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At the end of Windies’ first innings in the ongoing Antigua Test against India, Miguel Cummins set two Windies records. Also, he was very close to breaking one Test record when he scored a 45-ball duck after batting for 95 minutes.
After bundling out the visiting side India for 297 runs, Windies faced trouble in their first innings. Most of the host batsmen failed to capitalise their starts as Windies were losing wickets at regular intervals.
The 28-year-old tail-ender batsman Miguel Cummins came to bat when Windies were battling on 179/8. He came to bat at the late day two and remained not out on 0 off two balls while Windies were 189/8.
On the third-day morning session, Cummins provided the crucial support to the captain Jason Holder. Holder and Cummins had the 41 runs partnership for the ninth wicket. After the captain Holder lost his wicket on 39 runs, Cummins soon lost his desperate battle.
Though the 28-year-old left-handed batsman Cummins batted for 95 minutes and faced 45 balls in that innings, he failed to open his account. Trying to opening his account, Cummins went for a slog to the leg side against the Indian left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, but the Caribbean cricketer completely missed that ball and it hit the stumps.
Finally, Windies were all out for 222 runs in the first innings. At the end of that innings, the visitors India managed to take 75 runs lead.
After that lengthy duck, Miguel Cummins entered to some top Test record books. Here are some of those following:
i) It was the longest Test duck by a Windies batsman (95 minutes). In last January, Alzarri Joseph recorded a 51-minute duck against England at Bridgetown which was the previous longest Test duck by a Windies batsman.
ii) It was the most number of balls facing by a Windies batsman in Test innings that scored a duck (45 balls). In June 1995, Keith Arthurton scored a 40-ball duck against England at Lord’s which was the previous Windies record in this list.
ii) It was the second-longest duck in Test history (95 minutes). The record-holder is Geoff Allott (New Zealand). During the Auckland Test against South Africa February 1999, Allott batted 101 minutes before losing his wicket on the duck.
iii) It was the fifth most number of balls facing for any batsman to score a Test duck (45 balls).