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30. Allan Border


Experience: 1978-94
Country: Australia
Other major teams: Es***, New South Wales
Career stats in Tests: 156 matches, 11,174 runs, 50.56 average, 41.38 strike rate, 205 highest score, 27 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 273 matches, 6,524 runs, 30.62 average, 71.42 strike rate, 127 highest score, 3 100s


When Allan Border retired, he had played the most number of Tests (156), amassed the most number of runs (11,174) and played in the most consecutive Tests (153). He was a superstar on the Australian team and set a solid foundation, which helped the Aussies become the world’s best team later.
The Allan Border Medal is the most prestigious individual prize in Australian men's cricket, awarded to the best Australian player yearly, and shows Border’s contribution to Australian cricket.
Border scored 5,168 runs at an average of 60.09 between 1983 and 1989, the most by any player during the period. Unlike most batsmen, the left-hander averaged more in away Tests (56.67) than home (45.94).
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29. Mohammad Yousuf


Experience: 1999-2016
Country: Pakistan
Other major teams: Lahore, Lancashire
Career stats in Tests: 90 matches, 7,530 runs, 52.29 average, 52.39 strike rate, 223 highest score, 24 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 288 matches, 9,720 runs, 41.71 average, 75.10 strike rate, 141 highest score, 15 100s


Mohammad Yousuf was the epitome of class and elegance in batting. He was the linchpin of the Pakistan middle order in the 2000s along with Inzamam Ul Haq. Yousuf is the second-highest run-getter for Pakistan in ODIs and fourth-highest run-getter in Tests.
Yousuf set the world record of most runs in a calendar year in 2006 in Tests as he scored 1,788 runs in 11 matches at an average of 99.33, including nine hundreds. He scored six centuries in five consecutive Tests during the year, which is a still a world record.
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28. Len Hutton


Experience: 1937-55
Country: England
Other major teams: Yorkshire
Career stats in Tests: 79 matches, 6,971 runs, 56.67 average, 364 highest score, 19 100s


Len Hutton has the best Test average, 56.47, among openers who have scored 5,000-plus runs. He formed a successful opening pair with Cyril Washbrook, and the duo added 2,880 runs at an average of 60.00, the fifth-best of all time.
He played a marathon innings, 364 in 847 balls against Australia at the Oval in 1938, which is still the longest in terms of balls faced. England won the match by an innings and 579 runs in a one-sided affair.
Hutton’s Test average, 56.67 is seventh-highest of all time. Before the Second World War, Hutton scored 1,345 runs in 13 Tests at a phenomenal average of 67.25. After the war, he made 5,626 runs at a healthy average of 54.62.
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27. Alastair Cook


Experience: 2006-18
Country: England
Other major teams: Es***, MCC
Career stats in Tests: 161 matches, 12,472 runs, 45.35 average, 46.95 strike rate, 294 highest score, 33 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 92 matches, 3,204 runs, 36.40 average, 77.13 strike rate, 137 highest score, 5 100s


Alastair Cook was not an elegant batsman but was really effective. He scored more runs (11,845) than any other opener in Tests, 2,238 runs more than the second-best Sunil Gavaskar.
Cook started his Test career on a bright note by scoring a hundred (104) and hung up his gloves with a century (147) as well. He suffered many ups and downs in his career yet holds the record of playing the most Tests on the trot, 159.
His ability to play longer periods was remarkable, and his concentration levels were top-notch. His five double hundreds underline the same. He turned to beast mode in the 2010-11 Ashes and made 766 runs, which helped England win in Australia after 24 years.
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26. Ken Barrington


Experience: 1955-68
Country: England
Other major teams: Surrey
Career stats in Tests: 82 matches, 6,806 runs, 58.67 average, 256 highest score, 20 100s


Ken Barrington curbed his natural attacking style and removed some shots to play risk-free cricket after being dropped from the Test team. The revamped style did wonders for him, and he never looked back.
He holds the record of third-best average, 58.67 in Tests (minimum 5,000 runs). Normally, players have a better average in first-class cricket compared to Tests, but Barrington only averaged 45.63 in first-class cricket, 13 less than his Test average.
The English great had exceptional numbers at No.3, scoring 2,626 runs at an incredible average of 77.24, which is the second-best of all time, only behind Bradman (103.63).
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25. Younis Khan


Experience: 2000-17
Country: Pakistan
Other major teams: Nottinghamshire, Surrey
Career stats in Tests: 118 matches, 10,099 runs, 52.05 average, 52.12 strike rate, 313 highest score, 34 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 265 matches, 7,249 runs, 31.24 average, 75.29 strike rate, 144 highest score, 7 100s


Younis Khan is the only Pakistan player to score 10,000-plus runs in Tests and holds the record of most hundreds (34) by a Pakistani as well. In the high-octane clashes against India, Younis came out on top and made 1,321 runs at an average 88.06, the third-best after Everton Weekes (1,495 at 106.78) and Andy Flower (1,138 at 94.83).
The right-hander holds the record of the most centuries in fourth innings (five) and made 1,465 runs at an average of 50.52. He is the only player to score hundreds in 11 countries (Australia, Bangladesh, India, England, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, UAE and West Indies.)
He had a decent ODI career as well. Although he didn’t score at a good pace, he played the role of a sheet anchor to perfection.
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24. Matthew Hayden


Experience: 1994-2009
Country: Australia
Other major teams: Queensland, Hampshire, Chennai Super Kings
Career stats in Tests: 103 matches, 8,625 runs, 50.73 average, 60.10 strike rate, 380 highest score, 30 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 161 matches, 6,133 runs, 43.80 average, 78.96 strike rate, 181 highest score, 10 100s


Matthew Hayden is one of the most destructive openers of all time. He formed a solid opening pair with Justin Langer in Tests and forged a devastating opening pair with Adam Gilchrist in limited-over formats.
Hayden scored 1,000 runs in a calendar year for five consecutive years, most by any batsman. He also scored four hundreds in as many Tests three times.
After finding it tough to establish himself in ODIs in the early years, "Haydos" became the No.1 player in the world in all three formats — a feat achieved only by Virat Kohli and Ricky Ponting. Hayden was the highest run-getter in Australia’s victorious campaign in the 2007 World Cup, scoring 659 runs at an average of 73.22 and a strike rate of 101.07.
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23. Javed Miandad


Experience: 1976-96
Country: Pakistan
Other major teams: Karachi, Glamorgan
Career stats in Tests: 124 matches, 8,832 runs, 52.57 average, 58.24 strike rate, 280 highest score, 23 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 233 matches, 7,381 runs, 41.70 average, 67.01 strike rate, 119 highest score, 10 100s


Javed Miandad is arguably the greatest batsman of Pakistan. He scored consistently, and his average in Tests never went below 50.
Miandad is fondly remembered for his last-ball six against India in the Australasia Cup in the 1986 final. Pakistan needed six runs to win the match, and he deposited the Chetan Sharma delivery into the stands.
He scored 437 runs at an average of 62.60, including five fifties in Pakistan’s victorious campaign in the 1992 World Cup.
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22. Virender Sehwag


Experience: 1999-2013
Country: India
Other major teams: Delhi, Delhi Daredevils
Career stats in Tests: 104 matches, 8,586 runs, 49.34 average, 82.23 strike rate, 319 highest score, 23 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 251 matches, 8,273 runs, 35.05 average, 104.33 strike rate, 219 highest score, 15 100s


Virender Sehwag is arguably the best opening batsman across formats. He gave flying starts irrespective of formats. His strike rates of 82.23 in Tests and 104.33 in ODIs are phenomenal.
Sehwag’s performance was the key when India became the No.1 team in Tests for the first time in 2009. His 293 helped India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 24 runs.
He had a habit of hitting daddy hundreds as he hit 14 150-plus scores in Tests, including two triple hundreds.
Most batsmen play freely till 90s and press the caution ****on when they move toward the three-figure mark, not Sehwag. "Viru" dealt in boundaries and hit sixes after he reached 90s. He even hit a six to reach 300 against Pakistan at Multan in 2004.
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21. Steve Waugh


Experience: 1985-2004
Country: Australia
Other major teams: Kent, New South Wales
Career stats in Tests: 168 matches, 10,297 runs, 51.06 average, 48.64 strike rate, 200 highest score, 32 100s
Career stats in ODIs: 325 matches, 7,569 runs, 32.90 average, 75.91 strike rate, 120 highest score, 3 100s


Steve Waugh was the second-highest run-getter at the No.5 position in Tests, scoring 6,754 runs at an incredible average of 56.28. To succeed at the No.5 position, you have to bat with the tail, and he scored more runs than anyone else while batting with tail-enders, 4,065 runs.
The "Ice Man" was prolific in the Ashes and amassed 3,200 runs at an exceptional average of 58.18, and his run tally is only behind Don Bradman (5,028), Jack Hobbs (3,636) and Allan Border (3,548)
Waugh scored a majestic 120 (110) against South Africa in the Super Six stage of the 1999 World Cup, and from there, Australia was on a roll and went onto win the World Cup.
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