The fans have seen countless batters make a name for themselves in the highly-competitive era. Among the active cricketers, the fab 4 members namely Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Joe Root have been consistently scoring runs for their respective teams and did their nation proud in many ways.
Those teams largely benefitted from their services across formats. Case in point, scoring a century in Test cricket is not that easy as the batsman needs to possess a truckload of concentration, focus, endurance and mental resilience. In this listicle, we will now go through the current Fab 4 with the highest batting average in Tests.
1. Steve Smith – 58.62
Steve Smith has been the best-performing batter for Australia in red-ball cricket. He is widely acknowledged as the best Test batsman at present and his recent performances serve as a testament to this fact.
During the second Test against England in the Ashes 2023 at Lord’s, he completed 9,000 runs and scored 9320 runs so far in Tests at an average of 58.62. He scored 32 centuries, 4 double centuries and 39 half-centuries. It is worth noting that Steve Smith has scored the most Test tons among the Fab 4 in the present era.
2. Kane Williamson – 54.9
Former New Zealand Test captain Kane Williamson has been the most consistent batsman for his country across formats. He comes fourth on the list as he has amassed 28 centuries in Test cricket. He played 94 Tests wherein he scored 8124 runs at an average of 54.9. Overall, he hit 4 double centuries, 28 centuries and 33 half-centuries.
3. Joe Root – 50.29
Joe Root comes second on the list as he has scored 30 centuries in Tests. He is also one of the best batsmen in the current era. Notably, he is the leading run-scorer in Test cricket among the active players with 11416 runs at a superb batting average of 50.29. Apart from scoring 30 centuries, he hit 5 double centuries and 60 fifties.
4. Virat Kohli – 49.3
Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s batting average saw a steady decline in the last few years. For close to three years, he didn’t score a Test ton. Notably, he ended a three-year wait for his 28th Test ton by scoring a magnificent 186 in the fourth Test against Australia in the BGT series. He brought up his 29th Test ton against West Indies recently. Kohli scored 8676 runs in Tests including 7 double tons and 29 fifties at an average of 49.3.
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Updated as of August 15, 2023*