Geoff Allott 77 Ball Duck is the longest duck in cricket
Geoff Allott 77 Ball Duck is the longest duck in Test History

Longest duck in cricket

Longest duck in cricket is 77 Ball Duck and this record is with New Zealand tail-ender Geoff Allott. He took 101 minutes and 77 balls before getting out on zero run.

Geoff Allott was dismissed without scoring a run after facing 77 balls against South Africa in 1999, making the record for the longest duck in Test cricket history. The 101-minute innings helped New Zealand draw the match. This is also the record of most balls faced by a number 11 batsman before getting out on a duck.

Geoff Allott, born on December 24, 1971, was also the first bowler to take 20 wickets in a single World Cup.

1st Test South Africa vs New Zealand Auckland, Feb-Mar 1999

New Zealand won the toss and elected to field. With the brilliant century of Gary Kirsten 128 and Daryll Cullinan 275 not out South Africa scored a massive 621 runs for 5 wickets before declaring their first inning.
In reply New Zealand where 320 for 9 in around 133 overs and New Zealand defeat was looking so obvious.

But Geoff Allott along with Chris Harris fought brilliantly and set a price tag for his wicket. He has faced 77 balls and stayed at crease for 101 minutes before getting out on a duck. This is still a record of longest duck in cricket. With this resistance shown by him and Chris Harris aloud New Zealand to look for a draw. Eventually New Zealand was able to manage a draw after forcing on to follow on they have made 244 runs for 3 wickets in their second inning (full scorecard).

Top 5 players who faced most balls before getting out on a duck;

NumberBatsmenBalls FacedAgainstGroundYear
1Geoff Alott (NZ)77South AfricaAuckland1999
2James Anderson (Eng)55Sri LankaLeeds2014
3Richard Ellison (Eng)52IndiaMumbai1984
4Peter Such (Eng)51New ZealandManchester1999
5Paul Sheahan (Aus)44EnglandLord’s1968

FAQs

Q: Who has the record of most balls faced in test cricket before getting out on a duck?

A: New Zealand cricketer Geoff Allott played 77 balls before getting out on a duck. This is a world record of playing most number of balls before getting out on zero.

Q: What is golden duck in cricket?

A: When a batsman get out on first ball he faces, it is known as golden duck.

Q: Most balls faced in test before getting out on duck?

A: 77 balls. New Zealand cricketer Geoff Allott holds this record.

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