The Test series between Bangladesh and Australia has come and gone, with the honours shared 1-all in an absorbing two-match battle.
Too Good Tuesday this week takes you back to Chittagong Stadium in 2006, when Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie produced the greatest nightwatchman’s innings in Test history against Bangladesh.
‘Dizzy’, a competent lower-order batsman, came in at first drop towards the end of Day 1 as Australia responded to Bangladesh’s 197 all out. He was still there at lunch on Day 4 of a rain-interrupted Test, sharing in a 320-run stand for the fourth wicket with Michael Hussey.
Captain Ricky Ponting declared with Australia at 4/581 – and Gillespie unbeaten on 201, beating his previous Test best of 54 not out. The tourists ultimately won by an innings and 80 runs in what would be the popular Gillespie’s final Test match of a career that garnered 259 wickets in 71 appearances.
MOST RUNS IN A TEST INNINGS BY A NIGHTWATCHMAN
201* – Jason Gillespie (Australia) v Bangladesh, 2005-06
125 – Mark Boucher (South Africa) v Zimbabwe, 1999-2000
108 – Mark Boucher (South Africa) v England, 1999-2000
105 – Tony Mann (Australia) v India, 1977-78
101* – Syed Kirmani (India) v Australia, 1979-80
101 – Nasim-ul-Ghani (Pakistan) v England, 1962