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Longest sequences without a duck

July 18, 2006 18:06 IST

England wicket-keeper Geraint Jones is under the scanner these days for his batting ability or rather the lack of it.

But slowly and without anyone's notice he has got a batting record on his name, which not even some of the great names in Test cricket have managed against their names.

Jones has now played 46 innings in Test cricket without getting dismissed for a duck even once! In all Test cricket there have been only three better performances if we take into consideration the longest sequences without a duck for any batsman since their Test debut.

The table is headed by Sri Lanka's Aravinda de Silva, who got his first duck in his 76th innings.

If Jones decides to retire from Test cricket right now, he will do so with a world record against his name. In other words he will head the list of batsmen who have not been dismissed for a duck in their entire Test career.

Jones moved ahead of Australia's Jim Burke in the Lord's Test against Pakistan.

Most innings before first duck in Test cricket

Inns Batsman For Test debut First duck Ducks in Test career
75 PA de Silva SL 1984-85 v Zimbabwe,Bulawayo,1994-95 7
58 CH Lloyd WI 1966-67 v England,Port-of-Spain,1973-74 4
51 AK Davidson Aus 1953 v England,Manchester,1961 1
46 BF Butcher WI 1958-59 v India,Chennai,1966-67 3
46 GO Jones Eng 2003-04 No ducks in career 0
44 JW Burke Aus 1950-51 No ducks in career 0
44 RT Ponting Aus 1995-96 v Pakistan,Brisbane,1999-00 8
44 MJ Slater Aus 1993 v West Indies,Port-of-Spain,1994-95 9

Note: All statistics updated upto and including Lord's Test between England and Pakistan.

Rajneesh Gupta