Today 14 years ago, Australian bowler Jason Gillespie became the first nightwatchman to hit a double ton in Test cricket; a record that still stands.
During the second Test match of Australia’s tour to Bangladesh, Gillespie was promoted up the order on day one after the hosts were dismissed for 197.
Gillespie came in at No3 after Matthew Hayden was sent packing with the Australians’ score on 67.
The fast-bowler, though, proved his worth with the bat, patiently working his way around the crease and collecting runs that were on offer.
The match was heavily interrupted by rain on the second and third day but Gillespie would bring up his century before the close of play on day three before going on the attack on day four.
His persistence paid off and he was rewarded with a brilliant 200 on the day of his birthday, which till this day is also still the longest innings by a nightwatchman.
Australia would go on to win the Test match by an innings and 80 runs.