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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
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.

Batsman Inn Opp Year
Jackie Mills 117 England 1930
Bruce Taylor 105 India 1965
Rodney Redmond 107 Pakistan 1973
Mark Greatbatch 107* England 1988
Mathew Sinclair 214 West Indies 1999
Lou Vincent 104 Australia 2001
Scott Styris 107 West Indies 2002
Kane Williamson 131 India 2010
Hamish Rutherford 171 England 2013
James Neesham 137* India 2014

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