South Africa and England Test series : AN Cook scores hundred in his 50th test

South Africa and England Test series : AN Cook scores hundred in his 50th test

Alistair Cook of England earned the distinction of scoring a hundred in his 50th test when he scored 118 against South Africa in the ongoing test at Durban. His feat provides the 29th occasion of a batsman registering a hundred in his 50th test in the annals of test cricket.

Alistair Cook is the third batsman after Javed Miandad of Pakistan, GR Viswanath of India to register a hundred in his debut test and his 50th test. Alistair Cook had scored 104 not out in the second innings against India at Nagpur in Mar 2006 on his test debut

The following table lists out all the 29 occasions of batsmen scoring hundreds in their 50th test.

No Batsman Team Score Inns Opp Venue Date
1 JB Hobbs Eng 159 FI Win The Oval 14.08.1928
2 PR Umrigar Ind 112 FI Pak Delhi 08.02.1961
3 TW Graveney Eng 153 FI Pak Lord’s 23.06.1962
4 KF Barrington Eng 256 FI Aus Manchester 23.07.1964
5 RB Simpson Aus 103 SI Ind Adelaide 28.12.1967
6 WM Lawry Aus 205 FI Win Melbourne 26.12.1968
7 CH Lloyd Win 102 FI Ind Bridgetown 10.03.1976
8 GR Viswanath Ind 124 SI Win Chennai 12.01.1979
9 SM Gavaskar Ind 221 SI Eng The Oval 30.08.1979
10 IT Botham Eng 128 FI Ind Manchester 24.06.1982
11 JavedMiandad Pak 280* FI Ind Hyd-Pak 14.01.1983
12 N Kapil Dev Ind 100* SI Win Trinidad 11.03.1983
13 IVARichards Win 109 FI Ind Georgetown 31.03.1983
14 JG Wright NZl 138 SI Win Wellington 20.02.1987
15 MA Taylor Aus 170 FI SAF Melbourne 26.12.1993
16 RA Smith Eng 175 FI Win St John’s 16.04.1994
17 MA Atherton Eng 113 FI Win Nottingham 10.08.1995
18 WJ Cronje SAF 126 FI Engl Nottingham 22.07.1998
19 G Kirsten SAF 134 SI Win Centurion 15.01.1999
20 ST Jayasuriya Srl 188 FI Pak Kandy 28.06.2000
21 MA Butcher Eng 124 FI Aus Sydney 02.01.2003
22 HH Gibbs SAF 183 FI Eng The Oval 04.09.2003
23 VVS Laxman Ind 178 FI Aus Sydney 02.01.2004
24 CH Gayle Win 317 FI SAF St John’s 29.04.2005
25 TM Dilshan Srl 162 FI Ban Chittagong 03.01.2009
TM Dilshan Srl 143 SI Ban Chittagong 03.01.2009
26 AB de Villiers SAF 104* FI Aus Johannesburg 02.03.2009
27 KP Pietersen Eng 102 SI Win Trinidad 10.03.2009
28 MJ Clarke Aus 103* SI Eng Birmingham 30.07.2009
29 AN Cook Eng 118 FI SAF Durban 26.12.2009

Alistair Cook became the ninth England batsman to register a hundred in his 50th test. He is the first England batsman to register a hundred in his debut test and 50th test. The nine occasions are listed below

No Batsman Team Score Inns Opp Venue Date
1 JBHobbs Eng 159 FI Win The Oval 14.08.1928
2 TWGraveney Eng 153 FI Pak Lord’s 23.06.1962
3 KFBarrington Eng 256 FI Aus Manchester 23.07.1964
4 ITBotham Eng 128 FI Ind Manchester 24.06.1982
5 RASmith Eng 175 FI Win St John’s 16.04.1994
6 MAAtherton Eng 113 FI Win Nottingham 10.08.1995
7 MAButcher Eng 124 FI Aus Sydney 02.01.2003
8 KPPietersen Eng 102 SI Win Trinidad 10.03.2009
9 ANCook Eng 118 FI SAF Durban 26.12.2009

AN Cook is the third batsman after MA Taylor of Australia and CH Gayle of West Indies to score a hundred in 50th test

No Batsman Team Score Inns Opp Venue Date
1 MA Taylor Aus 170 FI SAF Melbourne 26.12.1993
2 CH Gayle Win 317 FI SAF St John’s 29.04.2005
3 AN Cook Eng 118 FI SAF Durban 26.12.2009

The following are the other statistical observations on the feat of batsmen scoring hundreds in their 50th test.

Javed Miandad scored hundreds in his debut test, 50th test and 100th test. He is the only batsman in the annals of test cricket to earn the distinction. Javed Miandad of Pakistan, GR Viswanath of India and AN Cook of England registered hundreds in his debut test and in his 50th test. TM Dilshan is the only batsman to register hundreds in both innings of his 50th test. He is the 25th batsman to earn the distinction of scoring hundred in 50th test. G Kirsten scored zero and 134 in his 50th test. CH Gayle {317} remains the only batsman to register 300 plus runs in his 50th test. KF Barrington {256} is credited with the distinction of becoming the first batsman to score a double hundred in his 50th test. GR Viswanath-SM Gavaskar {brother-in-laws} are the only related cricketers in this elite list.

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