Test Cricket Record — 16 Wins in a Row

In 2008 the Australian test team, captained by Ricky Ponting, completed 16 wins in a row and so equalled Steve Waugh's team's record of 16 wins in a row.

Waugh's sequence was lucky with the weather; it started with 2 draws (both washed out in Sri Lanka) followed by 16 wins. Those 2 draws and 16 wins gave Steve Waugh's team a sequence of 18 matches without a loss, that is, 18 matches between losses.

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Ponting had 22 matches between losses – 20 wins and 2 draws. Just like Waugh's sequence, it started with a draw, but unfortunately the other draw broke his winning sequence into two parts, namely 4 wins and 16 wins. Despite Ponting's remarkable 20 wins between losses being the longest sequence of any Australian captain, it is never mentioned by cricket commentators, and probably never noticed by them.

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Though the record of 16 wins in a row is jointly held by Waugh and Ponting, which is really the more significant? The way this record is determined is unrealistic. The weather is a random negative factor and yet it is the over-riding factor. A long sequence of wins in a row, regardless of how many wins, can be made appear meaningless when broken up by draws. On average, one test match in three ends in a draw!

In the Bradman/Hassett era, Australia had a sequence of 26 matches between losses – 21 wins and 5 draws (mainly weather-related) such that the most wins in a row was only 6. Ignoring the draws, Bradman had 12 of the wins W and Hassett 9 wins W.

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Note:
West Indies has had 27 wins between losses and England 26 – each broken up by draws!

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