Review of Sri Lanka-Australia Test series, 2016

Sri Lanka recorded its first 3-0 “whitewash” of Australia. They had already inflicted this on West Indies and Zimbabwe in 2001-02 and Bangladesh in 2007. Sri Lanka has never played a series of 4 or more Tests.

It was also pointed out that Australia were “whitewashed” in their previous tours in Asia since early 2013: 4-0 by India, 2-0 by Pakistan in UAE and now 3-0 by Sri Lanka.

For the 29 Tests between these countries, Australia lead Sri Lanka 17-4 with 8 draws. In Australia it is 11-0 with 2 draws. In Sri Lanka, Australia still lead 6-4 with 6 draws. Until this series Sri Lanka had only won one Test against Australia, which was in 1999-2000.

Sri Lanka has won Tests in all countries except Australia and India.

Coming to the specifics of SL-Aus Tests:Batting

Most runs (500 and more):

Batting-overall

Mathews is the only current player here.

Highest innings (135 and more):

Batting-innings

Kusal Mendis is the only current player here. He recorded the highest score for SL v Aus in SL, surpassing Gurusinha’s 137 in 1992. However the overall SL v Aus record is 192 by Sangakkara in 2007-08.

M Hussey is the only one with 5 centuries. No one else scored more than 3.

The most 50-plus scores are 8 by Clarke, Ponting and Sangakkara.

Now for batting averages (minimum 20 innings, all instances):

Batting-averages

Strike rates are also available for all of these cases. Jayasuriya has the highest with 65.70, far ahead of others who are in the low 50s.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (12 and above):

Bowling-overall

Herath with his 26-wicket haul in this series crossed Warne and Muralitharan to top this list. Starc, Lyon and Dilruwan Perera are also here.

Best innings bowling (6wi and above):

Bowling-innings

Herath (3 times), Starc and Dilruwan Perera make this list. Herath’s 7-64 is the best for SL v Aus, surpassing his earlier record of 7-157 in 2011. Starc’s 6-50 is the best for Aus v SL in SL.

Best match bowling (8wm and above):

Bowling-match

Herath (13-145) and Starc (11-94) recorded the best for their teams. Again the records of Muralitharan and Warne have been toppled. Herath (again) and Dilruwan Perera appear lower down.

Bowling averages (minimum 2000 balls bowled, all instances):

Bowling-average

Herath has the best average.

Vaas has the best economy rate, just ahead of Herath and Warne.

Herath has the best strike rate.

Now for fielding:

Most dismissals (10 and more):

Fielding-overall

The first few names are not surprising. The most stumpings are 6 by Kaluwitharana, most catches by keepers are 32 by Gilchrist and Healy, and the most by non-keepers is 20 by M Jayawardene followed by 16 by Ponting.

Nevill and Smith are the only current players here.

The best fielding in an innings is 5 by Gilchrist and Healy.

The best match fielding is 8 by Gilchrist and Healy (who else?) followed by non-keeper Hayden with 7. That was a share in the world Test record for some years until Rahane surpassed it with 8 last year.

Best dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings fielded, all instances):

Fielding-rate

Sangakkara heads this list, while Gilchrist and Healy did not play enough in these Tests to be counted. M Jayawardene has the best rate for non-keepers, followed by Warne.

All-round performance (overall):

AR-overall

Vaas is the only one to have pretensions of being an all-rounder. See the modest criteria to be met here.

All-round performances (match): Fifty-plus innings and 5wi in the match:

AR-match

Only two instances here, including Dilruwan Perera whose contribution is more than that of Reiffel.

 

 

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They only saw victories in Tests-updated to Oct 2017

Correct up to October 15, 2017. The Test involving the ICC XI is not counted.

As mentioned earlier, there are only 4 Test players who played 5 or more Tests in which their team won all of them. As on Oct 15, 2017 they are:

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None of them had particularly distinguished Test careers; for instance, Lord Hawke was a specialist batsman whose Test batting average was under 10.  While GJ Bailey was a good limited-overs batsman he made only one fifty in Tests. They were fortunate in being in the right team at the right time-which was particularly true of Eldine Baptiste: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/51211.html

Not long ago Imran Khan (the present one, not the politician) also was on this list with 5 straight wins from his debut. But his 6th Test was drawn.

Adam Gilchrist had 15 straight wins from his debut in Nov 1999 to Feb 2001 (before the Australian juggernaut was halted by VVS, Dravid and Harbhajan). He finished with 72 wins, 11 losses and 12 draws in his 95 Tests (not counting the one against the ICC XI).

The runner-up is England’s Tim Bresnan who had 13 straight wins from his debut in May 2009 to May 2012 followed by a draw against the West Indies. He probably will not play in Tests again, and has 15 wins, 4 losses and 4 draws in his career of 23 Tests.

Here is a list of the 23 players whose Test careers had over 80 percent wins as on Oct 15, 2017:

Highest win percentage over 80 pc

The only current and near-current players are Jackson Bird (who is not in the current Australian team), Karun Nair, Wayne Parnell, Duanne Olivier and Dawid Malan.

Again, there are relatively few well-known players here (though it does include Loxton and Saggers from the 1948 Australians) besides Hodge and Lehmann from more recent times.