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All for a losing cause

Rajneesh Gupta | December 17, 2003 11:17 IST
Last Updated: December 17, 2003 12:49 IST

Ricky Ponting with his 242 in Australia's first innings in the second Test match at the Adelaide Oval now holds the dubious distinction of achieving the highest individual score in Test cricket history for a losing side.

The previous record was in the name of New Zealander Nathan Astle who made 222 against England at Christchurch in 2001-02 but England went on to win the match by 98 runs.

The accompanying table lists all instances of a batsman scoring a double century for a losing cause.

242RT PontingAusInd1st2ndAdelaide2003-04
222NJ AstleNZEng2nd1stChristchurch2001-02
221BC LaraWISL1st3rdColombo SSC2001-02
214*VT TrumperAusSA1st3rdAdelaide1910-11
209RG PollockSAAus1st2ndCape Town1966-67
205RN HarveyAusSA1st5thMelbourne1952-53
204GA FaulknerSAAus1st2ndMelbourne1910-11
203ML HaydenAusInd1st3rdChennai2000-01
203DL AmissEngWI1st5thThe Oval1976
202*L HuttonEngWI1st4thThe Oval1950
202BC LaraWISA1st 1st Johannesburg2003-04
201ES GregoryAusEng1st1stSydney1894-95

Note: * denotes not out

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