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Top 5 Highest Team Totals In Women's Test Cricket History

India women scored the highest total in women's test history [BCCI]
India women scored the highest total in women's test history [BCCI]

Women’s Test cricket has witnessed a seismic shift in batting, with two of the biggest-ever recorded team totals in history both occurring within a span of five months in 2024. Here at OneCricket, we take a look back at five highest team totals scaled in the history of Women’s Tests.

Top 5 Highest Team Totals In Women’s Test History:

5. NZ Women 517-8 vs ENG Women, Scarborough 1996

Kirsty Bond cracked the first-ever women's double ton (x.com)Kirsty Bond cracked the first-ever women's double ton (x.com)

Touring England for three Test matches, a Sarah Illingworth-led New Zealand women’s unit stacked up 517 runs in the series opener to record one of the highest format totals of all time. Up against England’s 414-run first innings total, New Zealand openers Shelley Fruin and Debbie Hockley both listed dazzling half-centuries at the top before number three batter Kirsty Bond (204) produced the first-ever double ton in women’s Test history.

4. AUS Women 525 all out vs IND Women, Ahmedabad 1984

In the third Test of Australia’s month-long tour of India in early 1984, the visitors shaped 525 runs at Ahmedabad to scale a 182-run first-innings lead over India’s 343. As many as three Australian players brought down centuries in the innings, with captain Jill Kennare top-scoring with a career-best 131. Opening batter Peta Verco scored 105 while unbeaten Karen Price cracked 104 runs while batting at number eight.

Australia’s monumental batting effort across Days 2 and 3 of their four-day stalemate with India eventually resulted in a tame draw.

3. AUS Women 569-6d vs ENG Women, Guildford 1998

Joanne Broadbent celebrating her historic double century (x.com)Joanne Broadbent celebrating her historic double century (x.com)

In the opening Test of the 1998 Ashes in England, the visiting Australian team recorded 569-6 before captain Belinda Clark called for a declaration. The innings helped Australia soar past New Zealand’s 517 from 1996 to crack the highest total in women’s Tests. Number three Joanne Broadbent top-scored with 200 from 476 balls to become the first Australian player in Test history to score a double century. Debutant Mel Jones also blazed her way to a career-best 131 in the very first innings of her five-match Test career.

2. AUS Women 575-9d vs SA Women, Perth 2024

Hosting South Africa in a one-off Test match in February 2024, Australia shattered multiple records at Perth’s WACA. After folding up the Proteas for 76 on Day 1, the hosts tonked 575-9d in just 125.2 overs at a prolific scoring rate of 4.58. Apart from scaling a colossal 499-run lead, Australia’s batting epic became the highest-ever recorded total in women’s Tests at the time, breaking their own 26-year-old feat of 569-6d against England.

1. IND Women 603-6d vs SA Women, Chennai 2024

Just a few months after the battering of Perth, South African bowlers agonized fresh bruises at Chennai’s Chepauk Stadium in June 2024, this time at the hands of a strong Harmanpreet Kaur-led Indian bunch.

Hosting the Proteas for a one-off Test match, the ‘Women in Blue’ went on a record-breaking spree of all sorts with their first-innings run-riot, smashing 603-6d to scale the highest-ever total in women’s history. 

Openers Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma both cracked imperial centuries in their world-record opening stand of 292, with the latter of the two making 205 off 197 balls with 23 boundaries and eight sixes. Remarkably, Verma’s six-laden extravaganza also marked the fastest double-century (194 balls) in women’s Test cricket, breaking Annabel Sutherland’s four-month-old 248-ball effort.

India’s 603-6d was also fuelled by the half-centuries of middle-order batters Jemimah Rodrigues (55 off 94 balls), captain Harmanpreet Kaur (69 off 115 balls) and wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh (90-ball 86).