Completing our review of the recent Test series between Australia and South Africa.
Fielding (15 or more dismissals):
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):
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):
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):
Lindsay and Haddin lead, followed by de Villiers. The highest by a “pure” fielder is by RB Simpson.
All-round performance (overall):
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):
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.