List of South Africa Test cricket records

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In general the top ten are listed in each category (except when there is a tie for the last place among the ten, when all the tied record holders are noted).

Listing notation

Team Notation

  • (300-3) indicates that a team scored 300 runs for three wickets and the innings was closed, either due to a successful run chase or if no playing time remained.
  • (300-3d) indicates that a team scored 300 runs for three wickets, and declared its innings closed.
  • (300) indicates that a team scored 300 runs and was all out, either by losing all ten wickets or by having one or more batsmen unable to bat and losing the remaining wickets.

Batting Notation

  • (100) indicates that a batsman scored 100 runs and was out.
  • (100*) indicates that a batsman scored 100 runs and was not out.

Bowling Notation

  • (5-100) indicates that a bowler has captured five wickets while giving away 100 runs.

Currently playing

  • Record holders who are currently playing Test cricket (i.e. their record details listed could change) are shown in bold.

Team records

Team wins, losses, ties and draws

Matches played

Team 1st Test Matches Won Lost Drawn Tied  % Won
South Africa South Africa March, 1889 399 144 134 121 0 36.09
Source:[1]. Last updated: 16 January 2016.

Results summary

Opposition Span Matches Won Lost Drawn Tied  % Won
Australia Australia 1902–2014 91 21 50 20 0 23.07
Bangladesh Bangladesh 2002–2015 10 8 0 2 0 80.00
England England 1889–2016 144 31 58 55 0 21.52
India India 1992–2015 33 13 10 10 0 39.39
New Zealand New Zealand 1932–2013 40 23 4 13 0 57.50
Pakistan Pakistan 1995–2013 23 12 4 7 0 52.17
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 1993–2014 22 11 5 6 0 50.00
West Indies Cricket Board West Indies 1992–2015 28 18 3 9 0 64.28
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 1995–2014 8 7 0 1 0 87.50
Source:[2]. Last updated: 16 January 2016.

Highest scores

Rank Score Opposition Venue Place Year Result
1 682/6d vs.  England Lord's Cricket Ground United Kingdom London, England, United Kingdom 2003 Won
2 658/9d vs.  West Indies Sahara Stadium Kingsmead South Africa Durban, South Africa 2003/04 Won
3 651 vs.  Australia Newlands Cricket Ground South Africa Cape Town, South Africa 2008/09 Won
4 637/2d vs.  England The Oval United Kingdom London, England, United Kingdom 2012 Won
5 627/7d vs.  England Newlands Cricket Ground South Africa Cape Town, South Africa 2015/16 Draw
6 622/9d vs.  Australia Sahara Stadium Kingsmead South Africa Durban, South Africa 1969/70 Won
7 621/5d vs.  New Zealand Eden Park New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand 1998/99 Draw
8 620/4d vs.  India Centurion Park South Africa Centurion, South Africa 2010/11 Won
9 620/7d vs.  Pakistan Newlands Cricket Ground South Africa Cape Town, South Africa 2002/03 Won
10 620 vs.  Australia Wanderers Stadium South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa 1966/67 Won
Source:[3]. Last updated: 16 January 2016.

Lowest scores

Rank Score Opposition Venue Place Year Result
1 30 v  England St George's Park South Africa Port Elizabeth, South Africa 1895/96 Lost
30 v  England Edgbaston Cricket Ground United Kingdom Birmingham, England, United Kingdom 1924 Lost
3 35 v  England Newlands Cricket Ground South Africa Cape Town, South Africa 1898/99 Lost
4 36 v  Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground Australia Melbourne, Australia 1931/32 Lost
5 43 v  England Newlands Cricket Ground South Africa Cape Town, South Africa 1888/89 Lost
6 45 v  Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground Australia Melbourne, Australia 1931/32 Lost
7 47 v  England Newlands Cricket Ground South Africa Cape Town, South Africa 1888/89 Lost
8 58 v  England Lord's Cricket Ground United Kingdom London, England, United Kingdom 1912 Lost
9 72 v  England Newlands Cricket Ground South Africa Cape Town, South Africa 1956/57 Lost
72 v  England Wanderers Stadium South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa 1956/57 Lost
Source:[4]. Last updated: 16 January 2016.

Greatest win margins (by innings)

Rank Margin Opposition Venue Place Season
1 Innings and 229 runs vs.  Sri Lanka Newlands Cricket Ground South Africa Cape Town, South Africa 2000/01
2 Innings and 220 runs vs.  West Indies Centurion Park South Africa Centurion, South Africa 2014/15
3 Innings and 219 runs vs.  Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe 1999/00
4 Innings and 208 runs vs.  Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka 1993/94
5 Innings and 205 runs vs.  Bangladesh Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Bangladesh Chittagong, Bangladesh 2007/08
6 Innings and 193 runs vs.  New Zealand St George's Park South Africa Port Elizabeth, South Africa 2012/13
7 Innings and 180 runs vs.  New Zealand Basin Reserve New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand 1952/53
8 Innings and 160 runs vs.  Bangladesh Senwes Park South Africa Potchefstroom, South Africa 2002/03
9 Innings and 142 runs vs.  Pakistan Newlands Cricket Ground South Africa Cape Town, South Africa 2002/03
10 Innings and 129 runs vs.  Australia Kingsmead Cricket Ground South Africa Durban, South Africa 1969/70
Source:[5]. Last updated: 16 January 2016.

Greatest win margins (by runs)

Rank Margin Opposition Venue Place Season
1 358 runs vs.  New Zealand Wanderers Stadium South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa 2007/08
2 356 runs vs.  England Lord's Cricket Ground United Kingdom Nottingham, England, United Kingdom 1994
3 351 runs vs.  West Indies Centurion Park South Africa Centurion, South Africa 1998/99
4 329 runs vs.  India Eden Gardens India Kolkata, India 1996/97
5 328 runs vs.  India Kingsmead Cricket Ground South Africa Durban, South Africa 1996/97
6 324 runs vs.  Pakistan Wanderers Stadium South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa 1994/95
7 323 runs vs.  Australia St George's Park South Africa Port Elizabeth, South Africa 1969/70
8 309 runs vs.  Australia WACA Ground Australia Perth, Australia 2012/13
9 307 runs vs.  Australia Wanderers Stadium South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa 1969/70
10 282 runs vs.  India Newlands Cricket Ground South Africa Cape Town, South Africa 1996/97
Source:.[6] Last updated: 16 January 2016.

Greatest win margins (by 10 wickets)

Rank Opponent No. wins Most recent venue Most recent place Season
1  England 3 Headingley Stadium United Kingdom Leeds, England, United Kingdom 2008
2  Australia 1 Adelaide Oval Australia Adelaide, Australia 1963/64
 Pakistan 1 Kingsmead Cricket Ground South Africa Durban, South Africa 2002/03
 West Indies 1 Centurion Park South Africa Centurion, South Africa 2003/04
 Sri Lanka 1 Newlands Cricket Ground South Africa Cape Town, South Africa 2011/12
 India 1 Kingsmead Cricket Ground South Africa Durban, South Africa 2013/14
Note: South Africa has won a Test match by 10 wickets on 8 occasions.

Source:.[6] Last updated: 16 January 2016.

Individual records

Most Test career appearances

Rank Appearances Player Span
1 165 Jacques Kallis 1995–2013
2 146 Mark Boucher 1997–2012
3 116 Graeme Smith 2002–2014
4 108 Shaun Pollock 1995–2008
5 105 AB de Villiers 2004-present
6 101 Gary Kirsten 1993–2004
101 Makhaya Ntini 1998–2009
8 91 Hashim Amla 2004–present
9 90 Herschelle Gibbs 1996-2008
10 82 Dale Steyn 2004–present
Source:.[7] Last updated: 16 January 2016.

Most Test career runs

Rank Runs Player Matches Average Career Span
1 13,206 Jacques Kallis 165 55.25 1995–2013
2 9,253 Graeme Smith 116 48.70 2002–2014
3 8,074 AB de Villiers 105 51.10 2004-present
4 7,289 Gary Kirsten 117 44.25 1993–2004
5 7,153 Hashim Amla 91 50.73 2004-present
6 6,167 Herschelle Gibbs 90 41.95 1996–2008
7 5,498 Mark Boucher 146 30.54 1997–2012
8 4,554 Daryll Cullinan 70 44.21 1993-2001
9 3,781 Shaun Pollock 108 32.31 1995-2008
10 3,714 Hansie Cronje 68 36.41 1992-2000
Source:.[8] Last updated: 16 January 2016.

Most Test career centuries

Rank Hundreds Player Matches Runs Average Career Span
1 45 Jacques Kallis 165 13,206 55.25 1995–2013
2 27 Graeme Smith 116 9,253 48.70 2002–2014
3 24 Hashim Amla 91 7,153 50.73 2004-present
4 21 AB de Villiers 105 8,074 51.10 2004-present
21 Gary Kirsten 101 7,289 45.27 1993-2004
6 14 Daryll Cullinan 70 4,554 44.21 1993-2001
14 Herschelle Gibbs 90 6,167 45.91 1996-2008
8 11 Ashwell Prince 66 3,665 41.64 2002–2011
9 9 Dudley Nourse 34 2,960 53.81 1935–1951
10 8 Bruce Mitchell 42 3,471 48.99 1929-1949
Source:[9]. Last updated: 16 January 2016.

Highest individual scores

No. Score Batsmen Against Stadium Place Year
1 311* Hashim Amla vs.  England The Oval United Kingdom London, England, United Kingdom 2012
2 278* AB de Villiers vs.  Pakistan Sheikh Zayed Stadium United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 2010/11
3 277 Graeme Smith vs.  England Edgbaston Cricket Ground United Kingdom Birmingham, England, United Kingdom 2003
4 275* Daryll Cullinan vs.  New Zealand Eden Park New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand 1998/99
5 275 Gary Kirsten vs.  England Kingsmead Cricket Ground South Africa Durban, South Africa 1999/00
6 274 Graeme Pollock vs.  Australia Kingsmead Cricket Ground South Africa Durban, South Africa 1969/70
7 259 Graeme Smith (2) vs.  England Lord's Cricket Ground United Kingdom London, England, United Kingdom 2003
8 255* Jackie McGlew vs.  New Zealand Basin Reserve New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand 1952/53
9 253* Hashim Amla (2) vs.  India Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium India Nagpur, India 2009/10
10 236 Eric Rowan vs.  England Headingley Stadium United Kingdom Leeds, England, United Kingdom 1951
Source:.[10] Last updated: 16 January 2016.

Most career wickets

Rank Wickets Player Matches Average Years
1 421 wickets Shaun Pollock 108 23.11 1995–2008
2 406 wickets Dale Steyn 82 22.53 2004-present
3 390 wickets Makhaya Ntini 101 28.82 1998–2009
4 330 wickets Allan Donald 72 22.25 1992–2002
5 291 wickets Jacques Kallis 165 32.63 1995–2013
6 237 wickets Morne Morkel 70 29.48 2006-present
7 170 wickets Hugh Tayfield 37 25.91 1949–1960
8 134 wickets Paul Adams 45 32.87 1995-2004
9 126 wickets Vernon Philander 32 22.08 2011-2015
10 123 wickets Trevor Goddard 41 26.22 1955–1970
Source:[11]. Last updated: 16 January 2016.

Most five wickets in an innings

Rank 5s Player Matches Wickets BBI Average Years
1 25 Dale Steyn 82 406 7/51 22.53 2004-present
2 20 Allan Donald 72 330 8/71 22.25 1992–2002
3 18 Makhaya Ntini 101 390 7/37 28.82 1998–2009
4 16 Shaun Pollock 108 421 7/87 23.11 1995–2008
5 14 Hugh Tayfield 37 170 9/113 25.91 1949–1960
6 9 Vernon Philander 32 126 6/44 22.08 2011-2015
9 Peter Pollock 28 116 6/38 24.18 1961–1970
8 6 Morne Morkel 70 237 6/23 29.48 2006-present
9 5 Bert Vogler 15 64 7/94 22.93 1906–1911
5 Buster Nupen 17 50 6/46 35.76 1921–1936
BBI - Best Bowling in an Innings. Source:.[12] Last updated: 16 January 2016.

Best bowling in an innings

No. Figures Bowler Against Stadium Place Year
1 9/113 Hugh Tayfield vs.  England Wanderers Stadium South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa 1956/57
2 8/53 Godfrey Lawrence vs.  New Zealand Wanderers Stadium South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa 1961/62
3 8/64 Lance Klusener vs.  India Eden Gardens India Kolkata, India 1996/97
4 8/69 Hugh Tayfield (2) vs.  England Kingsmead Cricket Ground South Africa Durban, South Africa 1956/57
5 8/70 Tip Snooke vs.  England Wanderers Stadium South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa 1905/06
6 8/71 Allan Donald vs.  Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe 1995/96
7 7/23 Hugh Tayfield (3) vs.  Australia Kingsmead Cricket Ground South Africa Durban, South Africa 1949/50
8 7/29 George Finlay-Bissett vs.  England Kingsmead Cricket Ground South Africa Durban, South Africa 1927/28
9 7/29 Kyle Abbott vs.  Pakistan Centurion Park South Africa Centurion, South Africa 2012/13
10 7/37 Makhaya Ntini vs.  West Indies Queen's Park Oval West Indies Cricket Board Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago 2004
Source:.[13] Last updated: 16 January 2016.

Partnership records

Highest wicket partnerships (by wicket)

No. Score Batsmen Against Stadium Place Year
1 415 Neil McKenzie & Graeme Smith vs.  Bangladesh Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Bangladesh Chittagong, Bangladesh 2007/08
2 315* Herschelle Gibbs & Jacques Kallis vs.  New Zealand AMI Stadium New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand 1998/99
3 429* Jacques Rudolph & Boeta Dippenaar vs.  Bangladesh Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Bangladesh Chittagong, Bangladesh 2002/03
4 308 Hashim Amla & AB de Villiers vs.  West Indies Centurion Park South Africa Centurion, South Africa 2014/15
5 338 Graeme Smith & AB de Villiers vs.  Pakistan Dubai International Cricket Stadium United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2013/14
6 271 Ashwell Prince & Mark Boucher vs.  New Zealand Centurion Park South Africa Centurion, South Africa 2008/09
7 246 Jackie McGlew & Anton Murray vs.  New Zealand Basin Reserve New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand 1952/53
8 150 Neil McKenzie & Shaun Pollock vs.  Sri Lanka Centurion Park South Africa Centurion, South Africa 2000/01
9 195 Mark Boucher & Pat Symcox vs.  Pakistan Kingsmead Cricket Ground South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa 1997/98
10 107* AB de Villiers & Morne Morkel vs.  Pakistan Sheikh Zayed Stadium United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 2010/11
Source:.[14] Last updated: 16 January 2016.

Highest wicket partnerships (by runs)

No. Wicket Score Batsmen Against Stadium Place Year
1 3rd wicket 429* Jacques Rudolph & Boeta Dippenaar vs.  Bangladesh Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Bangladesh Chittagong, Bangladesh 2002/03
2 1st wicket 415 Neil McKenzie & Graeme Smith vs.  Bangladesh Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Bangladesh Chittagong, Bangladesh 2007/08
3 3rd wicket 377* Hashim Amla & Jacques Kallis vs.  England The Oval United Kingdom London, England, United Kingdom 2012
4 1st wicket 368 Graeme Smith & Herschelle Gibbs vs.  Pakistan Newlands Cricket Ground South Africa Cape Town, South Africa 2002/03
5 3rd wicket 341 Eddie Barlow & Graeme Pollock vs.  Australia Adelaide Oval Australia Adelaide, Australia 1963/64
6 3rd wicket 340 Hashim Amla & Jacques Kallis vs.  India Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium India Nagpur, India 2009/10
7 1st wicket 338 Graeme Smith & Herschelle Gibbs vs.  England Edgbaston Cricket Ground United Kingdom Birmingham, England, United Kingdom 2003
8 5th wicket 338 Graeme Smith & AB de Villiers vs.  Pakistan Dubai International Cricket Stadium United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2013/14
9 3rd wicket 330 Hashim Amla & Jacques Kallis vs.  New Zealand Kingsmead Cricket Ground South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa 2007/08
10 3rd wicket 319 Alan Melville & Dudley Nourse vs.  England Trent Bridge Cricket Ground United Kingdom Nottingham, England, United Kingdom 1947
Source:.[15] Last updated: 16 January.

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