Picking the top 10 opening batsmen in test cricket history is an arduous task for the fact that the game has seen many quality players ever since the 19th century. An opening batsman’s job is not easy as he must face the music of the opposition’s fast bowlers first up.
The role demands tremendous concentration levels and can be a sterner test especially after a tough day or two on the field in their bowling innings. Solid technique and mental strength are two aspects that play a key role in an opening batsman laying a great foundation for his team.
It would only be fair to mention few names such as Sir Len Hutton, Graham Gooch, Gordon Greenidge, Michael Atherton, Andrew Strauss, Chris Gayle, Gary Kirsten, Bill Lawry, Justin Langer, Michael Slater and Marcus Trescothick amongst others for they too are highly regarded as opening batters in the longest format.
Here is the Top 10 list: