England v West Indies, 1st Test, Lord's, 2nd day May 18, 2007

Prior's dream debut

Matt Prior became only the third wicketkeeper to score a hundred on debut, and the fifth batsman to do so at Lord's

Four batsmen managed three-figure scores against a hapless West Indian attack, but the man of the moment was undoubtedly Matt Prior, the 25-year-old debutant wicketkeeper. While the rest of the batsmen scored at a strike rate of less than 60, Prior blasted 126 off a mere 128 balls, a scoring rate of 98.43 per 100 balls.

As the table below shows, Prior's most productive stroke was the pull - he played it 12 times for 36 runs, including eight fours. The drives on either side of the wicket fetched him plenty of runs too.

Prior's most productive strokes
Shot Balls Runs 4s
Hook/ Pull 12 36 8
Front-foot drive - off side 24 32 5
Front-foot drive - on side 20 21 2
Other strokes 72 37 4

Prior had little problems in dealing with the good-length stuff - West Indies' bowlers sent down 93 deliveries around that length, and he scored at more than a run a ball, including 14 fours.

The lengths that West Indies bowled to Prior
Length Balls Runs 4s
Good length 93 95 14
Short 20 25 5
Full 15 6 0

With this hundred, Prior has become only the third wicketkeeper to score a hundred on debut, after two Sri Lankan glovemen - Brendon Kuruppu (201 not out against New Zealand in 1986-87) and Romesh Kaluwitharana (132 not out against Australia in 1992). He also became the fifth batsman to score a hundred on debut at Lord's - after Harry Graham, John Hampshire, Sourav Ganguly and Andrew Strauss - and needs only five more runs to become the highest scorer on debut here. The record is currently held by Ganguly, who scored 131 in 1996.

West Indies, on the other hand, didn't have much to celebrate in the field. Four of their bowlers conceded more than 100 runs - it's only the second time this has happened to the West Indians in a Test against England: the only earlier occasion was in Jamaica in 1930, when England amassed 849. The only consolation for West Indies is that with two days of play already done, it's highly unlikely England will attempt to get anywhere near that total.