5 England cricketers with their highest score on Test debut
A closer look at the English debutantes who made their biggest scores on their very first appearance for the national team.
Getting the call-up to the national Test team is the dream for all cricketers but performing in the debut game is a tough ask for most, due to the sheer pressure of the occasion. England is the oldest cricketing nation in the world and over the course of its history, hundreds of players have made their debuts.
However, very few can boast of having made a substantial score on their debut Test appearances and hence, it is a rare group within which these batsmen belong. Despite that, some cricketers do end up making substantial scores on their very first appearances and here is a look at the English cricketers, who made the highest scores on their debut Test matches.
#5 138 by Peter May against South Africa at Leeds, 1951
Peter May is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen to have played for England and it was evident when he played his first Test match for his country, back in July 1951 at Leeds.
May had already created a reputation for being one of the most naturally gifted batsmen in the domestic game and his superbly classical batting style was widely acknowledged. In the 4th Test of the series against South Africa, the visitors piled up 538 in their first innings and for England, it became a matter of survival.
The right-hander came in to bat at No. 3 and played a superb innings to make 138 on his Test debut. His partnership with another England great, Len Hutton, was largely responsible for saving the game. May went on to play 66 Test matches for England and was a key member of the legendary team that did not lose a series from 1952 to 1958.