Shan Masood has indeed proved his credentials in the ongoing opening Test by slamming a gritty century against England in Manchester. By reaching three figures, Shan Masood has become the sixth Pakistan batsman to score tons in three consecutive innings. He also became the first Pakistan opener in 24 years to score a Test hundred in England. At the time of writing this, the tourists reached 261-5 in 90 overs.
The other five batters in the list include Mudassar Nazar, Zaheer Abbas, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf and Misbah-Ul-Haq. Other than Shan Masood, Mudassar Nazar is the only opener here, who scored all his tons against India in 1983 Zaheer Abbas was the first to do it and he did against India too a year before that. Middle-order batsman Mohammed Yousuf comes next, who in his prolific year of 2006 did against the West Indies.
That year Yousuf amassed 1718 runs, which made him the highest run-getter in a calendar year with nine tons. Pakistan’s highest run-getter in Tests Younis Khan scored all three hundreds against Australia in 2014 while their current chief selector Misbah-Ul-Haq mustered two against Australia and one against New Zealand the same year.
Shan Masood hammers his fourth Test hundred:
By taking a double off James Anderson, Shan Masood brought up his fourth Test century and his first against and in England.
The southpaw made his maiden against Sri Lanka five years ago. By becoming a regular fixture in Pakistan’s Test line-up, he clattered one against Sri Lanka in December 2019 and another against Bangladesh two months later.
The visitors finished at 139-2 in the first day of the play after electing to bat. Anderson claimed the scalp of Babar Azam for 69 while Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes removed Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Rizwan respectively. The stand between Shadab Khan and Masood has grown to over 80 at present.