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ESPN staff
March 30, 2014
Michael Lumb scored a century against West Indies last month © Getty Images

Was Michael Lumb the oldest man to score a century in his first one-day international? asked Savo Ceprnich from South Africa

Michael Lumb was 34 years 16 days old when he scored 106 on ODI debut for England against West Indies in Antigua last month.

He was only the ninth man ever to score a hundred in his first one-day international, and the second for England after Dennis Amiss, against Australia at Old Trafford in 1972.

Amiss was 29 then, which made him the previous-oldest debut centurion. The youngest was 18-year-old Saleem Elahi for Pakistan against Sri Lanka in Gujranwala in September 1995.

For the full list of batsmen who scored hundreds on ODI debut, click here.

Four players were older than Lumb when they made their first one-day hundreds for England (but not on their debut): Clive Radley and Nasser Hussain were also 34, Wayne Larkins 35, and Geoff Boycott 39.

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