Specials – English double centurions at Edgbaston

  As England and Pakistan continue their battle in the third Test at Edgbaston, let us take a look back at the double hundreds scored by English batsmen at this historic venue.

Alastair Cook – 294 v India, 3rd Test, 2011

 

  • Cook batted for 773 minutesthe longest Test innings by an Englishman until he himself surpassed it with an 836minute effort at Abu Dhabi in 201516.
  • This was Englands sixthhighest individual score and the highest since Graham Goochs 333 against India in 1990.
  • Cooks innings created a new Edgbaston record for the highest score, going past Peter Mays 285* against the West Indies in 1957.
  • Prior to this innings, Cook had averaged 5.00 across four innings in the series.

Peter May – 285* v West Indies, 1st Test, 1957

zzzmay       Peter May (front) scored a monumental 285* against the West Indies in 1957, and was part of a record stand of 411 with Colin Cowdrey (behind) (source – gettyimages)

  • May’s score is the highest by an English captain in Test cricket.
  • The partnership of 411 between May and Colin Cowdrey remains England’s highest for any wicket and was a fourth-wicket world record until 2008-09.
  • May’s innings lasted for 600 minutes, rescuing his team from a dire position.
  • This Test was the first at Edgbaston since 1929.

David Gower – 215 v Australia, 5th Test, 1985

  • This innings took Gower’s final series tally to 732 at 81.33 – a record for an English batsman in a home Ashes series.
  • Gower and Tim Robinson shared in a partnership of 331 for the second wicket.
  • This captain’s innings was Gower’s career-best, eclipsing the 200* made at the same ground against India in 1979.
  • In the second innings, Gower caught Wayne Phillips on the rebound, a dismissal that was controversial in nature.

David Lloyd – 214* v India, 3rd Test, 1974

 

  • This was only Lloyd’s second Test; he scored a solid 46 on debut in the previous Test at Lord’s.
  • This was his only Test hundred – in fact, he never crossed 50 again in seven Tests.
  • Lloyd was on the field throughout this match.
  • This was the highest score by an English left-hander against India, until 2011.

Nasser Hussain – 207 v Australia, 1st Test, 1997

 

  • Hussain shared in a partnership of 288 with Graham Thorpe, which created a new fourth-wicket record for England against Australia.
  • This was Hussain’s maiden double hundred in all first-class cricket.
  • England’s last Ashes double centurion before this was David Gower’s 215 in 1985, also at Edgbaston.
  • This was England’s 600th Test century.

David Gower – 200* v India, 1st Test, 1979

 

  • This was then Gower’s highest first-class score.
  • Gower’s double century came off just 279 balls – a strike rate of 71.68.
  • This was the first of two Edgbaston double hundreds for Gower; he bettered it with 215 in the 1985 Ashes.
  • Gower is the leading run-getter at Edgbaston, with a tally of 767 in nine Tests at an average of 59.
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