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England's longest debutant-less streak

Teams that played the most consecutive matches without a debutant

Travis Basevi and George Binoy

July 27, 2011

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Simon Katich receives his baggy green from Richie Benaud, England v Australia, The Ashes 4th npower Test, Leeds, August 16, 2001
Australia's only debutant in 32 Tests: Simon Katich gets his baggy green from Richie Benaud at Headingley in 2001 © Getty Images
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Who was the last England player to make a Test debut? Ajmal Shahzad, against Bangladesh in June 2010, and he hasn't played his second match yet. The Lord's Test against India was England's 13th consecutive game without a debutant since Shahzad's appearance, beating their previous longest streak of 12, between 1974 and 1975. It's only the second time England have played more than 10 successive Tests without a debutant, and if they continue the streak for the remainder of the Pataudi Trophy, they'll move up to joint third on the list. This week's column is about teams who played the most consecutive matches without a debutant.

Had Steve Waugh not injured his calf during the chase at Trent Bridge in 2001, and consequently missed the fourth Ashes Test at Headingley, Australia would have played 32 consecutive Tests between 2000 and 2002 without handing out a new baggy green. Waugh, however, had to miss out and Simon Katich made his debut in Leeds - where Mark Butcher pulled off a terrific run-chase - after Australia had played 15 Tests without a debutant. The previous one had been Brett Lee, in the 1999 Boxing Day Test against India. Waugh returned for the fifth Test, at The Oval, though, the start of a 16-match streak without a debut. Their next debutant was Martin Love, a batsman who lasted only five Tests, while Katich didn't reappear in the Test side until October 2003.

Paul Harris, the South African spinner, made his debut in the New Year's Test against India at Newlands in 2007. South Africa's next debutant was JP Duminy at the WACA in December 2008. Between those two matches, Graeme Smith's team played 21 Tests without a debutant, which is the longest such streak. Around that time, India were building a debutant-less streak of their own, of 17 Tests after Ishant Sharma made his debut in May 2007. That run ended in October 2008, when Amit Mishra made his debut against Australia in Mohali.

Most consecutive matches without a debutant - Tests
Team Mat Won Lost Tied Draw Start Match End Match
South Africa 21 14 4 0 3 Jan 11, 2007 Nov 26, 2008
India 17 5 5 0 7 Jul 19, 2007 Oct 9, 2008
Australia 16 12 1 0 3 Aug 23, 2001 Nov 29, 2002
Australia 15 13 2 0 0 Jan 2, 2000 Aug 2, 2001
Australia 14 6 6 0 2 Dec 6, 1968 Mar 5, 1970
West Indies 14 3 1 0 10 Jan 24, 1979 Nov 24, 1980
England 13* 8 2 0 3 Jul 29, 2010 Jul 21, 2011
England 12 3 4 0 5 Jul 4, 1974 Feb 28, 1975
India 12 3 6 0 3 Feb 5, 1976 Jan 14, 1977
South Africa 12 4 4 0 4 Sep 4, 2003 Aug 11, 2004
Australia 11 5 3 0 3 May 29, 1902 Jan 15, 1904
West Indies 11 0 5 0 6 Mar 17, 2006 May 25, 2007
Pakistan 10 3 0 0 7 Feb 11, 1987 Nov 25, 1987
South Africa 10 4 2 0 4 Jan 13, 2005 Dec 26, 2005
Pakistan 10 3 5 0 2 Jul 13, 2006 Jan 26, 2007
New Zealand 9 2 3 0 4 Aug 7, 1969 Feb 25, 1971
England 9 6 1 0 2 Dec 1, 1978 Aug 16, 1979
Australia 9 4 3 0 2 Nov 13, 1981 Mar 19, 1982
Australia 9 4 1 0 4 Dec 8, 1989 Jan 4, 1991
South Africa 9 3 4 0 2 Jan 2, 1994 Nov 25, 1994
Australia 9 5 3 0 1 Feb 1, 1997 Aug 7, 1997
Australia 9 4 3 0 2 Jan 2, 1999 Oct 14, 1999
New Zealand 9 3 3 0 3 Mar 18, 1999 Dec 16, 1999
Sri Lanka 9 6 2 0 1 Nov 21, 2001 Jun 13, 2002
India 9 6 1 0 2 Nov 20, 2004 Sep 20, 2005
South Africa 9 2 6 0 1 Mar 16, 2006 Dec 15, 2006
England 9 3 5 0 1 Jul 13, 2006 Jan 2, 2007

In one-day internationals Australia have the three longest streaks of matches without debutants, and all of them involve World Cup years. In 1989, Australia gave ODI debuts to Mark Taylor and Greg Campbell, Ricky Ponting's uncle, against Sri Lanka at the MCG, after which they played 40 matches without a debutant. They broke that run after qualifying for the 1991-92 World Series finals, resting Dean Jones and giving Paul Reiffel his first cap against India at the SCG.

Australia came within three ODIs of equalling that after Andrew Symonds' debut against Pakistan in Lahore in 1999. They played 37 matches on the trot without a debutant before giving Brett Lee his first ODI cap, at the Gabba in January 2000, also against Pakistan. Between January 2003 and February 2004, Australia also played 38 consecutive ODIs between the debuts of Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey.

India are presently on their longest streak of ODIs without a debutant - 23 matches. They haven't had one since Wriddhiman Saha against New Zealand in November 2010.

Most consecutive matches without a debutant - ODIs
Team Mat Won Lost Tied NR Start Match End Match
Australia 40 32 7 0 1 Dec 30, 1989 Jan 12, 1992
Australia 38 32 5 0 1 Jan 21, 2003 Jan 29, 2004
Australia 37 26 9 2 0 Jan 10, 1999 Oct 24, 1999
Sri Lanka 37 22 11 0 4 Mar 17, 2006 Apr 28, 2007
Pakistan 34 21 13 0 0 Sep 12, 2003 Sep 19, 2004
New Zealand 34 18 14 0 2 Dec 31, 2006 Dec 31, 2007
New Zealand 32 16 15 0 1 Jun 8, 2002 Nov 15, 2003
Sri Lanka 31 20 8 0 3 Jun 5, 2010 Jul 6, 2011
Sri Lanka 30 19 10 0 1 Oct 11, 1995 Sep 7, 1996
Australia 29 22 5 0 2 Feb 6, 2004 Feb 26, 2005
Kenya 25 5 19 0 1 Oct 7, 2001 Apr 5, 2003
Pakistan 24 11 12 0 1 Oct 12, 1995 Aug 31, 1996
South Africa 24 16 7 0 1 Sep 20, 2006 Apr 25, 2007
Sri Lanka 23 12 11 0 0 Nov 30, 2008 Sep 27, 2009
Bangladesh 23* 12 11 0 0 Jul 8, 2010 Apr 13, 2011
India 23* 16 6 1 0 Dec 1, 2010 Jun 16, 2011
New Zealand 22 7 14 1 0 Feb 3, 1996 Feb 23, 1997
India 22 9 12 0 1 Apr 4, 1999 Sep 8, 1999
Australia 22 15 5 1 1 Mar 27, 2002 Jan 15, 2003
Sri Lanka 22 8 13 1 0 Nov 29, 2002 Mar 18, 2003
Zimbabwe 22 7 12 0 3 Nov 27, 2002 Jul 5, 2003
West Indies 21 10 8 2 1 Nov 22, 1991 Apr 12, 1992
Australia 21 13 8 0 0 Jan 21, 1998 Nov 8, 1998
Zimbabwe 21 12 8 0 1 Nov 7, 1998 Jun 11, 1999
Australia 21 17 2 0 2 Mar 14, 2007 Dec 20, 2007
Kenya 21 3 17 0 1 Oct 19, 2008 Oct 18, 2009

Pakistan have played the most consecutive Twenty20 internationals without a debutant - 12 matches between Mohammad Sami's debut in May 2010 and Asad Shafiq's in December the same year.

Most consecutive matches without a debutant - T20Is
Team Mat Won Lost Tied NR Start Match End Match
Pakistan 12 3 9 0 0 May 2, 2010 Dec 26, 2010
Australia 10 7 2 1 0 Feb 26, 2010 Jul 5, 2010
West Indies 8 4 4 0 0 Dec 28, 2008 Jun 19, 2009
England 8 7 0 0 1 May 4, 2010 Sep 7, 2010
Sri Lanka 7 5 2 0 0 Jun 10, 2009 Aug 12, 2009
New Zealand 7 3 3 1 0 Feb 26, 2010 May 10, 2010
West Indies 7 3 4 0 0 Apr 30, 2010 May 20, 2010
Sri Lanka 7 4 3 0 0 May 7, 2010 Oct 31, 2010
Australia 6 3 3 0 0 Sep 14, 2007 Oct 20, 2007
South Africa 6 5 1 0 0 Jun 7, 2009 Jun 18, 2009
Afghanistan 6* 3 3 0 0 Feb 9, 2010 May 5, 2010
Bangladesh 5 1 4 0 0 Sep 2, 2007 Sep 18, 2007
Pakistan 5 4 1 0 0 Sep 17, 2007 Sep 24, 2007
South Africa 5 2 3 0 0 May 2, 2010 May 10, 2010

  • England have played the most consecutive Tests with a debutant - 13, between 1920 and 1923.

  • Bangaldesh have played the most consecutive ODIs with a debutant - nine, between 1990 and 1997.

  • Travis Basevi is a cricket statistician and UK Senior Programmer for Cricinfo and other ESPN sports websites. George Binoy is an Assistant Editor at ESPNcricinfo

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