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Jimmy Neesham: First New Zealand batsman to score two centuries in as many Tests

Jimmy Neesham cracked the second century of his Test career © Getty Images (File photo)
Jimmy Neesham cracked the second century of his Test career © Getty Images (File photo)

New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham, who scored a century in his debut Test versus India, has scored another century in his second Test this time against the West Indies. He has joined the elite club of players scoring a century in each of their first two Test matches. Bharath Seervi lists out the players who achieved this feat before Neesham.

Jimmy Neesham has done something which no other New Zealand player has done that before. First he scored a match saving 137 not out against India at Wellington in February 2014 on his debut and then in his second Test in the Caribbean, he scored 107 in the first innings. This made him the first player from New Zealand to achieve this unique feat in Test cricket.

Before Neesham, seven other players scored a century in each of their first two Tests of their career. The first to achieve this was Bill Ponsford for Australia in 1924-1925 and the last to do this was Rohit Sharma from India in 2013. Below is the complete list.

Players scoring a century in each of their first two Test matches:

Batsman Team First Test Second Test Year
Bill Ponsford Australia 110 & 27 vs Eng 128 & 4 vs Eng 1924-1925
Doug Walters Australia 155 vs Eng 22 & 115 vs Eng 1965
Alvin Kallicharran West Indies 100* vs NZ 101 & 18 vs NZ 1972
Mohammad Azharuddin India 110 vs Eng 48 & 105 vs Eng 1984-1985
Greg Blewett Australia 102* & 12 vs Eng 20 & 115 vs Eng 1995
Sourav Ganguly India 131 vs Eng 136 & 48 vs Eng 1996
Rohit Sharma India 177 vs WI 111* vs WI 2013
Jimmy Neesham New Zealand 33& 137* vs Ind 107 vs WI 2014


Note:

Other than Neesham, all the previous seven batsmen had scored a century in their debut Test innings.

Neesham is the only player to achieve the feat against two different teams.

Mohammad Azharuddin had scored a century in his third Test as well, making him the only player so far to score centuries in each of the first three Tests.

Apart from the above eight cricketers there are four more cricketers who had scored two centuries in their first two Test matches, but in a different fashion. Two players scored two centuries in their debut Test match and other two players scored two centuries in their second Test. Below is the table listing them:

Batsman Team First Test Second Test Year
Lawrence Rowe West Indies 214 & 100* vs NZ 22 & 1 vs NZ 1972
Yasir Hameed Pakistan 170 & 105 vs Ban 23 & 18* vs Ban 2003
Wajahatullah Wasti Pakistan 6 & 9 vs Ind 133 & 121* vs SL 1999
Phillip Hughes Australia 0 & 75 vs SA 115 & 160 vs SA 2009

(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)

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