’Keepers with tons Down Under
Only two West Indian wicketkeepers have Test hundreds in Australia, and both are Jamaicans.
The late Gerry Alexander and Jeffrey Dujon are the only glovemen to score Test tons Down Under.
In the 1960-61 series, which proved to be his last series, Alexander finished on a high with a hundred and five fifties, scoring 484 runs in the memorable five-match rubber. His 108 at Sydney in January 1961,was the first century by a West Indian ‘keeper in Australia.
Dujon became the second ‘keeper to achieve the feat when he cracked 139 off the four-pronged pace attack of Terry Alderman, Rodney Hogg, Geoff Lawson and Carl Rackemann at Perth in 1984.
India are now celebrating the milestone by way of Rishabh Pant’s ton at Sydney, a few days ago. The dashing Pant is the first wicketkeeper with two Test tons as a 21-year old. Both of them have come outside Asia.
Jamaican Ivan Barrow had a brief career - he played just 11 matches but made a major impact. He is the youngest man to keep for the West Indies, the first West Indian to score a hundred in England, and by extension, the first wicketkeeper from the Caribbean to do so.
Barrow was just 19 years and three months when he made his debut at
in April 1930 against England. At a time when team selection was based on which territory the match was being played, there were eight Jamaicans in the side, four of whom were making their debut.
At in 1933, he became the first West Indian to score a century in England, and when he achieved the feat George Headley was on 99 together they added 200 for the second wicket, the 22-year-old Barrow making 105.
Barrow is one of just four West
Indian wicketkeepers with hundreds in England. The others are the late
Sir Clyde Walcott, Dujon and Denesh Ramdin.
Sir Clyde’s superb unbeaten 168 at Lords on the historic 1950 tour of England, is the highest score by a West Indian wicketkeeper. Walcott, who was just 24, was playing in his 11th Test.
The hard-hitting Sir Clyde, kept wicket in his first 15 matches, taking 27 catches and effecting 11 stumpings. He averages 40 as a wicketkeeper with three centuries.
Sir Clyde is also the first West Indan wicketkeeper to score a Test century in India. He was just 22 when he made 152 at Delhi in 1948. It was his maiden ton and it came in his first overseas Test.
Overall ten Barbadians have kept wicket for the West Indies - Sir Clyde, David Murray, Derek Sealy, Shane Dowrich, Courtney Browne, David Allan, Thelston Payne, Cammie Smith, Seymour Nurse and Shai Hope.
At against Australia in 1965, Nurse, fresh from making his maiden hundred (201), kept briefly in the second innings with Jackie Hendriks injured. Nurse took one catch, removing skipper Bobby Simpson off the bowling of Sir Garfield Sobers.
Cammie Smith had a stumping and took a catch against India at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad in 1962 on his final Test appearance when Hendriks was off the field. In his first match as a wicketkeeper at in 1939, Derek Sealy stumped the great Wally Hammond and caught Eddie Paynter and Len Hutton.
The youngest wicketkeeper to score a Test century is India’s Ajay Ratra, who was just 20 years and five months, when he made an undefeated115 off the West Indies in Antigua in 2002.
Robert Christiani, the first Guyanese to score a Test hundred, was a wicketkeeper good enough to make two stumpings in the Calcutta Test in 1948-49 when substituting for the injured Walcott.