Yasir Shah walked away with the bowling honours with a match haul of ten wickets in the first Test at Lord's. © Getty Images

Yasir Shah walked away with the bowling honours with a match haul of ten wickets in the first Test at Lord’s. © Getty Images

The build-up to the opening Test match between England and Pakistan at Lord’s was dramatic, and the match more than lived up to it. But while all the pre-match talk centred around Mohammad Amir, it was Yasir Shah who walked away with the bowling honours. The much maligned Misbah-ul-Haq proved that experience and maturity are never a handicap in this game, and it was he who provided Pakistan with a match-turning knock on the opening day. Although the Test lasted only four days, each day had its thrills and excitement, and with it plenty of records, landmarks and numbers to write about. In the end, the heroic efforts of Chris Woakes could not prevent an easy victory for the visiting side. 

Given below are some of the relevant numbers from the match. 

** It’s been just over a year, 15 months to be exact, since Pakistan last lost the toss in a Test match, which came at Mirpur against Bangladesh in May 2015. Since then in their last seven Tests from the Galle Test in June last year, Pakistan have managed to win all their tosses – the best ever toss winning sequence in their Test history. The table below has the details.

Most tosses won in a row for Pakistan

Tests From To Won Lost Drawn Captains
7 17-Jun-15 14-Jul-16 5 1 1 Misbah-ul-Haq
6 21-Nov-59 13-Jan-61 0 1 5 Imtiaz Ahmed (1), Fazal Mahmod (5)
5 1-Mar-75 24-Dec-76 2 0 3 Intikhab Alam (1), Mushtaq Mohd (4)

** The Lord’s Test was Pakistan’s 50th on English soil, though it was their 48th Test match against England in England since their first in 1954. It should be noted that they have also played two Tests against Australia in 2010. For the record, Pakistan have played 151 Test matches at home from January 1955 to March 2009, followed by the 50 Tests in England and 33 in India.

** Jake Ball became the 671st player to appear in a Test match for England. He becomes the second player to make his Test debut for England in 2016 after James Vince.
** This is first time in their Test history that Pakistan have included three genuine left-arm pace bowlers – Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali and Wahab Riaz – in their side. However, once before, they did use Wasim Akram, Saleem Jaffar and a non-regular Ijaz Ahmed against New Zealand at Lahore in October 1990. Incidentally, this is the only sixth occasion in Test history when the first three bowlers used in an innings by a side were all left-arm pacers. The table below has the full list: 

Top three bowlers (1 to 3) are left-armers

Team Left arm pace bowlers (inns) Opponent Venue Month, Year Result
Sri Lanka Chaminda Vaas, Nuwan Zoysa, Sajeewa de Silva (1) New Zealand Hamilton Mar-97 Lost
Sri Lanka Chaminda Vaas, Nuwan Zoysa, Ruchira Perera (2) England Lord’s May-02 Drawn
India Irfan Pathan, RP Singh, Zaheer Khan (1) Pakistan Faisalabad Jan-06 Drawn
India Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, RP Singh (1/2) Pakistan Karachi Jan-Feb 2006 Lost
Pakistan Mohd Aamer, Rahat Ali, Wahab Riaz (1) England Lord’s Jul-16 Won

** Meanwhile Amir has made a comeback to Test cricket after missing 43 Tests in 5 years and 318 days. Interestingly, his last Test appearance was also at Lord’s in August 2010. During this intervening period, Pakistan’s Test record has been 20 wins, 12 losses and 11 draws.  Incidentally, Azhar Ali, Amir and Wahab are the only three survivors from the last Pakistan Test side that played at Lord’s in August 2010.

** Misbah-ul-Haq, at 42 years and 47 days, became the ninth oldest Test captain and the oldest from Asia to lead a Test side.

The tables below list the oldest captains in Test cricket and the oldest from Asia.

Oldest Test captains

Age Captain Team Opposition Venue Month, Year Result
50y-320d WG Grace England v Australia Nottingham June 1899 Drawn
45y-245d Gubby Allen England v West Indies Kingston Apr-48 Lost
43y-279d Walter Hammond England v New Zealand Christchurch Mar-47 Drawn
43y-232d Warren Bardsley Australia v England Manchester Jul-26 Drawn
42y-247d Nelson Betancourt West Indies v England Port of Spain Feb-30 Lost
42y-130d Syd Gregory Australia v England The Oval Aug-12 Lost
42y-89d Bob Simpson Australia v West Indies Kingston May-78 Drawn
42y-86d Warwick Armstrong Australia v England The Oval Aug-21 Drawn
42y-50d Misbah-ul-Haq Pakistan v England Lord’s Jul-16 WON
41y-330d Johnny Douglas England v South Africa Manchester Jul-24 Drawn

Oldest Test captains from Asia

Age Captain Team Opposition Venue Month, Year Result
42y-50d Misbah-ul-Haq Pakistan v England Lord’s Jul-16 WON
41y-289d Vinoo Mankad India v West Indies Chennai Jan-59 Lost
41y-95d Lala Amarnath India v Pakistan Kolkata Dec-52 Drawn
40y-277d Somachandra de Silva Sri Lanka v New Zealand Wellington Mar-83 Lost
39y-195d Hemu Adhikari India v West Indies Delhi Feb-59 Drawn
39y-43d Imran Khan Pakistan v Sri Lanka Faisalabad Jan-92 WON

** Misbah-ul-Haq’s tenth century in his 62nd Test match was his eighth as captain in 43 matches. He now has the maximum Test hundreds by a Pakistan captain. He surpassed the tally of 7 hundreds by Inzamam-ul-Haq. For the record, both Javed Miandad and Imran Khan have five 100s each as captain for Pakistan.

** Meanwhile, Misbah’s century also makes him the oldest Test captain to do so. The table below has the details.

 Oldest captain to make Test 100s

Age Captain Runs For Opposition Venue Month, Year Result
42y-47d Misbah-ul-Haq 114 Pakistan v England Lord’s Jul-16 WON
41y-360d Bob Simpson 100 Australia v India Adelaide Jan-78 WON
41y-268d Warwick Armstrong 123* Australia v England Melbourne Feb-21 WON
40y-208d Dudley Nourse 208 South Africa v England Nottingham Jun-51 WON
40y-85d Clive Lloyd 114 West Indies v Australia Brisbane Nov-84 WON

** Misbah’s century now makes him the sixth oldest batsman to score a Test century. The table has the details.

Oldest to score a Test century

Age Batsman Runs For Opposition Venue Month, Year Result
46y-82d Jack Hobbs 142 England v Australia Melbourne 8-Mar-29 Lost
45y-151d Patsy Hendren 132 England v Australia Manchester 6-Jul-34 Drawn
43y-201d Warren Bardsley 193* Australia v England Lord’s 26-Jun-26 Drawn
42y-294d Dave Nourse 111 South Africa v Australia Johannesburg 12-Nov-21 Drawn
42y-61d Frank Woolley 154 England v South Africa Manchester 27-Jul-29 WON
42y-47d Misbah-ul-Haq 114 Pakistan v England Lord’s 14-Jul-16 WON
42y-6d Eric Rowan 236 South Africa v England Leeds 26-Jul-51 Drawn
41y-360d Bob Simpson 100 Australia v India Adelaide 28-Jan-78 WON

** Asad Shafiq and Misbah-ul-Haq have become the most productive pair in Test cricket history for the fifth wicket – with an aggregate of 1723 runs and with seven century partnerships. They surpassed the previous best of 1649 runs and six century stands between Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh of Australia. The table below has the details:

Highest partnership aggregates for the fifth wicket in Tests

Runs Batsman1 Batsman2 for M Inn NO best Ave 100s 50s
1723 Asad Shafiq Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 29 33 1 197 53.84 7 7
1649 Ricky Ponting Steve Waugh Aus 21 23 1 281 74.95 6 5
1470 Michael Clarke Mike Hussey Aus 14 17 2 334* 98 5 3
1410 Rahul Dravid VVS Laxman Ind 20 23 2 376 67.14 5 3
1384 Shiv Chanderpaul Dwayne Bravo WI 20 28 0 157 49.43 4 9
1384 Allan Border Steve Waugh Aus 22 23 2 332* 65.9 3 5
1326 AB de Villiers Ashwell Prince SAf 25 30 2 212 47.36 4 3
1325 TM Dilshan Thilan Samaraweera SL 23 24 2 280 60.23 3 5

** Alastair Cook, in the first innings, became the most prolific opener in Test cricket history. He went past the record of Sunil Gavaskar, who had made 9607 Test runs while opening the innings. The table below lists the details.  

Most Test runs while opening the innings

Runs Player For Mts Inns NO HS Ave 100 50
9638 AN Cook England 123 220 12 294 46.33 26 47
9607 SM Gavaskar India 119 203 12 221 50.29 33 42
9030 GC Smith South Africa+ 114 196 12 277 49.07 27 36
8625 ML Hayden Australia 103 184 14 380 50.73 30 29
8207 V Sehwag India+ 99 170 6 319 50.04 22 30
8091 G Boycott England 107 191 23 246* 48.16 22 42

** Stuart Broad became the 22nd bowler in Test history claim 350 or more wickets, when he claimed the wicket of Yasir Shah in the second innings of the Lord’s Test. He is the third Englishman after Ian Botham (383) and James Anderson (454) to do so.

** Broad, meanwhile, also becomes the 11th all-rounder in Tests to do the double of 2500+ runs and 350+ wickets. The table below has the details.

Player for M Inn runs Ave balls RC w Ave Achieved on
Ian Botham Eng 102 161 5200 33.55 21815 10878 383 28.4 Apr-86
Richard Hadlee NZ 86 134 3124 27.17 21918 9612 431 22.3 Apr-87
Kapil Dev Ind 131 184 5248 31.05 27740 12867 434 29.65 Nov-89
Imran Khan Pak 88 126 3807 37.69 19458 8258 362 22.81 Dec-89
Wasim Akram Pak 104 147 2898 22.64 22627 9778 414 23.62 Nov-98
Shaun Pollock RSA 108 156 3781 32.32 24353 9733 421 23.12 Nov-04
Shane Warne Aus 145 199 3154 17.33 40704 17995 708 25.42 Mar-05
Anil Kumble Ind 132 173 2506 17.77 40852 18355 619 29.65 Oct-08
Chaminda Vaas SL 111 162 3089 24.32 23438 10501 355 29.58 Dec-08
Daniel Vettori NZ + 113 174 4531 30.01 28814 12441 362 34.37 Nov-11
Stuart Broad Eng 95 135 2606 22.27 19728 9949 351 28.34 Jul-16

** Yasir Shah has achieved a unique Test record that has stood for nearly 123 years. He has now taken his Test tally of wickets to 86 while playing in his 13th Test. He comfortably went past the previous record of 81 wickets held by Charlie Turner, the Australian pacer, after his 13th Test match way back in August 1893. The table below has all the details:

Most Test wickets after 13 Test matches

Wkts Bowler for Balls Mdns Runs Ave SR R/o Best Period
86 Yasir Shah Pak 4042 107 1978 23 47 2.94 7-76 Oct 2014-Jul 2016
81 Charlie Turner Aus 3756 358 1231 15.2 46.37 1.97 7-43 Jan 1887-Aug 1893
78 Tom Richardson Eng 4151 183 2016 25.85 53.22 2.91 7/168 Aug1893-Feb 1898
77 Frederick Spofforth Aus 3266 319 1383 17.96 42.42 2.54 7-44 Mar 1877-Mar 1885
75 Arthur Mailey Aus 4099 79 2308 30.77 54.65 3.38 9/121 Dec 1920-Jan 1925
75 R Ashwin Ind 4429 128 2240 29.87 59.05 3.03 7/103 Nov 2011-Feb 2013

Note: Previously the most wickets by a Pakistan bowler after his 13th Test was 68 wickets at 21.15 by pacer Asif in December 2009.

** Chris Woakes (35* and 23; 6/70 and 5/32) became the sixth English player to aggregate 50 or more runs and also claim 10 or more wickets in the same Test match. The others are Billy Bates (in 1883), Frank Woolley (in 1912), Tony Greig (in 1975), John Lever (in 1976) and Ian Botham (in 1980). 

** Woakes, meanwhile, becomes the only third player after Australian Keith Miller (in 1956) and New Zealander Dion Nash (in 1994) to achieve this rare aggregate double of 50 runs and 10 wickets in a Lord’s Test match.

** Unfortunately for Woakes, his match figures of 11/102 are the best by a bowler in a losing cause in a Test match at Lord’s. West Indian Courtney Walsh (10/117) in July 2000 and New Zealander Tim Southee (10/108) in May 2013 are the other bowlers with a 10-wicket haul in a losing cause at this ground. For the record, the previous best match figures by an Englishman in a lost cause at Lord’s were 9/128 by Graham Dilley against West Indies in June 1988.