By Minutes
Minutes Batsman Match Location Year
70 JM Gregory Australia v South Africa Johannesburg 1921-22
77 GL Jessop England v Australia The Oval 1902
78 R Benaud Australia v West Indies Kingston 1954-55
80 JH Sinclair South Africa v Australia Cape Town 1902-03
81 IVA Richards West Indies v England St John's 1985-86
86 BR Taylor New Zealand v West Indies Auckland 1968-69

By Balls Faced (where known)
Balls Batsman Match Location Year
56 IVA Richards West Indies v England St John's 1985-86
57 AC Gilchrist Australia v England Perth 2006-07
67 JM Gregory Australia v South Africa Johannesburg 1921-22
69 S Chanderpaul West Indies v Australia Georgetown 2002-03
69 DA Warner Australia v India Perth 2011-12
70 CH Gayle West Indies v Australia Perth 2009-10
71 RC Fredericks West Indies v Australia Perth 1975-76
74 Majid Khan Pakistan v New Zealand Karachi 1976-77
74 Kapil Dev India v Sri Lanka Kanpur 1986-87
74 M Azharuddin India v South Africa Calcutta 1996-97
75 AB de Villiers South Africa v India Centurion 2010-11
76 GL Jessop England v Australia The Oval 1902

Note: All the figures are from the start of an individual innings. NJ Astle's second hundred in his 222 v England at Christchurch in 2001/02 took 39 balls.

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Kevin Pietersen has scored 158 in an innings three times in Tests. This is the highest Test score to be hit by a batsman thrice in his career. Two of the instances came against Australia. The next-highest such score is by Steve Waugh, who scored 157 three times in his career. In Waugh's case too, two of the instances were against the same opposition - England.

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