So, as we see from this painting, the concept of the nightwatchman has a long an honourable tradition. Many lower order batters have made it a specialist subject – among them Mathew Hoggard and Jimmy Anderson from the recent and current England set ups.
In characteristically forthright opinion, Steve Waugh eschewed the option when he was captain of Australia thinking that if a decent batter couldn’t survive a few overs then he wasn’t a top order batter. But Ricky Ponting restored the specialist position to the Australian thinking - not that there has been any need in the current series since the innings has been over well before the last overs. It is Aussie Jason Gillespie who holds the highest score made by a nightwatchman when he got an astounding 201* against Bangaldesh in 2006. Gillespie’s Test batting average is 18.73 and is a genuine nightwatchman.
Mark Boucher, South African wicket-keeper, got to 3 figures on two occasions when he went out ahead of higher order batters. But his batting average is 30.82 and there is debate as to whether he can be deemed a proper nightwatchman. This is a heated controversy in the statisticians’ world so FB couldn't offer a view. If you don’t include Boucher only 4 nightwatchmen have scored centuries.