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Flintoff?s rare distinction

Flintoff was there at the crease for sometime on every day of the Test, which is a very rare occurrence in Test cricket, writes Rajneesh Gupta.

india Updated: Mar 24, 2006 16:35 IST

Andrew Flintoff got a very intriguing record on his name in the Mohali Test that almost went unnoticed. Flintoff had a presence there at the crease for sometime on each and every day of the Test, which is a very rare occurrence in Test cricket.

Flintoff was unbeaten on 4 at the end of first day’s play when rain and bad light allowed only 50.3 overs. He was still unbeaten on 26 at the end of rain-curtailed second day,when only 14.3 overs were bowled in the day.

On the third day he was dismissed on 70 in England’s first innings total of 300. India batted thereafter and were dismissed for 338 on the fourth day after lunch.

A batting collapse against Indian spinners forced Flintoff’s entry to the crease towards the closing stages of the fourth day and he remained unbeaten on 16 at the close of play.

On fifth and final day Flintoff took his score to 51 and was the final England wicket to fall.

The feat of batting on each day of a Test (of at least five days duration) has been achieved only five times before in the history of Test cricket spanning about 135 years and 1788 Tests.

The following table has the details. The result is from the batsman’sperspective.

Batsman

Scores

For

Vs

Venue

Season

Result

ML Jaisimha

20* & 74

Ind

Aus

Calcutta

1959-60

Drawn

Made 2, 18, 0, 59 & 15 runs on the first,second,third,fourth and fifth days

G Boycott

107 & 80*

Eng

Aus

Nottingham

1977

Won- 7 wkts

Made 1, 86, 20, 12 & 68 runs on the first, second, third, fourth and fifth days

KJ Hughes

117 & 84

Aus

Eng

Lord's

1980

Drawn

Made 47, 35, 35, 38 and 46 runs on the first, second, third, fourth and fifth days

AJ Lamb

23 & 110

Eng

WI

Lord's

1984

Lost-9 wkts

Made 13, 10, 30,79 & 1 runs on the first, second, third, fourth and fifth days

RJ Shastri

111 & 7*

Ind

Eng

Calcutta

1984-85

Drawn

Made 26, 0, 82, 3 and 7 runs on the first, second, third, fourth and fifth days

A Flintoff

70 & 51

Eng

Ind

Mohali

2005-06

Lost-9 wkts

Made 4, 22, 44, 16 and 35 runs on the first, second, third, fourth and fifth days