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The 100-Test men

By Rajneesh Gupta
Last updated on: November 01, 2004 22:33 IST
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In the third Test against India at Nagpur on October 26, Glenn McGrath became the 30th cricketer, the eighth Australian and the sixth bowler to play 100 Tests.

It was a memorable Test for McGrath as Australia conquered the final frontier. He scored 11 not out with two fours -- his first double-digit score in the year 2004, captured 5 wickets for 106 runs (including those of Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid in the first innings and Sachin Tendulkar's in the second) and also took one catch.

During this Test, McGrath also became only the fourth bowler after team mate Shane Warne, Sri Lanka's Mutthiah Muralitharan and West Indian Courtney Walsh to complete 450 wickets in Test cricket.

The exclusive club of cricketers with 100 or more Test appearances includes eight Australians, seven Englishmen, seven West Indians, four Indians, three Pakistanis and one South African.

Test cricket was more than 91 years old when it produced the first centurion, Colin Cowdrey. In the next less than 37 years, 29 have joined him, an indication of mushrooming of Test matches since the 1970s.

The 100 Test-men include 21 specialist batsmen, four all-rounders, two wicket-keeping batsmen and three specialist bowlers. India's Sachin Tendulkar, at 29 years 134 days, was the youngest to appear in his 100th Test, whereas England's Geoff Boycott at 40 years 254 days, was the oldest.

Table I lists all players with 100 or more Test appearances in chronological order. It is observed that:

a) Cowdrey, Boycott, Dilip Vengsarkar, Kapil Dev, Alec Stewart and Carl Hooper all played their first as well as 100th Test against the same opponent.

b) Allan Border, Javed Miandad and Hooper made their first and 100th Test appearance on the same ground.

c) Mark Waugh took the shortest time to complete his 100 Tests -- 8 years and 342 days. At the other end of the scale, West Indies' Clive Lloyd took the longest time to do so -- 17 years and 137 days.

Table I 100-Test Club members:

Player (Country) First Test 100th Test Time Span
1 Colin Cowdrey (Eng) Nov 26,1954 Jul 11,1968 13 yrs 228 days
v Australia, Brisbane v Australia, Birmingham
2 Geoff Boycott (Eng) Jun 4,1964 Jul 2,1981 17 yrs 28 days
v Australia, Nottingham v Australia, Lord's
3 Clive Lloyd (W0I) Dec 13,1966 Apr 28,1984 17 yrs 137 days
v India, Mumbai v Australia, Kingston
4 Sunil Gavaskar (Ind) Mar 6,1971 Oct 17,1984 13 yrs 225 days
v W.Indies, Port-of-Spain v Pakistan, Karachi
5 David Gower (Eng) Jun 1,1978 Jul 21,1988 10 yrs 50 days
v Pakistan, Birmingham v West Indies, Leeds
6 Viv Richards (WI) Nov 22,1974 Nov 18,1988 13 yrs 362 days
v India, Bangalore v Australia, Brisbane
7 Dilip Vengsarkar (Ind) Jan 24,1976 Nov 24,1988 12 yrs 305 days
v New Zealand, Auckland v New Zealand, Mumbai
8 Allan Border (Aus) Dec 29,1978 Dec 24,1988 9 yrs 361 days
v England, Melbourne v West Indies, Melbourne
9 Kapil Dev (Ind) Oct 16,1978 Nov 15,1989 11 yrs 30 days
v Pakistan, Faisalabad v Pakistan, Karachi
10 Javed Miandad (Pak) Oct 9,1976 Dec 1,1989 13 yrs 53 days
v New Zealand, Lahore India, Lahore
11 Gordon Greenidge (WI) Nov 22,1974 Apr 13,1990 15 yrs 162 days
v India, Bangalore v England, St.John's
12 Desmond Haynes (WI) Mar 3,1978 Jul 4,1991 13 yrs 123 days
v Australia, Port-of-Spain v England, Nottingham
13 Ian Botham (Eng) Jul 28,1977 Feb 2,1992 14 yrs 189 days
v Australia, Nottingham v New Zealand, Wellington
14 Graham Gooch (Eng) Jul 10,1975 Jan 29,1993 16 yrs 203 days
v Australia, Birmingham v India, Calcutta
15 David Boon (Aus) Nov 23,1984 Apr 21,1995 10 yrs 139 days
v West Indies, Brisbane v W.Indies, Port-of-Spain
16 Steve Waugh (Aus) Dec 26,1985 Jan 2,1998 12 yrs 7 days
v India, Melbourne v South Africa, Sydney
17 Ian Healy (Aus) Sep 15,1988 Jan 30,1998 9 yrs 137 days
v Pakistan, Karachi v South Africa, Adelaide
18 Courtney Walsh Nov 9,1984 Feb 27,1998 13 yrs 110 days
v Australia, Perth v England, Georgetown
19 Mark Taylor (Aus) Jan 26,1989 Nov 20,1998 9 yrs 298 days
v West Indies, Sydney v England, Brisbane
20 Saleem Malik (Pak) Mar 5,1982 Dec 10,1998 16 yrs 280 days
v Sri Lanka, Karachi v Zimbabwe, Lahore
21 Mark Waugh (Aus) Jan 25,1991 Jan 2,2000 8 yrs 342 days
v England, Adelaide v India, Sydney
22 Mike Atherton (Eng) Aug 10,1989 Aug 3,2000 10 yrs 359 days
v Australia, Nottingham v West Indies, Manchester
23 Alec Stewart (Eng) Feb 24,1990 Aug 3,2000 10 yrs 161 days
v West Indies, Kingston v West Indies, Manchester
24 Wasim Akram (Pak) Jan 25,1985 Nov 29,2000 15 yrs 309 days
v New Zealand, Auckland v England, Faisalabad
25 Shane Warne (Aus) Jan 2,1992 Mar 8,2002 10 yrs 65 days
v India, Sydney v South Africa, Cape Town
26 Sachin Tendulkar (Ind) Nov 15,1989 Sep 5,2002 12 yrs 294 days
v Pakistan, Karachi v England, The Oval
27 Carl Hooper (WI) Dec 11,1987 Oct 9,2002 14 yrs 302 days
v India, Mumbai WS v India, Mumbai WS
28 Brian Lara (WI) Dec 6,1990 Dec 26,2003 13 yrs 20 days
v Pakistan, Lahore v South Africa, Durban
29 Gary Kirsten (SA) Dec 26,1993 Mar 18,2004 10 yrs 82 days
v Australia, Melbourne v New Zealand, Auckland
30 Glenn McGrath (Aus) Nov 12,1993 Oct 26,2004 10 yrs 349 days
v New Zealand, Perth v India, Nagpur

Table II gives the country wise break-up of 100 Tests from which we gauge the facts:

a) Steve Waugh, Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Wasim Akram, Gary Kirsten and McGrath played against all other Test playing nations.

b) Allan Border holds the record of playing most Test matches against a particular country -- 47 against England.

Table II: Country wise break-up of 100 Test appearances:

Tests Player -------------------- vs --------------------
Eng Aus SA WI NZ Ind Pak SL Zim BD
168 Steve Waugh 46 x 16 32 23 18 20 8 3 2
156 Allan Border 47 x 6 31 23 20 22 7 0 0
133 Alec Stewart x 33 23 24 16 9 13 9 6 0
132 Courtney Walsh 36 38 10 x 10 15 18 3 2 0
131 Kapil Dev 27 20 4 25 10 x 29 14 2 0
128 Mark Waugh 29 x 18 28 14 14 15 9 1 0
125 Sunil Gavaskar 38 20 0 27 9 X 24 7 0 0
124 Javed Miandad 22 25 0 16 18 28 x 12 3 0
121 Viv Richards 36 34 0 0 7 28 16 0 0 0
119 Ian Healy 33 x 12 28 11 9 14 11 1 0
118 Graham Gooch x 42 3 26 15 19 10 3 0 0
117 David Gower x 42 0 19 13 24 17 2 0 0
116 Dilip Vengsarkar 26 24 0 25 11 0 22 8 0 0
116 Desmond Haynes 36 33 1 x 10 19 16 1 0 0
115 Mike Atherton x 33 18 27 11 7 11 4 4 0
115 Sachin Tendulkar 16 20 14 16 16 X 10 13 9 1
114 Shane Warne 26 X 18 16 15 13 12 13 1 0
114 Colin Cowdrey x 43 14 21 18 8 10 0 0 0
112 Brian Lara 30 27 15 x 8 13 7 8 2 2
110 Clive Lloyd 34 29 0 x 8 28 11 0 0 0
108 Geoff Boycott x 38 7 29 15 13 6 0 0 0
108 Gordon Greenidge 32 29 0 x 10 23 14 0 0 0
107 David Boon 31 x 6 22 17 11 11 9 0 0
104 Mark Taylor 33 x 11 20 11 9 12 8 0 0
104 Wasim Akram 18 13 4 17 9 12 x 19 10 2
103 Salim Malik 19 15 1 7 18 22 x 15 6 0
102 Ian Botham x 36 0 20 15 14 14 3 0 0
102 Carl Hooper 24 25 10 x 2 19 14 6 2 0
101 Gary Kirsten 22 18 x 13 13 10 11 9 3 2
100 Glenn McGrath 22 x 14 20 9 10 14 8 1 2

Table III furnishes the batting and fielding performances of 100 Test men from which we gauge the following facts:

a) Steve Waugh has figured in most Tests (168)

b) Border has scored most runs (11,174) and has the most scores of fifty plus (90).

c) Gavaskar has compiled the most centuries (34)

d) Lara has played the highest individual innings (400*)

e) Tendulkar has the highest batting average (56.76)

f) Healy has taken most catches (366) and made most stumpings (29)

g) Mark Waugh has held the most catches (181) among the non-wicketkeepers

h) Walsh has remained unbeaten on most occasions (61). He has also made most ducks (43).

Table III: 100 Test members - batting & fielding performances
(in descending order of runs):

Player For Tests Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 0 Ct St
AR Border Aus 156 265 44 11,174 205 50.56 27 63 11 156 -
SR Waugh Aus 168 260 46 10,927 200 51.06 32 50 22 112 -
SM Gavaskar Ind 125 214 16 10,122 236* 51.12 34 45 12 108 -
BC Lara WI 112 197 6 10,094 400* 52.85 26 46 13 147 -
SR Tendulkar Ind 115 186 19 9,480 241* 56.76 33 37 12 72 -
GA Gooch Eng 118 215 6 8,900 333 42.58 20 46 13 103 -
Javed Miandad Pak 124 189 21 8,832 280* 52.57 23 43 6 93 1
IVA Richards WI 121 182 12 8,540 291 50.24 24 45 10 122 -
AJ Stewart Eng 133 235 21 8,463 190 39.55 15 45 14 263 14
DI Gower Eng 117 204 18 8,231 215 44.25 18 39 7 74 -
G Boycott Eng 108 193 23 8,114 246* 47.73 22 42 10 33 -
ME Waugh Aus 128 209 17 8,029 153* 41.82 20 47 19 181 -
MA Atherton Eng 115 212 7 7,728 185* 37.70 16 46 20 83 -
MC Cowdrey Eng 114 188 15 7,624 182 44.07 22 38 9 120 -
CG Greenidge WI 108 185 16 7,558 226 44.72 19 34 11 96 -
MA Taylor Aus 104 186 13 7,525 334* 43.50 19 40 5 157 -
CH Lloyd WI 110 175 14 7,515 242* 46.68 19 39 4 90 -
DL Haynes WI 116 202 25 7,487 184 42.30 18 39 10 65 -
DC Boon Aus 107 190 20 7,422 200 43.66 21 32 16 99 -
G Kirsten SA 101 176 15 7,289 275 45.27 21 34 13 83 -
DB Vengsarkar Ind 116 185 22 6,868 166 42.13 17 35 15 78 -
Salim Malik Pak 103 154 22 5,768 237 43.70 15 29 12 65 -
CL Hooper WI 102 173 15 5,762 233 36.47 13 27 13 115 -
Kapil Dev Ind 131 184 15 5,248 163 31.05 8 27 16 64 -
IT Botham Eng 102 161 6 5,200 208 33.55 14 22 14 120 -
IA Healy Aus 119 182 23 4,356 161* 27.40 4 22 18 366 29
Wasim Akram Pak 104 147 19 2,898 257* 22.64 3 7 17 43 -
SK Warne Aus 114 160 13 2,362 99 16.07 - 8 30 94 -
CA Walsh WI 132 185 61 936 30* 7.55 - - 43 29 -
GD McGrath Aus 100 112 40 468 39 6.50 - - 28 31 -

Table IV furnishes the bowling performances of 100 Test men from which we gauge the following facts:

a) Warne has bowled most balls (32,330), most maidens (1505), conceded most runs (13,846) and has taken most wickets (541). He also has the most instances of 5 wickets in an innings (28) as also the most 10-wicket match hauls (8).

b) Kapil has the best innings analysis (9-83).

c) McGrath has the best strike-rate (52.19) among the bowlers (having bowled a minimum of 50 balls).

Table IV: 100 Test members - bowling performances:
(in descending order of wickets)

Player For Tests Balls Mdns Runs Wkts Ave Best 5WI 10WM SR ER
SK Warne Aus 115 32,330 1,505 13,846 541 25.59 8/71 28 8 59.75 42.82
CA Walsh WI 132 30,019 1,145 12,688 519 24.45 7/37 22 3 57.84 42.27
GD McGrath Aus 100 23,538 1,182 9,801 451 21.73 8/38 24 3 52.19 41.63
Kapil Dev Ind 131 27,740 1,060 12,867 434 29.65 9/83 23 2 63.92 46.38
Wasim Akram Pak 104 22,627 871 9,779 414 23.62 7/119 25 5 54.65 43.22
IT Botham Eng 102 21,815 788 10,878 383 28.40 8/34 27 4 56.96 49.86
CL Hooper WI 102 13,788 531 5,635 114 49.43 5/26 4 - 120.95 40.87
SR Waugh Aus 168 7,805 332 3,445 92 37.45 5/28 3 - 84.84 44.14
ME Waugh Aus 128 4,853 171 2,429 59 41.17 5/40 1 - 82.25 50.05
AR Border Aus 156 4,009 199 1,525 39 39.10 7/46 2 1 102.79 38.04
SR Tendulkar Ind 114 2,928 74 1,600 35 45.71 3/10 - - 83.65 54.64
IVA Richards WI 121 5,170 203 1,964 32 61.38 2/17 - - 161.56 37.99
GA Gooch Eng 118 2,655 122 1,069 23 46.48 3/39 - - 115.43 40.26
Javed Miandad Pak 124 1,470 32 682 17 40.12 3/74 - - 86.47 46.39
CH Lloyd WI 110 1,716 75 622 10 62.20 2/13 - - 171.60 36.25
G Boycott Eng 108 944 45 382 7 54.57 3/47 - - 134.86 40.47
Salim Malik Pak 103 734 20 414 5 82.80 1/3 - - 146.80 56.40
MA Atherton Eng 115 408 12 302 2 151.00 1/20 - - 204.00 74.02
G Kirsten SA 101 349 19 142 2 71.00 1/0 - - 174.50 40.69
SM Gavaskar Ind 125 380 15 206 1 206.00 1/34 - - 380.00 54.21
DI Gower Eng 117 36 0 20 1 20.00 1/1 - - 36.00 55.56
DL Haynes WI 116 18 0 8 1 8.00 1/2 - - 18.00 44.44
MA Taylor Aus 104 42 3 26 1 26.00 1/11 - - 42.00 61.90
DC Boon Aus 107 36 3 14 0 - 0/0 - - - 38.89
MC Cowdrey Eng 114 119 0 104 0 - 0/1 - - - 87.40
CG Greenidge WI 108 26 3 4 0 - 0/0 - - - 15.38
BC Lara WI 112 60 1 28 0 - 0/0 - - - 46.67
AJ Stewart Eng 133 20 0 13 0 - 0/5 - - - 65.00
DB Vengsarkar Ind 116 47 1 36 0 - 0/3 - - - 76.60

(Note: Ian Healy did not bowl)

Table V lists 30 players alphabetically and shows their progressive quantum of runs in each segment of 25 Tests. It is observed that:

Richards scored the most runs (2,426) in the first 25 Tests, but thereafter Gavaskar simply raced away from the rest in the next two segments -- 50 and 75 Tests.

Lara, however, ended up the highest run-scorer after exactly 100 Tests.

Table V: Progressive runs scored in each 25 Test segment:

Player 25 Test Runs 50 Test Runs 75 Test Runs 100 Test Runs
Akram 410 1,099 1,960 2,815
Atherton 1,597 3,681 5,287 6,742
Boon 1,572 3,326 5,428 7,094
Border 1,863 3,492 5,611 7,670
Botham 1,336 2,625 4,321 5,192
Boycott 1,566 3,603 5,704 7,518
Cowdrey 1,660 3,270 5,250 7,044
Gavaskar 2,256 4,947 6,718 8,479
Gooch 1,377 3,123 4,852 7,608
Gower 1,616 3,374 5,228 7,000
Greenidge 2,088 3,607 5,268 7,134
Haynes 1,490 2,890 4,444 6,486
Hooper 1,044 2,405 3,927 5,662
Healy 660 1,562 2,636 3,741
Kapil 1,023 2,129 3,075 4,142
Kirsten 1,694 3,231 5,122 7,212
Lara 2,283 4,205 6,133 8,916
Lloyd 1,520 3,653 5,089 6,904
McGrath 70 260 399 468
Malik 1,242 2,234 3,967 5,641
Miandad 2,059 3,860 5,444 7,694
Richards 2,426 4,329 5,761 7,336
Stewart 1,639 3,257 5,153 6,838
Taylor 2,272 4,044 5,688 7,343
Tendulkar 1,522 3,438 5,995 8,405
Vengsarkar 1,391 2,847 4,280 6,356
Walsh 189 437 626 794
Warne 426 806 1,390 2,052
M.Waugh 1,355 3,222 4,939 6,403
S.Waugh 1,079 2,387 4,240 6,288

Highest run-aggregate after each 25 Test segment:
Richards -- 2,426 runs in 25 Tests
Gavaskar -- 4,947 runs in 50 Tests
Gavaskar -- 6,718 runs in 75 Tests
Lara -- 8,916 runs in 100 Tests

Table VI shows the number of runs added in each 25 Test segment.

Lara holds the record of scoring most runs in a segment of 25 Tests. Lara aggregated 2,783 runs with 8 centuries from his 75th to 100th Test. Gooch just lagged behind with 2,756 runs from his 75th to 100th Test.

Table VI: Runs added in each 25 Test segment:

Player 1st to 25th Test 26th to 50th Test 51st to 75th Test 76th to 100th Test
Akram 410 689 861 855
Atherton 1,597 2,084 1,606 1,455
Boon 1,572 1,754 2,102 1,666
Border 1,863 1,629 2,119 2,059
Botham 1,336 1,289 1,696 871
Boycott 1,566 2,037 2,101 1,814
Cowdrey 1,660 1,610 1,980 1,794
Gavaskar 2,256 2,691 1,771 1,761
Gooch 1,377 1,746 1,729 2,756
Gower 1,616 1,758 1,854 1,772
Greenidge 2,088 1,519 1,661 1,866
Haynes 1,490 1,400 1,554 2,042
Hooper 1,044 1,361 1,522 1,735
Healy 660 902 1,074 1,105
Kapil 1,023 1,106 946 1,067
Kirsten 1,694 1,537 1,891 2,090
Lara 2,283 1,922 1,928 2,783
Lloyd 1,520 2,133 1,436 1,815
McGrath 70 190 133 69
Malik 1,242 992 1,733 1,674
Miandad 2,059 1,801 1,584 2,250
Richards 2,426 1,903 1,432 1,575
Stewart 1,639 1,618 1,896 1,685
Taylor 2,272 1,772 1,644 1,655
Tendulkar 1,522 1,916 2,557 2,410
Vengsarkar 1,391 1,456 1,433 2,076
Walsh 189 248 189 168
Warne 426 380 584 662
M Waugh 1,355 1,867 1,717 1,464
S Waugh 1,079 1,308 1,853 2,048

Most runs added in each 25 Test segment:
From 1st to 25th Test -- 2,426 runs by Richards
From 26th to 50th Test -- 2,691 runs by Gavaskar
From 51st to 75th Test -- 2,557 runs by Tendulkar
From 76th to 100th Test -- 2,783 runs by Lara

Table VII shows the comparative bowling figures of the six leading wicket-takers:

The others being only occasional bowlers, despite Border's match winning seven for 46 and four for 50 (match analysis of 11 for 96 against the mighty West Indies at Sydney in 1988-89, Carl Hooper's four five-wicket innings hauls and Steve Waugh's three five-wicket innings hauls.

It will be observed that Botham had a tally of more wickets than any one else in the first segment.

Warne had an edge over the others in second segment (i.e.from 26th to 50th Test), while McGrath outpaces all others in third and fourth segment of 25 Tests.

The first quarter of his Test career was most the productive one for Botham as he took as many as 139 wickets in his first 25 Tests with five wickets in an innings 14 times and 10 in a match thrice.

Warne and McGrath are the only ones to take 100 wickets in three different segments. While all other bowlers slowed down after 75 Tests, Warne has accelerated in the fourth segment.

Table VII: Progressive wickets after each 25 Test segment:

Player 25 Test Wickets 50 Test Wickets 75 Test Wickets 100 Test Wickets
Akram 76 197 322 409
Botham 139 229 326 383
Kapil 100 200 286 354
McGrath 106 234 358 451
Walsh 87 174 279 367
Warne 112 235 331 444

Highest wicket-aggregate after each 25 Test segment:

Botham -- 139 wickets in 25 Tests
Warne -- 235 wickets in 50 Tests
McGrath -- 358 wickets in 75 Tests
McGrath -- 451 wickets in 100 Tests

Table VIII: Wickets taken in each 25 Test segment:

Player 1st to 25th Test 26th to 50th Test 51st to 75th Test 76th to 100th Test
Akram 76 121 125 87
Botham 139 90 97 57
Kapil 100 100 86 68
McGrath 106 128 124 93
Walsh 87 87 105 88
Warne 112 123 96 113

Most wickets added in each 25 Test segment:
From 1st to 25th Test -- 139 wickets by Botham
From 26th to 50th Test -- 128 wickets by McGrath
From 51st to 75th Test -- 125 wickets by Akram
From 76th to 100th Test -- 113 wickets by Warne

Table IX deals with Healy and Stewart's progress behind the stumps:

Stewart's tally also includes the catches taken in the field while not performing the duty behind the stumps.

It will be observed that Healy was undoubtedly better of the two. Healy's lowest aggregate in 25-Test segment was 74 from 1st Test to 25th Test, which was higher than Stewart's best of 68 in the 76 to 100 Test segment.

Table IX: Progressive dismissals after each 25 Test segment:

Player 25 Test Dismissals 50 Test Dismissals 75 Test Dismissals 100 Test Dismissals
Healy 74 166 254 347
Stewart 28 69 125 193

Table X shows the performance of players with bat, ball and in the field in their 100th Tests. It will be observed that:

a) Only four players -- Gordon Greenidge (149), Miandad (145), Stewart (105) and Cowdrey (104) scored centuries in their 100th Test.

b) Border, Vengsarkar, Mark Taylor and Walsh suffered the ignominy of recording a 'duck' in their 100th Test.

c) Warne is the only player to take a five-wicket haul in his 100th Test. By scoring a fifty in the first innings, he also provided a rare occurrence of a fifty and five-wicket haul in the same Test.

d) Mark Waugh held the most number of catches in his 100th Test

e) Botham, McGrath, Walsh and Warne are the only ones to have contributed in each of the three fields i.e. batting, bowling and fielding.

Table X: Performance in the 100th Test:

Player Runs Wkts Cts/St Result of 100th Test
Akram 1 & 4* 1-69 & 0-13 0 Drawn
Atherton 1 & 28 - 0 Drawn
Boon 18 & 9 - 0 Australia lost
Border 0 & 20 - & 0-0 3 Australia lost
Botham 15 & 1 1-53 & 2-23 1 Drawn
Boycott 17 & 60 - 0 Drawn
Cowdrey 104 - 0 Drawn
Gavaskar 48 & 37 - 3 Drawn
Gooch 17 & 18 - 1 England lost
Gower 13 & 2 - 1 England lost
Greenidge 149 - 1 West Indies won
Haynes 18 & 57* - 0 West Indies won
Hooper 23 & 1 1-40 1 West Indies lost
Healy 1 & 10 - 2 / 1 Drawn
Kapil 55 4-69 & 3-82 0 Drawn
Kirsten 1 & 1 - 0 South Africa lost
Lara 72 & 11 - 1 West Indies lost
Lloyd 20 - 0 West Indies won
McGrath 11* 3-27 & 2-79 1 Australia won
Malik 2 - 1 Drawn
Miandad 145 - 1 Drawn
Richards 68 0-1 & 0-26 2 West Indies won
Stewart 105 - 2 Drawn
Taylor 46 & 0 - 0 Drawn
Tendulkar 54 0-4 0 Drawn
Vengsarkar 25 & 0 - 2 India lost
Walsh 3* & 0 2-47 & 3-25 1 West Indies won
Warne 63 & 15* 2-70 & 6-161 1 Australia won
M.Waugh 32 - 4 Australia won
S.Waugh 85 0-10 1 Australia won

A scrutiny of the last column in the above table reveals the fact that McGrath is one of the only nine players who were in the winning side on their 100th appearance.

The nine players were -- five West Indians (Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Lloyd, Richards and Walsh) plus four Australians -- the Waugh brothers, McGrath and Warne

Gooch and David Gower for England, Border and Boon for Australia, Gary Kirsten for South Africa, Hooper and Lara for West Indies and Dilip Vengsarkar for India ended on losing sides in their 100th Test, while Akram, Michael Atherton, Botham, Boycott, Cowdrey, Gavaskar, Ian Healy, Kapil, Salim Malik, Miandad, Stewart, Taylor and Tendulkar were all involved in drawn encounters in their 100th Test.

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