5 Australian cricketers with the highest score on a Test debut
Australia are the most successful side in Test cricket history with 383 wins from 809 matches and the team from Down Under has produced many world-class players over the years whose greatness has stood the test of time.
Sir Donald Bradman is undoubtedly the greatest of them all and though he possessed a mind-blowing average of 99.94 with the bat, scoring 29 centuries from just 52 Tests, the legendary batsman had a debut to forget scoring just 19 runs from two innings as Australia lost to England by a record margin of 675 runs.
He did make amends by scoring a century in his second Test match and where Bradman failed, 20 Australian players have succeeded, scoring a century on their Test debut.
Let's have a look at the five Australian players who have registered the highest score on their Test debut.
#5 Michael Clarke- 151 vs India at Bangalore, 2004
Nicknamed "Pup", the former Australian skipper Michael Clarke had to wait nearly two years to make his ODI debut to have a crack at the Test arena and he made it one to remember with a majestic knock of 151 against India at Bangalore in the opening Test of the 4-match series.
Clarke's innings, which earned him the Man-of-the-Match award, helped Australia to a 217-run victory and he continued his spectacular start to his Test career with innings of 91 and 73 in the Nagpur Test as the visitors won by 342 runs.
Though he failed with the bat in the final Test at Mumbai, he made amends with a 6-wicket haul with his orthodox left-arm bowling and though Australia lost the match, victories at Bangalore and Nagpur meant that Australia had won their first Test series in India after more than thirty years and Clarke proved to be an instrumental part of that success.
Clarke also scored a century on his home Test debut against New Zealand at Brisbane, becoming one of the few batsmen in international cricket to achieve that feat.
Clarke went on to serve Australia with distinction in all three formats of the game with the highlight being guiding the side to ODI World Cup success in 2015 as skipper.
With 8643 runs from 115 Tests, Clarke stands fourth in the list of leading run-scorers for Australia in the longest format of the game behind the likes of Ricky Ponting, Allan Border and Steve Waugh.