Angelo Mathews makes his first appearance on Century Watch with his third innings 122 against Pakistan in early July. The second of four centuries in the match, it would end up the second lowest of all test tons at the venue, but also the second by a Sri Lankan at that venue (following on frok Karunaratna’s below). At the time it was the 5th highest score there. It’s also the 20th century made by a Sri Lankan at home against Pakistan.
This was Angelo’s fifth test century, slotting in at #3 in his high score list. He has two tons against England, two against Pakistan and one against Australia. His first against Pakistan came in Abu Dhabi in the early days of 2014 (157 not out) which is also his second highest test score. Mathews has made just one other test hundred at home, and that was against Australia in 2011 at the SSC.
However, we all know when Mathews made his highest test score, although the day he did it has been largely erased from official ECB history. Yes, it’s Mathews wonderful 160 on what we know here and on HDWLIA as “Day 4 at Headingley”. Let’s not go into this much more, eh?
So, Dmitri, have you seen a 122? The answer is no, and not even close! Mathews made the 62nd 122 in test cricket, and the first since Gary Ballance made that score less than three bloody months ago. We have another repeat, ladies and gentlemen! Century Watch #11 refers…..
Like he did with 130, Tom Hayward was the first to make 122 in tests. Looking back on the review of Ballance’s ton, I did not do a history slot for that, so let’s right that here.
Hayward was in the England team that beat South Africa in Johannesburg in 1896 when he made 122 in the first innings of the match. England had fallen to 8 for 2, before Hayward righted the ship and with some late order resistance from the brilliantly English named Hugh Bromley-Davenport (84) and Charles Wright (71) the visitors made 482. The game was made more famous for the performances of a Surrey bowler in the host’s first innings. George Lohmann took 9 for 28 in 14.2 overs as South Africa were dismissed for 151. The only South African wicket to fall to someone else was the first, so it wasn’t as if the ten-for was ever on. Christopher Heseltine took five for England in the second innings, and the visitors won the match comfortably.
Angelo Mathews’ 100 came up in 221 balls with 9×4 and 1×6.