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Most prolific opening pair for Australia

November 05, 2004 11:09 IST

Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden on Thursday became the most prolific opening pair in Australian Test history, surpassing the aggregate of 3887 runs by Michael Slater and Mark Taylor.

Langer-Hayden pair is now the third most successful opening pair in Test history behind Greenidge & Haynes for West Indies and Atapattu & Jayasuriya for Sri Lanka.

The following table lists the most successful opening pairs in Test cricket:
Partners Runs For Inns NO Ave Hs 100 50
CG Greenidge & DL Haynes 6482 WI 148 11 47.31 298 16 26
MS Atapattu & ST Jayasuriya 4159 SL 106 6 41.59 335 9 21
ML Hayden & JL Langer 3896 Aus 66 1 59.93 255 12 14
MJ Slater & MA Taylor 3887 Aus 78 2 51.14 260 10 16
WM Lawry & RB Simpson 3596 Aus 62 3 60.95 382 9 18
JB Hobbs & H Sutcliffe 3249 Eng 38 1 87.81 283 15 10
CPS Chauhan & SM Gavaskar 3010 Ind 59 3 53.75 213 10 10
L Hutton & C Washbrook 2880 Eng 51 3 60.00 359 8 13
HH Gibbs & GC Smith 2595 SA 37 3 76.32 368 7 7
MA Atherton & GA Gooch 2501 Eng 44 0 56.84 225 7 12
ME Trescothick & MP Vaughan 2386 Eng 52 3 48.69 182 5 15
HH Gibbs & G Kirsten 2304 SA 52 0 44.31 256 5 11
JB Hobbs & W Rhodes 2146 Eng 36 1 61.31 323 8 5
Mohsin Khan & Mudassar Nazar 2057 Pak 54 2 39.56 157 3 16

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