A No 11, a batsman is basically a bowler who is not expected to put up much of a fight and lose his wicket rather tamely or throw it away while going for some glorious and adventurous shots.
However, some No 11 cricketers have shown great gumption and fight back, to not only defy the bowlers, but even put up a good score against their name. Cricwizz looks into five top scores by No 11 batsmen in Test cricket.
Ashton Agar’s 98 against England at Trent Bridge in 2013: Australia was down to 117/9 in their first innings in reply to England 215 all out. In walked debutant and No 11, Ashton Agar who surprised everyone with his stroke-play and aggression. He carved out 98 runs off 101 balls with 12 fours and 2 sixes and in the company of PJ Hughes (81 not out) put up a 163-run partnership for the 10th wicket. Agar was unlucky to miss out on a hundred. He top-scored in his team’s innings, but Australia still succumbed to defeat in the match by 14 runs.
Tino Best’s 95 against England at Birmingham in 2012: West Indies were struggling at 283/9 with only Denesh Ramdin, the only recognized batsman left. No 11 batsman Tino Best joined him in the middle and defied the English attack for about 30 overs, stitching a partnership of 143 for the tenth wicket and taking the team’s score to 426 all out. Best made 95 off 112 balls with 14 fours and 1 six, while Ramdin remained unbeaten on 107. The match was drawn.
James Anderson’s 81 against India at Trent Bridge in 2014: India had piled up a big score of 457, thanks to Murali Vijay’s 146. In reply, England was struggling at 298/9. In came, James Anderson, No 11 batsman, who is known more for his bowling than batting. He joined Joe Root in the middle. The duo put up a 198-run partnership for the 10th wicket with Anderson scoring 81 and Root made 154 not out to take England to safety. The match ended in a draw.
Zaheer Khan’s 75 against Bangladesh at Dhaka in 2004: After dismissing Bangladesh for 184, India, on the back of Sachin’s double ton, looked in sight of a big total. Zaheer Khan, who came in at No 11, ensured the lead stretched more with a knock of 75 off 115 balls inclusive of 10 fours and 2 sixes. He and Sachin put up 133- for the 10th wicket. While Sachin made his career best score of 248 not out. India won by an innings and 140 runs.
RO Collinge’s 68 not out against Pakistan at Auckland in 1973: Replying to Pakistan’s first-innings score of 402, New Zealand looked in danger at 251/9 before RO Collinge joined BF Hastings in the middle. The two put up a 152-run partnership for the 10th wicket. Collinge made 68 not out, while Hastings struck 110. The match ended in a draw.