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Best performance by a player in his only match

One-match wonders, and Shah's second chance

After a two-year break, Owais Shah is close to another Test cap but there have been others who've never played again after an impressive debut

Travis Basevi and George Binoy

May 16, 2007

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Owais Shah hasn't played a Test since his 88 and 38 on debut at Mumbai in 2006 © Getty Images
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England have included Owais Shah in the final twelve for the first Test against West Indies at Lord's. Shah has played only one Test to date, against India at Mumbai in 2006, and played a crucial role, scoring 88 and 38, in England's victory. His effort in the first innings is the highest by an English batsman who's played only one Test and it slots in at No 4 on the overall table. After a year's break, Shah is close to another Test cap but there have been others who've never played again after an impressive debut.

Andy Ganteaume's 112 against England in 1948 remains the highest score by a batsman who's played only one Test. Read the Rewind for more about Ganteaume's hundred for the slow pace at which he scored it, which cost him his spot in the team. Coincidentally, Ganteaume played the Trinidad Test only because Jeff Stollmeyer, the regular opener, was injured. And, nearly a decade earlier, Jeff's brother Vic Stollmeyer scored 96 on debut at The Oval. It was West Indies' last Test before the war and Vic never played again.

The only other player to score a hundred in his only Test is New Zealand's Rodney Redmond. Drafted into the team for the final Test against Pakistan in 1973, Redmond made 107 in the first innings and 56 in the second, cementing a spot on the tour on England that followed. However, in England, Redmond struggled to adjust to his new contact lenses and his form suffered. He scored only 483 runs at 28.41 in the first-class matches and did not play in any of the Tests.

Highest individual scores in only match - Tests
Player Runs Opposition Ground Season Scorecard
AG Ganteaume (WI) 112 v England Port of Spain 1947/48 Test 296
RE Redmond (NZ) 107 v Pakistan Auckland 1972/73 Test 713
VH Stollmeyer (WI) 96 v England The Oval 1939 Test 274
OA Shah (Eng) 88 v India Mumbai 2005/06 Test 1791
AEV Hartkopf (Aus) 80 v England Melbourne 1924/25 Test 159
N Oldfield (Eng) 80 v West Indies The Oval 1939 Test 274
MN Nawaz (SL) 78* v Bangladesh Colombo (SSC) 2002 Test 1611
JH King (Eng) 60 v Australia Lord's 1909 Test 102
Yuvraj of Patiala (India) 60 v England Chennai 1933/34 Test 232
RE Redmond (NZ) 56 v Pakistan Auckland 1972/73 Test 713

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Had Stuart Law been of any nationality other than Australian, he'd have played a lot more Tests than just one. He did his cause no harm on debut against Sri Lanka at Perth, scoring an unbeaten 54, but with David Boon, Mark and Steve Waugh vying for middle-order slots, he never got another chance. Law, in fact, was overshadowed by another debutant; Ricky Ponting announced his arrival with 96 in the same Test and with Steve Waugh returning from injury, one of them had to make way.

Charles Marriott, the English legspinner, is the only bowler to take ten wickets first up and never play another Test. He took 5 for 35 and 6 for 59 against West Indies at The Oval in 1933. His 11 for 96 in the match remains the third best performance by an Englishman on debut.

Best bowling in only match - Tests
Player Figures Opposition Ground Season Scorecard
WH Ashley (SA) 7/95 v England Cape Town 1888/89 Test 32
CS Marriott (Eng) 6/59 v West Indies The Oval 1933 Test 229
CA Smith (Eng) 5/19 v South Africa Port Elizabeth 1888/89 Test 31
CS Marriott (Eng) 5/37 v West Indies The Oval 1933 Test 229
A Warren (Eng) 5/57 v Australia Leeds 1905 Test 85
MF Malone (Aus) 5/63 v England The Oval 1977 Test 808
DW Carr (Eng) 5/146 v Australia The Oval 1909 Test 105
JE Benjamin (Eng) 4/42 v South Africa The Oval 1994 Test 1266
NO Norton (SA) 4/47 v England Cape Town 1909/10 Test 110
SN Banerjee (India) 4/54 v West Indies Mumbai (BS) 1948/49 Test 311

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Mark Benson, the English umpire, is one of 14 people to represent their country in only one Test and one ODI. He made his Test debut, replacing the injured Wayne Larkins, against India in July 1986 and scored 21 and 30. Later that month, he made his one-day debut, scored 24 against New Zealand, after which he was dumped.

Few have had as torrid an ODI baptism as Michael Vandort, who was entrusted with the responsibility of opening the innings against Australia while chasing 319 in the VB Series opener in 2006. Vandort struggled against Brett Lee's pace and, once Sri Lanka were reduced to 32 for 3, he plodded to 47 off 117 balls. His pace was clearly not suited to the wham-bam one-day game and he was dropped for the rest of the series.

Highest individual scores in only match - ODIs
Player Runs Opposition Ground Season Scorecard
KJ Barnett (Eng) 84 v Sri Lanka The Oval 1988 ODI 521
AJ Woodcock (Aus) 53 v New Zealand Christchurch 1973/74 ODI 11
MG Vandort (SL) 48 v Australia Melbourne (Dock) 2005/06 ODI 2313
AV Mankad (India) 44 v England The Oval 1974 ODI 13
Anwar Hossain (Ban) 42 v West Indies Dhaka 2002/03 ODI 1910
Ramveer Rai (UAE) 39 v Sri Lanka Dambulla 2004 ODI 2146
Shahid Anwar (Pak) 37 v England Nottingham 1996 ODI 1111
JD Siddons (Aus) 32 v Pakistan Lahore 1988/89 ODI 522
M Yachad (SA) 31 v India Gwalior 1991/92 ODI 687
WM Lawry (Aus) 27 v England Melbourne 1970/71 ODI 1

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David Lawrence made his ODI debut in the final match of the 1991 Texaco Trophy against West Indies. He managed four wickets but conceded 67 runs off ten overs. Lawrence was given his first overseas Test cap at Wellington in 1993 and in the final stages of a drawn Test; he shattered his knee cap in delivery stride, effectively ending his international career.

Best bowling in only match - ODIs
Player Figures Opposition Ground Season Scorecard
DV Lawrence (Eng) 4/67 v West Indies Lord's 1991 ODI 678
BS Chandrasekhar (India) 3/36 v New Zealand Auckland 1975/76 ODI 36
Piyush Chawla (India) 3/37 v Bangladesh Dhaka (SBNS) 2007 ODI 2583
LW Stott (NZ) 3/48 v Sri Lanka Nottingham 1979 ODI 62
KADM Fernando (SL) 2/13 v England Dambulla 2003/04 ODI 2063
GD McKenzie (Aus) 2/22 v England Melbourne 1970/71 ODI 1
Irfan Bhatti (Pak) 2/22 v Zimbabwe Lahore 1993/94 ODI 869
M Venkataramana (India) 2/36 v New Zealand Vadodara 1988/89 ODI 543
CM Tuckett (WI) 2/41 v England Port of Spain 1997/98 ODI 1310
Rizwan Latif (UAE) 2/69 v India Dambulla 2004 ODI 2144

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Travis Basevi is the man who built Statsguru. George Binoy is an editorial assistant on Cricinfo

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