Review of SA-England Tests-1

England won the series 3-1, after losing the first Test.

This gives us the following summary of Tests between the two teams:

Eng-SA Tests 2020

We see that England leads 64-34 overall and 34-20 in SA. Remember that SA was a rather weak team in the initial years (when they, England and Australia were the only Test teams).

Since SA’s re-admission in 1991, England’s lead has shrunk to 18-16, with 9-7 in SA.

Coming to the World Test Championship, SA got 30 points from the first Test and England 90 from the next three. However, SA were found to have bowled 3 overs short in the 4th Test and lost 6 points. So the final result was:

WTC points table Jan 28

This was the first time a team in this WTC series has been docked points for a slow over rate.

England is still a distant third after India and Australia. SA continue in 7th place.

Next we come to individual performances, starting with


Most runs (1000 or more):


Also note that Kallis has the most centuries (8) followed by several with 7.The most 50+ scores are by B Mitchell (23) and HW Taylor and WR Hammond with 20.

Old-timers Mitchell and Taylor have the most runs. From the current series, there is only Root (1164) and Stokes (1028). From recent times there are also Amla (1903) and Cook (1263).

Highest individual scores (175 and above):

Here the top scorers Amla and Smith are from recent times.


This was a low-scoring series with no scores above 175. The highest in recent years was 258 by Stokes in 2015-16 followed by 201 by Amla in the same series.

Highest batting average (Min 20 innings, 45.00):

Batting avg

Led by Hammond and Hobbs from long ago. We see Root and Stokes have the highest averages among current players, besides Amla from the recent past.

To be continued.


New Zealand-South Africa Tests review-I

Tests between NZ and SA are not normally followed much in India-and particularly the just-concluded series which coincided with an intense India-Australia series. In case you missed it, SA won 1-0 with 2 draws. NZ would almost certainly have won the 3rd Test if rain had not washed out the last day.

As you will see from the table below, New Zealand finds it particularly to defeat South Africa at home- they have won precisely one Test there in Tests since 1932-33. They have done slightly better in South Africa, winning 3 Tests.

That one Test win was in March 2004, which resulted in a 1-1 drawn series. In South Africa, the 1961-62 series was drawn 2-2 with one draw. In 1994-95, New Zealand won the first Test of the series in South Africa but went on to lose the series 2-1.


We now proceed to Batting-most runs (500 and more):

Most runs (500)

The most centuries are 6 by Kallis followed by 4 by Amla. Kallis and Amla also have the most 50+ scores (12 and 11 respectively).

Highest individual scores (125 and above):

Highest scores (125)

In this series, KS Williamson made the highest score for NZ v SA in NZ, surpassing the 170 by SB Styris in 2004. (That was in the one Test which NZ won at home against SA). However the highest by NZ against SA is still SP Fleming’s 262 in 2006.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, complete list):

Bat. Average (comp)

Interesting that the highest average is that of DJ McGlew of the 1950s and 60s. The next two, Kallis and Amla, are predictable. Spare a thought for CS Martin at the bottom of this table.

To be continued..