James Neesham becomes 10th New Zealand batsman to score century on Test debut
James Neesham came in to bat after the world record sixth-wicket partnership between Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling © Getty Images
Feb 18, 2014
James Neesham became the 10th New Zealand batsman to score a century on Test debut. Neesham completed his century with a flick down the leg-side and completed a couple. Neeham’s teammate Hamish Rutherford was the last batsman to achieve the feat when he scored 171 against England in 2013. Neesham is also the third batsman to score a century on Test debut batting at No 8. Scott Styris and Bruce Taylor were the others who did it before.
Neesham came in to bat after the end of a world record 352-run sixth-wicket stand between BJ Watling and Brendon McCullum with the team’s score on 446 for six. Watling was dismissed for 124 after scripting the longest Test innings by a New Zealand wicketkeeper. Neesham then scored at a brisk rate along with McCullum who was playing a marathon Test innings. Neesham reached his half-century towards the end of the day and was unbeaten on 67 at stumps on Day Four.
On the final day he galloped into the 90s with a few boundaries. The first one came when he lofted Ishant Sharma over mid-on. He followed up with a straight drive played on the up against Zaheer Khan.