only beaten Australia by a runs margin in Test cricket once.

Individual records[edit]

Individual records (appearances)[edit]

Most career matches[edit]

Rank Appearances Player Span
1 14 Ricky Ponting 1995–2011
2 13 Shane Warne 1992–2004
3 11 Ian Healy 1989–1999
4 9 David Boon 1988–1996
9 Mark Waugh 1992–1999
6 8 Michael Clarke 2007–2013
8 Mike Hussey 2007–2013
8 Justin Langer 1999–2004
8 Glen McGrath 1995–2004
8 Mark Taylor 1989–1996
8 Steve Waugh 1988–1999
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 15 February 2016.

Individual records (batting)[edit]

Highest individual score[edit]

Rank Runs Player Match Venue Season
1 219 Michael Slater  Australia v  Sri Lanka Perth 1995–96
2 170 Steve Waugh  Australia v  Sri Lanka Adelaide 1995–96
3 166 Justin Langer  Sri Lanka v  Australia Colombo 2003–04
4 164 Mark Taylor  Australia v  Sri Lanka Brisbane 1989–90
5 162 Justin Langer  Australia v  Sri Lanka Cairns 2004
6 161 Damien Martyn  Sri Lanka v  Australia Kandy 2003–04
7 153 Darren Lehmann  Sri Lanka v  Australia Colombo 2003–04
8 151 Phil Jacques  Australia v  Sri Lanka Hobart 2007–08
9 145* Michael Clarke  Australia v  Sri Lanka Brisbane 2007–08
10 144 Adam Gilchrist  Sri Lanka v  Australia Kandy 2003–04
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 15 February 2016.

Most career runs[edit]

Rank Runs Player Matches Innings Average
1 994 Mike Hussey 8 13 110.44
2 975 Ricky Ponting 14 23 46.42
3 746 Michael Clarke 8 12 74.60
4 701 Steve Waugh 8 11 87.62
5 664 Matthew Hayden 7 13 51.07
6 611 Mark Taylor 8 15 43.64
7 554 Darren Lehmann 5 10 55.40
8 543 Alan Border 7 11 54.30
9 537 Dean Jones 6 11 59.66
10 536 Damien Martyn 5 10 53.60
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 15 February 2016.

Most career 50+ scores[edit]

Rank 50+s Player Matches Innings Average
1 8 Michael Clarke 8 12 74.60
8 Ricky Ponting 14 23 46.42
3 7 Mike Hussey 8 13 110.44
4 6 Darren Lehmann 5 10 55.40
6 Steve Waugh 8 11 87.62
6 5 Greg Matthews 3 6 46.33
5 Dean Jones 6 11 59.66
5 Alan Border 7 11 54.30
9 4 David Warner 3 5 54.40
4 Damien Martyn 5 10 53.60
4 Michael Slater 6 9 61.37
4 Matthew Hayden 7 13 51.07
4 Mark Waugh 9 14 24.64
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 15 February 2016.

Most career 100s[edit]

Rank 100s Player Matches Innings Average
1 5 Mike Hussey 8 13 110.44
2 3 Dean Jones 6 11 59.66
3 Steve Waugh 8 11 87.62
3 Michael Clarke 8 12 74.60
3 Matthew Hayden 7 13 51.07
5 2 Phil Jacques 2 3 106.00
2 Darren Lehmann 5 10 55.40
2 Damien Martyn 5 10 53.60
2 Justin Langer 8 14 35.85
2 Mark Taylor 8 15 43.64
Note: there are 12 Australian players who have scored one century in Test cricket against Sri Lanka.
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 15 February 2016.

Highest career batting average[edit]

Rank Average Player Period Matches Innings Runs
1 110.44 Mike Hussey 2007–13 8 13 994
2 87.62 Steve Waugh 1988–99 8 11 701
3 74.60 Michael Clarke 2007–13 8 12 746
4 59.66 Dean Jones 1988–1992 6 11 537
5 55.40 Darren Lehmann 2004 5 10 554
6 54.30 Alan Border 1983–92 7 11 543
7 53.60 Damien Martyn 2004 5 10 536
8 51.07 Matthew Hayden 2004–07 7 13 664
9 46.42 Ricky Ponting 1995–2011 14 23 975
10 43.64 Mark Taylor 1989–1996 8 15 611
Qualification: 10 innings.
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 15 February 2016.

Individual records (bowling)[edit]

Most career wickets[edit]

Rank Wickets Player Matches Average
1 59 Shane Warne 13 25.54
2 37 Glen McGrath 8 22.24
3 27 Craig McDermott 7 27.22
4 23 Mitchell Johnson 7 31.52
5 20 Michael Kasprowicz 5 25.15
20 Nathan Lyon 7 36.10
7 19 Peter Siddle 4 18.15
8 17 Jason Gillespie 6 33.47
9 16 Brett Lee 2 17.56
16 Merv Hughes 3 25.43
16 Mitchell Starc 3 26.37
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 31 July 2016.

Best Bowling In An Innings[edit]

Rank Figures Player Opposition Venue Season
1 7/39 Michael Kasprowicz  Sri Lanka Darwin 2004
2 5/34 Nathan Lyon  Sri Lanka Galle 2011–12
3 5/37 Glenn McGrath  Sri Lanka Darwin 2004
4 5/39 Paul Reiffel  Sri Lanka Adelaide 1995–96
5 5/40 Glenn McGrath  Sri Lanka Melbourne 1995–96
6 5/43 Shane Warne  Sri Lanka Galle 2003–04
7 5/53 Shane Warne  Sri Lanka Kandy 1999–2000
8 5/54 Peter Siddle  Sri Lanka Hobart 2012–13
9 5/62 Ryan Harris  Sri Lanka Galle 2011–12
10 5/63 Mitchell Starc  Sri Lanka Hobart 2012–13
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 15 February 2016.

Most career 5-wickets-in-an-innings[edit]

Rank 5s Player Matches Wickets BBI Average
1 5 Shane Warne 13 57 5/43 25.54
2 2 Merv Hughes 3 16 5/67 25.43
2 Glen McGrath 8 37 5/37 22.24
4 1 Tom Hogan 1 6 5/66 19.33
1 Bruce Yardley 1 7 5/88 23.71
1 Paul Reiffel 2 19 5/39 24.22
1 Ryan Harris 2 11 5/62 16.69
1 Mitchell Starc 2 10 5/63 28.70
1 Peter Siddle 4 19 5/54 18.15
1 Michael Kasprowicz 5 20 7/39 25.15
1 Nathan Lyon 6 15 5/34 40.13
BBI – Best Bowling in an Innings.
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 15 February 2016.

Most career 10-wickets-in-a-match[edit]

Rank 10s Player Matches Wickets BBM Average
1 2 Shane Warne 13 59 10/155 25.54
BBM – Best Bowling in a Match. Note: Shane Warne is the only Australian to have taken 10 wickets in a match in Test cricket against Sri Lanka.
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 15 February 2016.

Individual records (fielding)[edit]

Most dismissals in Test career (wicketkeeper)[edit]

Rank Dismissals Player Caught Stumped Matches Innings
1 37 Adam Gilchrist 32 5 7 14
2 34 Ian Healy 32 2 11 19
3 14 Matthew Wade 14 0 3 6
4 10 Brad Haddin 10 0 3 16
5 6 Greg Dyer 6 0 1 2
6 5 Roger Woolley 5 0 1 2
7 2 Peter Nevill 2 0 1 2
Note: only seven Australian wicket-keepers have played Test cricket against Sri Lanka.
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 31 July 2016.

Most catches in Test career (non-wicketkeeper)[edit]

Rank Catches Player Matches
1 16 Ricky Ponting 14
2 15 Shane Warne 13
3 14 Mike Hussey 8
4 11 Mark Taylor 8
11 Michael Clarke 8
6 9 Matthew Hayden 7
7 8 Alan Border 7
8 7 Steve Waugh 8
7 Mark Waugh 9
10 6 Tom Moody 5
6 David Boon 9
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 15 February 2016.

Partnership records[edit]

Highest wicket partnerships[edit]

Partnership Runs Players Opposition Venue Season
1st wicket 255 Justin Langer & Matthew Hayden  Sri Lanka Cairns 2004
2nd wicket 170 Kepler Wessels & Graham Yallop  Sri Lanka Kandy 1982–83
3rd wicket 200 Adam Gilchrist & Damien Martyn  Sri Lanka Kandy 2004
4th wicket 308 Joe Burns & Travis Head  Sri Lanka Canberra 2018–19
5th wicket 176 Michael Clarke & Mike Hussey  Sri Lanka Colombo 2011–12
6th wicket 260* Dean Jones & Steve Waugh  Sri Lanka Hobart 1989–90
7th wicket 129 Ian Healy & Greg Matthews  Sri Lanka Moratuwa 1992–93
8th wicket 107 Jason Gillespie & Ricky Ponting  Sri Lanka Kandy 1999–2000
9th wicket 47 Adam Gilchrist & Michael Kasprowicz  Sri Lanka Darwin 2004
10th wicket 49 Ian Healy & Mike Whitney  Sri Lanka Colombo 1992–93
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 15 February 2016.

Highest partnerships by runs[edit]

Rank Partnership Runs Players Opposition Venue Season
1 6th wicket 260* Dean Jones & Steve Waugh  Sri Lanka Hobart 1989–90
2 4th wicket 258 Mike Hussey & Shaun Marsh  Sri Lanka Pallekele 2011–12
3 1st wicket 255 Justin Langer & Matthew Hayden  Sri Lanka Cairns 2004
4 4th wicket 245 Michael Clarke & Mike Hussey  Sri Lanka Brisbane 2007–08
5 1st wicket 228 Michael Slater & Mark Taylor  Sri Lanka Perth 1995–96
6 6th wicket 218 Simon Katich & Justin Langer  Sri Lanka Colombo 2003–04
7 4th wicket 206 Darren Lehmann & Damien Martyn  Sri Lanka Galle 2003–04
8 3rd wicket 200 Adam Gilchrist & Damien Martyn  Sri Lanka Kandy 2004
9 4th wicket 194 Michael Clarke & Shane Watson  Sri Lanka Melbourne 2012–13
10 5th wicket 176 Michael Clarke & Mike Hussey  Sri Lanka Colombo 2011–12
Source: Cricinfo. Last updated: 15 February 2016.

See also[edit]

  • Portal:Cricket
  • Cricket statistics
  • List of Test cricket records
  • List of Australia Test cricket records


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