Monday, April 24, 2006

Test records : Week Ending 23rd Apr 2006.

Test # 1799 Bangladesh v Australia at Chittagong Divisionl Stadium, Chittagong 12nd Test 2005/2006

Jason Gillespie with his astonishing knock of 201* in 562 minutes of 425 balls with 26 4s and two 6s tops the list of records for the week ending 23rd April 2006. In the process he broke several records as listed hereunder.

  • Fifth batsman to hit a century coming in as night watchman.
  • First night watchman to have involved in a triple hundred partnership
  • First batsman to have hit a double century after coming in as night watchman.
  • Provides 35th instance of batsman making his maiden test century a double hundred.
  • 2nd batsman in cricket history to have hit a maiden first-class century as double hundred in Test cricket after Brendon Kuruppu.

Michael Hussey becomes 85th Australian and 420th cricketer to complete 1000 runs in a Test Career. In 11 tests he now has 1139 runs in 11 tests at an average of 75.93. His average is next only to Bradman among those cricketers who have scored atleast 1000 test runs.

Michael Hussey also broke Andrew Strauss record for fastest to compete 1000 runs in test cricket in terms of time (228 days) by scoring his runs in just 166 days. However in terms of number of test innings played to register 1000 runs he occupies 18th position. Here too Hussey pushed Strauss to 19th position.

Needless to say Shane Warne extends his Test bowling record to 685 wickets. He also moved to 2nd place for most 5wkt in innings haul and joined RJ Hadlee. They both have recorded 5-wicket hauls 36 times in their test career. Warne stands 2nd in the list of 10-wkt hauls (10) in a test career. Muralitharan with 51 5-fors and 14 10-fors leads both the lists and way ahead of Warne’s tallies.

Test #1798 South Africa v New Zealand at SuperSport Park, Centurion 1st Test 2005/2006

Daniel Vettori of New Zealand during his knock of 81 completed 2000 runs in test cricket and became the 233 batsman to do so. By completing 2000 runs he also became the 12th member of the elite club of all rounders who have completed 2000 runs and 200 wickets in Test Cricket.

Three players made their 100th Test appearance in the same Test. Though Kallis’s 100 tests include on appearance for ICC World XI, Both Shaun Pollock &Stephen Fleming made their 100th appearance in the same Test for their respective countries. This provides an unique instance of more than two players making 100th appearance in the same Test. The other insance involved two players Alec Stewart & Michael Atherton making their 100th Test appearance in the same test was in the test# 1506 for England against West Indies in the 3rd Test of the 2000 Series at Old Trafford.

New Zealand in their test against South Africa at Centurion has provided a unique instance of 7 bowlers claiming a wicket in one test innings. Theirs is the fourth instance of atleast seven bowlers claiming a wicket in the same test innings. The last such instance happened way back in 1966/67 when 7 Australian bowlers took a wicket in South Africa’s 2nd innings of the 1st Test at New Wanderers, Johannesburg. Before that England against Australia in 1897/98 at Melbourne and South Africa against England at Durban in 1922/23 were the only two teams to have recorded this unique instance.

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