2015 Test Century Watch #11 – Gary Ballance


Gary Ballance – 122 v West Indies at North Sound, Antigua

Gary Ballance completed his fourth test century as he worked his way through a sticky start to flourish later on. 122 is his second highest score in tests, trailing his 156 at the Ageas Bowl in the 95 Test.

This was the 46th century made from the number 3 position since 1 January 1990 for England (without using Statsguru, try to guess the four different players to have made 200s from the number 3 slot for England). Three more will take him level with Trott who has made the most from that position. Michael Vaughan, Mark Butcher and Nasser Hussain have six each in that time.

This was the 14th score of 122 made by an England player. Three scores of 122 were since 2000, all by openers – Trescothick in Galle, Strauss in Nottingham (v West Indies) and Alastair Cook’s largely overlooked innings in Mumbai in 2012. The first 122 for England was made by Tom Hayward (who finished his test career with 1999 runs – probably in a good space) in Johannesburg back in 1896. Four of all of our 122s were made at Lord’s, and three made in Johannesburg. This was the first in the West Indies. Ernest Tyldesley scored two 122s, and, suitably enough, one was at Lord’s and one was at Jo’burg. These were made in the 1920s.

This is the 61st time 122 has been made in tests. The last was in 2013 when Shiv Chanderpaul made the score against New Zealand in Hamilton. The last one in the West Indies was by Shahid Afridi in Bridgetown in May 2005. Sachin Tendulkar has made 122 on three occasions, one not out, while Hansie Cronje and Brian Lara have two apiece.

This was the 66th score of 100 made in tests in Antigua, and the 5th highest made at North Sound. Of course, after Ian Bell, he’s the second Englishman to make a ton at North Sound, and after Boycott, Willey, Atherton, Smith, Flintoff, Vaughan, Strauss and Bell, the ninth to make a ton for England on the island of 365 beaches.

Gary Ballance brought up his century in 233 balls with 11 x 4 and a six. He hit one more six in his final score.

15 thoughts on “2015 Test Century Watch #11 – Gary Ballance

  1. Tony Bennett Apr 18, 2015 / 9:08 pm

    Hammond, Graveney, Gooch, Trott, since you ask.


      • Tony Bennett Apr 18, 2015 / 9:27 pm

        If only! I thought there just be more than four…..


        • LordCanisLupus Apr 18, 2015 / 9:28 pm

          Got two right… Gooch v New Zealand and Trott v Bangladesh.


          • Tony Bennett Apr 18, 2015 / 9:31 pm

            Nasser Hussain in 97 v Australia must be one of the others but I’m stumped for number 4.


  2. Rob Apr 18, 2015 / 10:54 pm

    Rob Key surely


  3. James Apr 18, 2015 / 11:07 pm

    Rob Key vs West Indies, and did Bell’s 235 come at 3?


  4. MM Apr 19, 2015 / 3:27 pm

    GARYBALLANCEGARYBALLANCEGARYBALLANCE has let himself go a bit since the world cup.

    Is this The Moores[y] Effect?


  5. man in a barrel Apr 19, 2015 / 4:54 pm

    Surely Ernest Tyldesley’s centuries were in the 20th century? He was JT’s younger brother and played his Tests in the 1920s, including the South African match where Ian Peebles was out bathing.


  6. LordCanisLupus Apr 19, 2015 / 5:22 pm

    Just re-read it. I’m not sure I say they were, Tom Hayward’s 122 was.in 1896, but Tyldesley’s were in the 20s…..


  7. Tony Bennett Apr 19, 2015 / 5:46 pm

    It’s the phrase “this century” – it can catch people out! Tyldesley’s innings were of course in the last century. Interesting player – great record for England, and seemingly not treated terrifically well by the selectors, even by the standards of the 1920s. Although England did have a pretty decent choice of batsmen available…


  8. dvyk Apr 19, 2015 / 5:57 pm

    Whoever came up with the idea of putting James Whitaker in front of a camera deserves a medal. He should get his own series.


  9. man in a barrel Apr 19, 2015 / 7:31 pm

    Sorry. I misread your piece. But, if you are a stats fan you should check out that England v South Africa series in 1927-28. England played a serious batting line-up – Sutcliffe, Hammond, Holmes, RES Wyatt and GEH and drew the series. Matting wickets had their qualities. On paper that was a strong line-up. Compare that batting team with the current English one in terms of centuries, averages, Test averages, runs….Three of that team got more than 100 centuries. Sutcliffe’s test average is amongst the highest of any English player. Hammond is sui generis in terms of runs, wickets and catches. Captained by an army chap on annual leave and they only managed to draw with South Africa. Thje bowling was tidy without being outstanding but, apart from Larwood or Tate, who would have strengthened it? That team coupld have played the Ashes in 1928-29, with asomeone to replace Stanyforth as captain and wicket-keeper. Most of them did tour.


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