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Kirsten in the elites' list

By M. Shoaib Ahmed

03 November 1997

GARRY KIRSTEN became the 29th player to perform the unique feat of carrying his bat through completed Test innings in the 1382 Tests played upto the end of the Faisalabad Test. Kirsten also becomes the fifth South African to do so.

There are five players who have carried their bat right through an innings more than once. The great West Indian opening batsman, Desmond Haynes is the only man in the 120-year old history of Test cricket to achieve this feat on three occasions, twice against Pakistan. Australia's Bill Woodfull and Bill Lawry, England's Sir Len Hutton and Glenn Turner of New Zealand have done so on two occasions each. Two batsmen enjoy the privilege of having accomplished this feat on their Test debut-England's 'Plum' Warner and Australia's John Barrett.

Pakistan's Nazar Mohammad and Mudassar Nazar are the only father and son to achieve this milestone at Test level. Turner is the youngest player to carry his bat through a completed Test match innings (he was 22 years 63 days old when he first achieved this feat). Interestingly, the 1926 Ashes Test at Lord's saw the oldest player to achieve this feat Warren Bardsely at the age of 43 years and 203 days. Glenn Turner also holds the record of scoring the maximum runs (223) while carrying his bat through an innings. South Africa's Augustus Bernard Tancred had been the first to do this in March 1889, more than 108 years ago, at Cape Town against England.

These 35 instances have taken place on as many as 22 grounds in seven Test playing countries, five at Lord's, three times in Cape Town, twice each in Adelaide, Auckland, Christchurch, Faisalabad, Johannesburg, The Oval and Sydney, and once each in Brisbane, Delhi, Durban, Karachi, Kingston, Lahore, Leeds, Lucknow, Nottingham, Perth, Rawalpindi.

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