Dashing batsman AB de Villiers became the highest scorer in a test innings for South Africa when he made 278 not out against Pakistan on the second day of the second Test at Abu Dhabi Stadium on Sunday.
The 24-year-old beat the previous best score in a Test innings of 277 hit by current South African skipper Graeme Smith, against England at Birmingham in 2003.
De Villier’s best helped South Africa declare their first innings at 584-9, soon after tea. He hit 23 boundaries and six sixes during his record-breaking 418-ball knock.
West Indian Brian Lara holds the record for the highest Test score of 400, made against England at Antigua in 2004.
The list for highest Test scorers for all ten Test playing countries are as following: (batsman, country, score, against, venue, year)
B. Lara West Indies 400 not out England Antigua 2004
M. Hayden Australia 380 Zimbabwe Perth 2003
M. Jayawardene Sri Lanka 374 South Africa Colombo 2006
L. Hutton England 364 Australia Oval 1938
Hanif Mohammad Pakistan 337 West Indies 1958
V. Sehwag India 319 South Africa Chennai 2008
M. Crowe New Zealand 299 Sri Lanka Wellington 1991
AB de Villiers South Africa 278 not out Pakistan Abu Dhabi 2010
D. Houghton Zimbabwe 266 Sri Lanka Bulawayo 1994
Mohammad Ashraful Bangladesh 158 not out India Chittagong 2004.