Most Runs in Tests - 2017

1. Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Former Australian captain holds the record of highest runs in test cricket last year. Steve Smith was brilliant with his bat scoring  1305 runs in his 20 innings's. His role was crucial in winning the 2017 Ashes for Australia for a 4-0 margin. The right hander scored 687 runs in the series with 3 tons and 2 half centuries. An unbeaten 239 in the series marked his career best performance. An average of 76.76 in the year made him one of the most dependable player of the Aussie's side. 

2. Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara

Pujara was consistent for team India last year in the test format. From his 11 test outings, the right hand batsmen scored 1140 runs at an average of 67.05. He was exceptional in the home matches than the overseas for team India. His 202 performance against Australia equaled record with Sachin and Laxman whom scored 2 double centuries against the team. A strike rate of 45.89 made Pujara a perfect replacement for Rahul Dravid. 

3. Dean Elgar

Dean Elgar

South Africa's improving test sensation Dean Elgar scored 1128 runs last year for the team. The left hand opener was brilliant in defending section. With an strike rate of 50.85 last year Elgar recorded as the first South African opener to face 200 or more balls in both innings of a Test. His one short 200 run performance against Bangladesh marked his career best accomplishment. Elgar blasted 5 tons and 4 half centuries last year making his career best achievement. 

4. Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli placed top 10 in the record of highest run getter in all 3 formats. The Indian captain scored 1059 runs in test last year from his 10 matches. He just played 16 innings's and had an exceptional 75.64 average. In the top 10 list, Kohli holds the record of highest strike rate in the list, 76.24. Except for a disappointing outing against the Australian team, Kohli had brilliant stat for India last year. There was  5 hundreds and a half century performance for him last year.

5. Dimuth Karunaratne

Dimuth Karunaratne

Sri Lankan opener Dimuth Karunaratne scored 1031 runs from his 13 outings last year. It was such an important performance from the left hander to stay in the team whom was detached from the Sri Lankan side in the white ball format. His average was 39.65 and defense was his core priority. With a strike rate of 44.74 Karunaratne became the strength of Sri Lankan batting order. There was 4 tons and 2 half century performances from him last year. 196 against Pakistan was his best performance in his test career.

6. Dinesh Chandimal

Dinesh Chandimal

Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal scored 1003 runs last year for the team. From his 12 matches, Chandimal played in all the innings's and had an average of 45.59. His exceptional strike rate of 44.87 makes him the crucial part of Sri Lankan middle order. His 164 runs performance against India last year was well accepted by his team mates and is his career best score. There was 3 ton performances from the batsmen with other two against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. 5 half centuries added glamour to the run hunt.

7. David Warner

David Warner

A great cricketer with amazing versatility in each format, David Warner scored 997 runs last year in test cricket. From his 11 matches Warner smashed 4 tons and 4 half centuries. 123 run performance against Bangladesh added 20 hundreds to his career records. A 63.66 strike rate shows he is a player with great flexibility. Warner had an average of 49.85 last year for the team.

8. Joe Root

Joe Root

England team was assaulted by Australia in the ashes under Root's captaincy, but 378 runs by him in the series was crucial in giving a good challenge for the opponents. The right hander scored 966 runs from his 11 outings last year. With 2 hundreds and 8 half centuries, Root was the back bone of England's batting order. His 190 runs was crucial in their test series against South Africa. With a 50.84 average and 61.80 strike rate Joe Root himself became a vital part of England test cricket team.

9. Hashim Amla

Hashim Amla

He was dominating in all the formats from since 2014. Hashim Amla placed 9th in the list blasting 947 runs at an average of 47.35. Strike rate of 54.30 makes him one of the best test player for the side. Amla scored 3 centuries and 4 half centuries last year with best performance being a 137 knock aginst Bangladesh. Although South Africa was a failure in the test format last year, Amla, Elgar's performance was decent last year. 

10. Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook

The unbeaten 244 from Alastair Cook against Australia was crucial in managing the match result to a draw. The left hander placed 10th in the list of highest run scorers of 2017. In the year 2016, Cook was in the 3rd place with 1270 runs in his cart. Last year the runs has been reduced to 899 and took 20 innings's to reach. 47.31 average and 49.09 strike rate was there in his stat last year. Cook's runs was vital in many occasions for England in the previous year.  

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