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| On Jan 4, 2022 12:05 AM IST

Fastest Fifty in Test

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Fastest Fifty in Test – Test cricket over the years has provided immense joy to fans. It’s fair to say that it’s the purest form of cricket and has seen some mouth-watering performances.

Fastest Fifty in Test

Although Test cricket requires resilience, grit and determination, there have been some moments that left many amused. Half-century seems a sort of mild landmark in Tests as batters look to continue and score big scores. However, when the need arises batters up their strike rate and put their team in top position.

Let’s look at five fastest half centuries in Test cricket

Player Team Balls Venue Against Year
1. Misbah-ul-Haq Pakistan 21 Abu Dhabi Australia 2014
2. David Warner Australia 23 Sydney Pakistan 2017
3. Jacques Kallis South Africa 24 Cape Town Zimbabwe 2005
4. Shane Shillingford West Indies 25 Kingston New Zealand 2014
5. Shahid Afridi Pakistan 26 Bangalore India 2005

Misbah-ul-Haq -21 balls against Australia 

Mostly Known for his defensive approach, Misbah-ul-Haq holds the record for fastest fifty in test. The right-hander in a match against Australia in 2014 achieved the feat. After posting a mammoth first innings total on account of his century, Pakistan then bowled out the visitors for a low total, taking a big lead.

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The hosts then came out all guns blazing in the second innings and were looking to post a massive target. Misbah then took matters into his own hand and smashed Australian bowlers all over the park and smashed his half-century in just 21 balls and then later went to smash the second century in the match. His record of fastest fifty in test is still unbeaten.

David Warner – 23 balls vs Australia 

Over the years, we’ve seen David Warner playing aggressive cricket in Tests as well and he left the benchmark of that by smashing the second fastest fifty in test cricket. The southpaw in a match against Pakistan at SCG in 2017 achieved the feat.

After he smashed a century in the first innings, the opener came out with all guns blazing in the second innings and right from the ball one went after the Pakistani pace attack. He in the process reached his half-century in just 23 balls and helping his team script a win.

Jacques Kallis – 24 balls vs Zimbabwe 

Arguably, one of the best all-rounders in the game of cricket Jacques Kallis also finds himself in the list of fastest fifty in test. The former cricketer displayed great all-rounding skills in the match as after a sensational spell in the first innings, he carried the momentum in his batting.

After South Africa lost two wickets in quick succession of time, Jacques Kallis stepped in and took charge to Zimbabwe bowlers and counterattacked to bail his team out of the trouble. He smashed half-century in just 24 balls and become third-fastest batter to hit a half-century in the test.

Shane Shillingford – 25 balls vs New Zealand 

Not many might have heard the name of Shane Shillingford but the right-hander represented West Indies in Test format only. The batter represented the national team in only 16 matches and scored only one fifty, which was overall the fourth fastest fifty in test.

In a match against New Zealand in 2014, Shane Shillingford entertained fans as he smashed half-century in 25 balls in Kingston. His knock included 5 sixes and 3 boundaries but his knock couldn’t help West Indies save the match.

Shahid Afridi – 26 balls vs India 

Shahid Afridi’s name in the list of fastest fifty in test won’t surprise you much, considering his attack nature of play. The right-hander played only in one style and only believed in decimating the bowling line-ups.

It was during the match against India in Bangalore when Shahid Afridi set the stage on fire and smashed the fifth fastest fifty in test. After Pakistan put themselves in a comfortable position in the first innings, they were looking to post a big total on the board. Afridi stepped up and smashed fifty in just 26 balls to put his team in great position.

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