Thursday, March 27, 2008
Fastest Test Match 100 Ever ???
Well done Tim Southee on a great debut in Test Cricket for New Zealand. Test cricket is the true, pure and greatest form of the game and Southee proved to be an exciting assist to the Black Caps. Southee took 5 wickets in the first innings and in the second innings hit an incredible 77 not out from only 40 balls. All the stats are here.
By my calculations Tim Southee was on target to hit the fastest hundred in test cricket ever; by anyone. The current world record is held by Viv Richards who hit 100 off 56 balls at St John's verses England in 1985-86.
Tim Southee was 77 off 40 balls at a strike rate of 192. At 192 (the rate he was going) he would have needed 12 more balls to get the 23 runs he needed for 100. He would have had 100 off 52 balls. 4 balls better than the world record, at 19 yrs, and in his first ever test. Pretty impressive.
It will be exciting to watch his career as it unfolds in the years to come.