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Top 10 debuts at the SCG

The Sydney Morning Herald 's Andrew Wu looks back on some memorable debuts at the venue that will host its 100th Test in the new year.

Nikita Bastian
Nikita Bastian
25-Feb-2013
The Sydney Morning Herald's Andrew Wu looks back on some memorable debuts at the venue that will host its 100th Test in the new year.
Born Reginald Erskine Foster, but better known as Tip, Foster was the only man to captain England at football and cricket. His 287 on debut in 1903 has stood for more than a century as the highest score made in an SCG Test ... Foster's debut effort remains the highest score by a Test debutant, well clear of the unbeaten 222 by South Africa's Jacques Rudolph in 2003.
Who would have thought, after taking 1-150 on debut at the SCG, that the chunky 22-year-old with a blond mullet would retire with more than 700 Test wickets and be regarded as one of the best players ever? Shane Warne was punished by opener Ravi Shastri and a softly spoken teenager called Sachin Tendulkar in the 1992 Test against India. Shastri hit a career-best 206 and shared in a 196-run stand for the sixth wicket with Tendulkar before entering the record books as Warne's first Test victim.

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo