1st Test, England v Pakistan, Statistical Highlights

  • It was the 1513th Test in cricket history.

  • It was England's 774th and Pakistan's 271st Test match.

  • It was the 123rd Test match on Pakistan soil and 19th between these two sides.

  • It was the 56th match overall between these two sides. The record now reads England 14, Pakistan 9, drawn 33.

  • It was the 19th match between these two sides on Pakistan soil. The record now reads: Pakistan 2, England one, drawn 16.

  • Qaiser Abbas (Left hand batsman and slow left arm bowler) became the 162nd player to represent Pakistan in Test cricket. At 18 years 194 days Abbas is the 21st youngest player to make Test debut for Pakistan.

  • Umpires Darrel Hair and Riazuddin officiated in their 34th and 8th Test respectively.

  • Both Moin Khan and Nasser Hussain led their respective sides against each other for the first time.

  • Saeed Anwar was played his 50th match. He became the 21st Pakistani and 161st player overall to do so.

  • Mike Atherton (73) on 69 completed his 7000 runs in Test cricket. He became the sixth Englishman and 18th batsman overall to do so. By taking 188 innings to achieve this landmark, Atherton became the second slowest after West Indian Desmond Haynes. Haynes had taken 190 innings for his 7000 runs. Atherton is also the third slowest in terms of Tests after Australian Steve Waugh (110) and Desmond Haynes (109).

  • Graham Thorpe scored his seventh Test hundred in his 61st Test-his first against Pakistan. His innings included only two boundaries. His innings is the second highest in Tests containing just two boundaries, after countryman Paul Gibb's 120 against South Africa at Durban in 1938-39. Just for the record, the highest individual innings without a boundary four is Australian Bill Lawry's 84 against England at Brisbane in 1970-71. England's Geoff Boycott is the only batsman to score 100 runs in a single Test match without a boundary four. Boycott made 77 runs in first innings and 23 in the second against England at Perth in 1978-79.

  • The sixth wicket partnership of 166 runs between Graham Thorpe and Craig White in first innings is England's best for this wicket against Pakistanhome or away. This obliterates the previous record stand of 153 (unbroken) between Peter Parfitt and David Allen at Birmingham in 1962.

  • The partnership is also the highest for any side for sixth wicket against Pakistan on latter's soil beating the 141 run-partnership between New Zealanders Stephen Fleming and Chris Cairns also at Lahore in 1996-97. Incidentally the previous record partnership for sixth wicket partnership for England on Pakistan soil was of 120 runs between Graeme Fowler and Vic Marks at Lahore in 1983-84.

  • Saqlain Mushtaq's first innings figures of 8 for 164 are the second best for Pakistan against England in all Tests. The record is still held by Abdul Qadir who took 9 for 56 at Lahore in 1987-88.

  • Saqlain's figures are the sixth best for Pakistan in a Test innings after Abdul Qadir's 9 for 56 (v England at Lahore in 1987-88), Sarfraz Nawaz's 9 for 86 (v Australia at Melbourne in 1978-79), Imran Khan's 8 for 58 (v Sri Lanka at Lahore in 1981-82) and 8 for 60 (v India at Karachi in 1982-83) and Sikander Bakht's 8 for 69 (v India at Delhi in 1979-80).

  • Saqlain, while capturing 8 wickets, conceded 164 runs off his bowling. He now holds the dubious distinction of conceding most runs while taking 8 wickets in an innings. The previous record was in the name of Australian Max Walker who conceded 143 runs also against England at Melbourne in 1974-75.

  • Saqlain now also holds the record of conceding most runs in an innings by a Pakistani bowler in Pakistan. The previous record was in the name of Iqbal Qasim who conceded 156 runs without taking a wicket in the first innings of Faisalabad Test against Australia in 1979-80. However the record of conceding most runs in an innings on Pakistani soil is still held by India's Kapil Dev with the figures of 220 for seven in the first innings of Faisalabad Test in 1982-83.

  • Saqlain Mushtaq sent down 444 balls in England's first innings. Only Fazal Mahmood (512 v West Indies at Kingston in 1957-58) and Haseeb Ahsan (504 v India at Chennai in 1960-61) have bowled more balls in an innings for Pakistan.

  • Saqlain, however, just failed to beat India's Shivlal Yadav's record of bowling most balls in an innings on Pakistani soil. Yadav had sent down 450 balls in the first innings of Faisalabad Test in 1984-85.

  • Saqlain made his first appearance against England. He now holds the best analysis for Pakistan against England on first appearance beating Tahir Naqqash's 5 for 40 at Birmingham in 1982. Saqlain also became only the fourth bowler to capture eight wickets in an innings on first appearance against England after Australia's Albert Trott (8 for 43 at Adelaide in 1894-95), Bob Massie (8 for 84 and 8 for 53 at Lord's in 1972) and West Indian Alf Valentine (8 for 104 at Manchester in 1950).

  • Yousuf Youhana became the fifth Pakistani after Zaheer Abbas (274 at Birmingham in 1971), Javed Burki (138 at Lahore in 1961-62), Haroon Rashid (122 at Lahore in 1977-78) and Mudassar Nazar (114 at Lahore in 1977-78) to score a hundred on first hundred against England.

  • The duck was 14th for Mushtaq Ahmed in his 49th Test. He has now equalled Waqar Younis' tally. Only Wasim Bari (19) and Wasim Akram (17) have aggregated more ducks in a career for Pakistan than Mushtaq.

  • Nasser Hussain got retired hurt for the second time in his career. The other such occasion for him was against India at Nottingham in 1996 when he had fractured his right index finger in the last over of third day's play. Hussain became the sixth batsman after India's Dilip Vengsarkar, Australia's Bill Lawry, Pakistan's Wasim Bari, England's Robin Smith and South Africa's Andrew Hudson to do so on more than one occasion. Vengsarkar is the only one in doing so on three separate occasions. Hussain also became the fourth Englishman and ninth captain overall to do so