England is the oldest cricket team and has played a lot of test cricket. It is very proud for any English player to play for his team and make a hundred on Test debut for England. As of November 2021, England has played 1040 tests out of which they won 378, lost 311, and 351 tests were drawn. England is one of the teams that have a very long history of test cricket.
Let’s check out English players who made a hundred on their test debut.
W.G. Grace, a former English right-handed batsman, is the first batter who made a hundred on Test debut for England. He made his debut against Australia at Kennington Oval, Sep 06, 1880, where he scored 152 runs in the 1st innings. In his test career, he appeared in 22 matches and scored 1098 runs from 36 innings at an average of 32.29. Grace played his last test against Australia at Trent Bridge, Jun 01, 1899.
KS Ranjitsinhji, a former right-hand batsman of the England cricket team, is the 2nd batter who made a hundred on Test debut for England against Australia at Emirates Old Trafford, Jul 16, 1896. Since his debut, he played 15 test matches for England and added 989 runs from 26 innings at an average of 44.95. He played his last test match against Australia at Emirates Old Trafford, Jul 24, 1902, where he scored only 6 runs total in the match.
Pelham Warner was the right-handed batsman of the England team who had done this feat. He is the 3rd batter who made a hundred on his test debut against South Africa at Johannesburg on 14 Feb 1899. He played 15 test matches for the English team and scored 622 runs from 28 innings with an average of 23.92. He played his last test match against Australia at Lord's, Jun 24, 1912.
Tip Foster, a former right-handed England batsman, is the 4th batter who hit a hundred on test debut for England. He made his debut against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, Dec 11, 1903, where he not only made a hundred but also struck a double hundred in the 1st innings, i.e 287 runs. For England, he played 8 test matches and scored 553 runs with an average of 42.54. He played his last test against South Africa at Kennington Oval, Aug 19, 1907, where he scored a total of 86 runs in both innings.
George Gunn, a former right-handed batsman of England, is the 5th batter who made a century in test cricket for England. He made his debut in test matches against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, Dec 13, 1907, where he scored 119 in the first innings and also struck a fifty in the 2nd innings. In his test career, he participated in 15 test matches for England and scored 1120 runs from 29 innings with an average of 40. His last test match was played against West Indies at Sabina Park, Apr 03, 1930, where he struck 132 total runs in both innings.