West Indies' unlikely heroes
England, who were looking to wrap up the innings, were stunned by a remarkable rearguard effort by West Indies as Tino Best and Denesh Ramdin added 143 for the last wicket with Best scoring a record 95. Here are highlights from a memorable day's play for West Indies.
- Best's 95 is the highest score by a No.11 batsman in Tests. The previous highest was Zaheer Khan's 75 against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2004. Wesley Hall's 50 against India in 1962 was the previous highest by a West Indian No.11 batsman. Best faced 112 balls in his innings. It is only the 12th time that a No.11 batsman has faced 100-plus balls in an innings (in matches where balls-faced data is available)
- Best hit 14 fours in his innings of 95. This is the highest number of boundaries hit by a No.11 batsman in a Test innings. His strike rate of 84.82 is the second-highest for a No.11 batsman for a fifty-plus score behind Pat Symcox's 128.57 during his 54 against Australia in 1998.
- Denesh Ramdin's century is his second in Tests and first since the 166 against England in 2009. It is also the 17th century by a West Indian wicketkeeper and the sixth by a West Indian wicketkeeper against England. Jeff Dujon has the most centuries by a West Indian wicketkeeper (5). Ramdin's century is only the third by wicketkeepers in Edgbaston. The highest score remains Adam Gilchrist's 152 in 2001.
- The 143-run stand between Best and Ramdin is the third-highest tenth-wicket stand in Tests. The record is jointly held by the Richard Collinge-Brian Hastings (v Pakistan in 1973) and Azhar Mahmood-Musthaq Ahmed (v South Africa in 1997). The partnership run-rate of 4.61 is the fourth-highest for a 100-plus tenth-wicket stand.
- The 143-run stand is only the second tenth-wicket century partnership for West Indies after the 106-run stand between Carl Hooper and Courtney Walsh against Pakistan in Antigua in 1993. It is the sixth tenth-wicket century stand against England and the first since the 118-run partnership between Nathan Astle and Chris Cairns in 2002.
- Since 2000, this is only the fourth 400-plus total for West Indies in Tests in England. On two of the three previous occasions, they went on to draw the game. It is their third-highest total in Edgbaston Tests.
- Andrew Strauss moved level on top with Ian Botham and Colin Cowdrey on the list of England fielders with the most catches. While Strauss has taken the fewest matches (97), Botham did so in fewer innings (179) as compared to Strauss (184).
- The 137-run partnership between Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell is the sixth-highest fourth-wicket stand for England in Edgbaston Tests. It is also their second-highest against West Indies at the venue after the massive 411-run stand between Peter May and Cowdrey in 1957.
- Pietersen's strike rate of 96.29 during his 78 off 81 balls is the fifth-highest for an England batsman against West Indies (fifty-plus knocks only). The record is held by Andrew Flintoff for his 56 off 42 balls at Lord's in 2004.
Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo