Styris becomes seventh Kiwi to score debut century

Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore: New Zealand's first innings in the second Test against West Indies at St George's (Grenada) reached a respectable total of 373 largely due to a fighting century by Styris who came in to bat at number eight. In fact Styris made his debut in this Test and justified his selection as he was originally not in the Test squad. He was inducted from the One-day team, which earlier played West Indies. Although no one expected a debut century from a number eight batsman, it was expected that Styris had the capacity to contribute large scores as he had earlier made two fifty plus scores - 85 and 63* during the One-day series against West Indies. In fact he had taken 6 for 25 in addition to making 63* in the Limited Over International at Port of Spain on 12.06.2002. Styris thus became the seventh New Zealand player (and not sixth as reported in some sections of the media) and the 74th player in all Test history to score a century on debut when he made 107 on the second day of the Grenada Test on 29.06.2002. He had another distinction while making this century as he became the 50th player to score a century on debut innings of a Test. In all there have been 75 instances of debut Test hundreds by 74 players - the difference between the players and instances is due to a rare feat performed by Lawrence Rowe of West Indies who has scored a double-century and a century (214 and 100*) in the same Test against New Zealand in the first Test at Kingston in 1971-72. Incidentally the last occasion when a century on debut had been performed was also by a New Zealander - Lou Vincent against Australia in the third Test at Perth in 2001-02. The elite list of scoring a century on debut now comprises 16 Australians, 14 Englishmen, 11 Indians, 10 West Indians, 8 Pakistanis, 7 New Zealanders, 3 Sri Lankans, 2 Bangladeshis, 2 Zimbabweans and a lone South African - it is interesting to note that the players from all Test playing countries have figured in this list. Some of the rare occurrences relating to this are: The first ever century on debut was scored by Charles Bannerman (165*) of Australia against England in the first ever Test that took place at Melbourne in 1876/77 which marked the beginning of the Test era. R E Foster of England (287) holds the world record for scoring most runs in a debut innings (vs Australia, first Test, Sydney, 1903/04.) The most run aggregate in a debut match is held by L G Rowe - 306 runs (214&100*). Other than R E Foster of England and L G Rowe of West Indies as indicated above, two other players have hit a double century as their century on debut. They are D S B P Kuruppu (201*) of Sri Lanka against New Zealand in the first Test at Colombo, 1986/87 and MS Sinclair (214) of New Zealand against West Indies in the second Test at Wellington in 1999/00. Two players - one each from England and West Indies have scored a ninety and a century in their debut match. They are P A Gibbs (93&106) of England (vs SA, first Test, Johannesburg, 1938/39) and C G Greenidge (93&107) of West Indies vs India, first Test, Bangalore, 1974/75. G R Viswanath was the first player to score a duck and a century in his debut match. This diminutive Indian performed this feat against West Indies when he scored 0&137 in the second Test against Australia at Kanpur in 1969/70. A C Hudson (163&0) of South Africa vs WI, first Test, Bridgetown, 1991/92 and Mohammed Wasim 0&109 not out of Pakistan vs New Zealand, first Test, Lahore 1996/97, are the other players to have accomplished this dubious distinction. Azhar Mahmood of Pakistan is the only player in Test history to remain unbeaten in both innings in a debut Test. He made 128 not out and 50 not out against South Africa in the first Test at Rawalpindi in 1997/98. First instance of a debut century for each of the Test playing countries is as under:

Australia - C Bannerman (165*)vs Eng1st TestMelbourne1876/77
Bangladesh - Aminul Islam (145)vs IndOnly TestDhaka2000/01
England - WG Grace (152)vs Aus1st TestThe Oval1880
India - L Amarnath (118)vs Eng1st TestBombay1933/34
New Zealand - JE Mills (117)vs Eng2nd TestWellington1929/30
Pakistan - Khalid Ibadulla (166)vs Aus1st TestKarachi1964/65
South Africa - AC Hudson (163)vs WI1st TestBridgetown1991/92
Sri Lanka - DSBP Kuruppu (201*)vs NZ1st TestColombo1986/87
West Indies - GA Headley (176)vs Eng1st TestBridgetown1929/30
Zimbabwe - DL Houghton (121)vs Ind1st TestHarare1992/93
Sl NoPlayer Vs1st Ings2nd IngsTestVenueYear
5SinclairMSWI 214dnb2ndWellington1999-00
6VincentLAus104543rdPerth (WACA)2001-02
7StyrisSBWI 107 2nd St George's2002

(All statistics are as at the end of 2nd days play on 29.06.2002&hence Styris's 2nd innings score is not indicated)

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