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De Grandhomme hits fastest maiden Test hundred

Colin de Grandhomme also blasted the second fastest Test century by a New Zealand batsman, with all of his runs coming in the third session in Wellington

Shiva Jayaraman
Colin de Grandhomme notched up his maiden Test hundred in just 71 balls in New Zealand's first innings against West Indies in Wellington. His knock is the second-fastest hundred for New Zealand in Tests and one of the fastest in the format. Brendon McCullum had hit a century off just 54 deliveries against Australia in Christchurch in 2016, which is also the fastest ever in terms of deliveries faced by a batsman.
De Grandhomme's hundred is the fastest recorded innings for a maiden Test hundred. He broke a record which had stood for over a hundred years: England's Gilbert Jessop had made his maiden - and only - Test hundred in 76 deliveries at the Oval in 1902.
Fastest recorded maiden Test centuries
Batsman BF Opposition, Venue
 Colin de Grandhomme  71  v WI, Wellington, '17-18
 Gilbert Jessop  76  v AUS, the Oval, 1902
 Shikhar Dhawan  85  v AUS, Mohali, '12-13
 Chris Cairns  86  v ZIM, Auckland, '95-96
 Mitchell Johnson  86  v SA, Cape Town, '08-09
 Hardik Pandya  86  v SL, Pallekelle, '17
De Grandhomme came in to bat just after tea and clobbered 105 runs off 74 balls he faced, in the process becoming only the sixth New Zealand batsman to make 100 or more runs in a single session in Tests. The previous New Zealand batsman to do so was Daniel Vettori, who hit 127 runs between tea and close of play in Harare in 2005-06.
Most runs in a session by NZ batsmen, Tests
Batsman Runs Session Opposition, Venue
 Ian Smith  140  Tea to Close of play  v IND, Auckland, '89-90
 Nathan Astle  139  Tea to Close of play  v ENG, Christchurch, '01-02
 Daniel Vettori  127  Tea to Close of play  v ZIM, Harare, '05-06
 Chris Cairns  105  Tea to Close of play  v SA, Auckland, '03-04
 Colin de Grandhomme  105  Tea to Close of play  v WI, Wellington, '17-18
 Lou Vincent  101  Lunch to Tea  v SL, Wellington, '04-05
Grandhomme's strike rate of 141.89 in this innings is the sixth-highest in Test history (where balls faced information is available). The other New Zealand batsmen collectively scored 323 runs at a strike rate of just 46.08. This difference in strike rates between him and the other New Zealand batsmen of 95.81 is the fifth-highest for any batsman scoring 100 or more runs in a Test innings.
Batsman outscoring team in a Test inns, min 100 runs
Batsman Opposition, season Batsman SR Others SR Diff
 Viv Richards  v ENG, '86  189.65  60.00  129.65
 Misbah-ul-Haq  v AUS, '14-15  177.19  52.92  124.27
 Brendon McCullum  v AUS, '15-16  183.54  68.13  115.40
 Adam Gilchrist  v ENG, '05-06  172.88  66.28  106.59
 Colin de Grandhomme  v WI, '17-18  141.89  46.07  95.81

Shiva Jayaraman is a senior stats analyst at ESPNcricinfo @shiva_cricinfo