Flamboyant South African batsman AB de Villiers made a record 12th consecutive half century in a Test match. He achieved this unique record when he blasted a boundary off the part time Australian spinner Steven Smith on day one of the second Test Match. Playing at the Port Elizabeth’s St George’s Park, he went on to knock a century with 116 runs.
His rare feat of 12 consecutive half centuries dates way back to December 2012 against the same opponent Australia when he score 169 in the 3rd Test match played in Perth. Read several other interesting details.
#AB de Villiers started the stretch of half centuries against Ricky Ponting’s side at Perth in Australia when he made a fine 169 runs along with Hashim Amla scoring a 196 knock in the second innings. He achieved this feat opposite Michael Clarke led side in 2014.
#He shared this record previously held by three other players West Indies cricketing legend Vivian Richards, Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.
#The various opponents he played against included India, New Zealand and Pakistan in achieving this record. He scored half centuries against all of them.
#AB de Villiers with this half century has scored 10 half century against Australia before going on to make a century again.
#He completed his 7000 runs in the test career. With this he becomes fourth batsman after Jacques Kallis , Gary Kirsten and Graeme Smith.
South Africa might have been tormented by pacer Mitchell Johnson, but looks like the 33 year old wicket keeper and batsman have made them toil hard in this match. Playing his 91st match he averages the best against the former world champions.