It's a dream for any batsman to play test match for his country. Plenty of them fail but out of few who do reach international test standards, even fewer ones make a dream debut with a century.
Tip Foster, the Australian batsman, holds the record of highest individual score on test match debut, for his marathon 287 runs against Australia at Sydney cricket ground. batting at number 5, Foster was unbeaten on 73 at the end of second day's play. Debutant had next day as rest day, and came back to score over 200 runs on day 3, propelling his team to 577 in that away Ashes test match, helping his team gain a 1-0 lead in that 1903 series.
Lawrance Rowe of West Indies has the distinction of scoring most runs in debut test match. Lawrance scored 214 in first innings of that 1972 test match against New Zealand at Sabina Park in Jamaica and came back in second innings to score exactly 100 more unbeaten runs in second innings, to record a rare test debut with century in both innings. Only Yasir Hameed of Pakistan has matched the feat.
Set 314 to win, Kiwis held onto a draw, negotiating 108 overs on the last day.
A total of 93 batsmen have scored century in debut test match, the latest being Francois du Plessis of South Africa, unlike most youngsters who showcase their range of shots, du Plessis ate up 376 balls to save the match for his country when all top order had vanished.
In following, we've listed out all debut centurions for each country sorted by year of match as well as the highest scores overall, the ones over 150..
For Australia (19) = Charls Bannerman (165*), Harry Graham (107), Reggie Duff (104), Roger Hartigan (116), Herbie Collins (104), Bill Ponsford (110), Archie Jackson (164), Jim Burke (101*), Doug Walters (155), Greg Chappell (108), Gary Cosier (109), Dirk Wellham (103), Kepler Wessels (162), Wayne Philips (159), Mark Waugh (138), Greg Blewett (102*), Michael Clarke (151), Marcus North (117) and Shaun Marsh (141).
For England (18) = W.G.Grace (152), Ranjitsinhji (154*), Sir Pelham Warner (132*), Tip Foster (287), George Gunn (119), Nawab of Pataudi snr (102), Bryan Valentine (136), Paul Gibb (106), Billy Griffith (140), Peter May (138), Arthur Milton (104*), John Hampshire (107), Frank Hayes (106*), Graham Thorpe (114*), Andrew Strauss (112), Alastair Cook (104*), Matt Prior (126*) and Jonathan Trott (119).
For India (13) = Lala Amarnath (118), Deepak Shodhan (110), Kripal Singh (100*), Abbas Ali Baig (112), Hanumant Singh (105), Gundappa Viswanath (137), Surinder Amarnath (124), Mohammad Azharuddin (110), Praveen Amre (103), Sourav Ganguly (131), Virender Sehwag (105), Suresh Raina (120) and Shikhar Dhawan (187).
For West Indies (13) = George Headley (176), Andy Ganteaume (112), Bruce Pairaudeau (115), Collie Smith (104), Sir Conrad Hunte (142), Lawrence Rowe (214 & 100*), Alvin Kallicharran (100*), Gorden Greenidge (107), Len Baichan (105*), Basil Williams (100), Dwayne Smith (105*), Adrian Barath (104) and Kirk Edwards (110).
For Pakistan (11) = Khalid Ibadulla (166), Javed Miandad (163), Saleem Malik (100*), Mohammad Wasim (109*), Ali Naqvi (115), Azhar Mahmood (128*), Younis Khan (107), Taufeeq Umar (104), Yasir Hameed (170 & 105), Fawad Alam (168) and Umar Akmal (129).
For New Zealand (9) = Jackie Mills (117), Bruce Taylor (105), Rodney Redmond (107), Mark Greatbatch (107*), Mathew Sinclair (214), Lou Vincent (104), Scott Styris (107), Kane Williamson (131) and Hamish Rutherford (171).
For South Africa (4) = Andrew Hudson (163), Jacques Rudolph (222*), Alviro Petersen (100) and Francois du Plessis (110*).
For Sri Lanka (3) = Brendon Kuruppu (201*), Romesh Kaluwitharana (132*) and Thilan Samaraweera (103*).
For Bangladesh (3) = Aminul Islam (145), Mohammad Ashraful (114) and Abul Hasan (113).
For Zimbabwe (2) = David Houghton (121) and Hamilton Masakadza (119).