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Hughes' remarkable feat

March 09, 2009 22:01 IST
After scoring a brilliant 115 in the first innings of Durban Test, Philip Hughes went one step further as he scored 160 in the second dig.

Hughes thus became only the 14th Australian to score centuries in both innings of a Test. He provided 19th such instance for Australia.

The difference is because of the fact that four batsmen - Ricky Ponting, Greg Chappell, Allan Border and Matthew Hayden - did so more than once.

The following table lists all Australians scoring centuries in both innings of a Test:
Batsman Inns1 Inns2 Opponent Venue Season
W Bardsley 136 130 v England The Oval 1909
AR Morris 122 124* v England Adelaide 1946-47
DG Bradman 132 127* v India Melbourne 1947-48
J Moroney 118 101* v South Africa Johannesburg 1949-50
RB Simpson 153 115 v Pakistan Karachi 1964-65
KD Walters 242 103 v West Indies Sydney 1968-69
GS Chappell (2) 247* 133 v New Zealand Wellington 1973-74
  123 109* v West Indies Brisbane 1975-76
IM Chappell 145 121 v New Zealand Wellington 1973-74
AR Border (2) 150* 153 v Pakistan Lahore 1979-80
  140 114* v New Zealand Christchurch 1985-86
DM Jones 116 121* v Pakistan Adelaide 1989-90
SR Waugh 108 116 v England Manchester 1997
ML Hayden (2) 197 103 v England Brisbane 2002-03
  117 132 v Sri Lanka Cairns 2004
RT Ponting (3) 149 104* v West Indies Brisbane 2005-06
  120 143* v South Africa Sydney 2005-06
  103 116 v South Africa Durban 2005-06
PJ Hughes 115 160 v South Africa Durban 2008-09

More remarkably, Hughes is now the youngest ever to score centuries in both innings of a Test. He took the record from 'Black Bradman' George Headley. The details:
Age Batsman For Vs Venue Season
20 Yrs 98 Days PJ Hughes (115 & 160) Aus SA Durban 2008-09
20 Yrs 271 Days GA Headley (114 &112) WI Eng Georgetown 1929-30
21 Yrs 234 Days GStA Sobers (125 & 109*) WI Pak Georgetown 1957-58
21 Yrs 282 Days SM Gavaskar (124 & 220) Ind WI Port-of-Spain 1970-71
23 Yrs 44 Days LG Rowe (214 & 100*) WI NZ Kingston 1971-72

Rajneesh Gupta