In case you missed the statistical highlight from the fifth Test in Chennai, it was, drumroll please… Moeen Ali’s 1-190 from 41 overs.
Only joking! It was Karun Nair’s 303 not out. Nair had been run out for four on Test debut earlier in the series and made 13 in his second outing. Had it not been for injuries he may not have even played this match. As it turned out he struck a maiden Test century and duly converted to into a triple… as you do!
England’s last Test triple century was Graham Gooch’s 333 way back in 1990. Since then Australia, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies have all had at least two Test triple centurions and New Zealand have had one. Only Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and England have not had an individual reach 300 in the last twenty-six years!
Whilst England may not have scored any Test triple centuries in the last twenty-six years, I’ll let Silly Point’s loyal following hazard a guess as to which nation have been the victim of the most triple tons in that time…
… yes you’ve guessed it, it’s England themselves. First Brian Lara, then Lara again followed by Hashim Amla and now Nair. Clearly England need fear any batsman with a surname consisting of only four letters!
Surely that means that Alastair Cook, Joe Root and… Adam Lyth are fabricated for Test triple tons. Cook came close with 294 against India, made 263 against Pakistan and 235 not out against Australia. Root made 254 against Pakistan having previously made 200 not out against Sri Lanka. Lyth had made 107 against New Zealand and looked destined for a Test triple ton but went and got himself run out!
England will likely have a long wait, if twenty-six years wasn’t already long enough, for another Test triple because their next Test isn’t until July, unless of course somebody strokes 300 in a day tomorrow!