12 cricketers whose first scoring shot in Test cricket was a six

12 cricketers whose first scoring shot in Test cricket was a six

Cricketers who scored their first runs from a six in the Test format.

Shafiul Islam of Bangladesh
Shafiul Islam of Bangladesh. (Photo by Gareth Copley/PA Images via Getty Images)

Amongst the three formats of a game, test cricket is the most challenging one. It is the dream of every young cricketer is to play Test cricket and represent his/her national team. While one represents his/her national team, nervousness creeps in which leads to the downfall in performances, later on.

The performance of the player, later on, improves as maturity comes in after the player has played a few Tests. For the batsmen, Test cricket is all about patience, and grit. The bowlers lay down a plan to dismiss the batsman but few players have counter-attacked to occupy the crease. This battle is fascinating to watch. 

Usually, the first ball in cricket is a dot ball, as the batsman looks to occupy the crease for a longer period. But, few players have smashed the ball out of the park and have made it to the history book. Till now, twelve of them have been successful. Let’s have a look at them. 

12 cricketers whose first scoring shot in Test cricket was a six

12. Eric Freeman

Eric Freeman
Eric Freeman. (Photo by Bob Thomas Sports Photography via Getty Images)

The first cricketer to open his account with a six is Eric Freeman. He belongs to the late 1960 era as the batting all-rounder made his debut for Australia at Brisbane in 1968 against India. It was in that game that he achieved this rare feat. Off the second ball he faced in Test Cricket, he smoked one delivery out of the ground off Erapalli Prasanna. 

However, the all-rounder could not achieve much success at the international level as he represented Australia in only 11 Tests. He averaged 19.16 with the bat and 33.17 with the ball. This is an average which is a bit below par. Even though he was unsuccessful in the grandest stage, post-retirement, he went on to coach younger players.

Apart from representing Australia and mentoring the aspiring cricketers, Freeman worked as a commentator. Along with working as a commentator, he was the statistician with ABC radio in Adelaide. Eric Freeman, made it to the history books as he was the very first batsman to hit a six off the first ball. Therefore he makes it to this list of cricketers whose first scoring shot in Test cricket was a six.

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