Test matches of 2019-Bowling

Now for individual bowling performances in Tests in the calendar year 2019.

Most wickets (12 or more):

Most wkts-12

The two top positions are for Australian players Cummins and Lyon. Cummings has a large lead. The best of the newcomers appear to be Archer, Rashid Khan, Embuldeniya and SS Afridi, while Cornwall had a 10-wicket haul in his 2nd Test

Wagner and Starc had the most 5-wicket hauls (4). No one took more than one 10-for.

Best innings performances (including all 6wi and above):

Innings bowling

Chase’s 8-wicket haul was largely responsible for England’s defeat. Next is another WI spinner who was playing in his 2nd Test. Other good performances were by newcomers JC Archer, TJ Murtagh and Rashid Khan.

Murtagh was the first Irish player to get his name on the Lord’s honours boards.

Here we add the only hat-trick this year:

Bumrah hat trick

JJ Bumrah took a hat-trick with the wickets of 2-13 (Bravo, 8.2 ov), 3-13 (Brooks, 8.3 ov), and 4-13 (Chase, 8.4 ov). He finished with innings figures of 6-27 and match figures of 7-58.

Best match bowling (including all cases of 8wm and above):

Match bowling

Rashid Khan scored a fifty along with his 11 wickets. Other newcomers here are Cornwall and Archer.

Best bowling averages (Minimum 1500 balls, all instances):

Bowl avg

Wagner and Cummins lead here, with Archer the best of the newcomers.

The best economy rates are by Cummins and Hazlewood. The best strike rates are by Starc and Wagner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They only saw defeats in Tests-updated to Oct 2017

After covering those Test players who only saw victories in their careers of over 5 Tests, we move to the other extreme of those who only saw defeats. There are 22 such players who are listed below as on October 15, 2017. The record is held by Alok Kapali of Bangladesh.

All losses

As you may guess, Bangladesh has the most representatives here but there are some from other major cricketing countries (but not India). An interesting case is that of JG Dewes who scored 1 and 10 on his debut which was a heavy loss for England. But this match is remembered more for a duck by another player in his last Test:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62689.html

Coming back to Alok Kapali and runner-up Mohammad Sharif, they were unlucky to miss Bangladesh’s first Test victory against Zimbabwe in 2004-05. The former was a batting all-rounder who was the first Bangladeshi (and only Hindu, if that matters) to take a Test hat-trick. That hat-trick (with innings figures of 3 for 3) accounted for half of his Test wickets. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/56251.html

Several Zimbabweans on this list may play again, notably RW Chakabva (10), SC Williams and Sikandar Raza (7 Tests each).

If we list all those who witnessed defeat in more than 90 percent of their Tests, we get this list of 29:

Over 90 percent loss

6 of the 7 players added are all from Bangladesh. The other is CR Ervine of Zimbabwe who is likely to play again.

It looks as if Kapali’s record will stand for a long time, even though he was probably a better player than some others who appear here. Contrast this with Eldine Baptiste and his friends from the earlier post.