On the Front Foot: Kieswetter's a young gun but old favourite Gower still tops charts

In assembling his maiden international century on Friday, Craig Kieswetter became the second youngest to achieve the milestone for England. He pushed Alastair Cook down to third place and Eoin Morgan, who had entered the list only three days earlier, to fourth. It means that four of the five youngest batsmen to have scored one-day international hundreds for England are playing in the current team. The man in sixth place, Ian Bell, is on the fringes. This would seem to augur well for a bright future, not of limited-overs dominance, but at least competitiveness, which would still be a remarkable leap on the upward curve. Kieswetter was a mere 22 years 97 days when he pushed on the off side for a single that took him to three figures against Bangladesh. Cook was 22 years 239 days when he scored 102 against India in the same match that Bell, at 25 years 132 days, made 126. Morgan was 23 years 173 days last Tuesday in Dhaka while scoring 110; Kevin Pietersen was 24 years 220 days in Bloemfontein on 2 February 2005 when he made 108 against South Africa. But at the top of the chart, nearly 32 years after scoring 114 not out at The Oval against Pakistan at the age of 21 years 55 days, is David Gower. Although one-day cricket was in its infancy (England had played only 30 games since the inception of one-dayers in 1971) the identity of the one from whom Gower took the youngest centurion tag is remarkable. It was David Lloyd, now Bumble to all and sundry, who on 31 August 1974 at 27 years 166 days (he hardly seems much older now) made 116 not out in a seven-wicket win against Pakistan at Trent Bridge.

Lily lords it in Special seat

Rather a mischievous piece appeared last week about the BBC giving tickets for sporting events to celebrities. These, it was revealed, included entrance to Lord's for alluring pop chanteuse Lily Allen. Some of you may recall that Allen is, or at least was, besotted by cricket, especially the Test variety, and confessed to a crush on the fast bowler Graham Onions. In return, Onions said he was flattered but already had a girlfriend. The Beeb were delighted to capture Diamond Lil for an interview by Jonathan Agnew – jolly good fun it was too – on 'Test Match Special', and how they trumpeted the fact. But it becomes clear surely that it was the least she could do in return for one of the best seats in the house at an Ashes Test.

Colly can come for tee

Ah, preconceptions. Paul Collingwood, a low- handicap golfer, said before this tour: "It won't be easy to find a course in Bangladesh; if there is one they'll probably have wooden clubs." But this is a country of contrasts. True, most of the 160 million people will not have seen a golf course, but there are 14 of them, and the Kurmitola club in Dhaka is as swish as Augusta (well, maybe not). The other day a call was put in to a high commissioner but he couldn't stop, he was on the seventh fairway.

T20 tentacles spreading

Twenty20 is indeed taking over the world. Bangladesh's version, the Port City League, is taking place in Sharjah later this month. The country's own grounds are being spruced up for the World Cup, and organisers aim to ensnare expats. Player auctions were held the other night, with a cap of $4,000 a player per match. T20 is a monster.

s.brenkley@independent.co.uk

Sport
Australia vs New Zealand live
cricket Follow over-by-over coverage as rivals New Zealand and Australia face off
News
Zayn has become the first member to leave One Direction. 'I have to do what feels right in my heart,' he said
peopleWe wince at anguish of fans, but his 1D departure shows the perils of fame in the social media age
Life and Style
Researchers found that just 10 one-minute swill-and-spit sessions are enough to soften tooth enamel and make teeth vulnerable to erosion
health
News
i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
The Regent Street Cinema’s projection room in the 1920s
film
News
Leah Devine is only the ninth female to have made the Young Magician of the Year final since the contest began more than 50 years
peopleMeet the 16-year-old who has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year
News
Jonathan Anderson was born in Northern Ireland but now based between London, where he presents a line named JW Anderson
peopleBritish designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
News
Andy Davidhazy at the beginning (left) and end (right) of his hike
video
News
Taylor Swift is applying to trademark song lyrics from 1989
people
Voices
The popularity of TV shows such as The Liver Birds encouraged Liverpudlians to exaggerate their Scouse accent
voicesWe exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing