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Gus Atkinson outshines Anderson in retirement Test, ends with 2nd best figures for a England debutant

Gus Atkinson outshines Anderson in retirement Test, ends with 2nd best figures for a England debutant

Gus Atkinson has been exceptional in the 1st Test match against the West Indies, becoming the second-best English bowler on debut.

In the farewell match of English legend James Anderson, England has discovered another gem in pacer Gus Atkinson. The right-arm medium pacer took seven wickets on the first day of his maiden Test, achieving the best bowling figures for an English player in a debut Test.

England pacers best spells in maiden Test

In the first Test against the West Indies at Lord’s, Gus Atkinson recorded the second-best figures for an English bowler on debut. He took seven wickets while conceding only 43 runs. Dominic Cork holds the record for the best debut spell by an English bowler, also taking seven wickets but conceding just 43 runs.

PlayerRunsWktsEconTeamOpposition
AE Trott4381.59Australiav England
RAL Massie5381.93Australiav England
ND Hirwani6183.29Indiav West Indies
L Klusener6482.97South Africav India
ND Hirwani7584.89Indiav West Indies
RAL Massie8482.55Australiav England
AL Valentine10482.08West Indiesv England
JJ Krejza21584.9Australiav India
KJ Abbott2972.48South Africav Pakistan
AAP Atkinson4573.75Englandv West Indies

Atkinson’s maiden wicket came with the dismissal of West Indian captain Kraigg Brathwaite. He then went on to dismiss Kirk McKenzie and Alick Athanaze. The English pacer dismantled the West Indian side further by taking the scalps of Jason Holder and Joshua Da Silva. Finally, he claimed two more wickets, Alzarri Joseph and Shamar Joseph, to complete his impressive performance.

Best figures in a innings on debut in Tests

PlayerRunsWktsEconTeamOpposition
DG Cork4372.2Englandv West Indies
Gus Atkinson4573.75Englandv West Indies
JK Lever4672Englandv India
AV Bedser4971.68Englandv India
James Langridge5673.29Englandv West Indies

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