6 batsmen who scored the most runs in their respective last ODIs
Even though his debut match presents the toughest challenge for any batsman, performing in his final appearance also requires an enormous amount of resilience. There have been numerous accomplished players who have participated in their respective last matches without any inkling on the gravitas surrounding those occasions.
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In this segment, let us take a look at the six batsmen who have scored the most runs in their respective last ODI appearances. Despite their sparkling knocks, those games turned out to be their final matches in the format due to various reasons ranging from retirements to contentious selection calls. Needless to say, all active cricketers are not taken into consideration.
#6 Dennis Amiss - 108 against Australia (1977)
Dennis Amiss was a prolific run-scorer for England during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Apart from racking up 3612 runs in his impressive Test career, he was also the first preeminent ODI batsman to emerge from his country. Having been introduced to the format late in his career, the right-hander scored England's maiden century-maker in the format. In all, he scored four centuries from just 18 ODIs.
Amiss' last ODI appearance came against Australia in the summer of 1977. Having taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series, England were looking to aggravate the visitors' woes at The Oval. Mike Brearley and Amiss compiled a patient opening stand of 161 before the skipper was stumped off the bowling of Kerry O'Keeffe.
Even as Jeff Thomson and Len Pascoe instigated a catastrophic collapse, Amiss continued to build his innings at the other end. His 146-ball 108 helped England reach a strong total. Chasing 243 from 55 overs, Australia rode on captain Greg Chappell's scintillating ton to complete a thrilling two-wicket triumph.