Brad Haddin played 66 Tests and scored 3,266 runs at 32.98 with 4 centuries and 18 fifties © Getty Images
Brad Haddin played 66 Tests and scored 3,266 runs at 32.98 with 4 centuries and 18 fifties © Getty Images

Brad Haddin, Chris Rogers and Ryan Harris were the players who had a decent Test career though making their debuts after the age of 30. Bharath Seervi lists the highest run-getters among those who made their Test debuts after 30.

They say age is just a number, but very few cricketers prove their worth once they cross a certain age. To be an impactful player, cricketers feel (quite rightly) that debuting early is the best option. But there are some who did not get the national call till 30 — and still made a mark in the sport. Highest ODI run-getters in each calendar year since 1971

Five Australian cricketers have recently retired from Tests — Ryan Harris, Brad Haddin, Shane Watson, Chris Rogers and Michael Clarke. Three of them debuted after 30 — Harris, Haddin and Rogers; despite their late starts, all of them met with success in their careers. Haddin played 66 Tests and scored 3,266 runs at 32.98 with 4 centuries and 18 fifties; Rogers, from 25 Tests, scored 2,015 at 42.87 with 5 centuries and 14 fifties.

Haddin and Rogers are among only 7 batsmen who aggregated over 2,000 runs after making their Test debuts after the age of 30. Haddin played 66 Tests — the second-most by anyone who made their debut after 30. Test all-rounders who featured among top three run-getters and wicket-takers in a calendar

The highest aggregate runs in a Test career by a player who made his Test debut after age of 30 is 6,235 by Michael Hussey, from 79 Tests. Hussey made his debut at 30 years 160 days in 2005 and averaged 51.52 with 19 centuries and 29 fifties. Interestingly, he played the 79 Tests on the trot, without missing a single one. Age is just a number, no? No one has played as many Tests after making debut at 30+ age.

Let us have a look on batsmen who scored at least 1,000 runs making their Test debut after age of 30.

1,000 Test runs making debut after age of 30

Batsman Team Debut age Span M I R Ave 100s 50s HS
Mike Hussey Aus 30y 160d 2005-2013 79 137 6235 51.52 19 29 195
Patsy Hendren Eng 31y 316d 1920-1935 51 83 3525 47.63 7 21 205*
Brad Haddin Aus 30y 212d 2008-2015 66 112 3266 32.98 4 18 169
Ridley Jacobs WI 31y 0d 1998-2004 65 112 2577 28.31 3 14 118
Basil D’Oliveira Eng 34y 255d 1966-1972 44 70 2484 40.06 5 15 158
Vijay Hazare Ind 31y 103d 1946-1953 30 52 2192 47.65 7 9 164*
Chris Rogers Aus 30y 138d 2008-2015 25 48 2015 42.87 5 14 173
Ken Mackay Aus 30y 241d 1956-1963 37 52 1507 33.48 0 13 89
Dave Houghton Zim 35y 117d 1992-1997 22 36 1464 43.05 4 4 266
Mike Brearley Eng 34y 36d 1976-1981 39 66 1442 22.88 0 9 91
Jack Ryder Aus 31y 131d 1920-1929 20 32 1394 51.62 3 9 201*
David Richardson SA 32y 215d 1992-1998 42 64 1359 24.26 1 8 109
Herbie Collins Aus 32y 331d 1920-1926 19 31 1352 45.06 4 6 203
Brian Luckhurst Eng 31y 295d 1970-1974 21 41 1298 36.05 4 5 131
Brendan Nash WI 30y 363d 2008-2011 21 33 1103 33.42 2 8 114
WG Grace Eng 32y 50d 1880-1899 22 36 1098 32.29 2 5 170
John Holt WI 30y 156d 1954-1959 17 31 1066 36.75 2 5 166
Mohammad Rafique Ban 30y 66d 2000-2008 33 63 1059 18.57 1 4 111

–          Hussey played 79 Tests, Haddin 66, Ridley Jacobs 65 and Patsy Hendren 51. They are the only ones to play over 50 Tests on the above list.

–          Hussey averaged 51.52 and Jack Ryder 51.62.

–          Except Ken Mackay and Mike Brearley, everyone on the above list has got at least one hundred. Mackay scored 13 fifties and Brearley 9.

–          Hussey scored 19 centuries, followed by Hendren and Vijay Hazare (7 each) and then Basil D’Oliveira and Rogers (5 each).

–          Dave Houghton made his debut after 35, scored a century on debut (in Zimbabwe’s first ever Test), and averaged 43.05 with 4 centuries and 4 fifties with a career highest score of 266.

–          D’Oliveira and Brearley were above 34 as well.

–          Hendren, Ryder, Houghton and Herbie Collins are the only ones on the above list to score a double-hundred.

–          Houghton was the oldest to score a century on Test debut till Adam Voges bettered him earlier this year.

–          There are only 5 players from this century, of which 3 are from Australia — Hussey, Haddin and Rogers. The others are Brendan Nash (West Indies) and Mohammad Rafique (Bangladesh).

(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 @SeerviBharath and on Facebook here)