What a start! Here are batsmen who have scored a double century on their Test debut

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For a batsman, it is nothing short of a dream come true if he manages to put up a big score on the board in his debut Test match. Imagine their delight if they are able to get a century on debut, or even better, a big daddy hundred in the form of a double-century! Cricket in its history has witnessed some amazing start to careers of batsmen. Here, we take a look at 5 batsmen who managed to get a double century on their Test debut.

Reginald Erskine Foster

English batsmen Reginald Foster became the first batsman in history to score a double century on his debut. Foster made his debut in 1901 against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. He played an exceptional knock of 287 which was the key in England gaining a famous victory. He would go on to play 8 Test matches in his career, scoring 602 runs with one century and one half-century.

Jacques Rudolph

Jacques Rudolph was touted as a highly promising prospect in South African cricket when he made his debut against Bangladesh in 2003. He made an immediate impact in Chittagong, playing an unbeaten knock of 222. His promise though soon petered off, with his career being limited to 48 Test matches due to inconsistent displays.

Lawrence Rowe

West Indian batsman Lawrence Rowe made his debut in 1972 against New Zealand. In his first match at Sabina Park in Jamaica, he played an unbelievable knock of 214. All in all, Lawrence played 30 Test matches scoring 2047 runs with seven centuries, which included two double-hundreds.

Mathew Sinclair

Mathew Sinclair made his debut against the West Indies at Wellington in 1999, playing a knock of 214 runs. Sinclair then struggled for consistency throughout his 11-year career, playing 33 Test matches and scoring 1635 runs.

Brendon Kuruppu

Making his debut against New Zealand in 1987, Kuruppu played a knock of 201 not out in Colombo. Like many others on the list though, he turned out to be a flash in the pan and only managed to play 4 Test matches for Sri Lanka, having failed to replicate his initial promise.