Stats: Players who have scored a century in their 100th Test

Stats: Players who have scored a century in their 100th Test

Hashim Amla century
South African batsman Hashim Amla celebrates his century in his hundredth test during the third cricket Test match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 12, 2017 at Wanderers Cricket Stadium in Johannesburg. / AFP / MARCO LONGARI (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)

South Africa’s batting mainstay Hashim Amla entered the record books when he notched up a classy century in his 100th Test. Amla has been one of the most prolific players for the Proteas outfit. This is evident from the numbers that back up his performances. Playing his 100th Test against Sri Lanka, Hashim Amla struck his 27th Test ton. At the end of day 1 he is batting unbeaten on 125 and could only add 12 runs to his overnight score before being dismissed.

The moment arrived when he lofted a shot over mid off to Rangana Herath. With the ton, Amla became only the 9th batsman in the history of the game to score a century in their 100th Test match. He became the second South African batsman to make it to the elite list where he joined former skipper Graeme Smith, who was the most recent player to achieve the feat before Amla.

Smith had hit 131 against England at the Oval back in 2012. The first batsman to score a century in the 100th Test match was Colin Cowdrey from England. The classy batsman had scored his ton against Australia at Birmingham in 1968. Cowdrey’s 114-match career had seen him score 22 Test centuries. Pakistan’s Javed Miandad was the second batsman to reach the milestone. He scored 145 against the arch rivals India at Lahore in December 1989. Arguably one of the best batsmen of yesteryears, West Indies batsman Gordon Greenidge had scored a powerful 149 against England in 1990. The

Pakistan’s Javed Miandad was the second batsman to reach the milestone. He scored 145 against the arch rivals India at Lahore in December 1989. Arguably one of the best batsmen of yesteryears, West Indies batsman Gordon Greenidge had scored a powerful 149 against England in 1990. The ton had come in his 100th Test.

The only batsman to score two centuries or century in each innings of his 100th Test is former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting. The swashbuckling number three batsman had reached the unique distinction at Sydney while playing against South Africa in 2006. Ponting had scored 120 and 143* across the two innings of his 100th Test.

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Pakistan and England are the only teams to have seen two of their players score centuries in their 100th Test. Cowdrey and Alex Stewart from England have reached the feat and for the Pakistani team, it has been Miandad and Inzamam-ul-Haq. Interestingly, both Inzamam and Miandad had played their 100th Test against India.

Here is the list of players who scored centuries in their 100th Test:

Player Runs Team Opposition
MC Cowdrey 104 England v Australia
Javed Miandad 145 Pakistan v India
CG Greenidge 149 West Indies v England
AJ Stewart 105 England v West Indies
Inzamam-ul-Haq 184 Pakistan v India
RT Ponting 120 Australia v South Africa
RT Ponting 143* Australia v South Africa
GC Smith 131 South Africa v England
Hashim Amla  137 South Africa v Sri Lanka

 

All stats updated till 13th Jan 2017.