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Neel Here
November 29, 2009, 09:42 AM
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Raw but ready for Test cricket

A look at teams that have produced the strongest debutants

S Rajesh

November 27, 2009
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Umar Akmal celebrates his century on debut, New Zealand v Pakistan, 1st Test, Dunedin, 3rd day, November 26, 2009
Umar Akmal became the first Pakistan batsman to score a century on debut outside the subcontinent © Getty Images
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These are clearly good times to be a debutant from Pakistan. In the first 338 Tests that the team had played, only nine times had one of their batsmen begun their careers with a century. (One of them, Yasir Hameed, went ahead and scored hundreds in both innings.) In their last three Tests, though, this feat has been achieved twice. Against Sri Lanka in Colombo four months back, Fawad Alam, opening the innings for the first time in his first-class career, scored a sparkling 168 in the second innings. And on the third day of the ongoing Dunedin Test, Umar Akmal had experts gushing about his class and composure as he creamed 129 from just 160 deliveries - an incredible strike rate of 80.62. Both these knocks achieved feats that had never been accomplished before: Fawad's hundred was the first by a Pakistan debutant overseas, while Umar's was the first outside the subcontinent.


Team-wise stats for batsmen debuting overseas (batting the top 7) since 1970
Team Players Innings Runs Average 100s/ 50s

South Africa... 15 25 798 #34.69# 2/3
Australia....... 25 41 1195 #32.29# 3/5
India........... 31 51 1407 #29.93# 4/5
Bangladesh.... 19 35 958 #28.17# 1/7
Pakistan....... 29 48 1209 #27.47# 2/4
West Indies... 34 58 1433 #26.05# 3/3
New Zealand.. 35 59 1279 #24.13# 1/6
England........ 34 53 1076 #22.41# 1/7
Sri Lanka...... 28 44 698 #15.86# 0/3
Zimbabwe..... 11 18 214 #11.88# 0/1