Batsmen with Test double ton in debut innings
Tip Foster holds the record for scoring the most runs in debut test innings with 287 against Australia back in 1903.
Tip Foster 287
The England tour of Australia in 1903 saw the debut of Tip Foster. The English batsman struck 287 against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Foster sits well ahead of any other player in the list and has a lead of 65 runs when compared to the second placed Jacques Rudolf.
In fact, Foster is the only batsman to score more than or equal to 250 runs in debut test innings. As it turned out, Foster could only add 315 more runs from his next 7 tests and failed to score another half century. His debut test innings accounts for almost 50% of his entire career runs.
Jacques Rudolph 222
South Africa’s Jacques Rudolf became the holder of the second-highest score in debut innings in test cricket. Interestingly, the knock came exactly hundred years after Tip Foster’s double century.
In his debut innings, the South African batsman met Bangladesh at Chattogram in 2003 when he scored an unbeaten 222. South Africa could have been in a spot of bother after the early dismissal of the openers but Rudolph, with his knock of 222 from 383 balls including 29 fours and 2 sixes, ensured that South Africa got to a comfortable position in the match.
Rudolf also had an unbeaten 429 run partnership with BoetaDippenaar and ended up taking his team to an easy victory.
Lawrence Rowe 214
Lawrence Rowe struck 214 on test debut. The West Indian batsman brought up his iconic knock against New Zealand while batting at number 3. Rowe spent 427 minutes at the crease and hit 19 fours and one six.
Not only that, he also scored a century in the second innings to finish with 314 runs in the match and became the first player to score two centuries on test debut.
Mathew Sinclair 214
Mathew Sinclair creamed 214, exactly same as Lawrence Rowe, on test debut in Wellington against West Indies in 1999 to become a part of this elite list.
Brendon Kuruppu 201
Sri Lanka’s Brendon Kuruppu piled up a double century in his debut test innings. In fact, he is the only wicket keeper batsman to score a test double century on debut.
Dewon Conway 200
Devon Conway made headlines when he struck a double century in the match that he got his New Zealand test cap.