England No. 11 James Anderson, coming out to bat in a difficult situation against Sri Lanka on the last day of the 2nd Test at Headingley, nearly bailed England out with the bat. He almost saw his side to a draw with the bat. Anderson didn’t score a single run during his patient stay at the crease for more than one hour and when he got out in his 55th delivery, he became the 2nd longest duck-scorer in Test cricket (in terms of deliveries faced).
The table here reflects on the batsmen who batted for most number of balls without getting off the mark in Test matches. Geoff Alott of New Zealand faced the most number of deliveries, and returning nothing. The fast bowler faced 77 balls against South Africa in 1999 at Auckland, and he was finally dismissed without a run from his bat. Surprisingly, it was only the second innings of the match after South Africa scored a massive 621. New Zealand held on to a comfortable draw despite following-on.
Peter Such of England batted for 51 balls against New Zealand for nothing in the very first innings of the Test match in Machester, 1999. Paul Sheahan of Australia and Wasim Bari of Pakistan remained unbeaten during their innings.
|1||Geoff Alott (NZ)||77||101||2||South Africa||Auckland||1999|
|2||James Anderson (Eng)||55||81||4||Sri Lanka||Leeds||2014|
|3||Richard Ellison (Eng)||52||50||3||India||Mumbai||1984|
|4||Peter Such (Eng)||51||72||1||New Zealand||Manchester||1999|
|5||Paul Sheahan (Aus)||44||52||3||England||Lord’s||1968|
|6||Wasim Bari (Pak)||43||51||4||India||Kolkata||1980|
|7||Mike Whitney (Aus)||42||38||4||England||Manchester||1981|
|8||Shoaib Akhtar (Pak)||42||45||3||Sri Lanka||Karachi||2000|
|9||Manjural Islam (Ban)||41||72||2||Sri Lanka||Colombo (SSC)||2002|
|10||Keith Arthurton (WI)||40||49||4||England||Lord’s||1995|
Stats updated till 25 June, 2014