Oldest captain to score a Test century

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Stats highlights from the first day’s play at Lord’s where Misbah-Ul-Haq and Shafiq rescued Pakistan after a false start

0 Number of captains who scored a century at an older age than Misbah-ul-Haq’s 42 years, 47 days in the history of Tests. The previous oldest captain to make a Test century was Bob Simpson at 41 years, 359 days against India in Adelaide in 1977-78. This is Misbah’s fifth-century after turning 40, all have come as captain; no captain scored more than three centuries after 40.

8 Centuries for Misbah as captain in Tests, which is the most by a Pakistan captain. He went past Inzamam-ul-Haq’s seven centuries as captain. Misbah had scored only two centuries as non-captain in 33 innings compared to eight hundreds in 74 innings as captain.

7 Number of century stands between Misbah and Asad Shafiq for the fifth-wicket in Tests – the most by any pair. They went past Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh who had shared six such stands for the fifth-wicket. The 148-run stand in this innings is Pakistan’s fourth-highest for any wicket in Tests at Lord’s.

139.13 Misbah’s strike rate against Moeen Ali at the end of the first day. Misbah made 32 runs off 23 balls against Moeen hitting seven fours. 24 of those runs came behind the wicket – 12 on each side with three fours each. Against other batsmen, Moeen conceded 14 runs in 19 balls. Misbah scored 41 off Steven Finn’s 50 deliveries to him. Misbah, therefore, scored 73 runs off these two bowlers at a strike rate of 100 and 37 runs off the other bowlers at a strike rate of 34.90.

13 Number of fours hit by Misbah behind the wicket, out of the 18 fours by the end of first day’s play. He scored 63 out of the 110 runs behind the wicket – 29 runs on the off-side and 34 on the leg-side.

3 Number of Pakistan captains who scored a century in their maiden Test innings in England, including Misbah. The first two were: Hanif Mohammad (187*), also at Lord’s, in 1967 and Javed Miandad (153*) at Edgbaston in 1992. Unlike Misbah, they had played Tests in England before doing that as a captain. Misbah is only the fifth player to play his first Test innings in England as a captain and also score a century. The others being Graeme Smith, Alan Melville, Duleep Mendis and Angelo Mathews.

76 The previous highest score by a Pakistan player in his maiden Test innings at Lord’s, by Asif Iqbal who scored those runs at No. 9 in 1967. Misbah has scored a century in his maiden Test innings here. Two Pakistan batsmen, Javed Burki and Nasim-ul-Ghani, made centuries (both made 101) in their first Test at Lord’s, in 1962, in their team’s second innings. Shafiq, who is also playing in England for the first time, made 73 which is joint fourth-highest by a Pakistan player in his maiden Test innings at Lord’s.

0 Number of four-wicket hauls for Chris Woakes in Tests, before this. He took 4 for 45 by the end of first days’s play – his first such haul in career of nine Tests. His previous best figures were 3 for 9 against Sri Lanka in Durham earlier this year.

7 Number of consecutive Tests for Pakistan outside UAE where their openers have failed to score a fifty in the first innings of the match, which includes the first innings of this Test as well. The last fifty-plus score by an Pakistan opener in the first innings of an away Test was Mohammad Hafeez’s 196 at the SSC in Colombo in 2012. Since then, in 14 innings there have been seven single-digit scores by them with highest of 42.

6 Number of times Younis Khan has been dismissed by Stuart Broad in seven Tests, which is the most by any England bowler since Broad’s debut. In this period, all the other England bowlers combined have dismissed Younis only six times. Overall, Younis has never got out more than three times to any other England bowler.

6 Number of visiting captains to score a century at Lord’s batting at No. 5 or lower. The only other captain to do so in the last 25 years is Angelo Mathews in 2014 who was also playing in England for the first time. Five of those six captains to do that have been from Asia; Garry Sobers is the only non-Asian.

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