Summary of India’s tours to Australia

This was India’s first victory in a Test series in Australia, in 12 Test series going back to 1947-48.

This was India’s first victory in a bilateral ODI series in Australia. This was only the second such series, Australia having won the first in 2015-2016.

If you count ODI series with more than 3 teams, India had won the Commonwealth Bank series in 2007-08, where Australia was the losing finalist and Sri Lanka was the third participant.

And there was the B & H World Championship in 1984-85, where Pakistan was the losing finalist and all 7 Test teams of that period took part. India won all 5 of their matches, and the series was immortalized by Shastri’s Audi.

India did not win this T20I series, which was drawn 1-1 with one “no result”. However India had won the only other 3-match series in 2015-16 3-0. That was the only time that a visiting team had made a clean sweep of any series in Australia in a series of 3 or more matches in ANY format of cricket.

The worst defeat for Australia at home would appear to be England’s 2-0 victory in the 1886-87 Test series. Or perhaps England’s 5-1 victory against a Packerized team in 1978-79.

To put it differently, this was the first time that Australia failed to win a series in ANY format of cricket during a tour. Perhaps they will have better luck with Sri Lanka in the latter half of their season. Sri Lanka is to play 2 Tests and no other matches.

While many teams have separate captains for Tests, ODIs and T20Is, India had Virat Kohli as captain in all 3 formats.His counterpart was TD Paine in Tests and AD Finch in ODIs and T20Is.

The Test debutants of 2018

The last of a series of reviews of Test cricket in 2018. Here we identify the good performances on Test debut.

Batting:

40 runs or more in an innings:

innings above 40

3 centuries headed by PP Shaw, and numerous other 50s.

There are several instances of 40+ in both innings, with Fakhar Zaman with 50+ in both innings. This will be seen more clearly here:

80 runs or more in match:

match above 80

Fakhar Zaman’s 160 shares the second place among those who made two scores between 50 and 99 on debut.

The most is by the lesser-known BM Laird with 167 (Aus v WI, 1979-80) followed by CH Lloyd with 160 (WI v Ind, 1966-67).

Bowling:

3 or more wickets in an innings:

innings above 3w

5 instances of fivers, led by Bilal Asif and L Ngidi. Vihari and Bumrah took 3-fors for India. Ireland has TJ Murtagh and SR Thompson in their debut Test, while Yamin Ahmadzai represents Afghanistan on their debut.

6 or more wickets in match:

match above 6w

Dananjaya’s 8-44 is the best for Sri Lanka on debut. The previous record was 8-132 by BAW Mendis (SL v Ind, 2008). Ireland has TJ Murtagh in their debut Test. Bilal Asif took 6 in the first innings and none in the second.

Fielding:

2 or more dismissals in an innings:

innings above 2 dis

RR Pant leads here. His 5 dismissals equaled the record for India, though Yajurvindra Singh was a non-keeper. 3 Indian keepers made 4 dismissals in an innings on debut, all in the 1950s.

3 or more dismissals in a match:

match above 3 dis

RR Pant leads again with 7 dismissals. No one else has more than 3. MA Agarwal is one of those who took 3 as a non-keeper

Pant’s 7 dismissals equaled the Indian record with non-keeper Yajurvindra Singh. Several Indian keepers took 5 on debut, along with non-keepers RR Singh (only Test) and SS Das.

All-round performances:

30 runs and 3 wickets in match:

match 30r 3w

3 instances, with probably SR Thompson’s being the best.

30 runs and 3 dismissals:

match 30r 3c

3 instances, with Foakes being the only keeper and MA Agarwal having the best by a non-keeper. Also note MS Harris’s 26 and 26.

Highlights of the Adelaide Test-2

India’s win in the first Test at Adelaide was prophetic-as it was the first time that India had won the opening Test of a series in Australia. In due course India won in Australia for the first time.

Here is a summary of the opening Tests of all series played by India in Australia:

1947: Lost; lost series 4-0 with 1 draw

1967: Lost, lost series 4-0

1977: Lost, lost series 3-2

1981: Lost, series drawn 1-1 with 1 draw

1985: Drawn, series drawn 0-0 with 3 draws

1991: Lost, lost series 4-0 with 1 draw

1999: Lost, lost series 3-0

2003: Drawn, series drawn 1-1 with 2 draws

2007: Lost, lost series 2-1 with 1 draw

2011: Lost, lost series 4-0

2014: Lost, lost series 2-0 with 2 draws

2018: Won, won series 2-1 with 1 draw.

Also note the draws of 1985 and 2003 which marked the start of a drawn series, although the loss in 1981 also marked a drawn series.

So in 11 of the 12 series, the opening Test was a good indicator of the result of the series.

Highest scores in the first innings while losing

While batting today, India’s think tank would have kept this in mind-especially Sydney 2008.

highest score when losing

Note that this list includes both first and second innings of the match.

The long standing record of 586 by Australia in 1894 was surpassed by Bangladesh in 2017. Melbourne seems to be well represented here.

While we are at it, we can see the lowest first and second innings by teams which went on to win the match:

lowest score in first innings and winning

The story of 0/0d is well known, but we see that there is one genuine case of scoring less than 50 and winning the Test.

In 2002, New Zealand made 94 in reply to India’s 99 and won.

The 2011 match saw Australia making 47 in the third innings.

India’s record is 104 in the first innings against Australia in 2004. Australia made 93 in the fourth  innings and lost by 13 runs. Gambhir and Dinesh Karthik made their debuts here.

Finally, we look at the highest individual scores while losing a Test, in the first and second innings of a Test.

highest indiv score while losing

Note that the record score of 242 by Ponting was against India. That was in the first innings. Trumper’s 214* is the highest in the second innings.

For India, the highest is 201 (2nd) and 195 (1st), both by Sehwag.

Also note that Adelaide and Melbourne are well represented here.

Test statistics for 2018-2

Now for bowling:

Most wickets in 2018 (25 or more):

Most wickets-25

JJ Bumrah took 48 wickets in the calendar year of his debut, coming 3rd after Alderman (54 in 1981) and Ambrose (49 in 1988). The previous record for India was 40 by Doshi in 1979. A Dananjaya took 27 wickets in his debut calendar year.

The most fivers were 4 by Taijul and Miraz of Bangladesh and Holder of the West Indies. No one took more than one tenner.

Best innings bowling (including all instances of 6wi and above):

Innings bowling-6wi

The best effort by Maharaj was in a losing cause.

Best match bowling (including all instances of 9wm and above):

Match bowling-10wm

Maharaj also figures here with a 12-wicket haul when his side lost. Yasir Shah’s 14-wicket haul was the best in the UAE. He and Imran Khan are the only Pakistani bowlers to have taken 14 wickets in a match.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

Bowling average

Bumrah has the best average and strike rate, while Anderson has the best economy.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (15 or more):

Most dismissals-15

de Kock and Paine lead, although Dickwella has the most stumpings. Kusal Mendis has the most catches by a non-keeper.

Most innings dismissals (5 or more):

Innings dis-5

Newcomer Pant is the only one with 6 dismissals. SPD Smith has the most catches by a non-fielder, making him one of several to share this record in all Tests. Saha took 5 catches in each innings of a match.

Most match dismissals (6 or more):

Match dis-6

Pant with 11 dismissals shared the world record with Russell and de Villiers. Earlier in the year Saha had an Indian record with 10 dismissals.

The most by a non-keeper was 7 by Rahul, in the only Test which India won on that series. Smith made 6 catches before being disgraced.

Dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.500):

Dis rate-0.5

de Kock and Paine at the top, leading the others by a large margin. Kusal Mendis has the best by a non-keeper.

All-round performance:

Overall (see criteria in table):

AR-overall

Not a good year for all-rounders, as Cummins is the only one to make the cut with these relatively modest standards.

Match (50 and 5wi):

AR-match

More good performances, with Cummins’ last-gasp performance at the end. Holder also has two entries here.

 

Test statistics for 2018-1

Summarizing the team performances of 2018

Ranked by W/L ratio:

Team peformance

And the ICC ranking tables at the end of the year:

ICC rankings

Note that the rankings are quite different, as the ICC rankings cover a longer period and are supposed to take the opponent’s strength into account.

Note the close bunching for 2nd to 4th position by England, New Zealand and South Africa. Also 6th and 7th (Pakistan and Sri Lanka) and for 8th and 9th (West Indies and Bangladesh).

Now we go on to individual performances.

Batting:

Most runs: 500 and above:

Most runs-2018

Virat Kohli has the most centuries (5). He also has the most scores above 50 (10).

Highest innings (110 and above):

Innings score-110

The top score of 264* by Tom Latham was the highest by anyone carrying his bat through an innings, surpassing the 244* by Alastair Cook less than a year earlier. Here is a live link of all those who carried their bat through an innings, in chronological order.

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283149.html

Curiously, it was the first instance of anyone scoring 264 or 264* in a Test. The lowest score which has never been made is 229/229*  (but there is also an outlier at 140*).

KJ O’Brien is here for Ireland’s first Test century, while Afghanistan still has no score above 50.

Highest batting average (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):

Batting average

Kohli and the hitherto unheralded Kusal Mendis are on top here, as in the listing of most runs. Others from India can also be seen here.

Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced, all instances):

Batting strike rate

Here it is Buttler and Mominul  who have the highest strike rates. Pujara is near the bottom as we may expect. Kohli and Rahane are also here.

To be continued: