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    The 100 Tests club

    On Thursday, September 5, Sachin Tendulkar became the youngest cricketer in the world to play 100 Test matches when he took the field in the fourth and final Test between India and England at The Oval. The 29-year-old batting machine, joins an elite club of 25 cricketers who reached the milestone.

    A summary of the 25 players' 100th Test:

    Allan Border (Aus)WI, Melbourne, 1988-89Became the first Australian to play in 100 Tests. Was dismissed for a duck & 20, but held 3 catches.
    Steve Waugh (Aus)SA, Sydney, 1997-98Disappointed his home supporters when he was out for 85.
    Courtney Walsh (WI)Eng, Georgetown, 1997-98Could capture only five wickets in the match.
    Kapil Dev (Ind)Pak, Karachi, 1989-90First bowler to play in 100 Tests; celebrated it by completing 350 Test. It also, ironically, coincided with Tendulkar's Test debut.
    Sunil Gavaskar (Ind)Pak, Lahore, 1984-85Became the first Indian to play in 100 Tests; made scores of 48 & 37. Pakistan President Zia-ul-Haq came to witness the match.
    Mark Waugh (Aus)Ind, Sydney, 1999-00Scored 32 runs and captured four catches
    Javed Miandad (Pak)Ind, Lahore, 1989-90On the very ground where he made his Test debut, he became the first player to score hundreds in his first and 100th Tests (145 runs). First Pakistani player to appear 100 Tests.
    Vivian Richards (WI)Aust, Brisbane, 1988-89Celebrated his 100th Test by holding his 100th catch in Tests. Scored 68 runs and led his side to victory with a day-and-a-half to spare.
    Alec Stewart (Eng)WI, Manchester, 2000Played a monumental innings of 105 runs. Fourth player to score a hundred in his hundredth Test.
    Ian Healy (Aus)SA, Adelaide, 1997-98Scored one and 10, with just three dismissals behind the stumps.
    Graham Gooch (Eng)Ind, Calcutta, 1992-93Fifth Englishman, made 17 & 18, and in the second innings allowed himself to be stumped when he grounded his foot on the crease line & not behind it.
    David Gower (Eng)WI, Leeds, 1988Fifth player in the world to appear in 100 Tests, celebrated it to become the fourth batsman to score 7000 Test runs. Made 13 and 2.
    Desmond Haynes (WI)Eng, Nottingham, 1991Celebrated by becoming the sixth to score 2000 Test runs for the West Indies against England. Made 18 and 57 not out.
    Dilip Vengsarkar (Ind)NZ, Mumbai, 1988-89Became second Indian and sixth in the world, to play in 100 Tests. Made 25 and duck
    Michael Atherton (Eng)WI, Manchester, 2000Made one and 28, but along with Stewart, provided the first instance of two players appearing in their 100th Test.
    Colin Cowdrey (Eng)Aust, Birmingham, 1968First-ever player to play in hundred Tests, celebrated it by scoring his 21st Test ton and 7000 runs in Test. Scored 104 runs - the highest in the Tests.
    Clive Lloyd (WI)Aust, Jamaica, 1983-84First West Indian player, made 20 runs. By sheer coincidence this was also the 100th Test to be staged in the Caribbean.
    Geoff Boycott (Eng)Aust, Lord's, 1981After batting for 240 minutes, he equalled Cowdrey's record of compiling 60 scores of 50 and more. Made 17 and 60 runs.
    Gordon Greenidge (WI)Eng, Antiqua, 1989-90Became the second player to score hundreds in both his first and 100th Test. Made 149 runs to complete 7000 runs in Test cricket.
    David Boon (Aus)WI, Trinidad, 1994-95Scored 18 and nine runs.
    Mark Taylor (Aus)Eng, Brishane, 1998-99Scored 46 and duck
    Wasim Akram (Pak)Eng, Faisalabad, 2000-01Made one and four not out, claimed a solitary wicket in the match.
    Salim Malik (Pak)Zim, Lahore, 1998-99Scored just two runs, before being run-out. Only second Pakistani player to appear in 100 Tests.
    Ian Botham (Eng)NZ, Wellington, 1991-92Fourth Englishman to appear in hundred Tests, scored 15 and one, and captured three wickets.
    Shane Warne (Aus)SA, Cape Town, 2001-02First spinner to play in 100 Tests, scored 63 runs, captured eight wickets to win the Man of the Match award.
    Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)Eng, The Oval, 2002Fourth Indian, 26th player in the world and the youngest, at 29 years and 196 days, to complete a century of Tests. Enjoys the second highest run aggregate tally going into his 100th Test.


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