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Shane Shillingford breaks record for fastest Test match fifty by a West Indian

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Shane Shillingford overtook Shahid Afridi on the list of fastest Test fifties © Getty Images

Jun 12, 2014

West Indian off-spinner Shane Shillingford scored the second fastest Test match fifty, off 25 balls, against New Zealand on Day Four of the first Test match of the series at Kingston, Jamaica. Shillingford missed the current record — held by Jacques Kallis — by just one delivery.

Shillingford’s fireworks were unable to stave off defeat, but it gave the crowd at Kingston something to cheer about. Shillingford’s 29-ball whirlwind of an unbeaten 53 included five sixes and three boundaries. He was especially severe on eventual man of the match Mark Craig and young leg-spinner Ish Sodhi.

With this knock, Shillingford now holds the record of the fastest fifty by a West Indian in Tests, and occupies the second spot on the all-time list ahead of Shahid Afridi, whose 26-ball effort against India was the second fastest fifty till Shillingford came along.

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