Top 10 current batsmen averaging 50+ in Tests: The list of top 10 batsmen, who are currently active in the circuit, ironically, does not include even a single player from India.
It includes players from Australia, England, South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and even Bangladesh.
The list is headed by the current Australian skipper, Steven Smith, who averages a huge 58.11 from his 40 Test matches (73 innings), prior to the ongoing Test match against New Zealand at Wellington.
Having made his debut in July, 2010, Smith has accumulated 3,661 runs, remaining unbeaten on 10 occasions, with 215 runs as his individual best. He also has 13 centuries and 15 half-centuries to his credit.
Smith had a reasonably successful outing in The Ashes 2015, played in England, irrespective of the fact that Australia lost the series 2-3. He topped the ‘most runs scored’ chart with 508 runs in 5 Tests (9 innings) with his personal best of 215 runs with 2 centuries and a half-century.
His score of 215 runs came in the first innings of the second Test at Lord’s and that innings paved the way for an Australian victory, after pathetically losing the first Test at Cardiff. He followed it up with a half-century (58) in the second innings.
Smith also went on to notch up 143 runs in the first innings of the fifth and final Test played at Kennington Oval. His fourth wicket-partnership of 146 runs alongwith Adam Voges (76) and the 91-run eighth-wicket partnership with Mitchell Starc (58) enabled Australia to pile a huge total of 481 runs in their first innings. Making short-work of England twice, Aussies won the match by an innings and 46 runs.
Smith is closely followed on the heels by the Bangladeshi batsman, Mominul Haque, who averages 56.0 from 17 Tests (30 innings, unbeaten on 4 occasions). Haque has an accumulation of 1,456 runs with 181 as his personal high. He also has 4 centuries and 9 half-centuries to his credit.
The others in the list are:
Joe Root : 54.93
Younis Khan : 53.94
Hashim Amla : 51.45
Usman Khawaja : 51.05
David Warner : 50.81
A B de Villers : 50.46
Angello Mathews : 50.18
while New Zealander Kane Williamson averages 49.50 (prior to the ongoing Wellington Test).