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Is Scott Boland indigenous: Full list of Best Test bowling figures in an innings on debut

Rishikesh Sharma

Is Scott Boland indigenous: Full list of Best Test bowling figures in an innings on debut

Is Scott Boland indigenous: The SportsRush brings you the top-10 best bowling figures by bowlers on their test debut.

Australia thrashed England in Melbourne to retain the Ashes 2021-22. England’s bowlers showed some brilliant performances on the day-2 of the game, but Australia completely dominated them. England bundled out for just 68 runs in the 2nd innings, and Australia won the Test by an innings and 14 runs.

Aussie bowlers were on fire, but Scott Boland stole all the limelight. The 32-year-old pacer took six wickets in the second innings and made an incredible debut. Mark Wood became Boland’s 5th scalp in the 2nd innings, whereas he was also his debut wicket in the first innings.

Is Scott Boland indigenous?

Boland became just the 4th indigenous Australian to don the baggy green. Before Boland, only Jason Gillespie, Ashleigh Gardner, and Faith Thomas have donned the baggy green. In terms of male cricketers, he is just the second one. Scott Boland is of the Gulidjan tribe in the Colac area of Victoria. Faith Thomas was the first indigenous cricketer to represent Australia, she made her Australia debut in 1958. Jason Gillespie was the first Australian indigenous male cricketer to don the baggy green.

Boland won the Man of the Match for his exceptional performance in the MCG Test. He scalped six wickets by conceding just seven runs to take six wickets. This is the 22nd best figure on test debut by any player around the world. Australia’s Albert Trott and Robert Massie have the best figures on debut, whereas India’s Narendra Hirwani is at the third position. It is interesting to note that Robert Massie and Narendra Hirwani had record figures in both innings of their debut game.

List of Best Test bowling figures on debut

1Albert Trott (Australia)England8-43
2Robert Massie (Australia)England8-53
3Narendra Hirwani (India)West Indies8-61
4Lance Klusener (South Africa)India8-64
5Narendra Hirwani (India)West Indies8-75
6Robert Massie (Australia)England8-84
7Alfred Valentine (West Indies)England8-104
8Jason Krejza (Australia)India8-215
9Kyle Abbott (South Africa)Pakistan7-29
10Dominic Cork (England)West Indies7-43

Scott Boland also had a strike-rate of 4.0, which is the best S/R by any bowler (minimum 2 overs) on test debut.

List of Best Test bowling strike rate on debut

RankPlayerOppositionStrike Rate
1Ernest Toshack (Australia)India3.8
2Scott Boland (Australia)England4.0
3Jacques Kallis (South Africa)Bangladesh5.4
4Harbhajan Singh (India)West Indies5.4
5Richard Benaud (Australia)West Indies5.7

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Rishikesh Sharma

Rishikesh Sharma


An engineering graduate and an ardent sports fan, Rishikesh Sharma is covering cricket for three years now after not making peace with a corporate life and has written more than 5000 articles. While Sourav Ganguly made him fall in love with the sport, Brendon McCullum and Gautam Gambhir enhanced it. Apart from cricket, Rishikesh is a huge fan of Liverpool FC. When not watching sports, you will find him riding around Jaipur.

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