Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq became the oldest captain to score a ton in Test cricket on Thursday. He achieved the feat in the first Test against England at Lord’s on Thursday when he made 110 not out in the first day’s play. Misbah was 42 years 47 days when he achieved this milestone. The previous oldest skipper was Australia’s Bob Simpson who made a century at the age of 41 years and 359 days when he cracked 100 against India in 1977-78.
Misbah steered the ball to the deep point off Adam Vince to reach his first Test ton on English soil. He celebrated it in some unique style, first pumping himself with his bat and then saluting the crowd and his teammates who cheered for him loudly at the Lord’s balcony. Misbah then did the unthinkable by doing a series of push-ups, possibly implying that he still has it in him to play international cricket despite being in early 40s.
Misbah came to the crease at 77/3 when Azhar Ali fell for 7. He combined with Younis Khan (33) to put up 57-run partnership for the fourth wicket. He then had 148-runpartnership for the fifth wicket with Asad Shafiq (73). Pakistan ended day 1 at 282/6.
Pakistan opted to bat first on winning the toss. Mohammad Hafeez was the other notable contributor for the day with his fluent looking 40.