Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Test Records - Week Ending 16th July 2006

Test #1809 Pakistan in England 2006 (1st Test) at Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood

A superb double century by Mohammed Yousuf , a century in his captaincy debut by Andrew Strauss and a record 9th consecutive half century against England by Inzamam-ul-Haq were the main highlights of the drawn encounter between England and Pakistan.

Mohammed Yousuf with his 4th double century became only the 13th player to record a double hundred at Lord's and 2nd pakistani batsman after Mohsin Khan. Following is the list of all double century makers at Lord's in test cricket.

211 JB Hobbs England v South Africa Lord's1924
254 DG Bradman Australia v England Lord's 1930
240 WR Hammond England v Australia Lord's 1938
206* WA Brown Australia v England Lord's1938

205* J Hardstaff jnr England v India Lord's1946
208 DCS Compton England v South Africa Lord's1947

206 MP Donnelly New Zealand v England Lord's1949
200 Mohsin Khan Pakistan v England Lord's1982

214* CG Greenidge West Indies v England Lord's1984
333 GA Gooch England v India Lord's1990
259 GC Smith South Africa v England Lord's 2003
221 RWT Key England v West Indies Lord's 2004
202 Mohammad Yousuf Pakistan v England Lord's 2006

England's Andrew Strauss became only the 3rd player for England and 24 th overall to have scored a century in his first test as captain. He also becomes only the 3rd player in history of test cricket to have scored a century on debut both as a player and as a captain having already scored a century on debut (112 & 83) against NZ at the same venue in 2004. Following table lists all the instances of a century in maiden test as captain.

ScoresPlayerFor v AgainstVenueSeriesTest SeqResult
0 & 153*WL Murdoch Aus v Eng The Oval 1880t0004LOST
0 & 143 GHS Trott Aus v Eng Lord's 1896t0050LOST
109 & 50*AC MacLaren Eng v Aus Sydney(1) 1897-98t0053WON
133 & 22MA Noble Aus v Eng Sydney(1) 1903-04t0078LOST
191 & dnbC Hill Aus v SAf Sydney(1) 1910-11t0111WON
109 & 8 HW Taylor SAf v Eng Durban(1) 1913-14t0130LOST
12 & 158 WW Armstrong Aus v Eng Sydney(1) 1920-21t0135WON
112 & dnb AL Hassett Aus v SAf Johannesburg(1)1949-50t0318WON
164* & dnbVS Hazare Ind v Eng Delhi 1951-52t0339DRAW
10 & 104 JB Stollmeyer WI v Aus Sydney(5) 1951-52t0347LOST
107 & 68GO Rabone NZ v SAf Durban 1953-54t0377LOST
104* & 48DJ McGlew SAf v Eng Manchester 1955t0410WON
239 & 5GT Dowling NZ v Ind Christchurch 1967-68t0631WON
126 & dnb BE Congdon NZ v WI Bridgetown 1971-72t0695DRAW
30 & 163 CH Lloyd WI v Ind Bangalore 1974-75t0745WON
123 & 109*GS Chappell Aus v WI Brisbane 1975-76t0764WON
116 & 35* SM Gavaskar Ind v NZ Auckland 1975-76t0769WON
7 & 102 GN Yallop Aus v Eng Brisbane 1978-79t0834LOST
120* & dnbJJ Crowe NZ v SL Colombo(CCC) 1986-87t1074DRAW
10 & 102 DB Vengsarkar Ind v WI Delhi 1987-88t1080LOST
119 & 10 AJ Lamb Eng v WI Bridgetown 1989-90t1143LOST
121 & 41* DL Houghton Zim v Ind Harare 1992-93t1197DRAW
203* & dnbS ChanderpaulWI v SafGeorgetown2004-05t1745DRAW
30 *& 128AJ StraussEng v PakLord's 2006t1809DRAW

**Greg Chappel is the only cricketer to have recorded a century in each innings of a test he lead for the first time. Chappell along with Strauss and Zimbabwe's David Houghton shares another unique record of hitting a century on debut both as a player and as a captain. Houghton's record was achieved in the same test as he was leading the side while making his test debut in Zimbabwe's inaugural test match.

During his 2nd innings knock of 48 , Mohammed Yousuf also completed 1000 runs against England in just 9 tests and became the 7th pakistani batsman to do so as shown in the list below. He thus becomes the 99th cricketer to have aggregated 1000 runs against England. As many as 47 Australians, 18 West Indians, 12 Springboks, 10 Indians, 4 Kiwis and one Sri Lankan have done this before Mohammed Yousuf with the inimitable Bradman heading the list with 5028 runs in 37 tests.

Mushtaq Mohammad Pakistan 23 41 4 1554 157 3 11 42.00
Inzamam-Ul-Haq* Pakistan 16 27 3 1477 148 5 10 61.54
Salim Malik Pakistan 19 28 5 1396 165 4 9 60.70
Javed Miandad Pakistan 22 32 6 1329 260 2 9 51.12
Zaheer Abbas Pakistan 14 24 3 1086 274 2 4 51.71
Hanif Mohammad Pakistan 18 33 2 1039 *187 3 3 33.52
Mohammad Yousuf* Pakistan 9 15 0 1019 223 4 2 67.93

Ian Bell, during his unbeaten century knock in the first innings completed 1000 runs in test cricket to become the 89th cricketer from England and 424th player overall to achieve the milestone.

By avoiding a duck in 46 innings that he batted in 30 tests so far , Geraint Jones of England now holds the record of playing most innings in a test career without ever getting dismissed for a duck. He surpasses Australia's Jim Burke's record of 44 innings test career without a duck. Jones will continue to climb up the ladder in the list of most innings before first duck as long as he does't get out for a zero. Aravinda de Silva of Sri Lanka currently holds the record with 75 innings, followed by Clive Lloyd of West Indies with 58 and Alan Davidson of Australia with 51. Jones is joint fourth in the list with Basil Butcher of West Indies , who too played 46 innings before registering a duck in test cricket. David Gower with 119 consecutive test innings holds the record for palying most number of innings between two ducks.

Finally a trivia fact : Inzamam-ul-Haq now had hit a half century against England in each of his last 9 innings against them. This may or may not be a record (will do some research on this and come out with another post) , but definitely England would like to get rid of his wicket early when they meet again in the 2nd test of this series at Manchester on 27th July.

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