London, Jul 23: South Africa's Hashim Amla, on Sunday, became the 22nd batsman in Test cricket to score a triple hundred. It was also the first time a South African batsman had gone past the 300-run mark in the five-day version of the game.
Amla remained unbeaten on 311 as South Africa headed towards victory in their opening Test against England at The Oval on the fourth day. Overall, this was 26th triple hundred in Tests.
The 29-year-old right-hander, playing in his 60th Test, first went past AB de Villiers (278 not out) to become South Africa's highest individual scorer in Tests. He continued to trouble England bowlers and reached the 300 milestone with a boundary off Tim Bresnan on the last ball of 184th over.
In the 300-run club, there have been four batsmen who have scored two triple hundreds each. Don Bradman (Australia), Brian Lara (West Indies), Virender Sehwag (India) and Chris Gayle (West Indies) are those batsmen.
Lara is the only man to touch 400-run mark in Tests. He achieved the feat against England.
By country-wise, Australia lead the table with seven triple centuries followed by West Indies (6), England (5), Pakistan (3), India (2), Sri Lanka (2) and South Africa (1).
List of triple centurions in Tests