Ireland's maiden Test match may have ended in a five-wicket defeat to Pakistan but the 11th Test nation did make an impressive beginning.
Being asked to follow-on, after they were bowled out for 130 in reply to Pakistan's first-innings total of 310/9 declared at The Village in Malahide, Dublin, Ireland posted an impressive 339 in their second essay courtesy a fluent maiden Test century by Kevin O'Brien, who made 118.
In doing so, O'Brien became the fourth-highest individual scorer for a team in their debut Test. The three men above him on the list are Australia's Charles Bannerman, Zimbabwe's David Houghton and Bangladesh’s Aminul Islam.
Highest individual scores for a team in debut Test
|165*||Charles Bannerman (Australia)||England||1877|
|145||Aminul Islam (Bangladesh)||India||2000|
|121||Dave Houghton (Zimbabwe)||India||1992|
|118||Kevin O'Brien (Ireland)||Pakistan||2018|
The seventh-wicket partnership of 114 runs between O'Brien and Stuart Thompson in Ireland's second innings was the second-highest partnership for a team in their maiden Test.
The record for the highest partnership for any wicket in a country's first-ever Test is held by Houghton and Andy Flower. They added 165 runs for the sixth wicket in the first innings of Zimbabwe's first-ever Test against India.
Highest partnerships in inaugural Test
|Dave Houghton, Andy Flower||Zim v Ind||1||6||165|
|Kevin O'Brien, Stuart Thompson||Ire v Pak||3||7||114|
|Kevin Arnott, Grant Flower||Zim v Ind||1||1||100|
|Ranjan Madugalle, Arjuna Ranatunga||SL v Eng||1||5||99|
|Aminul Islam, Khaled Mashud||Ban v Ind||1||7||93|
O'Brien also became the most capped one-day international player for any team at the time of his Test debut. The 34-year-old had played 125 ODIs before his first Test, comfortably clear his teammate William Porterfield, who has played 119 ODIs.
Most ODIs at the time of Test debut
|Kevin O'Brien (Ireland)||125|
|William Porterfield (Ireland)||119|
|Rohit Sharma (India)||108|
|Niall O'Brien (Ireland)||100|
|Suresh Raina (India)||98|
All Ireland players except Boyd Rankin made their Test debuts in the match. Rankin had already played ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals for England and Ireland as well as one Test for England. Rankin joined the list of cricketers – now 15 – who have played Tests for two nations.
Players who have played Test cricket for two nations
|Billy Midwinter||Australia and England|
|Billy Murdoch||Australia and England|
|JJ Ferris||Australia and England|
|Sammy Woods||Australia and England|
|Frank Hearne||England and South Africa|
|Albert Trott||Australia and England|
|Frank Mitchell||England and South Africa|
|Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi||England and India|
|Gul Mohammad||India and Pakistan|
|Abdul Hafeez Kardar||India and Pakistan|
|Amir Elahi||India and Pakistan|
|Sammy Guillen||Windies and New Zealand|
|John Traicos||South Africa and Zimbabwe|
|Kepler Wessels||Australia and South Africa|
|Boyd Rankin||England and Ireland|
In the history of Test cricket, only four batsmen have scored centuries on debut with their teams asked to follow on and O'Brien is one of them.
Batsmen who have scored centuries in debut Tests with their teams following on
|Player (team)||Runs||Opposition||Venue||Match Date|
|KS Ranjitsinhji (England)||154*||Australia||Manchester||16 July 1896|
|Collie Smith (Windies)||104||Australia||Kingston||26 March 1955|
|Adrian Barath (Windies)||104||Australia||Brisbane||26 November 2009|
|Kevin O’Brien (Ireland)||118||Pakistan||Dublin||11 May 2018|