June 26, 2001

Two world records for Michelle Goszko

Michelle Goszko broke one world record and equalled another when she scored 204 for Australia against England in the First Test of the CricInfo Women's Series at Shenley on June 25, 2001.

When she passed 131, Goszko set a new record for the highest score on debut in the 112-match history of women's Tests, beating the previous mark set by compatriot Mel Jones on the last tour of England three years ago.

At 204 she equalled the mark for the highest individual score by any batsman since women's Tests began in 1934. Her lbw dismissal at the hands of Clare Taylor stopped her from gaining an outright claim on the record.

Players who have scored 150 or more in women's Test cricket:

204 Kirsty Flavell, New Zealand v England at Scarborough, 1996
204 Michelle Goszko, Australia v England at Shenley, 2001
200 Jo Broadbent, Australia v England at Guildford, 1998
193 Denise Annetts, Australia v England at Collingham, 1987
190 Sandhya Agarwal, India v England at Worcester, 1986
189 Betty Snowball, England v New Zealand at Christchurch, 1935
179 Rachael Heyhoe-Flint, England v Australia at The Oval, 1976
176* Karen Rolton, Australia v England at Worcester, 1998
167 Jan Brittin, England v Australia at Harrogate, 1998
161* Emily Drumm, New Zealand v Australia at Christchurch, 1995
160 Barbara Daniels, England v New Zealand at Scarborough, 1996
158* Carol Hodges, England v New Zealand at Canterbury, 1984
155* Trish McKelvey, New Zealand v England at Wellington, 1969

It should be noted that the world record score in a women's one-day international is in fact higher than this - 229 by Belinda Clark for Australia against Denmark in the 1997 World Cup in India.

Centuries on debut in women's Tests:

108 Una Paisley, Australia v New Zealand at Wellington, 1948
113 Enid Bakewell, England v Australia at Adelaide, 1968
118 Lorraine Hill, Australia v New Zealand at Wellington, 1975
117 Julie Stockton, Australia v New Zealand at Sydney University, 1979
117 Leslie Cooke, England v India at Collingham, 1986
126 Belinda Haggett, Australia v England at Worcester, 1987
104 Belinda Clark, Australia v India at North Sydney, 1991
105 Chamani Senevirathne, Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo, 1998
131 Melanie Jones, Australia v England at Guildford, 1998
204 Michelle Goszko, Australia v England at Shenley, 2001

(Note: the records showed for many years that Shanta Rangaswamy scored a century on debut for India against New Zealand in Dunedin in 1977. It was later decided that India's six-match series against the West Indies in 1975-76, in which Rangaswamy played, should have Test status, thus depriving her of this rare honour.)