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    Andy Flower's twin 142 & 199* against South Africa when he scored something like 68 % of Zimbabwe's runs. Only one other Zimbabwean in each innings made more than 30. He came out to bat on 51-3 and 25-3. After the first knock, he asked Shaun Pollock if he was going to enforce the follow-on. Pollock said "yes, of course". Flower just said "good". Apparently, he didn't play a false shot all game, apart from being dropped on 197* in the second innings. In fairness, it was a flat pitch, it was just the rest of Zimbabwe's players (with the exception of Ebrahim and Masakadza who made 71 and 85) were clueless. They still fought it out though. Flower wouldn't have got near that 200 if it wasn't for Douggie Hondo, on debut, sticking it out for an hour.

    Jack Hobbs and Herbert Sutcliffe's 100 and 161 respectively on a really difficult track at the Oval in 1926; the match report read:

    "Finer cricket on a difficult wicket than Hobbs and Sutcliffe played I have never seen. Much, almost everything, indeed, depended on them. If one or both had failed, England might easily have lost five or six men before lunch, for the ball took the spin quickly, and when the sun--which at first hid its face--came out after the first hour, the ball, particularly from Richardson's bowling, kicked up frequently in a disconcerting manner."

    And for New Zealand, very little tops Bert Sutcliffe's 80*- that story always brings a lump to my throat.

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    173* (IIRC) by Butcher, Headingly '01.
    Seconded. Was a top-shelf knock against an attack full of confidence although vastly under-rated is the knock of the bloke who played well with him, Nasser Hussain.

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    McGrath's 61 vs NZ

    thnk about it, he scored nine times his average, thats the equivalent of Ponting scoring 540, or Bradman scoring 900
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    Some outstanding knocks

    Kim Hughes - 100* v West Indies 1981/82
    One of the all-time great innings of courage, shots and determination. Coming in at 3/8 and Australia in serious trouble. Hughes took the attack to the might of the Windies on a terrible pitch for batting. The next highest score in the Test was 64, which was by Border in Australia's 2nd innings. Not many fired with the bat although Dujon made two lots of 40's. Still rated as one of the best ever knocks.

    Dean Jones - 210 v India 1986
    Courage isn't the word to use here. This was an innings where Jones put his life and body on the line for Australia. Jones' desire for Australia was there for all to see in this innings. He's never given his due recognition in Test Cricket and in particular for this innings. Jones after this innings was on a drip for dehydration. He really went above and beyond his call of duty. Best innings of all-time IMO.

    Mark Waugh - 139* v West Indies 1991
    This was a series of pace, pace and more pace. The Windies attack were on fire all series on pitches suited to them. Although McDermott and to a lesser extent Hughes took up the attack in return. On this occasion Waugh made the Windies attack look second rate and took them to pieces across all the field. It was a knock where he took on Marshall, Ambrose, Walsh and Patterson and smashed them to all parts.

    Michael Slater - 176 v England 1994-95
    Boundary off the first ball and boundary of the last ball in the first over of the series set the tone for Australia's success. Slater ended up tearing England apart with one of the great knocks. He made up for running out his captain earlier in the day.

    Michael Slater - 219 v Sri Lanka 1995-95
    Hit the chucker for five sixes. Good enough to make the list on that stat alone.

    Mark Waugh - 116 v South Africa 1997
    On a minefield of a pitch that didn't produce big scores. Australia were in trouble and Waugh made batting look easier. The harder it got the better Waugh played. Showed he was a batsman of class and toughness in the one hit. Australia won the series and Waugh for the only time of his career was No.2 in the world.

    Mark Waugh - 115* v South Africa 1997-98
    Batted for the full last day to save the Test and keep Australia's mental and physical edge over South Africa.
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    dizzy 201 v the bangers he got 11 times his average not bad for a tailender also not bad for his last test hit
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    Michael Slater - 219 v Sri Lanka 1995-95
    Hit the chucker for five sixes. Good enough to make the list on that stat alone.
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    Lara - 153* against Aussies
    Laxman - 281 against Aussies
    Sachin - 136 against Pakistan
    Inzamam -138 against Bangladesh
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