Adam Voges became the 20th Australian batsman to get to a century on Test debut © Getty Images
Adam Voges became the 20th Australian batsman to get to a century on Test debut © Getty Images

Adam Voges scored a century in his debut test at the age of 35 years 243 days, thus becoming the oldest to have this feat. Bharath Seervi highlights Adam Voges’ feat with some numbers and records.

Adam Voges made his first-class debut for Western Australia in 2002-03, but had to wait for more than 12 years to earn his Test cap. He played 160 First-Class matches before making his Test debut against West Indies at Roseau, and made a mark immediately by scoring unbeaten 130 and helping his team get a good lead and win the match by nine wickets. Adam Voges overcomes Devendra Bishoo’s venom and propel Australia to 318

Voges was 35 years and 242 days when the Roseau Test began on June 3, 2015. In the last 25 years of Australian cricket Adam Voges is only the second player to make his Test debut after 35. The only other person was Bryce McGain who was 36 years and 359 days old when he played his first test against South Africa at Cape Town in 2009.

Voges became the 20th Australian batsman to get to a century on Test debut. He also became only the second player after Dave Houghton (35 years 118 days) to score a century on Test debut after 35. Voges completed his century on the second day and thus at 35 years and 243 days he became the oldest player ever to score a century on Test debut. West Indies vs Australia 2015, 1st Test at Dominica: Adam Voges’ debut feat

Apart from Voges and Houghton only five others had scored a century on Test debut after turning 30. They are listed below.

 

Oldest batsmen to score century on Test debut (Age of 30 and more)

Batsman Age Runs For Against Venue Date
Adam Voges 35 Years 243 Days 130* Australia West Indies Dominica 04-Jun-15
Dave Houghton 35 Years 118 Days 121 Zimbabwe India Harare 19-Oct-92
Billy Griffith 33 Years 240 Days 140 England West Indies Port of Spain 11-Feb-48
Herbie Collins 32 Years 334 Days 104 Australia England SCG 20-Dec-20
Aminul Islam 32 Years 283 Days 145 Bangladesh India Dhaka 11-Nov-00
WG Grace 32 Years 50 Days 152 England Australia The Oval 06-Sep-1880
Arthur Milton 30 Years 119 Days 104* England New Zealand Headingley 07-Jul-58

Age and date correspond to the day when the century was completed and not when the Test started.

– Houghton and Aminul achieved this in their team’s debut Test. Houghton was also captaining his side.

– WG Grace is the only one to score a 150 on Test debut after 30.

Voges is the 16th Australian to make his test debut after the age of 35; of them, he is the only one to score a century on debut. Adam Voges makes Australia debut in 1st Test against West Indies at Dominica; handed Baggy Green by Brendon Julian

 

Test debut after the age of 35 for Australia

Player Age Against Venue Date
Don Blackie 46 Years 253 Days England SCG 14-Dec-28
Bert Ironmonger 46 Years 237 Days England Brisbane 30-Nov-28
Bob Holland 38 Years 35 Days West Indies Brisbane 23-Nov-84
Ned Gregory 37 Years 290 Days England MCG 15-Mar-1877
Nat Thomson 37 Years 290 Days England MCG 15-Mar-1877
Hammy Love 37 Years 184 Days England Brisbane 10-Feb-33
John Harry 37 Years 163 Days England Adelaide 11-Jan-1895
Ron Oxenham 37 Years 154 Days England MCG 29-Dec-28
Bryce McGain 36 Years 359 Days South Africa Cape Town 19-Mar-09
Arthur Richardson 36 Years 148 Days England SCG 19-Dec-24
Adam Voges 35 Years 242 Days West Indies Dominica 03-Jun-15
Jack Iverson 35 Years 127 Days England Brisbane 01-Dec-50
Ken Eastwood 35 Years 81 Days England SCG 12-Feb-71
Jack Wilson 35 Years 67 Days India Mumbai (BS) 26-Oct-56
Albert Hartkopf 35 Years 4 Days England MCG 01-Jan-25
Trevor Hohns 35 Years 3 Days West Indies SCG 26-Jan-89

– Bert Ironmonger played the most Test matches (14) among Australians who made their Test debut after 35.

– Ned Gregory, Hammy Love, John Harry, Ken Eastwood, Jack Wilson and Albert Hartkopf did not play another Test.

– Of the above batsmen, Voges is the only one to have scored a century. Arthur Richardson (98) and Hartkopf (80) scored half-centuries on their debut.

– Two players on the list are from the first ever Test —Gregory and Nat Thomson.

– Thomson was the first batsman to be out in history of Test cricket. Middlesex replace Adam Voges with Joe Burns

 

Debut centurions for Australia

Player Runs Against Venue Match Date
Charles Bannerman 165* England MCG 15-Mar-1877
Harry Graham 107 England Lord’s 17-Jul-1893
Reggie Duff 104 England MCG 01-Jan-02
Roger Hartigan 116 England Adelaide 10-Jan-08
Herbie Collins 104 England SCG 17-Dec-20
Bill Ponsford 110 England SCG 19-Dec-24
Archie Jackson 164 England Adelaide 01-Feb-29
Jim Burke 101* England Adelaide 02-Feb-51
Doug Walters 155 England Brisbane 10-Dec-65
Greg Chappell 108 England WACA 11-Dec-70
Gary Cosier 109 West Indies MCG 26-Dec-75
Dirk Wellham 103 England The Oval 27-Aug-81
Kepler Wessels 162 England Brisbane 26-Nov-82
Wayne Phillips 159 Pakistan WACA 11-Nov-83
Mark Waugh 138 England Adelaide 25-Jan-91
Greg Blewett 102* England Adelaide 26-Jan-95
Michael Clarke 151 India Chinnaswamy 06-Oct-04
Marcus North 117 South Africa New Wanderers 26-Feb-09
Shaun Marsh 141 Sri Lanka Pallekele 08-Sep-11
Adam Voges 130* West Indies Dominica 03-Jun-15

– Charles Bannerman scored hundred it in the very first Test in 1877.

– Reggie Duff did it batting at No. 10. Abul Hasan is the only other player to score a century batting at No. 10 on test debut.

– Voges is the oldest batsman on the list; Archie Jackson, the youngest.

– Jackson and Doug Walters are the only Australians to score a centuries on Test debut as teenagers.

– Of the four oldest Aussies to score hundreds on Test debut, three are recent — Voges, Marcus North and Shaun Marsh. Herbie Collins is second-oldest while North and Marsh are respectively third and fourth on the list.

– Of those listed above, Michael Clarke has scored most Test runs. Australia include Fawad Ahmed, Adam Voges in squad for West Indies tour and Ashes

Footnote Trivia:

Voges and Luke Ronchi made their first-class debut in the same match for the same team in 2002-03. They both get to make their Test debuts about 13 years later in a week’s difference for different countries — Australia and New Zealand. Ronchi scored 88 and Voges 130* in their respective outings.

(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)