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Younus Khan enters 100 Test Club

As Younus Khan enters the 100 Test Match Club, Shashank Kishore takes a look at the pioneers for each country who crossed the 100 Test Match mark first

Younus Khan enters 100 Test Club - Cricket News
Younus Khan became the fifth player from Pakistan to join the 100-Test club when he took the field against Sri Lanka in the second Test.
Younus Khan joined the 100th-Test club on Thursday (June 25) when he took the field against Sri Lanka at the P Sara Oval in Colombo. In doing so, he joined countrymen Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Wasim Akram and Saleem Malik in the elite list.

While the 200-Test club has only one occupant in Sachin Tendulkar, AB de Villiers and Brendon McCullum aren’t too far from joining Younis. Even as players from Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are yet to get to the landmark, here’s a list of players who became the first to get to the landmark for their country.

Australia: Allan Border
Allan Border took over the captaincy mantle in 1984-85, with the first signs of Australia’s dominance coming to the fore when it regained the Ashes in 1989. He added more feathers to his leadership cap when he helped Australia retain the Ashes in 1990-91 and 1993. He became the first man from Australia to play 100 Tests during the third Test of the 1988-89 series against West Indies in Melbourne. But it wasn’t one to remember as he registered scores of 0 and 20 in a 285-run win for West Indies that was made possible by a Riche Richardson century and a five-wicket haul by Patrick Patterson.

Pakistan: Javed Miandad
Javed Miandad’s legendary status in Pakistan is unmistakable, while India best associate him with his last-ball six against it in Sharjah to clinch a thriller. Miandad returned to the venue of his Test debut against New Zealand, the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, to score 145 against India in his 100th Test in December 1989 to become only the second cricketer after Colin Cowdrey to score a century in his 100th Test. Interestingly, Miandad’s career average didn’t drop below 50 even once – quite remarkable for a batsman whose career spanned over 21 years in which he played 124 Tests.

India: Sunil Gavaskar
The legendary Sunil Gavaskar made 48 and 37 against Pakistan in Lahore in his 100th Test in 1984, even as India was made to follow on before the match ended in a draw. Gavaskar, who became the first batsman in Tests to score 10,000 runs, started his career against West Indies with four centuries and three fifties to amass 774 runs in his first four Tests. He finished his career with 34 centuries in 125 Tests.

South Africa: Gary Kirsten

Kirsten’s focus on the basics over flamboyance and an insistence in putting a price on his wicket made him the batsman he turned out to be during the course of an illustrious career that spanned 101 Tests. His most monumental effort, a match-saving 275 against England at Kingsmead in Durban, lasted more than 14 hours. The innings is the second-longest in Tests behind Hanif Mohammad's vigil of 970 minutes against West Indies at Bridgetown in 1958. Kirsten finished his career with 7289 runs, including 21 centuries. In his landmark 100th Test in March 2004, he managed all of two runs in Auckland as New Zealand won by nine wickets. But his exploits in the season were recognised as Kirsten was chosen as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year.

England: Colin Cowdrey
Colin Cowdrey, a respected player, captain and administrator, became the first cricketer in Test history to play 100 Tests when he took the field against Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham in 1968. He marked the occasion by scoring a century in a drawn Test. His career aggregate of 7624 Test runs, which included 22 centuries, was a world record at the time.  He’s best remembered for his role in a mammoth 411-run stand for the fourth wicket in tandem with Peter May against West Indies at Edgbaston in 1957. Cowdrey scored 154 while May made an unbeaten 285 as West Indies fought to save the Test.

West Indies: Clive Lloyd
Few leaders have inspired a generation of cricketers like Clive Lloyd has. The man who led West Indies to successive World Cup triumphs in 1975 and 1979 was the first to truly leave an imprint in his 100th Test. It was also West Indies’ 100th Test at home, which Lloyd marked by captaining the side to a ten-wicket win over Australia at Sabina Park, Kingston, in May 1984. He played 110 Tests in all, scoring 7515 runs at 46.6 with a highest of 242 against India at Bombay (now Mumbai) in January, 1975.

New Zealand: Stephen Fleming
An astute captain and a stylish left-hander, Fleming is New Zealand’s highest capped Test cricketer with 111 matches under his belt. He scored over 7000 runs, holding together a young batting line-up in transition after Martin Crowe’s retirement. Fleming led New Zealand in three World Cups, but his crowning glory came in 2000 when he led New Zealand to its first ICC title, the ICC KnockOut in 2000. He scored 0 and 6 in his landmark 100th Test in 2006, which South Africa won by 128 runs and, incidentally, to celebrate Jacques Kallis and Shaun Pollock’s 100th Test cap in style.

Sri Lanka: Sanath Jayasuriya
From starting his career as a utility player to one who redefined the art of ODI batting somewhat, Jayasuriya's rise mirrored the surge in Sri Lanka’s stocks on the big stage. While his role in Sri Lanka’s World Cup triumph in 1996 was huge, Jayasuriya proved equally effective in the longest format, with his best efforts coming against India in Colombo when he hit a career-best 340. As if to prove that wasn’t a one-off, he smashed 213 against England at The Oval the following year as Sri Lanka registered its first Test win in England. In his 100th Test against Bangladesh at the P Sara Oval in 2005, he made 13 in his only outing as Sri Lanka won by an innings and 69 runs. Since retiring in 2011, he’s dabbled in politics, cricket administration and has also served as chairman of selectors.

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