Top 10 Most Test Playing Cricketer Who Has Never Captained a Test.

Here is an explanatory brief description of the world's top 10 most Test playing cricketer who has never captained a Test for their own nation till now.

Test cricket is the longest-standing and prestigious format of cricket with the highest standards of cricket.

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Playing Test cricket for his country is always the fundamental ultimate passion of every cricketer in the world. 

But after playing regularly in the country's Test cricket squad for a slightly longer duration, his next ambition begins rising to lead the Test team for his country.

Since the captain of any cricket squad must have equipped with various kinds of additional eligibilities and expertise as compared to his teammates.

Therefore, sometimes due to the scarcity of some additional eligibilities, there are some cricketers in the world who have served their countries for a quite long time span in test cricket accompanied by their phenomenal cricketing prowess but they never get an opportunity to captain their nation's Test squad.

So let's have a brief interpretative narration about the top 10 cricketers in the world who have played the most number of Test matches without captaining for their respective nation's Test squad.

List of Top 10 Most Test Playing Cricketer Who Has Never Captained a Test:


S. Cricketer Country Test Span
10 Chaminda Vaas Sri Lanka 111 1994-2009
09 Ian Bell England 118 2004-2015
08 Ian Healy Australia 119 1988-1999
07 Glenn McGrath Australia 124 1993-2007
06 Mark Waugh Australia 128 1991-2002
05 M Muralitharan Sri Lanka 133 1992-2010
04 VVS Laxman India 134 1996-2012
03 Shane Warne Australia 145 1992-2007
02 Stuart Broad England 152 2007-present
01 James Anderson England 169 2003-present

10. Chaminda Vaas:

  • Full name: Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas.
  • Birthdate: 27 January 1974.
  • Birthplace: Wattala, Sri Lanka.
  • Height: 1.78 m.
  • Expertise: Fast Medium Bowling.
  • Batting style: Left-hand.
  • Bowling style: Left-arm.
  • Test career span: 1994-2009.

Chaminda Vaas, a former international cricketer, and former ODI captain of Sri Lanka have participated in all forms of cricket. He has been recognized as one of Sri Lanka's greatest pace bowlers due to his highly precise line and length, and ability to swing the ball in both directions.

Sri Lanka's renowned left-handed pacer Chaminda Vaas has batted a total of 162 innings of 111 Test matches in his entire Test career from the span of the year 1994 to 2009 and has scored a total of 3089 runs at an average of 24.32.

In the area of bowling, he has taken a total of 355 wickets in 194 Test innings by the deliveries of 23438 balls at an economy of 2.69 runs per over and he is the last but not least in the list of most test playing cricketer who has never captained a Test in his entire Test career.


Test Inn Run Hs Avg
Bat 111 162 3089 100 24.32

Inn Ball Wk BBm Eco
Bow 194 23438 355 14/191 2.69

09. Ian Bell:

  • Full name: Ian Ronald Bell.
  • Birthdate: 11 April 1982.
  • Birthplace: Coventry, West Midlands, England.
  • Height: 1.78 m.
  • Expertise: Middle-order batsman.
  • Batting style: Right-hand.
  • Bowling style: Right-arm.
  • Test career span: 2004-2015.

Ian Bell is a solid right-handed middle-order former cricketer who has played in all formats of international cricket for the England cricket team.

He has batted a total of 205 innings of 118 Test matches in his entire Test career from the span of the year 2004 to 2015 and has scored a total of 7727 runs at an average of 42.69.

In the context of bowling, he has taken a total of only one wicket in 06 Test innings by the deliveries of 108 balls at an economy of 4.22 runs per over and he is also another most test playing cricketer who has never captained a Test in his entire Test career.


Test Inn Run Hs Avg
Bat 118 205 7727 235 42.69

Inn Ball Wk BBm Eco
Bow 06 108 01 1/33 4.22

08. Ian Healy:

  • Full name: Ian Andrew Healy.
  • Birthdate: 30 April 1964.
  • Birthplace: Spring Hill, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
  • Height: 1.75 m.
  • Expertise: Wicket-keeper.
  • Batting style: Right-hand.
  • Bowling style:
  • Test career span: 1988-1999.

Ian Healy is a former retired Australian cricketer who has played for Queensland in domestic cricket, he is a specialist wicket-keeper and a versatile reliable right-handed middle-order batsman.

He has played a total of 182 innings of 119 Test matches in his entire Test career from the span of the year 1988 to 1999 and has scored a total of 4356 runs at an average of 27.4.

He has not bowled even a single ball in his entire Test career and has never captained a Test for his country.


Test Inn Run Hs Avg
Bat 119 182 4356 161 27.4

Inn Ball Wk BBm Eco
Bow 00 - - - -


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07. Glenn McGrath:

  • Full name: Glenn Donald McGrath.
  • Birthdate:  09 February 1970.
  • Birthplace: Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Height: 1.96 m.
  • Expertise: Fast Medium Bowling.
  • Batting style: Right-hand.
  • Bowling style: Right-arm.
  • Test career span: 1993-2007.

Australia cricketer Glenn McGrath had played 138 innings of 124 Test matches in his entire Test career from the span of the year 1993 to 2007 and has scored a total of 641 runs at an average of 7.37.

In the context of bowling, he has taken a total of 563 wickets in 243 Test innings by the bowling of 29248 balls at an economy of 2.5.

During the span of Glenn McGrath's career, Australia had many legend cricketers like Ricky Pointing, Allan Border, Steve Waugh, Ian Chappell, etc., due to which he could never get a chance to lead the Australian squad.

He has been one of the most prominent pacers of Australia and another most test playing cricketer who has never captained a Test in his entire Test career.


Test Inn Run Hs Avg
Bat 124 138 641 61 7.37

Inn Ball Wk BBm Eco
Bow 243 29248 563 10/27 2.50

06. Mark Waugh:

  • Full name: Mark Edward Waugh.
  • Birthdate: 02 June 1965.
  • Birthplace: Campsie, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Height:
  • Expertise: All-Rounder.
  • Batting style: Right-hand.
  • Bowling style: Right-arm.
  • Test career span: 1991-2002.

Mark Waugh is a former cricketer and presently international cricket commentator who has played Test cricket for Australia.

He is the younger brother of former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh and was a right-handed middle-order batsman and also medium-pace bowler in Test cricket.

Mark Waugh has played 209 innings of 128 Test matches in his entire Test career from the span of the year 1991 to 2002 and has scored a total of 8029 runs at an average of 41.82.

In the area of bowling, he has taken a total of 59 wickets in 128 Test innings by the deliveries of 4853 balls at an economy of 3.0.

His brother Steve Waugh has been one of Australia's successful captains but Mark Waugh had never captained a Test in his entire Test career.


Test Inn Run Hs Avg
Bat 128 209 8029 153 41.82

Inn Ball Wk BBm Eco
Bow 128 4853 59 5/73 3.0

05. M Muralitharan:

  • Full name: Deshabandu Muttiah Muralitharan.
  • Birthdate: 17 April 1972.
  • Birthplace: Kandy, Sri Lanka.
  • Height: 1.70 m.
  • Expertise: Off-spin bowling.
  • Batting style: Right-hand.
  • Bowling style: Right-arm.
  • Test career span: 1992-2010.

Sri Lanka's most prominent legend googly bowler Muralitharan has led Sri Lanka to thump great heights in world cricket despite playing under his various junior teammates like Kumara Sangakkara, Marvan Atapattu, Malinga, and Mahela Jayawardene.

Sri Lankan cricket legend M Muralitharan has played 164 innings of 133 Test matches in his entire Test career from the span of the year 1992 to 2010 and has scored a total of 1261 runs at an average of 11.68.

In the sector of bowling, he has taken a total of 800 wickets in 230 Test innings through the deliveries of 44039 balls at an economy of 2.48 and he is the highest test wicket-taker bowler in the world and another most Test playing cricketer who has never captained a Test in his entire Test career.


Test Inn Run Hs Avg
Bat 130 164 1261 67 11.68

Inn Ball Wk BBm Eco
Bow 230 44039 800 16/220 2.48

04. VVS Laxman:

  • Full name: Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman.
  • Birthdate: 01 November 1974.
  • Birthplace: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • Height: 1.85 m.
  • Expertise: Middle-order batsman.
  • Batting style: Right-hand.
  • Bowling style: Right-arm.
  • Test career span: 1996-2012.

VVS Laxman is one of the few legendary cricketers of India who has crossed the mark of playing 100 Test matches in his entire international cricket career.

He is a senior former Indian international cricketer and also a cricket commentator who is a right-handed perfect middle-order batsman and is well known in the world for his brilliant wrist stroke play.

He has batted 225 innings of 134 Test matches in his entire Test career from the span of the year 1996 to 2012 and has scored a total of 8781 runs at an average of 45.5.

In the area of bowling, Laxman has taken a total of 02 wickets in 13 Test innings through the bowling of 324 balls at an economy of 2.33 and he is another most Test playing cricketer who has never captained a Test in his entire Test career.


Test Inn Run Hs Avg
Bat 134 225 8781 281 45.5

Inn Ball Wk BBm Eco
Bow 13 324 02 1/2 2.33


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03. Shane Warne:

  • Full name: Shane Keith Warne.
  • Birthdate: 13 September 1969.
  • Birthplace: Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia.
  • Height: 1.83 m.
  • Expertise: Leg-spin bowling.
  • Batting style: Right-hand.
  • Bowling style:  Right-arm.
  • Test career span: 1992–2007.

Shane Warne is a well-known former Australian cricketer and has a larger-than-life character and is presently an international cricket commentator, who has also captained the Australian team in One Day Internationals.

He is a legend right-handed leg spin bowler considered one of the greatest bowlers in the history of cricket in the world.

Warne has played 199 innings of 145 Test matches in his entire Test career from the span of the year 1992 to 2007 and has scored a total of 3154 runs at an average of 17.33.

In the field of bowling, he has cracked a total of 708 wickets in 273 Test innings by the bowling of 40705 balls at an economy of 2.65 and he is the another most test playing cricketer who has never captained a Test in his entire Test career.


Test Inn Run Hs Avg
Bat 145 199 3154 99 17.33

Inn Ball Wk BBm Eco
Bow 273 40705 708 12/128 2.65

02. Stuart Broad:

  • Full name: Stuart Christopher John Broad.
  • Birthdate: 24 June 1986.
  • Birthplace: Nottingham, England.
  • Height: 1.98 m.
  • Expertise: Fast Medium Bowling.
  • Batting style: Left-hand.
  • Bowling style: Right-arm.
  • Test career span: 2007-present.

Stuart Broad is a Test cricketer who plays for the England cricket team, who bowls right-arm fast and bats with his left arm.

He has also captained England's One Day International and Twenty20 International squads and is often regarded as one of the best fast bowlers of his current generation.

Stuart Broad has batted 224 innings of 152 Tests so far in his entire Test career from the year 2007 to the present time scoring a total of 3412 runs have been scored at an average of 18.34.

In the sector of bowling, he has taken a total of 537 wickets in 280 Test innings through the deliveries of 30575 balls at an economy of 2.93 and he is the second world's most Test playing cricketer who has never captained a Test till now.


Test Inn Run Hs Avg
Bat 152 224 3412 169 18.34

Inn Ball Wk BBm Eco
Bow 280 30575 537 11/121 2.93

01. James Anderson:

  • Full name: James Michael Anderson.
  • Birthdate: 30 July 1982.
  • Birthplace: Burnley, Lancashire, England.
  • Height: 1.88 m.
  • Expertise: Fast Medium Bowling.
  • Batting style: Left-hand.
  • Bowling style: Right-arm.
  • Test career span: 2003-present.

James Anderson is presently an active pace bowler from England's squad who represents only in Test cricket, his swing bowling is diverse and inventive which many of the world's great batsmen still have difficulty understanding.

James Anderson has played 239 innings of 169 Tests so far in his entire Test career from the year 2003 to the present time scoring a total of 1262 runs have been scored at an average of 9.28.

In the area of bowling, he has taken a total of 640 wickets in 314 Test innings by the deliveries of 36396 balls at an economy of 2.8 and he is the world's most test playing cricketer who has never captained a Test till now.


Test Inn Run Hs Avg
Bat 169 239 1262 81 9.28

Inn Ball Wk BBm Eco
Bow 314 36396 640 11/71 2.80

A captain is also responsible for motivating and supporting his teammates like bowlers, batsmen, and fielders in every way to deliver a hundred percent of their cricketing skills on the ground to win the game in any situation.

Captaincy has always performed the most important character in test cricket. A perfect captain is a proactive team leader who can take rapid and appropriate decisions as per the prevailing current circumstances as well as pitch behavior and ground performance for the betterment of the team at the beginning of the innings, during, and after the play.

The prosperous and diversified history of world cricket has been seen by several legendary cricketers to enhance the dignity of cricket at the international level, however, if be it his batting side, bowling side, or all-round performance in any discipline of cricket.

These cricketers have always been mesmerizing the spectators of the world by the performances of their cricketing expertise.

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