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The eight debut five-wicket hauls in 2011

Last updated on: December 28, 2011 11:44 IST

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2011 was a year of debutant Test bowlers. Eight of them bagged five wickets or more in their first Tests, South Africa's Marchant de Lange making the list at the fag end of the year with a haul of 7 for 81 against Sri Lanka in the second Test of the ongoing series.

The number is the most ever in the annals of Test cricket, the other fruitful years being 1962 and 2003, which saw five bowlers achieve the feat, and 1948, which had four.

Check out the bowlers who left a mark in the maiden Tests in 2011.

Marchant de Lange

Bowling figures: 7-81

2nd Test, vs Sri Lanka, Kingsmead in Durban

South African Test debutant Marchant de Lange finished the first innings with seven wickets runs as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 338 on the second day of the second Test against South Africa at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban and became the eighth bowler to take a five-wicket haul on debut this year.

His figures of 7 for 81 are the third best by a South African on debut after Lance Klusener's 8 for 64 in 1996 against India in Calcutta and Alfie Hall's 7 for 63 against England in 1923. They are also the best by a South African against Sri Lanka, surpassing Shaun Pollock's 6 for 30 in Cape Town in 2000-01.

The 21-year-old fast bowler from Tzaneen, Limpopo, who had played for Pretoria University, South Africa Academy, and Easterns Titans before making his debut for the national team, had bagged five wickets against the Australians while playing for South Africa 'A' in November.

Discovered by the Northerns Provincial Union , he made his first-class debut for the Easterns in the 2010-11 season.

Brought on after just six overs in Sri Lanka's first innings, de Lange made an instant impact with figures of two for five from his first four overs at Kingsmead. He struck with the final ball of his second over when Tharanga Paranavitana chased a delivery outside off stump and edged a catch to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher.

He then had Kumar Sangakkara, the leading batsman on the International Cricket Council's official Test rankings, caught behind for a duck off the second ball in his following over.

The tall bowler struck again after lunch when he took a good reflex catch off his own bowling to dismiss Angelo Mathews for 30 and end a promising fifth-wicket stand of 45 with Thilan Samaraweera, and went for the tea break with figures of three for 38 in 11 overs.

He went on to dismiss Thisara Perera with the last ball before stumps to end the day with figures of 16.3-2-60-4.

When play resumed on Day 2 of the Test, de Lange's burst of three wickets in eight balls cut short Sri Lanka's resistance.

He cleaned up the tail, ejecting Rangana Herath and Chanaka Welegedara (2) with nasty, lifting deliveries. Samaraweera was the young quickie's last victim, caught by deep cover Ashwell Prince.


Image: Marchant de Lange
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James Pattinson

Bowling figures: 5-27

1st Test, vs New Zealand, Gabba

The most recent entry to the elite list, and, perhaps most sensational, is James Pattinson.

There was talk in New Zealand media about the inexperience of Australia's pace attack and how the Kiwi batsmen would feast on it. But came the first Test in Brisbane and the 21-year-old pacer had different plans.

He ripped through the top order in a fine morning spell to fire Australia to an emphatic victory by nine wickets on the fourth day, December 4.

Pattinson generated enough pace and bounce to finish with five for 27.

The feat made him the second Australian quick in successive Tests to take five or more wickets on debut after teenager Pat Cummins claimed 6-79 against South Africa last month.

To add more numbers to it, Pattinson became the seventh bowler in the last three months to take five wickets in an innings on debut.

A week later, Pattinson claimed a five-wicket haul for a second successive match as Australia dismissed New Zealand for 150 in their first innings on the opening day of the second Test. He finished with figures of 5-51. Australia went on to lose the Test by seven runs, but Pattinson, for his overall showing, was named man of the series.



Image: James Pattinson
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Nathan Lyon

Bowling figures: 5-34

1st Test, vs Sri Lanka, Galle

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon sizzled on his international debut, capturing five wickets as Australia dismissed Sri Lanka for a mere 105 runs in their first innings of the opening Test in September.

The cherry on his cake was the wicket of the in-form Kumar Sangakkara with the first ball of his debut over. He went on to add the scalps of the last four Lankan batsmen, conceding just four runs off 12 balls, to leave the home team in tatters.

Last week, the 24-year-old wrapped New Zealand's tail, claiming 3-19 to add to his first innings 4-69, as Australia won the first Test by nine wickets.




Image: Nathan Lyon
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Elias Sunny

Bowling figures: 6-94

1st Test, vs West Indies, Chittagong

Left-arm spinner Elias Sunny, who will turn 26 on the first day of 2012, claimed six wickets in the first innings of the first Test against the West Indies in October and emerged Bangladesh's brightest hope.

His figures of six for 94 in the first innings helped dismiss the West Indies for 244.

Though rain cast a gloomy spell and Test ended in draw, Sunny, who was deservedly named man of the match, did bring the much-needed sunshine to the Bangladesh camp.


Image: Elias Sunny
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Doug Bracewell

Bowling figures: 5-85

1st Test, vs Zimbabwe, Bulawayo

Doug Bracewell helped New Zealand to win their first away Test since 2008 in November.

Although, it was against Zimbabwe, his second innings figures of 5 for 85 aided the team beat the hosts by 34 runs at the Queens Sports Club.

Before joining the team, the 21-year-old's only claim to fame was his famous last name; his father Brendon Bracewell represented New Zealand, while his uncle John was an accomplished all-rounder and former coach of the national team.

His 5-85 was the fifth best by a Kiwi on Test debut. It put him in an exclusive club of only seven players to grab a five-wicket haul.

That was not all, Bracewell took six wickets in a devastating spell around lunch on the fourth day of the second Test on December 12 to fire the Kiwis to a dramatic first victory over Australia since 1993.

Australia, requiring 241 for victory, appeared to be grinding their way to their target on the back of David Warner's maiden Test century until Bracewell (6-40) sent them tumbling from 159 for 2 to 233 all out.  The seven-run victory in Hobart was New Zealand's first on Australian soil since 1985.


Image: Doug Bracewell
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Ravichandran Ashwin

Bowling figures: 6-47

1st Test, vs West Indies, Delhi

Ravichandran Ashwin made a memorable Test debut, claiming six wickets for 47 runs in the second innings of the first Test against the West Indies in Delhi.

The right-arm off-spinner finished with nine wickets, including three for 81 from the first innings, as India won by five wickets at the Ferozshah Kotla.

The feat put him in the elite list of Indian bowlers who have taken five-for on debut in Tests. The 25-year-old became only the third cricketer ever to be named Man-of-the-Match in his first Test.

Ashiwn went on to stamp his mark with the bat too later in the just-concluded three-Test series, scoring his maiden international century (103), as India drew the third Test.



Image: Ravichandran Ashwin
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Vernon Philander

Bowling figures: 5-15

1st Test, vs Australia, Cape Town

It was a remarkable Test debut for South Africa seamer Vernon Philander in Cape Town, where Australian wickets tumbled like nine pins and the first Test was over in three days, the Proteas scoring an eight-wicket victory .

The 26-year-old right-arm pacer claimed five wickets for 15 runs in seven overs as Australia were shot out for 47 in the second innings, the country's lowest completed Test innings total since 1902.

His efforts gave him match figures of 8-78 and the Man-of-the-Match award, having finished the two-Test series with 14 wickets at 13.92 and two five-wicket hauls.


Image: Vernon Philander
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Pat Cummins

Bowling figures: 6-79

2nd Test, vs South Afirica, Wanderers

Pat Cummins wrote his name in the annals of Test cricket with a haul of 6 for 79 against South Africa in the second innings of the second Test.

Indeed, it was a dream debut for the 18-year-old New South Wales right-arm fast bowler at the Wanderers in Johannesburg in November, Australia's youngest Test cricketer since Ian Craig in 1953.

After claiming just one wicket in the first innings for 38 runs, Cummins stole the limelight with figures of 6 for 79, becoming the second youngest Test cricketer after Enamul Haque Jr to take six wickets in an innings. That was not all. He then scored 13 runs in the second innings, including a four to win the match.


Image: Pat Cummins
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