The firsts – Maiden Test centurions of every nation

Maiden Test centurions

Rahmat Shah’s 102 in the only Test against Bangladesh at Chattogram in September 2019 occupies a special place in Test cricket. It is not only the first Test century of the batsman but it is also the first century in the longest format by an Afghanistan batsman. Here is the complete list of batsmen who scored the maiden Test hundred for their nation.

Charles Bannerman – Australia

Bannerman’s 165 against Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1877 was the first-ever Test century for Australia. It was also the first-ever century in Test cricket. In the course of his 165, the England-born cricketer scored 67.3% of his team runs, still a world-record.

Sir W G Grace – England

The man who was bigger than the sport in his time, Sir W G Grace fittingly became the first Test centurion for England. His knock of 152 against Australia at the Oval in 1880 helped England win the maiden Test match played on the English soil.

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Jimmy Sinclair – South Africa

Sinclair scored 106 against England at Cape Town in 1899. This was South Africa’s eighth Test match. Sinclair not only scored his nation’s first century but also scored the second and the third. The powerfully-built all-rounder also took nine wickets in the Test.

Clifford Roach – West Indies

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC representing England) sent out two Test teams simultaneously. One team played the first-ever Test on the West Indian soil while the other initiated New Zealand in Test cricket. Clifford Roach, the West Indian opener, scored 122 on opening day (11th Jan 1930) at Bridgetown to become the maiden Test centurion from the Caribbean islands.

Stewie Dempster – New Zealand

Dempster scored New Zealand’s first Test century in his country’s second match. At Wellington on 24th Jan 1930, the opener added 152 runs in the opening stand of 276 runs with Jackie Mills. Mills scored 117 becoming the second centurion.

Lala Amarnath – India

Amarnath became India’s maiden centurion against England in December 1933 at Bombay Gymkhana with a knock of 118. This India’s first home Test and second Test overall. Although India lost the game, there were grand celebrations of Amarnath’s feat.

Nazar Mohammad – Pakistan

The batsman to face the first ball of Test cricket for Pakistan scored a courageous 124 not out in the second Test. The opening batsman carried his bat in the match against India at Lucknow in 1952. His solo knock was instrumental in Pakistan achieving their maiden Test victory.

Sidath Wettimuny – Sri Lanka

The opener scored 152 on the opening day of Sri Lanka’s third Test match. This took place at Faisalabad, Pakistan in March 1982. Despite Sri Lanka enjoying the upper hand, the match resulted in a draw.

Dave Houghton – Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe did not have to wait long for their maiden Test centurion. Captain Houghton batting at number six scored 121 against India at Harare in October 1992. This was Zimbabwe’s first Test match.

Aminul Islam – Bangladesh

Aminul’s grinding knock 145 from 380 balls against India at Dhaka in November 2000 helped him seal a place in his nation’s cricket history. This was Bangladesh’s inaugural Test match and they lost by nine wickets.

Kevin O’Brien – Ireland

In their maiden Test match against Pakistan at Dublin in May 2018, Ireland were asked to follow-on. At 157/6, a huge loss was looming large. Kevin O’Brien struck 118 to rescue his team and in-process became country’s first Test centurion. Ireland lost the Test by five wickets.

Rahmat Shah – Afghanistan

After falling for 98 in country’s second Test match, Rahmat improved on his efforts in the following Test. He scored 102 against Bangladesh at Chattogram on 5th September 2019 which helped Afghanistan post a huge total. The Afghans defeated Bangladesh by 224 runs.



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