Lawrence Rowe (West Indies) – 214 vs New Zealand at Kingston in February 1972
The former Caribbean cricketer Lawrence Rowe became the second batsman to hit a double-century in Test debut. The right-handed batsman made his Test debut during the 1972 Kingston Test against New Zealand, where his team batted first, and he scored 214 runs (19 fours and only six). With the opener Roy Fredericks, he built up the 269 runs partnership for the second wicket.
While West Indies declared their first innings on 508/4, New Zealand were all out for 386 runs. The hosts West Indies declared their second innings on 218/3, where the debutant Rowe again scored a century (100*). Chasing down the 341 runs target, New Zealand were batting on 236/6 when the match finished in a draw.
Till 1980, Rowe played 30 Tests and 11 ODIs. While he scored seven Test centuries, his highest score was 302 runs.