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Highest scores by number 10 batsmen

Last updated on: August 06, 2010 20:56 IST

Ajantha Mendis (78) notched his highest score in first-class cricket on Day 4 of the third and final Test between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo on Friday.

The spin ace's 78 is the highest by a Sri Lankan batsman at number 10.

He obliterated Nuwan Kulasekara's 64 against England at Lord's in 2006.

Mendis's innings is also the highest by a number 10 batsman against India, putting into shade West Indian Andy Roberts's 68 at Kolkata in 1983-84.

In all Test cricket, it is the eighth highest score by a number 10 batsman.

Highest scores by number 10 batsmen in Test cricket:

Batsman

Runs

Opposition

Venue

Season

WW Read (Eng)

117

vs Australia

The Oval

1884

PL Symcox (SA)

108

vs Pakistan

Johannesburg

1997-98

RA Duff (Aus)

104

vs England

Melbourne

1901-02

Sarfraz Nawaz (Pak)

90

vs England

Lahore

1983-84

RB Desai (India)

85

vs Pakistan

Mumbai BS

1960-61

JG Bracewell (NZ)

83*

vs Australia

Sydney

1985-86

Wasim Akram (Pak)

79

vs Sri Lanka

Rawalpindi

1999-00

BAW Mendis (SL)

78

vs India

Colombo PSS

2010

TG Southee (NZ)

77*

vs England

Napier

2007-08

GG Macaulay (Eng)

76

vs Australia

Leeds

1926

DW Steyn (SA)

76

vs Australia

Melbourne

2008-09

Rajneesh Gupta