Here we look at the players who made their Test debuts in 2015, and the highlights of their performances.
We start with batting, listing those who scored at least a fifty:
Only one centurion-but Adam Voges went on to cross 1000 by the end of the year. Ronchi played in only that one Test, Dowrich played in 2 and was not heard of again. Kusal Perera hit two fifties on debut but is now under a doping cloud. CR Brathwaite started promisingly in the end of the year and scored another lower-order fifty in the new year.
The best innings bowling figures (minimum 4 wickets):
The only five-for was by Rashid, after he took 0-163 in the first innings which is the worst innings bowling by a debutant. He played in 3 Tests of that series but did not go on the tour to South Africa. The others made steady progress without anything spectacular.
The best match bowling figures (minimum 6 wickets):
As mentioned above, these three bowlers progressed steadily.
Best innings fielding (minimum 4 dismissals)
Only Australia’s wicketkeeper Peter Nevill qualifies. He has held on to his place in the team.
Best match fielding (minimum 4 dismissals)
Ronchi and Ojha have not played Tests again, Nevill is thriving and Perera’s future is uncertain at least in the short term.
Best all-round performance of batting and fielding (mimimum 50 runs and 4 dismissals)
All three have not been fortunate, as mentioned above.
Best all-round performance of batting and bowling (minimum 20 runs and 2 wickets in match)
This is really scraping the bottom of the barrel-but these are the best all-round performances on debut which can be found. They have continued to play steadily without major scores in Tests.