Review of Aus-Eng Tests, 2019-2

Continued from part 1

Bowling:

Most wickets (75 and above):

2019 Ashes-Wkts

The most 5-wicket hauls is 12 by SF Barnes, while several others have 11.

Several have 4 10-wicket match hauls.

The highest among current players is 118 by Broad. Lyon and Siddle are also here.

Best innings bowling (including all instances of 8wi and better):

2019 Ashes-Innings bowling

You don’t need to be reminded about the first two entries. The only one from a current player is Broad’s 8-15 in 2015.

Best match bowling (all instances of 11wm and better):

2019 Ashes match bowling

Nothing from recent years.

Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, 25.00 or less):

2019 Ashes Bowling Avg

As you may guess, the top positions are all from the 19th century. From current players we have Cummins and Hazlewood.

We see that the best averages are by Lohmann and Ferris. The best economy rates are by Attewell (1.31) and Ironmonger (1.74). The best strike rates are by Ferris (42.2) and Lohmann (42.9)

Fielding:

Most dismissals (30 and above):

2019 Ashes fielding

The most dismissals and catches by a keeper are by RW Marsh. But the record for stumpings is 31 by WAS Oldfield (who still holds the Test record of 52). The most catches by a non-keeper are 61 by GS Chappell, followed by Border and Botham with 57.

Best innings fielding: 6 and above

2019 Ashes-Innings fielding

No non-keeper has taken more than 4 catches in an innings.

Best match fielding: 7 and above

2019 Ashes-Match fielding

Langley was the first of several who made 9 dismissals. His was a world record until surpassed by RW Taylor in 1980. GS Chappell was the first non-keeper to take 7 catches in a match, a world record equalled by several others and surpassed by AM Rahane in 2015.

Best dismissal rate (Min 20 innings, 0.65):

2019 Ashes-dismissal rate

Headed by Gilchrist, followed by Haddin and Healy. The best by non-keepers are by LC Braund, WG Grace and AW Greig.

All-round performance:

Overall (see criteria in table):

2019 Ashes-AR overall

KR Miller heads this list followed by two from the 19th century. Broad is the only current player here, although he is currently batting at 10 or 11.

Match performance (50 and 5wi):

2019 Ashes-AR match

The best performances include 100/5wi by JM Gregory and Botham (THAT match in 1981), besides 50/10wm by W Bates, Trumble and Woolley of long ago.

The Ashes since 1970

So the 2019 series was drawn 2-2, and Australia retained the Ashes which they held since winning the 2017-18 series.

Here we look at the history of the Ashes since the 1970-71 series, when England won the Ashes after a long gap-Australia had held them since 1958-59 so they were away from England throughout the 1960s. There were also longish droughts for England in the early 1920s and from the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s.

Similarly, Australia had held the Ashes from 1989 to 2005, so the 1990s also passed without England getting hold of them. However, Australia has had the better of the contests since then (especially in Australia).

Ashes from 1970

A quick look at the list shows some captains who won the Ashes on two or more occasions, including Ian Chappell (2), Brearley (3), Border (3), Taylor (3), S Waugh (2), Strauss (2) and Cook (2).

Those who have lost the Ashes on two or more occasions are Border (3), Gooch (2), Atherton (2), Hussain (2), Ponting (3), Clarke (2) and Root (2).

Peter Siddle and the PJs

Peter Siddle has been in and out of the Australian team.

In 64 Tests before the start of the current Ashes series, he has scored 1080 runs and has taken 214 wickets. In the current Test, he was the second top-scorer and made 44 batting at number 10.

He has taken 8 fivers and a hat-trick, and also holds one batting record as he is the only  batsman to have scored two fifties in a Test while batting at No 9.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/player/7898.html

Older cricket fans would remember Raju Bharatan and his horrible puns. He would have a field day with Peter Siddle, as his surname rhymes with many other words (not all of them polite): diddle, fiddle, middle, piddle, riddle, griddle etc.

The British media had this to say after one of his good performances: “Peter goes from second fiddle to fecund Siddle”.

Not quite up to the standard of Shashi Tharoor, but a good try.

Highest score at No 8 in World Cup

Nathan Coulter-Nile’s 92 against the West Indies was the highest score by any No 8 batsman in the World Cup.

Here are the list of all such scores above 40:

World Cup No 8

It can be seen that the record score at No 8 was earlier 72* by HH Streak in 2003.

The previous highest score by Australia was somewhat further down at 43 by BJ Haddin in 2015. Nearby there is 42 by CH Morris of SA in 2019.

The best by India is a mere 28 by NR Mongia in 1999.

The last flight of Ross Gregory

Ross Gregory’s name may not be familiar to today’s cricket fans. But in 1937 he was thought to be the next big thing in Australia’s batting, scoring 23, 50 and 80 in his first (and only) three Test innings soon after he turned 21.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/player/5436.html

While he did not play on the 1938 tour of England, he would have been expected to play when international cricket resumed after the war. Unfortunately, he died in a wartime flying accident on June 10, 1942.

The official details of this incident are taken from an Australian military website:

Ross Gregory 001

We see that he was the observer on a RAF Wellington bomber of 215 squadron, which exploded in the air near Gafargaon. This was then in Mymensingh district of Bengal, not Assam as mentioned in some references. It was about 50 km from the Assam border at that time.

The crew of 6 included 4 Australians including the two pilots, plus 2 from the RAF. Pilot Officer Ross Gregory was the only officer aboard.

215 squadron was then known to be based in Pandaveswar (near Asansol) and engaged in bombing and supply dropping missions in Burma. Later this airfield was used by the US forces for bombing and transport missions.

A file picture of this model of aircraft:

1920px-WellingtonBomber

This appears to have been an accident, as there is no mention of enemy action. This was well within India’s territory where Japanese fighters rarely came. Probably a load of bombs or other ordnance exploded in the air.

The location map of this region is given below:

Gafargaon

The town of Gafargaon is slightly to the west of the centre. It is now the headquarters of Gafargaon upazila (sub-district) in Mymensingh district of Mymensingh division of Bangladesh.

While several Test players died in military action during World War 2, this appears to be the only such case in Asia.

As mentioned in the above military record, the location of the graves could not be found after the war and thus they are listed as “Missing with no known grave”.

Note: David Frith wrote a biography:

The Ross Gregory Story. Melbourne: Lothian Books. 2003. ISBN 0734405987.

It is currently available on Amazon co uk and other sites.

 

 

Aus v Ind ODIs (March 2019) review-2

Hope that you have read Part 1.

First, a summary of all ODIs between the teams:

Table

Australia has a healthy overall lead of 77-49, though they are just ahead 29-27 for matches in India.

Coming to individual performances:

Batting

Most runs (750 and above):

Batting-750

The first two names would be easily guessed, while RG Sharma, Kohli and Dhoni follow. Other current players include Finch and Dhawan.

The most centuries are by Tendulkar (9), Kohli (8) and RG Sharma (7).

The most 50+ scores are by Tendulkar (24),Ponting (15) and RG Sharma (14).

Highest innings scores (115 and above):

Innings batting-125

The highest in this series was 143 by Dhawan followed by 123 by Kohli. RG Sharma made 133 earlier this year.

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

Batting avg-all

RG Sharma continues to head the table by a large margin. Kohli and Dhoni are the next among current players. Other current players are Finch, Dhawan, Maxwell with Jadeja bringing up the rear.

Highest strike rate (Minimum 500 balls faced, 75.00 and above):

Batting SR-75

Maxwell now moves into the top spot. Dhawan, SPD Smith, Warner and Kohli are next among current players.

Now for Bowling:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Bowling-20

Most bowlers in this series are less experienced. Only Jadeja and B Kumar can be seen here.

The most 5wis are 4 by B Lee. No one else has more than 1.

The most 4+Wis are 4 by B Lee and 3 by Agarkar and Johnson.

Best innings bowling (including all 5wi):

Bowling-5wi all

The first two on the table are by relatively lesser-known players. Only PJ Cummins appears here from the current series and YS Chahal from the earlier series this year.

Best bowling average (Minimum 1000 balls, all instances):

Bowl avg-all

Only Jadeja appears from the current series, and he has the worst average.

B Lee has the best average as well as strike rate, while Kapil has the best economy rate.

Now for Fielding:

Most dismissals (Minimum 10):

Dismissals-10

Gilchrist heads this table with Dhoni at some distance behind. Kohli and Maxwell are next among current players.

The most stumpings are by Dhoni (18), the most catches by a keeper are by Gilchrist (73) and most by a non-keeper are by Tendulkar (31) followed by Kohli (22).

Most dismissals in innings (4 and above):

Innings dismissals-4

Note Clarke’s 4 catches in an innings.

New keeper AT Carey has the only instance from current players .

Highest dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.400):

Dismissal rate-0.4

Gilchrist and Dhoni head this table again. The best by a non-keeper is that of GJ Maxwell.

Kohli, Finch and Dhawan also appear here.

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria in table):

AR-overall

Oddly enough, the first three here are not considered to be regular all-rounders.

All-round match performances (Minimum 40 runs and 4 wickets):

AR-match

Tendulkar’s performance is the best here. That came in the inaugural ICC Knock-out competition which is now known as the Champions Trophy.

 

 

 

Aus v Ind ODIs (March 2019) review-1

First, Australia achieved the rare feat of winning an ODI from 0-2. This is covered nicely by Cricinfo writer Bharat Seervi:

Seervi article

It can be seen that India suffered the indignity of losing a 6-match series after leading 2-0. This was the only such occasion in ODIs.

Recovering from an 0-2 deficit in Tests is even rarer. It has happened only once, during the 1936-37 Ashes where Bradman’s team won 3-2. In a few cases there was a recovery to a 2-2 draw or a 3-2 loss. The latter happened to India against the West Indies in 1974-75.

The last time Australia won a bilateral ODI series in India was in late 2009.

Here is a summary of all bilateral ODI series between India and Australia in India:

(This leaves out matches in the World Cup, Champions Trophy and a few tri-series.)

1984 (Sep/Oct): Aus won 3-0, 2 NR

1986 (Sep/Oct): Ind won 3-2, 1 NR

2001 (Mar/Apr): Aus won 3-2

2007 (Sep/Oct): Aus won 4-2, 1 NR

2009 (Oct/Nov): Aus won 4-2, 1 NR

2010 (Oct): Ind won 1-0, 2 NR

2013 (Oct/Nov): Ind won 3-2, 2 NR

2017 (Sep/Oct): Ind won 3-1

2019 (Mar): Aus won 3-2

Individual performance will be covered in the next part.