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
|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
|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|
|41y-330d||Johnny Douglas||England||v South Africa||Manchester||Jul-24||Drawn|
Oldest Test captains from Asia
|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
|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
|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-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
|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
|9030||GC Smith||South Africa+||114||196||12||277||49.07||27||36|
** 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.
|Daniel Vettori||NZ +||113||174||4531||30.01||28814||12441||362||34.37||Nov-11|
** 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
|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.