O tempora! O mores! O Jimmy Jimmy!

With the final ball of the 2nd Test between England and India, Jimmy Anderson became the third English batsman to register a king pair in Tests.

Anderson has had an up-and-down relationship with old Viscount Duckington.

It took the Burnley Lara 54 innings before he was first dismissed for a big, fat nothing – the longest any English “batsman” has taken in the history of Test cricket.

Most innings before first duck

AB de Villiers 78

Aravinda da Silva 75

Clive Lloyd 58

Ross Taylor 58

Jimmy Anderson 54

Since then?

He’s garnered 21 mallards, putting him top of the English duck-merchants.

Of those with 20 or 19 ducks, Michael Atherton is the only recognised batsman, joined on the list by Derek Underwood, Matthew Hoggard, Andy Caddick, Monty Panesar, Steve Harmison and Stuart Broad.

But what of the other two Englishmen to have lasted for only two balls in a Test?


Yes, what makes Anderson’s achievement even more of a doozy is the fact that he is the first English batsmen to do so since before the First World War.

What else happened in 1906?

When Jimmy Sinclair ejected himself from Ernie Hayes’ christmas card list, Theodore Roosevelt was famous for being President rather than a character in Night at the Museum, the Netherlands had just introduced driving licences, american football teams were allowed to pass forward for the first time, Britain still denoted pence with a d and a loaf of bread cost around 2½ of them.


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