Aiden Markram is back

Refresh your memory here:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/southafrica/content/player/600498.html

As readers of this column know, Aiden Markram has the longest palindromic name among international cricketers, with the competition coming from Rangy Nanan and Arun Lal. Apart from that, he had a good run at the start, with 97 on debut and a century in his second and third Tests. (It helps if you are playing at home in South Africa against Bangladesh for two Tests followed by Zimbabwe).

Anyway, he was a sort of lucky charm for South Africa as they won in each of his first 5 Tests. India broke this spell when they won the 3rd Test of the 2017-18 series.

He had a bad tour of India in 2019, making a second-ball pair (or silver pair) in the second Test before being dropped for the third.

Anyway he holds another peculiar record in all Tests. He has played the most Tests (19) without ever seeing a draw. 11 of these matches were won by South Africa and 8 were lost.

The record was earlier held by George Lohmann (18 Tests) of long ago, who saw 15 wins and 3 losses. Next is a current player KK Jennings with 17 (12 wins and 5 losses).

I wonder if anyone has told him of this record. At least it is better than being the 21st batsman to make a silver pair.

More about bowling averages

Ever wondered about the average of Test bowling averages?

If we take all Tests up to Oct 25, 2019 and disregarding the Test involving the ICC XI in 2005, and a cutoff of 2000 balls bowled:

There are 613 bowlers fitting this criteria. A full statement:

Bowling averages-final

The bowling averages range from GA Lohmann’s 10.75 to EAR de Silva’s 129.00, which is the only 3-figure bowling average.

The average or mean bowling average is 34.45, which corresponds to that of JE Taylor and KD Mackay.

Looking at other measures of central tendency:

First quartile: 28.24 (SP Jones, RJ Sidebottom, HC Griffith)

Median: 32.92 (BL Cairns, L Amarnath)

Third quartile: 38.59 (AMB Rowan).

We also have the Economy Rate, which ranges from 1.31 runs/over for W Attewell to 4.16 for Shahadat Hossain.

The average is 2.75 (DK Lillee, RM Hogg)

And the Strike Rate, which ranges from 34.10 balls/wicket by GA Lohmann to 291.00 by EAR de Silva. Remember that they have the best and worst bowling averages as well.

We may as well have a closer look at them:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/player/16337.html

http://www.espncricinfo.com/srilanka/content/player/48456.html

The average is 76.10 by Iqbal Qasim.

Next we will take up the difference between home and away bowling averages, as was done for batting averages in a recent post.

 

 

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.