Review of Australia-New Zealand Tests-1

The overall results at the end of this series:


As Australia won all 3 Tests, they gained 120 points for the World Test Championship. The points table as of 06 Jan 2020:

WTC 06 Jan 2020

Australia won their second clean sweep in a 3-Test series against New Zealand. They had earlier done this in New Zealand in 1999-2000.

While New Zealand has lost most of their series against Australia, they did win both at home and away in 1985-86 thanks mainly to RJ Hadlee.

Now for individual performances in Batting:

Most runs (750 or more):

Most runs-750

Warner, Taylor and Smith are the current players here.

The most centuries are 5 by Border and Warner.

The most 50+ scores are 11 by Border and Boon.

Highest innings (140 and above):

Highest scores 140

None of these high scores are from this series, although there are some from 2015 and 2016. Taylor and Warner made the top scores for these teams in the same Test in 2015.

Highest batting averages (Min 20 innings, all instances):

Highest batting average

Taylor and Southee represent the current players. Warner has not played enough in this series. JL Langer has a large lead over the next-placed Greg Chappell.

Highest batting strike rates (Min 1000 balls faced, 50.00):

Highest strike rate-50

Gilchrist leads by a large margin over Warner and Taylor.

To be continued:


Test captaincy updates-3

Coming back to records up to 3 Dec 2019:

A total of 334 players have captained in Tests. Here are those who have captained in the most, along with their win/loss/draw records:

Captain in most Tests-Dec 2019

Kohli is now 12th on this list, somewhat ahead of Root and Steve Smith. He needs 8 more Tests to overtake Dhoni (besides other recent captains such as Cook and Misbah).

Some simple parameters for ranking include the percentage of wins and the win/loss ratio.

We consider these for the 157 who were captains in at least 10 Tests.

Ranked by percentage of wins:

Captains with highest win percentage-Dec 2019

Headed by Australia’s “Big Ship” Warwick Armstrong, who led the team to successive 5-0 and 3-0 Ashes wins after the Great War. Virat Kohli is 4th, after Steve Waugh and Don Bradman. Other current or near-current captains here are Kane Williamson (#12), Faf du Plessis (#18), SPD Smith (#19) and Joe Root (#30). The next from India is Dhoni (#40) and 45.00%.

At  the very bottom are M Ashraful (13 Tests and no wins) along with Ian Botham (!) and Khaled Mashud (12 Tests and no wins). Just above them are SA’s Alan Melville and Zimbabwe’s Tatenda Taibu (10 winless Tests).

We can also look at the ranking by Win-Loss Ratio for the same set of 157 captains:

Captains with highest Win-loss ratio-Dec 2019

Note that Armstrong has 8 wins and 2 draws with no losses, and thus has an undefined win-loss ratio. Everyone else with at least 10 Tests has at least one loss, starting with the second-ranked Douglas Jardine (born in Bombay).

Kohli is 9th here, ahead of all other contemporaries. Next is Williamson (#18), GC Smith (#33) and SPD Smith (#35). The next from India is Ganguly (#42) and 1.62

At  the bottom are the same quintet listed above, with Ashraful logically at the bottom with 0 wins in 13 Tests followed by Botham and the others.

Among those who captained in less than 10 Tests, a notable performance was that of England’s Brian Close (7 Tests, 6 wins and 1 draw).