Women’s Test Records

Highest Total: 569 (Australia)

At Guildford in 1998, Australia declared at 569/6 in their first innings, after England (batting first) had posted 414. The match ended in a draw, with England 160/1 in their second knock.

Highest Score: 242 (Kiran Baluch, Pakistan)

At Karachi in 2004, opener Kiran Baluch hit 242 as Pakistan posted 426/7d batting first against West Indies. Pakistan bowled West Indies out for just 147 and enforced the follow-on; but West Indies saved the game with a second-innings of 440.

Lowest Total: 35 (England)

At Melbourne in 1958 England won the toss and asked Australia to bat – a decision which seemed vindicated as the Aussies were bowled out for the (then) lowest ever total in Women’s Tests – 38. It wasn’t a record that lasted long however; as Australia then knocked England over for 35. Amazingly however, the 3-day match still ended in a draw, as both teams made better work of their second knocks.

Best Bowling: 8/53 (Neetu David, India)

Indian spinner Neetu David is the only women to have taken 8 wickets in a Test innings, taking 8/53 in England’s second innings at Jamshedpur in 1995. It wasn’t quite enough however – England won the match by just 2 runs!