Cricket Viral Video: The Black Caps made their first Test tour to Birmingham in 1999. During that match, a notable event occurred when a young seamer named Alex Tudor scored an unbeaten 99, which remains the highest score by an England nightwatchman.
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The most under-rated watchman ever
During the Edgbaston Test, on the second evening, 21-year-old Alex Tudor was tasked with a routine nightwatchman’s duty, going in at number three for England against New Zealand. The match had already seen 31 wickets fall in two days, and England had only five overs left in the day to chase down their target of 208 for victory. Alec Stewart fell, leaving England three for one, and Tudor, playing in just his third Test, was given the responsibility to bat with his Surrey teammate Mark Butcher until the close of play.
Alex Tudor managed to complete his task with the help of bad light, as he faced only seven balls before being sent off, having scored zero runs. England resumed their chase for victory on three for one on Saturday morning, which was going to be a challenging chase on a difficult pitch in a low-scoring game. It was hoped that if the nightwatchman could stay in for a while, it would be beneficial.
However, Tudor did much more than simply stay in. He partnered with Mark Butcher to add 73 runs, then with Nasser Hussain to add 98 more, and finally with Graham Thorpe to add an unbroken 37, guiding England to a seven-wicket triumph. Astonishingly, Tudor remained unbeaten on 99, setting a new record for the highest score by an England nightwatchman, surpassing Harold Larwood’s 98 in Melbourne in 1933.
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Although he went on to play ten Tests for England, Tudor’s remaining 15 innings only yielded 130 runs. His impressive and unforgettable performance at Edgbaston was a remarkable feat that the spectators enjoyed watching, and Tudor, who enjoyed playing in Birmingham, remembers it with great pride.
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