There is a total of four Harry Brook centuries witnessed in world cricket. The England batter has been a revelation for his national team, across all three formats, although he is yet to rack up a three-figure score in ODIs and T20Is.
Brook made his Test debut back in September 2022 against South Africa at the Kennington Oval in London. He scored 12 runs in the first innings and did not get a chance to bat in the second. But from there onwards, he has only grown in stature as England continue with their attacking brand of Test cricket over the last 12 months.
The first of Harry Brook hundreds came back in December 2022 against Babar Azam’s Pakistan at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. After opting to bat first, England racked up a huge score of 657 in 101 overs. Brook was their standout batter without a shred of a doubt.
Brook got to his fifty off 52 balls after which he raced to his maiden Test hundred off 82 balls. After reaching his maiden three-figure score in the purest format, Brook stepped further on the gas. He scored 153 runs off 116 balls with the help of 19 fours and five sixes.
Brook played at a strike-rate of 131.89 before fast bowler Naseem Shah accounted for his crucial wicket. Brook was also brutal in the second innings as he scored 87 runs off 65 balls with the help of 11 fours and three sixes. Yet another time it was Naseem, who accounted for his wicket. England went on to win the match by 74 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
The second of Harry Brook centuries came in the very next match against Pakistan at the Multan Cricket Stadium. Brook failed to perform in the first innings as he scored nine runs off 21 balls before Abrar Ahmed dismissed him. However, he well and truly was able to make amends in the second innings.
Brook was a tad circumspect compared to the Rawalpindi Test, but he kept the scoreboard ticking by rotating the strike and collecting boundaries at regular intervals. Brook hit 14 fours and one six on his way to scoring 108 runs off 149 balls. It was on the back of his knock that England scored 275 in their second innings.
Brook also made sure that the visitors set Pakistan a challenging target of 355 to chase down. The Three Lions bowled the hosts out for 328 in 102.1 overs and won the match by 26 runs. Brook also won his maiden Player of the Match award after his masterful knock.
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The third of Harry Brook centuries came in his very next Test innings. At the National Stadium in Karachi, Brook showed why he is deemed as one of the most promising young cricketers in world cricket. The 24-year-old score 111 runs off 150 balls with eight fours and three sixes and helped England scored 354 in their first innings.
Brook’s hundred also made sure that England took a big lead of 50 runs after the end of both team’s first innings. Brook did not get a chance to bat in the second innings as England chased down the target of 168 in 28.1 overs. Brook won the Player of the Match award after Ben Stokes’ men won the match by eight wickets and claimed the three-match Test series 3-0.
Overall, Brook was the standout batter of the series by a country mile. He scored 488 runs in five innings from three matches at an average of 93.60 and a strike-rate of 93.41 with three hundreds and one fifty to show for his efforts. Brook was also adjudged the Player of the Series award as he made a dream start to his career in Tests.
However, the best of Harry Brook was yet to come. The fourth of Harry Brook centuries came against New Zealand earlier this year in February at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. After being put in to bat first by the Black Caps, England scored 435 for the loss of eight wickets in 87.1 overs.
Brook scored 186 runs off 176 balls with 24 fours and five sixes. England found themselves in all sorts of trouble after being reduced to 21 for three in 6.4 overs. Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett and Ollie Pope got out to Matt Henry and Ben Duckett. From there on, Brook and Joe Root took charge. The duo not only bailed their team out, but also put them in a position of command.
Brook and Root put on a partnership of 302 for the fourth wicket. The partnership was eventually broken when Brook gave a caught and bowled to Henry in the 68th over of the English innings. Brook’s efforts went in vain as the Kiwis won the match by one run.
In 13 innings from eight Tests until now, Brook has scored 896 runs at an average of 74.66 and a strike-rate of 97.92, adding some numbers to Harry Brook centuries. Having made a promising start to his career, it remains to be seen if Brook can go on to pile up more records for England in the purest format.
Brook has also played three ODIs and 209 T20Is in which he has scored 86 and 372 runs respectively with two half-centuries to show for his efforts.
Brook impressed to the extent that Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) spent INR 13.25 crore to buy him in the auction for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. Brook went on to score a hundred against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Eden Gardens, the first in the Harry Brooks centuries collection in the IPL.
Brook also made a name for himself by playing some brilliant knocks for two-time Pakistan Super League (PSL) champions, Lahore Qalandars. Brook has also been parts of Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL, Joburg Super Kings in the SA20 and Northern Superchargers in the Hundred.
Here is a list of all Harry Brook centuries in Tests
|01 December 2022||Pakistan||Rawalpindi||153|
|09 December 2022||Pakistan||Multan||108|
|17 December 2022||Pakistan||Karachi||111|
|24 February 2022||New Zealand||Wellington||186|