Review of Australia-England Tests-1

You might wonder why the title does not refer to Ashes Tests. That is because all Tests between the teams have not had the Ashes at stake, such as the 3-Test series in 1979-80 and a few one-off Tests in the 1970s and 80s.

The results of all these Tests are summarized here:

Results table

Australia leads by a healthy 144-108 margin, besides 95-57 at home. At home, England have a slender 51-49 lead which may vanish with one bad series.

Looking at the individual performances, starting with batting:

Most runs (2000 and above):

Runs-above 2000

Only Cook and Smith among current players, with Clarke and Pietersen from the recent past. Bradman’s total is still the record, with no one else crossing 3700.

Highest innings (200 and over):

Innings-200

From the recent series we have Cook (244*) and Smith (239). Smith also has 215 from 2015. Cook’s 244* was significant as the highest score in any Test by an opener carrying his bat through the innings. The previous record in all Tests was 223* by GM Turner for NZ v WI in 1972. In matches between Aus and Eng, the previous record was 206* by WA Brown in 1938, which is listed above. The record for England was 156* by Hutton in 1951.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, 45.00):

Bat Ave-above 45

Bradman again heads this list. Among current players Smith is the highest, though in 9th position overall. Warner is also there. There is no one else from the recent past, as Cook’s 40.20 is below the cutoff of 45.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (75 and above):

wkts-75

Warne leads here, while the current players are Anderson (104) and Broad (95). From the recent past there is MG Johnson (87).

Best innings bowling (including all 8wi and above):

Innings-8wi

Laker has the top two spots. No example from the current series, although Broad’s 8-15 is in 4th place overall.

Best match bowling (including all instances of 12wm and above):

12wm

Headed by Laker and followed by Massie’s freak debut. Nothing from current or recent players, except Warne’s 12-246 in 2005.

Best bowling averages (minimum 2000 balls, below 25.00):

Bowl avg-25

Dominated by the 19th-century players. Of those who played in 2000 or later, the best is by RJ Harris (20.63) and McGrath (20.92). Next are Warne and MacGill towards the bottom.

We see that the top two in this table are Lohmann and Ferris from long ago. For economy rate, the best are Attewell (1.31) and Ironmonger (1.74) who do not appear above because of their higher average. For strike rate, it is Ferris (42.2) and Lohmann (42.2).

To be continued.

 

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Review of Australia-India T20Is (Oct 2017)

The current series was drawn 1-1 with one abandoned. Here is the complete record of matches between the two teams:

Overall

Australia recorded their first win in T20Is in India during the second match of this series.

We now look at individual records. The number of matches is not large enough to make comparisons of averages and strike rates meaningful, so we concentrate on aggregates and match and innings performances.

Batting-most runs (100 and above):

Runs

RG Sharma and MS Dhoni have played in all 15 of the matches between these teams. Warner has played the most (9) for Australia.

The only century was made by Watson. Kohli has made the most scores of 50-plus (4) while 3 others have 3.

Highest individual scores (60 and above):

Innings scores

This was a low-scoring series with Henriques’s 62* being the highest score.

Most wickets (5 and above):

Wkts

Ashwin, Bumrah and Watson share the top position.

Best innings bowling (all instances of 2wi and above):

Innings bowling

There are two 4-wickets hauls, by Ashwin in 2014 and by Behrendorff in the current series.

Behrendorff’s 4-21 is the best for Aus vs Ind in T20Is, surpassing the 3-11 by Bracken at Melbourne in 2008. In the same match, Zampa with 2-19 also surpassed the existing record of 2-23 (for Aus in Ind) by Watson in 2016.

Fielding (3 or more dismissals):

Fielding dismissals

Dhoni predictably has the most dismissals as well as stumpings, while Jadeja and Kohli have the most catches by non-keepers.

Best innings fielding (2 or more dismissals):

Innings fielding

While Dhoni and Paine have the most dismissals by a keeper, several non-keepers have taken 2 catches in an innings.

All-round match performance (Minimum 20 runs and 2 wickets):

AR match

Watson’s performance is clearly better.

Test batting performances of 2016

These tables cover all Test matches in the calendar year 2016.

This post concentrates on batting.

Most runs (500 and above):

tests2016-most-runs

As many as 7 with over 1000 runs (including 4 from England). Root just edged out Bairstow.

4 centuries each by V Kohli, S Smith and MM Ali.

The most scores of 50+ are 13 by JE Root and 11 by JM Bairstow. Three others have 9.

Highest innings scores (140 and above):

tests2016-highest-scores

Headed by a newcomer KK Nair and a relative veteran in Azhar Ali. This was Nair’s maiden Test century. V Kohli had three scores of 200 and above. BA Stokes’s 258 was the highest by any No 6 batsman in Tests, surpassing KD Walters’s 250 in 1976-77.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 15 innings, 20.00 and above):

tests2016-bat-avg

Also note the highest strike rates for a minimum of 15 innings: Warner (86.87), Sarfraz (70.33) and Stokes (66.76).

To be continued