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    Your top 3 Test innings

    This question may be as common as "Tendulkar vs Lara" one, but still worth discussing.

    Mine are:

    No.1 - Graham Gooch 154*:

    I've seen loads of Tendulkars, Laras and Viv Richards, but NEVER seen such a high quality knock played by the three batsmen above. This by far the best.

    No.2 - VVS Laxman 281.

    This innings doesn't need an introduction.

    No.3 - Lara 153* vs Australia.

    Top quality knock, was very lucky to get dropped twice by Stuart Macgill and also got some good help from Walsh at the other end. But still a champion knock.

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    Laxman - 281* Kolkata
    Sehwag - 200 odd Galle
    Michael Clarke's 100 in the recent SA tour

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    Gooch 154* 1991
    Hughes 100* 1981
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    That I've seen:

    Ponting 156, Old Trafford
    Tendulkar 146, Cape Town (I think?)
    Clarke 151, Cape Town

    Kind of lame but those are the three that immediately stick in my mind that I've seen the bulk of (which, granted, cuts almost all the candidates)
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    Recent ones I can think of:

    Michael Clarke 329* vs. India
    David Warner 123* vs. New Zealand
    Jacques Kallis 224 vs. South Africa
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    Nathan Astle- 222 vs England
    Brian Lara- 153* vs Australia
    VVS Laxman-281 vs Australia

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    That I've seen

    Bradman 187 vs England 1946
    O'Neill 181 vs WI 1960
    Walters 155 vs England 1965 (On Debut)

    If I sat down and thought about it I could probably come up with more but these will do

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tricia McMillan View Post
    Jacques Kallis 224 vs. South Africa
    Is Kallis playing for England these days ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Black_Warrior View Post
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    Botham, Gooch, Laxman.
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    It's hard to pick my top 3, however I'd say the best would be the 158* I scored on a wet deck in Barbados in 1985. Facing the might of the Windies in the mid-80's wasn't easy, especially for an 11 year old.
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