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    Which batsmen scored the most memorable Test centuries in history?

    I'm hating that I put so many Australians in this list. But I must say they stood out to me.

    9. VVX Laxman
    Made perhaps the most memorable Test innings in Indian history, and saved a Test and Series that Australia thought they wrapped up.

    8. Ricky Ponting

    His 2005 3rd Ashes Test innings was the best innings of that decade for me. His 2003 World Cup final innings was amazing too.

    7. Stan McCabe
    Only made two infamous centuries - one in the bodyline series and another one a few years later which Bradman said was the best he ever saw. Both went into Australian folklore to much that McCabe is often rated, behind Bradman and Ponting, as Australia's best number three.

    6. Wally Hammond
    Eh... people don't remember them, and I wasn't alive them, but I read about them and they stand out to me. He scored over 900 runs in an Ashes Series against Australia. He sounds like the greatest wet-wicket player of all time. Bradman's average actually goes down a bit on wet pitches, whereas Hammond was apparently much better. His most famous innings was 32*... wow!

    5. Gary Sobers
    He made a then world record score of above 360+. He once hit six sixes in an over in domestic cricket. He made a courageous stand against Dennis Lillee playing for the World XI.

    4. Steve Waugh

    Rated higher than I wanted. But we all recall Waugh's double century against the Windies in 1995. He turned the 1997 Ashes back in favour for Australia with a gutsy innings. He scored a century in his last Test on English soil with a bad hamstring. He made that awesome century in the 1999 World Cup against SA, where Gibbs dropped him. And then there was his last ball century where everybody thought he was playing his last Test.

    3. Sachin Tendulkar
    I rate Tendulkar ahead of Lara, but Lara made more memorable centuries, IMO.

    The innings that stand out to me are his ODI innings where he made 200*, his entire 1998 ODI series against England, and his innings in Perth around 1991.

    2. Sir Donald Bradman
    The innings that I guess stand out the most are from his 1930 tour to England where he scored his 254 (which he rated his best ever innings) and his 334 - his highest score. His last innings is the most famous Test innings in history... but for the wrong reasons. The centuries he scored in the series where he came back from illness, and Australia were 0-2 down before winning the Ashes 3-2, sound pretty amazing.

    1. Brian Lara
    Yep! I'm call it! Brian Lara made more amazing Test centuries for posterity than Sir Donald Bradman - but only because there's more Test cricket being played these days.

    * We remember his 270+ in Sydney in 1992.
    * We remember his purple patch of making six domestic cricket centuries in seven innings, plus his awesome 501*.
    * We recall when he broke Sobers record for the most runs in a Test innings.
    * We recall all his incredible innings in the 1999 series against Australia.
    * We recall how he dismantled Murali in 2001.
    * We recall his incredible 400* against England - a world record to never be beaten.
    * We recall how he broke Border's record for most runs in a Test career in Adeline, by scoring an incredible double-century.

    The thing is, I don't even have to think hard about these innings...

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    Completely agree on Lara. He wins this thread hands down imo.

    Clarke could be a #10 potentially, but that's probably just because his crazy years are still fresh in my mind.
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    Any of Steve Smith's from the last 18 months are infinitely better than the tripe Lara produced on flat decks against hacks.

    Literally the only one of Lara's worth remembering is 153*.
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    Most of Steve Smith's were on flat decks against hacks tbf
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    Just rewatched the youtube highlights of the 153* a week back. What a knock it was.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQNpyLR4-FA

    Gillespie must have beat the bat at least 20 times in that video alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daemon View Post
    Most of Steve Smith's were on flat decks against hacks tbf
    That's the joke

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    Pietersen definitely should be on this list, as well as Gilchrist.

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    Sehwag also has a very good case.

    309 in Multan giving us an opportunity to win on an absolute flat track
    Also a 293 against SL in India. Just the pace he scored those runs at gave us time to win those matches on flat wickets
    The match-saving 150-odd at Adelaide on comeback in 2008
    The 195 at the MCG
    150-odd in Chennai 2004 against McGrath/Warne/Gillespie (still think we would have chased 200 on day 5 had it not been rained out)
    201 at Galle when no one else had a clue against Murali/Mendis
    83 against England in 2008 chasing 387, arguably one of the best sub-100 knocks ever in Test cricket
    100 when Steyn destroyed India at Nagpur in 2010

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    Quote Originally Posted by vcs View Post
    Just rewatched the youtube highlights of the 153* a week back. What a knock it was.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQNpyLR4-FA

    Gillespie must have beat the bat at least 20 times in that video alone.
    The cover-drive/slap at 29:50 is what I keep coming back to, so unbelievably juicy.

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    Ian Healy dropping Lara with just 7 runs needed for victory has to be the most infamous spill in modern cricket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis View Post
    I'm hating that I put so many Australians in this list. But I must say they stood out to me.

    9. VVX Laxman
    Made perhaps the most memorable Test innings in Indian history, and saved a Test and Series that Australia thought they wrapped up.
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