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Most runs in an series by a captain
Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 0
DG Bradman (Aus) 5 9 0 810 270 90.00 3 1 2
The Ashes (England in Australia), 1936/37
GA Gooch (Eng) 3 6 0 752 333 125.33 3 2 0
India in England Test Series, 1990
SM Gavaskar (India) 6 9 1 732 205 91.50 4 1 1
West Indies in India Test Series, 1978/79
DI Gower (Eng) 6 9 0 732 215 81.33 3 1 0
The Ashes (Australia in England), 1985
GS Sobers (WI) 5 8 1 722 174 103.14 3 2 1
The Wisden Trophy (West Indies in England), 1966
DG Bradman (Aus) 5 6 2 715 201 178.75 4 1 0
India in Australia Test Series, 1947/48
GC Smith (SA) 5 9 0 714 277 79.33 2 1 0
South Africa in England Test Series, 2003
GS Chappell (Aus) 6 11 5 702 182* 117.00 3 3 0
The Frank Worrell Trophy (West Indies in Australia), 1975/76
DG Bradman (Aus) 5 8 1 680 234 97.14 2 3 1
The Ashes (England in Australia), 1946/47
L Hutton (Eng) 5 8 1 677 205 96.71 2 3 0
England in West Indies Test Series, 1953/54
WM Lawry (Aus) 5 8 0 667 205 83.37 3 2 0
The Frank Worrell Trophy (West Indies in Australia), 1968/69
CH Lloyd (WI) 5 9 1 636 242* 79.50 2 1 0
West Indies in India Test Series, 1974/75
MJ Clarke (Aus) 4 6 1 626 329* 125.20 2 0 0
Border-Gavaskar Trophy (India in Australia), 2011/12
WR Hammond (Eng) 5 8 1 609 181 87.00 3 2 0
England in South Africa Test Series, 1938/39
GS Sobers (WI) 5 10 2 597 178* 74.62 3 1 2
India in West Indies Test Series, 1970/71
AR Border (Aus) 6 11 2 597 196 66.33 2 1 0
The Ashes (Australia in England), 1985
KJ Hughes (Aus) 6 12 2 594 100 59.40 1 5 0
Australia in India Test Series, 1979/80
PBH May (Eng) 5 9 1 582 117 72.75 2 3 1
South Africa in England Test Series, 1955
HW Taylor (SA) 5 9 0 582 176 64.66 3 2 0
England in South Africa Test Series, 1922/23
CL Hooper (WI) 5 7 0 579 233 82.71 3 1 0
India in West Indies Test Series, 2002
MJ Clarke (Aus) 3 5 1 576 259* 144.00 2 0 0
South Africa in Australia Test Series, 2012/13
RT Ponting (Aus) 5 8 1 576 196 82.28 2 2 0
The Ashes (England in Australia), 2006/07
A Melville (SA) 5 10 1 569 189 63.22 3 1 1
South Africa in England Test Series, 1947
AN Cook (Eng) 4 8 1 562 190 80.28 3 0 0
England in India Test Series, 2012/13
Saleem Malik (Pak) 3 6 0 557 237 92.83 2 1 0
Australia in Pakistan Test Series, 1994/95
BC Lara (WI) 4 7 1 546 213 91.00 3 1 0
The Frank Worrell Trophy (Australia in West Indies), 1998/99
JR Reid (NZ) 5 10 1 546 142 60.66 1 4 0
New Zealand in South Africa Test Series, 1961/62
GS Sobers (WI) 5 9 3 545 152 90.83 2 2 1
The Wisden Trophy (England in West Indies), 1967/68
IM Chappell (Aus) 5 9 2 542 109 77.42 2 3 0
The Frank Worrell Trophy (Australia in West Indies), 1972/73
AJ Strauss (Eng) 5 9 1 541 169 67.62 3 0 0
The Wisden Trophy (England in West Indies), 2008/09
RB Simpson (Aus) 5 10 0 539 176 53.90 2 2 0
India in Australia Test Series, 1977/78
AI Kallicharran (WI) 6 10 1 538 187 59.77 1 3 0
West Indies in India Test Series, 1978/79
AD Nourse (SA) 5 10 3 536 129* 76.57 2 2 0
England in South Africa Test Series, 1948/49
BB McCullum (NZ) 2 4 0 535 302 133.75 2 0 0
India in New Zealand Test Series, 2013/14
MC Cowdrey (Eng) 5 8 0 534 148 66.75 2 4 1
The Wisden Trophy (England in West Indies), 1967/68
BC Lara (WI) 4 8 0 533 122 66.62 2 3 0
The Frank Worrell Trophy (Australia in West Indies), 2003
BC Lara (WI) 4 8 0 531 202 66.37 2 2 0
Sir Vivian Richards Trophy (West Indies in South Africa), 2003/04
RT Ponting (Aus) 3 6 1 515 143* 103.00 3 2 0
South Africa in Australia Test Series, 2005/06
MA Taylor (Aus) 3 5 1 513 334* 128.25 1 2 0
Australia in Pakistan Test Series, 1998/99
DPMD Jayawardene (SL) 2 3 0 510 374 170.00 2 0 0
South Africa in Sri Lanka Test Series, 2006
MA Atherton (Eng) 5 9 0 510 144 56.66 2 2 2
The Wisden Trophy (England in West Indies), 1993/94
DG Bradman (Aus) 5 9 2 508 173* 72.57 2 1 2
The Ashes (Australia in England), 1948
HW Taylor (SA) 5 10 0 508 109 50.80 1 3 0
England in South Africa Test Series, 1913/14
GC Smith (SA) 4 7 1 505 148 84.16 3 1 0
Sir Vivian Richards Trophy (South Africa in West Indies), 2005
BC Lara (WI) 4 7 1 500 400* 83.33 1 0 2
The Wisden Trophy (England in West Indies), 2003/04
SM Gavaskar (India) 6 9 1 500 172 62.50 1 3 0
England in India Test Series, 1981/82

Only matches in the series where the player was captain are included

Records includes the following current or recent matches:
South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, 3rd Test, Mar 1-5, 2014 [Test # 2122]
South Africa v Australia at Port Elizabeth, 2nd Test, Feb 20-23, 2014 [Test # 2121]
New Zealand v India at Wellington, 2nd Test, Feb 14-18, 2014 [Test # 2120]
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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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