Every cricketer aspires to represent his country in the Test circuit, which is considered as the pinnacle of the game. However, not all dreams come true the way we expect. However, there have been players who not only fulfilled their aspirations, but also went on to play over 100 matches in the game’s longest version.
The 100th Test match has a special place in a cricketer’s heart because it represents all of the hard work the player has put in. Let us look at some of the individuals who have left an indelible mark and made their 100th Test appearance memorable.
Here is a list of all hitters who scored a century in their 100th Test appearance.
Number 1. Colin Cowdrey
Colin Cowdrey was a run-machine on the home circuit in England. He appeared in 692 first-class matches and scored 42719 runs at an average of 42.89. The Tamil Nadu native was also a revelation on the international stage, scoring 7624 runs in 114 Tests at an average of 44.06.
When England faced Australia in the third Test of The Ashes in Birmingham in 1968, Cowdrey led the way with the bat, scoring 104 runs off 247 balls in the first innings. With the century, he became the first cricketer in history to score a century in his 100th game in the longest format.
The Three Lions scored 409 runs because to Cowdrey’s outstanding performances. In response, Australia was bowled out for 222 but managed to draw the Test. Colin last represented England in February 1975.
Number 2. Javed Miandad
Javed Miandad is a top-tier hitter in Pakistani cricket history. He played 124 Tests, scoring 8832 runs at an average of 52.57. In 233 One-Day Internationals, the former Pakistan cricketer scored 7381 runs at an average of 41.70.
Miandad was at his best when Pakistan faced arch-rival India in the third game of the four-match Test series at Lahore in December 1989.
In the contest, the Men in Blue batted first and scored a mammoth 509 runs, riding on Sanjay Manjrekar’s magnificent double century (218). The Men in Green were eager to take on the task. Shoaib Mohammad led Pakistan’s batsmen and produced a spectacular double-century (203*).
Miandad, who was playing in his 100th Test, performed well, scoring 145 runs off 289 deliveries. Aamer Malik, the first hitter, also hit a century. The match finished in a tie after Imran Khan and company posted a massive total of 699 runs. Miandad last played for Pakistan in March 1996.
Number 3. Gordon Greenidge
Gordon Greenidge was a well-known worldwide entertainer. The former West Indies hitter appeared in 108 Tests and scored 7558 runs at a 44.72 average. In one-day internationals, he scored 5134 runs in 128 matches at an average of 45.03.
In April 1990, the West Indies faced England at the last game of a five-match Test series in St John’s. The Three Lions scored 260 in their first innings after deciding to bat first.
Greenidge, who was playing his 100th Test, opened the batting for the West Indies with Desmond Haynes. The opening pair pummelling England’s bowling assault all over the field. They each reached the three-figure mark, assisting Viv Richards and company in scoring 446 runs in their maiden innings.
Greenidge batted 207 balls and scored 149 runs. The scorching knock included 18 boundaries and three maximums. Following the Gordon-Haynes exhibition, the West Indies bowlers arrived, and Richards and company triumphed by an innings and 32 runs.
Number 4. Alec Stewart
Alec Stewart was a well-known worldwide figure. He appeared in 133 Tests, scoring 8463 runs at an average of 39.54. The former wicketkeeper-batter scored 4677 runs at an average of 31.60 in 50-over cricket.
In August 2000, England and the West Indies shared the stage in Manchester for the third game of the five-match Test series. The visitors batted first and were quickly dismissed for 157 runs. Stewart’s 100th Test was a memorable one, as he hit 105 runs off 153 deliveries to help England reach 303 runs in their first innings.
The West Indies scored 438 runs in their second innings to tie the Test match. Stewart was named Player of the Match for his incredible knock. In September 2003, the Surrey native put up his international boots.
Number 5. Inzamam-ul-Haq
Inzamam-ul-Haq is regarded as one of the best hitters to have represented Pakistan on the international stage. In the longest version of the game, the former Pakistan captain appeared in 120 matches and scored 8830 runs at an average of 49.60. In 378 One-Day Internationals, he scored 11739 runs at an average of 39.52.
In March 2005, Pakistan faced India at the last game of a three-match Test series in Bangalore (now Bengaluru). Inzamam, who was playing in his 100th Test, brought his A-game to the table, scoring 184 runs off 264 deliveries, including 25 boundaries. Younis Khan was also outstanding, scoring 267 runs off 504 balls.
The visitors scored 570 runs thanks to the ace batting duo’s outstanding efforts. In response, India scored 449 runs in their first innings. Pakistan dominated the five-day match, winning by 168 runs.
Number 6. Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting is widely regarded as one of the greatest cricketers of all time. Former Australian cricketer played 168 Tests and scored 13378 runs at an average of 51.85, including 41 hundreds. In 375 One-Day Internationals, Ponting scored 13704 runs at an average of 42.03, including 30 tonnes.
Aside from his batting prowess, Ponting was an outstanding captain who led Australia to two World Cup victories in 2003 and 2007. When Australia faced South Africa in the last game of the three-match Test series in Sydney in January 2006, he was in top form.
Ponting hammered two century in his 100th Test outing for Australia. In the first inning, he scored 120 runs on 174 pitches, propelling his side to a 359-run victory. Then, in the second innings, he scored 143* runs off 159 balls to help Australia chase down 287. In December 2012, the renowned cricketer last represented Australia.
Number 7. Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith was a reliable performer for South Africa across several forms. The former South African hitter appeared in 117 Tests and scored 9265 runs at a 48.25 average. He scored 6989 runs in 197 games at an average of 37.98 in the 50-over format.
South Africa played England in the first of three Tests at The Oval in July 2012. The Three Lions scored 385 runs in the first innings after deciding to bat, with Alastair Cook reaching a century.
Hasim Amla was in fine form, scoring a magnificent triple century (311*). Smith, who was playing his 100th Test for South Africa, also put on a show with the bat, scoring 131 runs off 273 deliveries. Jacques Kallis also hit a grand slam. South Africa amassed a massive total of 637 runs thanks to the Proteas trio’s outstanding efforts.
Smith and company eventually defeated England by an innings and 12 runs.
Number 8. Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla was a game-changing player. He was South Africa’s match-winner with the bat and scored a tonne of runs across many forms. In 124 Tests, he scored 9282 runs at an average of 46.64. In ODIs, he scored 8113 runs in 181 games at an average of 49.46.
It was the 100th match in Amla’s Test career when South Africa faced Sri Lanka in the last game of the three-match Test series in Johannesburg in January 2017. The Durban native scored 134 runs off 265 balls. Jean-Paul Duminy was also on fire, scoring 155 runs off 221 balls.
South Africa scored 426 runs thanks to stunning centuries from the two. In response, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 131 runs in the first innings, while the Lankan Lions could only manage 177 runs in the second innings. Faf du Plessis and company triumphed by an innings and 118 runs.
Number 9. Joe Root
Joe Root has worked as a run banker on the international circuit. The Yorkshire native has appeared in 127 games in the longest format, accumulating 10629 runs at an average of 49.43. In 158 One-Day Internationals, he has scored 6207 runs at an average of 50.05.
England will face India in the opening game of the four-match Test series at Chennai in February 2021. It was then-England captain Joe Root’s 100th Test match, and on such a momentous occasion, he led from the front, scoring 218 runs off 377 deliveries.
England scored 578 runs because to Root’s outstanding performance. In response, India scored 337 runs in their first innings. The game was won by the visitors by 227 runs.
Number 10. David Warner
David Warner is regarded as one of the finest opening hitters of his time. He has attacked the opponent from the start and has demolished bowling attacks for joy. In Test cricket, he has scored over 8000 runs at an average of 46.41, while in ODIs, he has scored 6007 runs in 141 appearances.
Warner played his 100th Test for Australia in the Boxing Day Test of the current three-match Test series against South Africa at the MCG. The visitors batted first and scored just 189 runs.
In response, Warner spearheaded Australia’s comeback with the bat, hammering South Africa’s strong bowling attack all over the field. He hit a spectacular double century with 16 boundaries and two maximums. The Australians scored 575 runs on the strength of the experienced batter’s magnificent effort.
Following Warner’s heroics, Australian bowlers wrecked havoc and swept South Africa out for 204 runs, allowing Australia to win by an innings and 182 runs.