Saving the day

After Australia survive day five in Ranchi, we look at five famous Test rearguards in recent years
<b><a href="http://www.espncricinfo.com/new-zealand-v-india-2014/engine/match/667653.html" target="_blank">New Zealand v India, Wellington, 2014</a></b> After India take a 246-run first-innings lead, Brendon McCullum responds with New Zealand's first-ever Test triple century. New Zealand bat 210 overs and end up giving themselves an outside chance of winning the Test.© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesNew Zealand v India, Wellington, 2014 After India take a 246-run first-innings lead, Brendon McCullum responds with New Zealand's first-ever Test triple century. New Zealand bat 210 overs and end up giving themselves an outside chance of winning the Test.
<b><a href="http://www.espncricinfo.com/new-zealand-v-west-indies-2013-14/engine/match/661679.html" target="_blank">New Zealand v West Indies, Dunedin, 2013</a></b> A prime exhibit in Darren Bravo's outstanding overseas Test record. With West Indies nearly 400 in the arrears, Bravo bats out more than nine-and-a-half hours against Southee, Boult and Wagner to prevent another defeat on the road.© AFP
© AFPNew Zealand v West Indies, Dunedin, 2013 A prime exhibit in Darren Bravo's outstanding overseas Test record. With West Indies nearly 400 in the arrears, Bravo bats out more than nine-and-a-half hours against Southee, Boult and Wagner to prevent another defeat on the road.
<b><a href="http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-india-2013-14/engine/match/648665.html" target="_blank">South Africa v India, Johannesburg, 2013</a></b>  After setting a target of 458, a new-look India are dreaming of an overseas win over a South African line-up filled with greats. Tenacious centuries from Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers however don't just thwart India, they take South Africa within eight runs of the biggest run chase ever.© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesSouth Africa v India, Johannesburg, 2013 After setting a target of 458, a new-look India are dreaming of an overseas win over a South African line-up filled with greats. Tenacious centuries from Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers however don't just thwart India, they take South Africa within eight runs of the biggest run chase ever.
<b><a href="http://www.espncricinfo.com/new-zealand-v-england-2013/engine/match/569245.html" target="_blank">New Zealand v England, Auckland, 2013</a></b> A heart-stopping series decider. With 143 overs to bat out, England hung on, just about. Ian Bell blocked for nearly six hours, Stuart Broad took 62 balls to get off the mark, <a href="http://www.espncricinfo.com/new-zealand-v-england-2013/content/image/626828.html?object=569245;dir=next" target="_blank">Monty Panesar's comical crawl</a> to safety became a meme and Matt Prior produced one of England greatest match-saving hundreds to stave off defeat.© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesNew Zealand v England, Auckland, 2013 A heart-stopping series decider. With 143 overs to bat out, England hung on, just about. Ian Bell blocked for nearly six hours, Stuart Broad took 62 balls to get off the mark, Monty Panesar's comical crawl to safety became a meme and Matt Prior produced one of England greatest match-saving hundreds to stave off defeat.
<b><a href="http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia-v-south-africa-2012/engine/match/573008.html" target="_blank">Australia v South Africa, Adelaide, 2012</a></b> Once more South Africa show their prowess under pressure in Tests. Four-and-a-half sessions to bat out on a wearing Adelaide surface? No problem. Faf du Plessis takes up 376 balls as he conjures one of Test cricket's finest debut centuries, "Mr 360" AB de Villiers puts away his outrageous array of strokes to make a boundary-less 220-ball 33, and a hamstrung Jacques Kallis stuck it out for two and a half hours.© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesAustralia v South Africa, Adelaide, 2012 Once more South Africa show their prowess under pressure in Tests. Four-and-a-half sessions to bat out on a wearing Adelaide surface? No problem. Faf du Plessis takes up 376 balls as he conjures one of Test cricket's finest debut centuries, "Mr 360" AB de Villiers puts away his outrageous array of strokes to make a boundary-less 220-ball 33, and a hamstrung Jacques Kallis stuck it out for two and a half hours.

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  • mrd1911 on March 22, 2017, 16:02 GMT

    SCUDERI ON MARCH 20, 2017, 22:20 GMT Also, SA are 3rd on the list of teams with the best win/loss ratio, behind Aus and Eng. Where are the facts to back up your claims?

  • mrd1911 on March 22, 2017, 15:35 GMT

    @SCUDERI ON MARCH 20, 2017, 22:20 GMT South Africa has drawn 30% of all tests and won 37%. South Africa is 7th on the list of highest percentage of draws and 2nd on the list of highest percentage of wins. India have the highest % of draws @ 41.87% and Aus highest % of wins @ 47%. So, SA have more wins than draws. By the way, who are you comparing SA to? Aus? Eng? Ind? BD? Who?

  • RadheshTR on March 22, 2017, 9:02 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/nzvind2009/engine/match/386496.html - What about this?

  • arupsbt1988 on March 22, 2017, 5:06 GMT

    @VAQARMALIK: Sorry I forgot that performance by Pakistan. It was Hanif's great fightback that saved the day

  • Jarrod Woolf on March 22, 2017, 4:52 GMT

    New Zealand vs South Africa in Wellington in 2012 when Kane Williamson scored 102* off 228 balls to lead NZ from 1/2 to 200/6 and draw the test

  • 07sanjeewakaru on March 22, 2017, 4:07 GMT

    SL's definitive rearguard against Eng at Lords in 2006 early summer to erase of 356 runs lead in follow on and paved the foundation to draw the test series and win One days 5-0...!

  • redneck on March 22, 2017, 3:49 GMT

    cardiff 2009 is a glaring omission from this list. england wouldnt have won the ashes if it were for that 10th wicket partnership, it would have been drawn 2-2. much like south africa did in adelaide, both these draws australia were in the ascendancy, it killed our momentum not getting over the line and both times resulted in crushing defeats in the next test matches. hopefully india suffers a similar fate this time round! i recon if monty was asked he'd rate his effort in cardiff higher than auckland also!!!

  •   Keith Waters on March 22, 2017, 3:09 GMT

    @ SCUDERI ummmm are you sure????? Of course so many countries can celebrate beating Australia in Australia for 3 test series in a row! Or go unbeaten in an away test series for over a decade yep we south Africans dont know anything about winning. Oh dear.

  • vaqarmalik on March 21, 2017, 20:23 GMT

    @ARUPSBT1988 This is a list in RECENT times .. else there is no rearguard better than the Hanif Muhammad's 337 against WI ... Remember it was 1958 ... A young Pak team against WI ... WI Ist Innings 579 , Pak 106 ... Pak following on with a deficit of 473 --- Then came the longest innings in Test history - Hanif's 970-minute 337 against West Indies in Bridgetown in 1957-58

  • Fogu on March 21, 2017, 16:34 GMT

    There are so many great rescue acts but SA in 2012 against AUS is at the top in my opinion. AB had no boundaries and scored 33 runs in 220 ball. Wow! Faf was unflappable. Some of the best of test cricket has been in grinding out draws from difficult positions. This is where Test cricket is head and shoulders above all other form of sports.

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