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 Test Cricket - Batting Records and Statistics - Averages / Scoring Rates
Highest Average Batting as   (minimum 30 innings)
    Career   Batting as Opener
  Player Country Career   Inns NO Runs 100s Avg   Inns NO Runs 100s Avg
1 Sutcliffe, H England 1924-1935   84 9 4555 16 60.73   83 9 4522 16 61.11
2 Mitchell, B South Africa 1929-1949   80 9 3471 8 48.89   48 6 2390 7 56.90
3 Hutton, L England 1937-1955   138 15 6971 19 56.67   131 12 6721 19 56.48
4 Hobbs, J B England 1908-1930   102 7 5410 15 56.95   97 6 5130 14 56.37
5 Simpson, R B Australia 1957-1978   111 7 4869 10 46.82   70 4 3664 8 55.52
6 Ponsford, W H Australia 1924-1934   48 4 2122 7 48.23   31 3 1517 5 54.18
7 Amiss, D L England 1966-1977   88 10 3612 11 46.31   69 8 3276 11 53.70
8 Woodfull, W M Australia 1926-1934   54 4 2300 7 46.00   44 4 2036 7 50.90
9 Hayden, M L Australia 1994-2009   184 14 8625 30 50.74   184 14 8625 30 50.74
10 Katich, S M Australia 2001-2010   99 6 4188 10 45.03   61 3 2928 8 50.48
11 Gavaskar, S M India 1971-1987   214 16 10122 34 51.12   203 12 9607 33 50.30
12 Sehwag, V India 2001-2013   180 6 8586 23 49.34   170 6 8207 22 50.04
13 Smith, G C South Africa 2002-2014   205 13 9265 27 48.26   196 12 9030 27 49.08
14 Warner, D A* Australia 2011-   123 4 5705 20 47.94   120 4 5666 20 48.84
15 Langer, J L Australia 1993-2007   182 12 7696 23 45.27   115 9 5112 16 48.23
16 Boycott, G England 1964-1982   193 23 8114 22 47.73   191 23 8091 22 48.16
17 Gibbs, H H South Africa 1996-2008   154 7 6167 14 41.95   116 5 5242 14 47.23
18 Lawry, W M Australia 1961-1971   123 12 5234 13 47.15   123 12 5234 13 47.15
19 Saeed Anwar Pakistan 1990-2001   91 2 4052 11 45.53   86 2 3957 11 47.11
20 Cook, A N* England 2006-   266 15 11629 31 46.33   253 13 11002 29 45.84
21 Barlow, E J South Africa 1961-1970   57 2 2516 6 45.75   52 2 2290 5 45.80
22 Morris, A R Australia 1946-1955   79 3 3533 12 46.49   76 2 3381 11 45.69
23 Turner, G M New Zealand 1969-1983   73 6 2991 7 44.64   67 5 2828 7 45.61
24 Vaughan, M P England 1999-2008   147 9 5719 18 41.44   72 4 3093 10 45.49
25 Elgar, D* South Africa 2012-   67 5 2623 10 42.31   56 3 2397 9 45.23
26 Sutcliffe, B New Zealand 1947-1965   76 8 2727 5 40.10   41 2 1763 4 45.21
27 Greenidge, C G West Indies 1974-1991   185 16 7558 19 44.72   182 16 7488 19 45.11
28 Hunte, C C West Indies 1958-1967   78 6 3245 8 45.07   78 6 3245 8 45.07
29 Boon, D C Australia 1984-1996   190 20 7422 21 43.66   63 5 2614 8 45.07
30 Robinson, R T England 1984-1989   49 5 1601 4 36.39   34 4 1349 4 44.97

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