Misbah-ul-Haq scored a century in both innings of the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi, with the second ton being the fastest in Test cricket (56 ablls) © Getty Images
Misbah-ul-Haq scored a century in both innings of the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi, with the second ton being the fastest in Test cricket (56 balls) © Getty Images

The Pakistanis had scored four 100s hundreds against Australia at Dubai and five 100s in the Abu Dhabi Test. In the first test Test against New Zealand also the batsmen hit four 100s for Pakistan. Bharath Seervi highlights the records created by Pakistan batsmen scoring centuries.

The batsmen from Pakistan are scoring centuries like anything in the recent three Tests. It all began with the Test series against Australia which had nine centuries by Pakistan batsmen – — four in the first test matchTest at Dubai and five in the second test matchTest at Abu Dhabi. Within 10 days of the series conclusion with Australia, Pakistan have faced New Zealand in the same country, the UAE. There was no changes in the form of Pakistan batsmen. They scored four more centuries against the Kiwis as well.

Pakistan have made a historical streak by their batsmen scoring at least four centuries in three consecutive Tests. No other team did it in the 137 years of Cricket history.There was only one occasion of a team having four centuries in two consecutive test matchesTests even. It was the England side against India in 1990.

Four or more centuries for a team in consecutive Tests

Team Number of centuries Centurions (innings)
Pakistan (3) 4 vs Australia, Dubai, 2014-15 106 Younis Khan (1)
109 Sarfraz Ahmed (1)
131 Ahmed Shehzad (2)
103* Younis Khan (2)
5 vs Australia, Abu Dhabi, 2014-15 109 Azhar Ali (1)
213 Younis Khan (1)
101 Misbah-ul-Haq (1)
100* Azhar Ali (2)
101* Misbah-ul-Haq (2)
4 vs New Zealand, Abu Dhabi, 2014-15 176 Ahmed Shehzad (1)
100* Younis Khan (1)
102* Misbah-ul-Haq (1)
101* Mohammad Hafeez (2)
England (2) 4 vs India, Lord’s, 1990 333 Graham Gooch (1)
139 Allan Lamb (1)
100* Robin Smith (1)
123 Graham Gooch (2)
4 vs India, Old Trafford, 1990 116 Graham Gooch (1)
131 Mike Atherton (1)
121* Robin Smith (1)
109 Allan Lamb (2)

The England batsmen line-up turned to be nightmares for India in the 1990 series. Graham Gooch scored three centuries, Allan Lamb and Robin Smith scored two each and Mike Atherton scored one, making it eight, in the first two Tests of the series.
Three or more centuries in three consecutive Tests (other than Pakistan as mentioned in the previous table)

The streak is a remarkable one. Even the occasion of three centuries in three consecutive test matchesTests has been achieved by only two other teams in the past. It was the English team in 1938 and the South African team in 2003-04.

Team Centuries Centurion
England 3 vs Australia, The Oval, 1938 364 Len Hutton (1)
187 Maurice Leyland (1)
169 Joe Hardstaff jr (1)
3 vs South Africa, Johannesburg, 1938-39 117 Eddie Paynter (1)
106 Paul Gibb (2)
100 Eddie Paynter (2)
3 vs South Africa, Cape Town, 1938-39 181 Wally Hammond (1)
115 Les Ames (1)
112 Bryan Valentine (1)
South Africa 3 vs West Indies, Durban, 2003-04 142 Herschelle Gibbs (1)
177 Jacques Kallis (1)
137 Gary Kirsten (1)
4 vs West Indies, Cape Town, 2003-04 101 Jacques Rudolph (1)
122* Mark Boucher (1)
142 Herschelle Gibbs (2)
130* Jacques Kallis (2)
3 vs West Indies, Centurion, 2003-04 139 Graeme Smith (1)
192 Herschelle Gibbs (1)
130* Jacques Kallis (1)

England had three centuries in three consecutive Tests in 1938 to 1939. Those nine centuries were scored by eight different batsmen! Eddie Paynter was the only one who scored two.

South African batsmen had a similar form in the series against West Indies in South Africa in 2003-04. There were two centuries in the first Test, three more in the second, four in the third, and three in the fourth and last . Jacques Kallis scored centuries in all four matches and Herschelle Gibbs scored in all of the last three.

Five centuries for a team in a single Test

Pakistan had five centuries in the second Test against Australia at Abu Dhabi. It was only the fifth time a team had five centuries in a single Test and second such occasion for Pakistan. Pakistan is the only team to have done it twice. The other occasions were by Australia in 1955, by Pakistan in 2001, by England in 2007 and Sri Lanka in 2012-13.

Team Centurions
Australia vs West Indies, Kingston, 1955 127 Colin McDonald (1)
204 Neil Harvey (1)
109 Keith Miller (1)
128 Ron Archer (1)
121 Richie Benaud (1)
Pakistan vs Bangladesh, Multan, 2001 101 Saeed Anwar (1)
104 Taufeeq Umar (1)
105 Inzamam-ul-Haq (1)
102* Mohammad Yousuf (1)
110* Abdul Razzaq (1)
England vs West Indies, Lord’s, 2007 105 Andrew Strauss (1)
111 Paul Collingwood (1)
109* Ian Bell (1)
126* Matt Prior (1)
109 Kevin Pietersen (2)
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, Galle, 2012-13 142 Kumar Sangakkara (1)
155* Lahiru Thirimanne (1)
116* Dinesh Chandimal (1)
126 Tillakaratne Dilshan (2)
105 Kumar Sangakkara (2)
Pakistan vs Australia, Abu Dhabi, 2014-15 109 Azhar Ali (1)
213 Younis Khan (1)
101 Misbah-ul-Haq (1)
100* Azhar Ali (2)
101* Misbah-ul-Haq (2)

(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)