List of international cricket centuries by Gary Kirsten

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Kirsten pictured in 2010

Gary Kirsten is a former international cricketer who represented South Africa between 1993 and 2004. A left-handed batsman who primarily played as an opener, Kirsten took part in 101 Test matches and 185 One Day Internationals (ODIs) for his country and scored centuries (100 or more runs in a single innings) on 21 and 13 occasions respectively.

Kirsten made both his Test and ODI debuts against Australia in December 1993.[1] He made his first Test century in November 1995, when he scored 110 against England. A year later Kirsten made centuries in both innings of a Test when he scored 102 and 133 in the second Test of the 1996–97 series against India. He achieved his highest Test score in 1999, when he made 275 against England in Durban. In an attempt to prevent South Africa from losing the match, he batted for almost 14 hours, spread across the last three of the match's five days.[2] The innings remains the second-longest by any batsman in Test cricket in terms of time span, behind an innings of over 16 hours recorded by Hanif Mohammad for Pakistan in 1958.[3] His most prolific series was against England in 2003, when he made 462 runs at an average of 66.00 including two centuries.[1] His accomplishments with the bat during the season led to him being named as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year the following year.[2] As of January 2013, Kirsten is third in the list of leading Test century-makers for South Africa, and his total of three double centuries for the team is exceeded only by the four recorded by Graeme Smith.[4][5] He scored centuries against all nine other teams which held Test match status at the time, and was the first player to score a hundred against every other active Test-playing nation.[6]

Kirsten's first ODI century came against Australia in January 1994 in the first match of the best-of-three final of the Tri-nation tournament. His highest score in ODI cricket came against the United Arab Emirates during the 1996 Cricket World Cup when he scored 188 not out. As of January 2013, this is the highest one-day figure recorded by a South African and the highest in the World Cup by any batsman. At the time it was the second-highest score ever recorded by any batsman in ODI cricket, just one run behind the then-record of 189 set by Viv Richards in 1984.[7][8] In ODIs he was most successful against India, accumulating four centuries. South Africa lost only one of the thirteen matches in which Kirsten scored a century. As of January 2013, he is twenty-third among all-time century makers in this form of cricket, and joint third in the equivalent list for South Africa with AB de Villiers.[9]

Key[edit]

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Kirsten made centuries in both innings of a match at the Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban in 1999.
Key
Symbol Meaning
* Remained not out
double-dagger Man of the match
Pos. Position in the batting order
Balls Balls faced
Inn. The innings of the match
Test The number of the Test match played in that series
S/R. Strike rate during the innings
H/A/N Venue was at home (South Africa), away or neutral.
Date Match starting day
Lost The match was lost by South Africa.
Won The match was won by South Africa.
Drawn The match was drawn.

Test cricket centuries[edit]

List of Test centuries scored by Gary Kirsten
No. Score Against Pos. Inn. Test Venue H/A/N Date Result
1 110  England 2 1 2/5 The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg Home 30 November 1995 Drawn[10]
double-dagger 102  India 2 1 2/3 Eden Gardens, Kolkata Away 27 November 19961 Won[11]
double-dagger 133  India 2 3 2/3 Eden Gardens, Kolkata Away 27 November 19962 Won[11]
4 103  India 2 1 2/3 Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town Home 2 January 1997 Won[12]
5 100*  Pakistan 1 1 3/3 Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad Away 24 October 1997 Won[13]
6 108*  Australia 1 3 3/3 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Away 30 January 1998 Drawn[14]
7 210  England 1 1 3/5 Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester Away 2 July 1998 Drawn[15]
double-dagger 134  West Indies 1 3 5/5 SuperSport Park, Centurion Home 15 January 1999 Won[16]
9 128  New Zealand 1 1 1/3 Eden Park, Auckland Away 27 February 1999 Drawn[17]
10 double-dagger 275  England 1 3 3/5 Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban Home 26 December 1999 Drawn[18]
11 double-dagger 180  Sri Lanka 2 1 1/3 Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban Home 26 December 2000 Drawn[19]
12 double-dagger 150  West Indies 1 2 1/5 Bourda Cricket Ground, Georgetown Away 9 March 2001 Drawn[20]
13 220  Zimbabwe 2 1 1/2 Harare Sports Club, Harare Away 7 September 2001 Won[21]
14 153  Australia 2 3 3/3 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Away 2 January 2002 Lost[22]
15 150  Bangladesh 3 1 1/2 Buffalo Park, East London Home 18 October 2002 Won[23]
16 160  Bangladesh 3 2 2/2 Senwes Park, Potchefstroom Home 25 October 2002 Won[24]
17 108  England 3 2 2/5 Lord's Cricket Ground, London Away 31 July 2003 Won[25]
18 double-dagger 130  England 3 1 4/5 Headingley Stadium, Leeds Away 21 August 2003 Won[26]
19 double-dagger 118  Pakistan 4 3 2/2 Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad Away 24 October 2003 Drawn[27]
20 137  West Indies 5 2 2/4 Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban Home 26 December 2003 Won[28]
21 137  New Zealand 5 1 1/3 Westpac Park, Hamilton Away 10 March 2004 Drawn[29]

One Day International centuries[edit]

List of ODI centuries scored by Gary Kirsten
No. Score Balls Against Pos. Inn. S/R Venue H/A/N Date Result
1 112* 137  Australia 2 1 81.75 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Away 21 January 1994 Won[30]
double-dagger 116 126  England 2 2 92.06 SuperSport Park, Centurion Home 14 January 1996 Won[31]
double-dagger 188* 159  United Arab Emirates 2 1 118.23 Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi Neutral 16 February 1996 Won[32]
4 106 116  India 1 1 91.37 Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah Neutral 14 April 1996 Won[33]
double-dagger 115* 142  India 1 1 80.98 Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah Neutral 19 April 1996 Won[34]
double-dagger 118* 127  Pakistan 2 2 92.91 Nairobi Gymkhana Club, Nairobi Neutral 6 October 1996 Won[35]
double-dagger 105* 134  Australia 2 2 78.35 Nehru Stadium, Indore Away 19 October 1996 Won[36]
double-dagger 103 113  New Zealand 1 1 91.15 Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane Neutral 9 January 1998 Won[37]
double-dagger 115 123  India 1 1 93.49 Nehru Stadium, Kochi Away 9 March 2000 Lost[38]
10 double-dagger 101 107  New Zealand 2 2 94.39 De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley Home 28 October 2000 Won[39]
11 double-dagger 133* 155  India 1 2 85.80 The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg Home 5 October 2001 Won[40]
12 124 130  Kenya 1 1 95.38 Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town Home 22 October 2001 Won[41]
13 double-dagger 102* 118  Pakistan 2 2 86.44 Boland Park, Paarl Home 16 December 2002 Won[42]

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