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This is a follow-up to:
We now explore some other odds and ends. Today we look at the worst career averages by those who scored triple centuries and so on, and the best career averages by those who never got into double figures.
These figures do not include the current Test at Galle and the ICC XI-Aus Test in 2005.
Batting averages are listed only for those who batted for a minimum of 20 innings.
Highest averages for those who never made a triple century:
60.97 RG Pollock (highest 274)
60.83 GA Headley (270*)
60.73 H Sutclife (194)
Highest averages for those who never made a double century:
60.73 H Sutcliffe (194)
56.00 Mominul Haque (181)-current player
55.00 GE Tyldesley (122)
Highest averages for those who never made a century:
37.73 Asim Kamal (99)-which he scored on debut
35.28 BM Laird (92)-also on debut
33.48 KD Mackay (89)
Highest averages for those who never made a fifty:
18.38 JC White (29)
17.66 Tauseef Ahmed (35*)
17.65 MN Hart (45)
Highest averages for those who never got into double figures:
3.11 CN McCarthy (5)
2.00 M Mbangwa (8)
(No one else has played 20 or more innings without getting into double figures.)
Now for the converse cases:
Lowest averages for those who scored triple centuries:
38.76 BB McCullum (302)-current player
40.07 S Jayasuriya (340)
42.18 CH Gayle (333)-current (?) player
Lowest averages for those who scored double centuries:
18.73 JN Gillespie (201*)-his only century came as a night watchman in his last Test.
22.64 Wasim Akram (257*)
24.53 SE Gregory (201)
Lowest averages for those who scored centuries:
13.64 JE Taylor (106)-current player
14.48 Saqlain Mushtaq (101*)
16.60 Nasim-ul-Ghani (101)
Lowest averages for those who scored fifties
6.75 RW Blair (64*)
7.51 GD McGrath (61)
8.72 Ghulam Ahmed (50)
Lowest averages for those who got into double figures
2.29 JV Saunders (11*)
2.36 CS Martin (12*)
2.62 H Ironmonger (12)
In the next instalment, we take up a similar study of bowling averages.