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The tale of tail-ender centurions

The tale of tail-ender centurions

Yasir Shah’s gritty knock on the third day of the second Test against Australia attracted innumerable accolades from the cricket community. 

The leg-spinner doggedly fought Australia’s fearsome pace attack to bring up his maiden century in Test cricket. Having never scored a hundred even in first-class cricket, Yasir’s tremendous knock was a testament to his immense determination and solid temperament.

Interestingly, Yasir’s special feat lands him in a unique spot as the batsman with the second-lowest average to register a Test ton. Yasir, averaging 14.06, trails Jerome Taylor (12.96) on this list while Pakistan spin wizard Saqlain Mushtaq is on the third position with an average of 14.48.

Taylor’s terrific innings came in the clash between West Indies and New Zealand back in 2008 when Chris Gayle still captained the Caribbean side. 

Taylor’s attacking century saw him rack up 106 runs in just 107 balls as he struck three sixes and 17 fours. His timely knock lifted West Indies from a precarious spot and allowed the visitors to salvage a fighting draw against New Zealand. This was Taylor’s last three-figure score in Tests as he never got close to it again.

Meanwhile, Saqlain Mushtaq’s ton came in a slow grind as he was involved in a record 248-run stand for the seventh wicket with Mohammad Yousuf in the Test match against New Zealand in 2001. 

 Jerome Taylor celebrating his first Test ton against New Zealand in 2008

Jerome Taylor celebrating his first Test ton against New Zealand in 2008

Saqlain, known as the inventor of the doosra delivery, battled for 291 balls for his 101 not out and his innings also helped Pakistan complete a draw.