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Laxman: one in 20

India's new opening batsman, V.V.S. Laxman, has got his name down on a fairly exclusive list -- but at the same time one on which he probably wishes he wasn't. He is one of 20 batsmen in the history of Test cricket to get into double figures in an innings and see the other 10 fail to do so.

India have the unhappy distinction of having made this list twice this season; Rahul Dravid was the lone one to enter double figures with 27 not out when the team collapsed for 66 in the second innings of the first Test against South Africa late last year.

The list (I/T stands for individual score/team score):

17/45George LohmannEnglandAustraliaSydney1886-87
10/42Thomas GarretAustraliaEnglandSydney1886-87
26*/47Augustus TencredSouth AfricaEnglandCape Town1888-89
11/43Frederick SmithSouth AfricaEnglandCape Town1888-89
10/30Robert PooreSouth AfricaEnglandPort Elizabeth1888-89
16/44Thomas McKibbunAustraliaEnglandThe Oval1896
11/35Albert PowellSouth AfricaEnglandCape Town1898-99
18/36Victor TrumperAustraliaEnglandBirmingham1902
13/58Arthur NourseSouth AfricaEnglandLord's1912
11/36Horace CameronSouth AfricaAustraliaMelbourne1931-32
16/45Sydney CurnowSouth AfricaAustraliaMelbourne1931-32
30/52Len HuttonEnglandAustraliaThe Oval1948
11/26Bert SutcliffeNew ZealandEnglandAuckland1954-55
18*/42Eknath SolkarIndiaEnglandLord's1975
20/71David SteeleEnglandWest IndiesManchester1976
26/72Sarfraz NawazPakistanAustraliaPerth1981-82
18/46Alec StewartEnglandWest IndiesPort of Spain1993-94
19/71P. DassanayakeSri LankaSouth AfricaKandy1994-95
27*/66Rahul DravidIndiaSouth AfricaDurban1996-97
19/81V.V.S. LaxmanIndiaWest IndiesBridgetown1996-97

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