Grace, Ranji, Foster, May, Strauss, Cook…Jennings: England Test debut centurions

Keaton Jennings, only in the side due to Haseeb Hameed’s injury, took his outstanding FC form from Division 1 of last season’s county championship into the Test arena, scoring 112 on debut in the 4th Test between England and India.


Who else scored 112 on debut?

Andy Ganteaume (in his only Test innings, giving him the highest Test batting average of all time)
Abbas Ali Baig
Andrew Strauss


How does Jennings’ effort measure up to other English test debutants?

Those English debut centurions in full

Score Debut Test runs Test average
WG Grace 152 Test #4 6 September 1880 1,098 32.29
Ranji 154* Test #51 16 July 1896 989 44.95
Sir Pelham Warner 132* Test #58 14 February 1899 622 23.92
Tip Foster 287 Test #78 11 December 1903 602 46.30
George Gunn 119 Test #96 13 December 1907 1,120 40.00
Nawab of Pataudi 102 Test #220 2 December 1932 199 19.90
Bryan Valentine 136 Test #230 15 December 1933 454 64.85
Paul Gibb 106 Test #267 24 December 1938 581 44.69
Billy Griffith 140 Test #296 11 February 1948 157 31.40
Peter May 138 Test #337 26 July 1951 4,537 46.77
Arthur Milton 104* Test #456 3 July 1958 204 25.50
John Hampshire 107 Test #654 26 June 1969 403 26.86
Frank Hayes 106* Test #725 26 July 1973 244 15.25
Graham Thorpe 114* Test #1225 1 July 1993 6,744 44.66
Andrew Strauss 112 Test #1700 20 May 2004 7,037 40.91
Alastair Cook 104* Test #1785 1 March 2006 10,980* 46.72
Matt Prior 126* Test #1831 17 May 2007 4,099 40.18
Jonathan Trott 119 Test #1931 20 August 2009 3,835 44.08
Keaton Jennings 112 Test #2239 8 December 2016 112* 112.00

Highest debut ton 287 – Tip Foster
Lowest debut ton 102 – Nawab of Pataudi
Most Test runs 10,980* – Alastair Cook
Fewest Test runs 157 – Billy Griffith
Highest Test average (minus Jennings) 64.85 – Bryan Valentine
Lowest Test average 15.25 – Frank Hayes

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Foster’s 287 is the highest score by a debutant in Test history.

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Longest gap between debut tons 9,121 days (Gunn and Nawab of Pataudi)
Shortest gap between debut tons 378 days (Nawab of Pataudi and Valentine)


Let’s hope Jennings’ career doesn’t quite go the way of Billy Griffith.

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