There are two types of fastest centuries in Test, hundred in terms of lesser balls and by least time. So who has the record of the fastest Test century before the lunch on the first day of a Test match? There are sixteen instances where batsman scored centuries before the lunch from day 2 to 5 in the Test cricket.

However, the hundred before lunch on Day 1 is rare in Test cricket because unlike other days batsman here starts on Zero. Only four times this record happened. And all four records happened in the 20th century.

In the ear of T20 cricket where batsmen hit the ball like a baseball, batsman like Chris Gayle, Virender Sehwag, Adam Gilchrist, Sanath Jayasuriya, Sahid Afridi failed to match this record. They can kill bowler’s confidence in their day, but facing new ball and scoring runs fast is something different ball game.

Three of them happened in England by Australian batsmen. The first man to notch up this record is the right-handed opener, Victor Trumper. In 1902 Trumper, hammered bowlers like Wilfred Rhodes and Stanley Jackson reached his hundred – 104.

The next batsman, who matched this record was Charles Macartney. In the 1926 opener, Warren Bardsley was out with the first delivery of Maurice Tate. If he did not get out, then history could be different. Macartney coming at no.3 scored went on to score 112 and finally ended at 151 after the lunch.

Four years later in the morning of July 11, young Don Bradman left all batting records behind as he went on hammer and tongs over English bowlers. He reached his hundred before lunch and finally George Duckworth caught him off Maurice Tate. But, Sunday night storm saved England from defeat in the last day.

The fourth and the last till now came more recently, in 1976-1977 when New Zealand was touring Pakistan. In the third Test Pakistan made a run feast at flat Karachi pitch, Javed Miandad scored double hundred. But, it was opener Majid Khan’s brisk innings of 112 off 130 balls that became a talking point. His century came before the lunch. Bowlers like Richard Hadlee could not stop him from notching up hundred before the lunch. Majid was finally picked up Richard Collinge. The match was drawn.

Here is the list:

Run

Batsman

Match

City

Year

Final score

Victor Trumper

103*

Aus v Eng

Manchester

1902

104

Charles Macartney

112*

Aus v Eng

Leeds

1926

151

Don Bradman

105*

Aus v Eng

Leeds

1930

334

Majid Khan

108*

Pak v NZ

Karachi

1976

112

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