The Test debutants of 2017

Here we review the good performances by those who made their Test debut in 2017.

Batting: 50+ in an innings:

50 innings

A century and a near century. While Blundell has played only one Test after his debut, Markram continued to score well in his subsequent matches. As of Jan 31, 2018 he has a Test average of 52.00 with 2 centuries and 2 fifties. Pandya has not been so consistent, though he has an average of 33.00 with a century and 2 fifties. The others have not done much until now, though we may soon hear more about them.

We also look at debutants who scored:

75+ in a match:

75 match

Apart from Blundell, Markram and Sohail also scored over 100 runs in their debut match.

Bowling: 3wi or more:


Roland-Jones is the only one with a five-for, with Kuldeep Yadav the only other one with a four-for. While injury caused the former to miss a number of Tests, Yadav has done particularly well in limited-over matches. Roland-Jones took 17 wickets at 19.64 so far, while Yadav has 9 wickets at 20.77.

Looking at match performances:

4wm or more:


Roland-Jones has by far the best figures here, while Olivier is second.

Fielding: 2 or more dismissals in an innings:


Markram has the most catches (3) while two others have 2. Nurul Hasan is the only keeper here.

Looking at match performances:

3 or more dismissals in a match:


Markram and Nurul Hasan again. As of today Markram has 6 catches besides 520 runs in 6 Tests.

All-round performances: runs and wickets

40 runs and 4 wickets in a match:

AR 40-4

Roland-Jones again with Overton. Roland-Jones has 82 runs and 17 wickets in 4 Tests. Overton was unfortunate to make his debut against Australia in Australia.

All-round performances: runs and dismissals

20 runs and 2 dismissals in a match:

AR 20-2

Markram’s performance is the best here followed by that of Mosaddek.



Toby rises again

You would have heard of the Toby jug, one of the normal pieces of tourist junk one picks up in Britain:


There is even a museum devoted to the Toby jug in Evanston, Illinois which is better known for the Kellogg B-school.

But you would not have heard of anyone called Toby (or even Tobias) in the past century or so, apart from characters in “West Wing” and “Thomas and Friends”

Until today. Middlesex won the County championship at the last gasp of the 2016 season. (Some countries such as India and Australia have a final match to decide the domestic champions. In England’s county championship, the winner is determined by points in a league system)¬† Note the scorecard of Yorkshire’s second innings:

Toby Roland-Jones (a nice old 19th-century English name) of Middlesex took 10 wickets in the match, including 6 in the second innings with a hat-trick to seal victory and the Championship title for his county.

He is so far on the fringes of England’s Test squad, but we may hear more of him in the future.

Update: he made his ODI debut against South Africa in mid-2017.