Record Book – Batting firsts for each Test nation

  Kevin O’Brien became the first Irish cricketer to score a Test century, at Malahide yesterday, and his 118 has given Ireland a fighting chance in their inaugural Test against Pakistan. Earlier in the innings, O’Brien had also become the first Irishman to score a Test fifty. Here is a look at the batting firsts for each men’s Test nation so far (team’s Test number shown in brackets).

Australia

First half-century: Charles Bannerman, 165* v England, Melbourne, 1876-77 (1)
First century: Charles Bannerman, 165* v England, Melbourne, 1876-77 (1)
First double-century: Billy Murdoch, 211 v England, The Oval, 1884 (16)
First triple-century: Donald Bradman, 334 v England, Headingley, 1930 (136)

England

First half-century: Harry Jupp, 63 v Australia, Melbourne, 1876-77 (1)
First century: William Gilbert Grace, 152 v Australia, The Oval, 1880 (4)
First double-century: Reginald Foster, 287 v Australia, Sydney, 1903-04 (75)
First triple-century: Andy Sandham, 325 v West Indies, Kingston, 1929-30 (179)

South Africa

First half-century: Jimmy Sinclair, 86 v England, Johannesburg, 1898-99 (7)
First century: Jimmy Sinclair, 106 v England, Cape Town, 1898-99 (8)
First double-century: Aubrey Faulkner, 204 v Australia, Melbourne, 1910-11 (26)
First triple-century: Hashim Amla, 311 v England, The Oval, 2012 (367)

West Indies

First half-century: Joe Small, 52 v England, Lord’s, 1928 (1)
First century: Clifford Roach, 122 v England, Bridgetown, 1929-30 (4)
First double-century: Clifford Roach, 209 v England, Georgetown, 1929-30 (6)
First triple-century: Garfield Sobers, 365* v Pakistan, Kingston, 1957-58 (69)
First quadruple-century: Brian Lara, 400* v England, St. John’s, 2003-04 (409)

New Zealand

First half-century: Stewie Dempster, 136 v England, Wellington, 1929-30 (2)
First century: Stewie Dempster, 136 v England, Wellington, 1929-30 (2)
First double-century: Martin Donnelly, 206 v England, Lord’s, 1949 (18)
First triple-century: Brendon McCullum, 302 v India, Wellington, 2013-14 (391)

Test Match - Ireland vs Pakistan

         With his 118 against Pakistan in the ongoing historic Test at Malahide, Kevin O’Brien became the first Irishman to score a Test hundred (source – Reuters) 

India

First half-century: Lala Amarnath, 118 v England, Bombay, 1933-34 (2)
First century: Lala Amarnath, 118 v England, Bombay, 1933-34 (2)
First double-century: Polly Umrigar, 223 v New Zealand, Hyderabad, 1955-56 (45)
First triple-century: Virender Sehwag, 309 v Pakistan, Multan, 2003-04 (372)

Pakistan

First half-century: Hanif Mohammad, 51 v India, Delhi, 1952-53 (1)
First century: Nazar Mohammad, 124* v India, Lucknow, 1952-53 (2)
First double-century: Imtiaz Ahmed, 209 v New Zealand, Lahore, 1955-56 (16)
First triple-century: Hanif Mohammad, 337 v West Indies, Bridgetown, 1957-58 (19)

Sri Lanka

First half-century: Arjuna Ranatunga, 54 v England, Colombo, 1981-82 (1)
First century: Sidath Wettimuny, 157 v Pakistan, Faisalabad, 1981-82 (3)
First double-century: Brendon Kuruppu, 201* v New Zealand, Colombo, 1986-87 (25)
First triple-century: Sanath Jayasuriya, 340 v India, Colombo, 1997 (75)

Zimbabwe

First half-century: Grant Flower, 82 v India, Harare, 1992-93 (1)
First century: Dave Houghton, 121 v India, Harare, 1992-93 (1)
First double-century: Dave Houghton, 266 v Sri Lanka, 1994-95 (9)
First triple-century: NA

Bangladesh

First half-century: Habibul Bashar, 71 v India, Dhaka, 2000-01 (1)
First century: Aminul Islam, 145 v India, Dhaka, 2000-01 (1)
First double-century: Mushfiqur Rahim, 200 v Sri Lanka, Galle, 2012-13 (76)
First triple-century: NA

Ireland

First half-century: Kevin O’Brien, 118 v Pakistan, Dublin, 2018 (1)
First century: Kevin O’Brien, 118 v Pakistan, Dublin, 2018 (1)
First double-century: NA
First triple-century: NA

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