During the long break between Test matches between mid-May and early August, one can look back at the landmarks passed during the 2016-17 season. Practically any Test series which starts between May and September is considered to be the 2017 season.
One landmark which went unnoticed was the neat round figure of 4000 Test centuries which was achieved by Roston Chase in his ultimately futile 101* in the fourth innings at Roseau.
Here are the landmark centuries, which can be easily identified through Statsguru. Here we have included the Aus v ICC World XI Test which started on 14/10/2005. And Matthew Hayden scored 111 in this match. Some may feel that this should not be counted as a “real” Test. That correction can also be made.
For the moment, we do include Hayden’s century in the list.
100th: J.Sharp, 105, Eng v Aus, match starting 09/08/1909
500th: RN Harvey, 178, Aus v SA, 31/12/1949
1000th: WM Lawry, 205, Aus v WI, 26/12/1968
1500th: GS Chappell, 115, Aus v Eng, 10/12/1982
2000th: ME Waugh, 137, Aus v Eng, 05/08/1993
2500th: RT Ponting, 144, Aus v Eng, 16/08/2001
3000th: W Jaffer, 100, Ind v Eng, 01/03/2006
3500th: KC Sangakkara, 168, SL v SA, 26/12/2011
4000th: RL Chase, 101*, WI v Pak, 10/05/2017
Note the high proportion of Australian batsmen in these landmark centuries.
Now if you disregard the ICC XI Test and Hayden’s century, the numbers from 3000 onward will change:
3000th: AN Cook, 104*,Eng v Ind, 01/03/2006 (and Jaffer moves to 2999. This was Cook’s Test debut)
3500th: TT Samaraweera, 102, SL v SA, 26/12/2001 (Sangakkara moves to 3499)
4000th: JT Root, 190, Eng v SA, 06/07/2017 (Chase moves to 3999)
Afterthought: These landmarks were found using Statsguru’s listing, going by the date of start of the Test and then in alphabetical order of the player’s names. But the order of completion of the century can be different. My old friend Sreeram Acehbdfg points out that if you take the order of completion of the century, then it was IM Chappell (165) who scored the 1000th century rather than his team-mate WM Lawry, in the Test between Aus and WI starting 26/12/1968.
Similarly, No 2000 appears to be R Mahanama, 151, SL v Ind, 04/08/1993. There might be other instances like this.