Records / Test matches / Partnership records / Highest overall partnership runs by openers

Highest opening partnership runs in a career
Partners Span Inns NO Runs High Ave 100 50
CG Greenidge, DL Haynes (WI) 1978-1991 148 11 6482 298 47.31 16 26
ML Hayden, JL Langer (Aus) 2001-2007 113 4 5655 255 51.88 14 24
AN Cook, AJ Strauss (Eng) 2006-2012 117 2 4711 229 40.96 12 18
MS Atapattu, ST Jayasuriya (SL) 1997-2007 118 7 4469 335 40.26 9 24
G Gambhir, V Sehwag (India) 2004-2012 87 3 4412 233 52.52 11 25
MJ Slater, MA Taylor (Aus) 1993-1999 78 2 3887 260 51.14 10 16
WM Lawry, RB Simpson (Aus) 1961-1968 62 3 3596 382 60.94 9 18
JB Hobbs, H Sutcliffe (Eng) 1924-1930 38 1 3249 283 87.81 15 10
CPS Chauhan, SM Gavaskar (India) 1973-1981 59 3 3010 213 53.75 10 10
HH Gibbs, GC Smith (SA) 2002-2008 56 3 2983 368 56.28 7 10
L Hutton, C Washbrook (Eng) 1946-1951 51 3 2880 359 60.00 8 13
AJ Strauss, ME Trescothick (Eng) 2004-2006 52 1 2670 273 52.35 8 12
MA Atherton, GA Gooch (Eng) 1990-1995 44 0 2501 225 56.84 7 12
ME Trescothick, MP Vaughan (Eng) 2002-2005 54 3 2487 182 48.76 6 15
HH Gibbs, G Kirsten (SA) 1998-2002 51 0 2283 256 44.76 5 11
JB Hobbs, W Rhodes (Eng) 1910-1921 36 1 2146 323 61.31 8 5
AN Petersen, GC Smith (SA) 2010-2014 52 2 2113 153 42.26 6 9
Mohsin Khan, Mudassar Nazar (Pak) 1981-1986 54 2 2057 157 39.55 3 16
GR Marsh, MA Taylor (Aus) 1989-1992 47 3 1980 329 45.00 4 9
D Ganga, CH Gayle (WI) 2001-2008 49 2 1954 214 41.57 5 7
MA Atherton, AJ Stewart (Eng) 1994-1998 50 1 1930 171 39.38 6 8
DC Boon, GR Marsh (Aus) 1985-1988 41 1 1871 217 46.77 5 8
EJ Barlow, TL Goddard (SA) 1963-1967 34 2 1806 134 56.43 6 11
G Boycott, GA Gooch (Eng) 1978-1982 49 3 1754 144 38.13 4 10
AD Gaekwad, SM Gavaskar (India) 1976-1985 49 1 1722 176* 35.87 4 9
G Boycott, JH Edrich (Eng) 1964-1972 35 3 1672 172 52.25 6 8
ND McKenzie, GC Smith (SA) 2008-2009 27 2 1664 415 66.56 5 8
BA Edgar, JG Wright (NZ) 1978-1986 56 4 1655 100 31.82 1 12
AB de Villiers, GC Smith (SA) 2004-2008 30 0 1646 245 54.86 4 6
RC Fredericks, CG Greenidge (WI) 1974-1977 31 2 1593 192 54.93 5 5
Aamer Sohail, Saeed Anwar (Pak) 1994-2000 37 2 1563 128 44.65 4 8
TJ Franklin, JG Wright (NZ) 1988-1991 28 0 1543 185 55.10 5 5
SM Katich, SR Watson (Aus) 2009-2010 28 0 1523 182 54.39 3 10
TM Dilshan, NT Paranavitana (SL) 2009-2012 38 1 1506 207 40.70 2 12
Imrul Kayes, Tamim Iqbal (Ban) 2008-2014 34 0 1489 224 43.79 3 6
SM Gavaskar, K Srikkanth (India) 1981-1987 34 0 1469 200 43.20 3 9
Mohammad Hafeez, Taufeeq Umar (Pak) 2003-2012 39 2 1438 164 38.86 5 7
Majid Khan, Sadiq Mohammad (Pak) 1974-1978 26 3 1391 147 60.47 4 9
AF Rae, JB Stollmeyer (WI) 1948-1953 21 2 1349 239 71.00 5 3
WM Lawry, KR Stackpole (Aus) 1969-1971 31 2 1302 95* 44.89 0 13
CH Gayle, WW Hinds (WI) 2001-2005 33 0 1300 172 39.39 3 8
MA Atherton, ME Trescothick (Eng) 2000-2001 30 0 1297 159 43.23 4 6
AC Hudson, G Kirsten (SA) 1993-1997 41 2 1289 236 33.05 3 5
CJL Rogers, DA Warner (Aus) 2013-2014 28 0 1276 157 45.57 5 4
EJM Cowan, DA Warner (Aus) 2011-2013 28 0 1256 214 44.85 3 6
CH Gayle, DS Smith (WI) 2003-2010 35 1 1233 139 36.26 4 4
RW Barber, G Boycott (Eng) 1964-1966 26 1 1171 234 46.84 2 7
JW Burke, CC McDonald (Aus) 1956-1959 32 3 1151 190 39.68 3 3
DL Haynes, PV Simmons (WI) 1988-1994 33 2 1147 122 37.00 1 8
MA Atherton, MA Butcher (Eng) 1997-2000 32 0 1107 179 34.59 4 0
UC Hathurusingha, RS Mahanama (SL) 1992-1995 32 0 1054 110 32.93 2 4
ML Hayden, MJ Slater (Aus) 1994-2001 25 1 1045 156 43.54 3 4
TL Goddard, DJ McGlew (SA) 1955-1960 27 1 1038 176 39.92 3 2
W Jaffer, V Sehwag (India) 2002-2008 28 0 1031 213 36.82 3 4
WA Brown, JHW Fingleton (Aus) 1935-1938 16 0 1020 233 63.75 3 4

Partnerships for the 1st wicket after a retired hurt are excluded

Records includes the following current or recent matches:
South Africa v West Indies at Centurion, 1st Test, Dec 17-20, 2014 [Test # 2150]
Australia v India at Brisbane, 2nd Test, Dec 17-20, 2014 [Test # 2149]
Australia v India at Adelaide, 1st Test, Dec 9-13, 2014 [Test # 2148]

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