The real Knights of cricket

We have grown accustomed to hearing jokes about Sir Ravindra Jadeja. Let us see who are the genuine Knights of cricket.

Firstly, the British sovereign proclaims someone a knight based on the recommendations of the government of the day. The gentleman concerned would be a citizen of the U.K. or one of the other countries which presently regard the British sovereign (presently Queen Elizabeth II) as their head of state. The countries of interest here are Australia, New Zealand and some (but not all) of the countries of the West Indies. Canada is also included, although it has not produced any famous cricketers yet. Those countries who do not regard the  Queen as the Head of State include many Commonwealth countries such as India and its neighbours, besides South Africa. This should make it clear:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/States_headed_by_Elizabeth_II

So here is a list of those who were knighted for their services to cricket, besides some cricketers who were knighted for other reasons:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cricketers_who_were_knighted

Another article on cricketing knights from the West Indies:

http://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/26392726

Another general article which summarizes the topic:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/60096.html

 

Steve O’Keefe’s records

Here are some of the unusual statistical achievements of Steve O’Keefe . He and Lall Singh may be the only Test players born in Malaysia. He does not seem to be related to Kerry O’Keeffe  who played 24 Tests in the 1970s. Anyway their names are spelt differently.

This was Steve’s 5 th Test, and his best innings analysis up to this Test was 3-53.

He now has the best match figures for Australia vs India:

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The previous best was Alan Davidson’s 12-124 in 1959-60; unfortunately for Australia that was also Jasu Patel’s match.

His innings bowling is, however, not very near the top performances in Aus-Ind matches:

ausindib

The unfortunate JJ Krejza continues to hold the record of 8-215 which came on his debut. He only played one Test after that.

Finally, one curiosity is that his 6-35 in each innings is the best performance where the two innings are identical. The previous “record” was held by India’s BS Chandrashekhar with two 6-52s against Australia in 1977-78. This topic is covered in more depth here (in this post from 2016):

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/same-bowling-figures-in-both-innings/

 

Hazlewood’s lost record

In the exciting finish to the Auckland ODI on January 30, commentators mentioned  Hazlewood’s durability as a batsman-as he had never been dismissed in 33 ODIs. Unfortunately, his luck ran out when Australia needed 7 runs for victory:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/new-zealand-v-australia-2016-17/engine/match/1020013.html

Note that he was dismissed for a diamond duck, as he did not face a single ball in a partnership of 24 balls and 54 runs, and was run out as a non-striker.

We look at the relevant records as they were on Jan 29:

Most ODIs without a dismissal:

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Most ODI innings without a dismissal:

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Hazlewood had played in 33 ODIs, more than twice the tally of the next in line. He shared the record for 6 innings without dismissal with the little-known Bermudan player SKW Kelly.

After today’s match (January 30):

Most ODIs without a dismissal:

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The record now passes to Ahsan Malik and Dhawal Kulkarni.

Most ODI innings without a dismissal:

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And so Bermuda has this record to itself. (Some say they had a record in Dwayne Leverock being the heaviest international cricketer in recent times. He was a popular figure during the 2007 World Cup, the only time Bermuda reached that level).

http://www.espncricinfo.com/bermuda/content/player/23742.html

We also look at the corresponding records for T20Is, as on Jan 30, 2017:

Most T20I matches without dismissal:

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The top 3 led by Steve Finn are still likely to play in international matches, so the record may change hands.

Most T20I innings without dismissal:

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AF Milne has the record for the moment.

 

 

 

 

Tests between Australia and Pakistan-1

With this 3-0 sweep by Australia in Australia, this is the final record for Tests between the two countries:

overall-table

What is more important is that Pakistan has lost 3-0 in 4 successive test series in Australia, namely in:

1999-2000

2004-05

2009-10

2016-17

In between, on neutral venues Australia won 3-0 in SL and UAE in 2002-03, drew 1-1 in England in 2010, and Pakistan won 2-0 in UAE in 2014-15. No matches were drawn in these series.

We now look at the statistics for individual players:

Batting:

Most runs (750 and above):

most-runs

The first few places are predictable. Miandad, Border, Greg Chappell and Ijaz Ahmed scored 6 centuries apiece. The most 50+ scores were 14 by Border and Zaheer Abbas. followed by 13 by Miandad. Current players in this list include Younis Khan and Azhar Ali.

Highest scores (160 and above):

hs-scores

Among current players there are Azhar Ali, MT Renshaw, Younis Khan and SPD Smith.

Azhar Ali’s 205* is the highest for Pakistan in Australia, surpassing Majid Khan’s 158 in Melbourne in 1972-73. Younis Khan with 175* also surpassed this later in the series.

Batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, complete list):

batting-avg

Interesting that Mark Taylor has a much higher average than the second-placed Ponting. Younis Khan is the only current player who has played 20 innings. He has the highest average among Pakistani players. This list goes down to McGrath and his likes with single-figure averages. Wasim Bari has a surprisingly low average.

Now for bowling performances:

Most wickets (20 and above):

most-wkts

The first few are predictable. Mohammed Amir and Yasir Shah are the only current players here.

The most fivers were by Warne (6) and Lillee (5).

The most tenners were also by Warne (2).

The best innings bowling (including all hauls of 7 or more wickets):

inningsbowl

None from the recent past. The table is headed by Sarfraz Nawaz’s freak performance in 1978-79, where his spell of 7 for 1 reduced Australia from 305/3 to 310 and defeat.

Best match bowling (including all hauls of 9 wickets and above):

matchbowl

Again, nothing from recent years. Fazal Mahmood’s record 13-114 in the first Test between these teams has remained a record since 1956, while Imran’s 12-165 in 1977 brought Pakistan it’s first victory in Australia.

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

bowling-avg

Fairly predictable, with no one from recent years.

It can also be seen that the best economy rates were 2.23 by Tauseef Ahmed, 2.25 by Iqbal Qasim and 2.40 by Imran. The best strike rates were 45.0 by Warne, 47.9 by McGrath and 59.8 by Wasim Akram.

To be continued.

 

Review of Australia-South Africa Tests-2

Completing our review of the recent Test series between Australia and South Africa.

Fielding (15 or more dismissals):

aus-sa-fielding

Only Wade, Haddin and de Villiers from current players.

Oldfield of ancient times has the most stumpings (14), Boucher the most catches by a keeper (64) and Ponting the most catches by a non-keeper (35) followed by Kallis and GC Smith with 33. Also note de Villiers with a total of 40 dismissals in two roles.

Innings fielding (5 or more dismissals):

aus-sa-innings-fielding

Note that V Richardson and GC Smith are among the several (including AM Rahane) who share the Test record for 5 catches by a non-keeper in an innings. Richardson was the first to achieve this, and no one equalled it until Yajuvendra Singh did so in 1977.

Match fielding (7 or more dismissals):

aus-sa-match-fielding

The most by a non-keeper is 6 by Mitchell, V. Richardson and GC Smith. We can also see the consistency by DT Lindsay and HB Taber in the 1960s.

Highest dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.60):

aus-sa-dismissal-rate

Lindsay and Haddin lead, followed by de Villiers. The highest by a “pure” fielder is by RB Simpson.

All-round performance (overall):

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Only 4 had a sufficiently good career performance, led by MG Johnson and followed by the recently deceased TL Goddard.

All-round performance in match (Minimum one fifty and one five-for):

aus-sa-ar-match

Kelleway, Benaud and Steyn appear to have the best performances. Even O’Reilly appears here. Kelleway featured in one of the neutral Tests of 1912, when he also scored a century at Lord’s.

 

Review of Australia-South Africa Tests-1

South Africa won the recent series 2-1, thus completing a hat-trick of successive Test series victories in Australia. They had earlier won 2-1 in 2008-09 an 1-0 in 2012-13. However, Australia was doing better in South Africa, winning 2-1 in 2008-09, drawing 1-1 in 2011-12 and winning 2-1 in 2013-14.

It may or may not be significant that Australia won the last Test which was a pink-ball Test, the second to be played in Australia.

Here we see the summary of all Tests between these teams:

aus-sa-summary

Australia still has a healthy lead across all venues. The long-forgotten neutral Tests were part of the Tri-Series in 1912, the only Test series of its kind. It was given up as a bad idea (appropriate as it was the year of the “Titanic”).

However these were the first neutral Tests ever played. Kelleway and Bardsley scored centuries at Lord’s, and their names finally went up on the “neutral” batting board there in 2010 when another Test between Australia and Pakistan was played there. Marcus North and Shane Watson got on the bowling board then. It was the only Test where Shahid Afridi led Pakistan, and was followed by the short and ill-starred reign of Salman Butt.

Coming back to the usual numbers:

Batting:

Most runs (800 and above):

aus-sa-runs

Amla and Warner are the only current players here. Note Bradman’s meteoric series, in which he became the only Test player to be left on 299 not out. No one has scored 199* in a Test, though there have been a few 99*s.

Harvey and Ponting scored 8 centuries each, followed by Hayden with 6.

The most scores of 50+ were made by Ponting (19), Kallis (15), de Villiers (14) and Harvey (13)

Highest innings (175 and above):

aus-sa-hs

Nothing from this low-scoring series, though there are some from 2012.

Batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, average 30 and above):

aus-sa-bat-avg

Amla and Duminy represent the current players. Harvey has an average much higher than that of Graeme Pollock, the next in line.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (30 and above):

aus-sa-wkts

Warne has by far the highest tally. Steyn, Siddle and Lyon represent the current players.

Best innings bowling:

aus-sa-innings-bowling

Nothing from the current players. Note the havoc which Grimmett used to cause.

Best match bowling:

aus-sa-match-bowling

Again, nothing from the current players though there is one by the recently-retired MG Johnson in 2014. Grimmett dominates here as well.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

aus-sa-bowling-avg

Grimmett and other old-timers occupy the top 3 places followed by Warne. Steyn, Siddle and Lyon are also there.

It can be seen that the best economy rate is by Goddard (1.72) and the best strike rate is by Whitty (41.1) followed by Steyn with 46.2

To be continued

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.