A.J. Strauss

112

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Andrew Strauss became of the very few batsman to score a Test hundred at Lord’s on debut when he hit 112 versus New Zealand in 2004.

The opener was not part of the original 13-man squad in the lead up to the match but after Michael Vaughan sustained an injury in the warm-up, Strauss seized his opportunity in one of the finest Test matches ever played at HQ.

Strauss’ innings consisted of 215 balls with 13 fours scored as he became only the fourth player - after Australian Harry Graham (in 1893), England's John Hampshire (1969) and India's Sourav Ganguly (1996) to score a Test century on debut at the Home of Cricket.

He would go onto hit 83 in the second-innings before Nasser Hussain, In his last-ever Test,  led England to a superb seven-wicket victory near the conclusion of Day Five to conclude an impressive start to Strauss’ career

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