Pace sensation Mohammad Amir has set an unusual record in Pakistan’s third Test against the West Indies after claiming his first ever catch in Test cricket.
In his 20th Test, Amir finally broke the drought on day two in Sharjah, holding on to a brilliant diving effort to remove star West Indies batsman Darren Bravo for 11.
The left-arm speedster’s 19 matches without a catch is the longest-ever wait for a first Test catch, with England batsman Geoff Pullar previously holding the record after playing his first 17 Tests without pouching one.
But while Amir has set a new mark for the longest wait for a maiden Test catch, Australia fast-bowler Peter Siddle currently holds the overall record for the most Tests without a catch.
Siddle has played 24 Tests since he safely clutched onto Rangana Herath’s skied slog at mid-off off Jackson Bird’s bowling at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2013.
The Victorian broke England’s Peter Richardson’s mark of 23 Tests without a catch during the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington earlier this year.
Siddle will have the chance to take his first Test catch in almost three years if selected in Australia’s final XI for the first Test against South Africa at the WACA this Thursday.
Australia left-arm spinner Chuck Fleetwood-Smith, along with Sri Lanka's Jayananda Warnaweera and India’s Abey Kuruvilla, jointly hold the record for the most Tests played without ever taking a catch.
All three played 10 Tests without snaffling one.