Test matches of 2019-Fielding

Individual performances in fielding:

Most dismissals (12 or more):

Fielding dismissals

Australian captain Paine leads by a large margin over the next, de Kock.

The best by a non-keeper was 25 by Root, England’s captain.

M Rizwan took over as Pakistan’s keeper from former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed.

Buttler and Hope played some (but not all) of their matches as keepers.

The most stumpings were 4 by JL Bairstow.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

Innings dismissals-4

de Kock is the only one with more than 5 dismissals.

Klaasen took 4 dismissals on debut. Other new faces here are RR Pant and Mohammad Rizwan.

Root, Warner and SPD Smith took 4 catches apiece as non-keepers.

Most match dismissals (6 or more):

Match dismissals-6

Sarfaraz Ahmed took 10 dismissals before he lost his captaincy as well as his place in the team. Paine and de Kock were next with 8. New faces here include GC Wilson, RR Pant and Mohammad Rizwan.

Warner and SPD Smith took 6 catches as non-keepers.

Best dismissal rate (Min 15 innings, 0.500):

Dismissal rate 0.5

Paine has by far the best dismissal rate (2.521), followed by Watling.

The best by a non-keeper is 1.312 by SPD Smith.

Snippets from Aus-NZ Test series

The 3-Test series ended in a clean sweep for Australia. Earlier in 2019-20 Australia had also swept Pakistan 2-0. All these 5 Tests ended in 4 days or less. A brief summary:

Australia at home 2019-20

All 5 of these Tests ended on the 4th day.

They are duly recorded in the list of clean-sweep series:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283942.html

And Australia’s captain TD Paine is presently the only Test captain who is a wicketkeeper. His Pakistani counterpart has been dropped since January 2019:

Wk captains 2019-20

NZ set an unwanted record during this series-their 256 in the first innings of the 3rd Test is the lowest top score by a team in a Test series of 3 or more matches:

Lowest top score in a series

The previous record was set by South Africa in their tour of Australia in 1993-94. That was a somewhat less one-sided series than this and was drawn 1-1.

A summary of New Zealand’s totals:

NZ innings in Aus 2019-20

Even the top score of 256 included a 5-run penalty after DA Warner was found to be running on the pitch during Australia’s second innings.

And the World Test Championship saw Australia getting a full 120 points and New Zealand none. Here is the WTC points table on 06 Jan 2020 which included this series as well as the first Test between South Africa vs England, which was won by the former giving them 30 points.

WTC 06 Jan 2020

See how Australia is creeping up towards India’s total.

 

Review of Pakistan-Sri Lanka Tests-1

The recently concluded 2-Test series ended with Pakistan winning 1-0 and gaining 80 WTC points and Sri Lanka gaining 20. More importantly, the series showed that international cricket could be held without mishap in Pakistan, even though less than two days play could be completed in the first Test.

Here is a summary of all Tests between the teams:

Overall Results

Pakistan has a slight lead both at home and away. However the teams have been evenly matched 3-3 in the neutral Tests since 2009.

This sums up the Tests between these teams since the ill-fated tour in 2009:

Pak-SL results since 2009

Note that Sri Lanka won 2-0 in the UAE in 2017. Before that Pakistan had won 2-1 in Sri Lanka in 2015.

Coming to individual performances, starting with

Batting:

Most runs (750 or more):

Pak v SL runs

Mathews and Azhar have the most runs among current players.

The most centuries are 10 by Sangakkara, and the most 50+ scores are 22 also by him.

Highest innings (175 or more):

Pak v SL bat inngs

Nothing from the current series, although there have been many 200s and a 300 in the past.

Best batting averages (min 20 innings, all instances):

Pak v SL bat avg

Sangakkara has by far the highest average, ahead of second-placed Inzamam and Mathews at no 3. Mathews and Azhar have the highest averages among current players.

Highest strike rates (Min 1000 balls, 50.00 and above):

Pak v SL batting SR

Here the top position is by Sarfaraz Ahmed who lost his captaincy as well as his place in the side. Next is Dilshan. Karunaratne just makes the cut here, being the only current batsman  to be included.

Test cricket returns to Pakistan

The last Test in Pakistan was scheduled to be played from March 1 to 5, 2009.

There was no play after the second day. A contemporary report:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/22788732/sl-cricketers-injured-terror-attack

And the scorecard, for what it is worth:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/13778/scorecard/388994/pakistan-vs-sri-lanka-2nd-test-sri-lanka-tour-of-pakistan-2008-09

Since then, Pakistan has played Tests only away or at neutral venues (mainly in UAE, also 2 in England). There have been a small number of T20Is and ODIs played in Pakistan in the past few years:

T20Is in Pakistan since March 2009:

T20Is in Pak since 2009

ODIs in Pakistan since March 2009:

ODIs in Pak since 2009

It is also apparent that any Pakistani player who made his Test debut since 3 March 2009 would never have played at home until now. They are:

Pakistani Test debutants after Mar 2009

It can be seen that these 46 players include the present captain (Azhar Ali) and the previous captain (Sarfaraz Ahmed) who made their debuts in 2010, besides key players such as Asad Shafiq and Shan Masood. There is also Fawad Alam who made his debut in Sri Lanka in 2009 but has not played any Test since that series, but may well play in the forthcoming series.

And there are others such as Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Amir who came and went without ever playing in a home Test.

You can see a review of past Tests between Pakistan and Sri Lanka here:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/review-of-pakistan-sri-lanka-tests/

Note that their last meeting was in the UAE in late 2017, when Sri Lanka won 2-0. They were among the very few teams to beat Pakistan in a series in the UAE.

 

Review of World Cup performances up to 2015: Fielding

We have looked at the World Cup records for batting and bowling. We now look at fielding.

Most dismissals (15 and above):

World Cup-total dismissals

Sangakkara and Gilchrist lead by a large margin. Sangakkara also has the most stumpings, and Gilchrist the most catches by a keeper.

Similarly Ponting leads non-keepers by a large margin.

Umar Akmal has the same number of catches as a keeper and non-keeper.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

World Cup-innings dismissals

Gilchrist and Sarfaraz Ahmed have the record with 6 catches in an innings.

No one has more than 2 stumpings.

Among non-keepers, the record is 4 by M Kaif, S Sarkar and Umar Akmal.

Kaif had the record to himself from 2003 until the other 2 joined him in 2015.

Finally, the dismissal rates.

Highest dismissal rates (Minimum 20 innings, 0.600 and above):

World Cup-Dismissal rate

Gilchrist leads the keepers and GC Smith the non-keepers.

 

Wicket-keepers who captained in Tests (Revised in Jan 2020)

Australia’s Tim Paine became the latest of the relatively few wicket-keepers to have captained in a Test. Here is the full list (as on 06 Jan 2020):

WK captains by matches played

Relatively few keepers have had extended runs as captains. However the top three on this list are current players, even though MS Dhoni retired from Tests a few years ago and from the captaincy of ODIs and T20Is more recently.

There are some like Gilchrist, Boucher and Jacobs who captained only when the regular captain was temporarily unavailable. Some, like DL Murray and IDS Smith, had long Test careers but captained their side in precisely one Test.

The only current WK-captain is TD Paine (19). Sarfaraz Ahmed (13) was replaced after his last Test as captain in January 2019.

It remains to be seen how long Paine continues as captain. But he should be around for a few more Tests.

Dhoni has the most dismissals, followed by Paine and Alexander at a long distance.

Dhoni has the most stumpings (24) and is followed by PM Sherwell with 16.

Lee Germon is a special case as he captained his side in all his 12 Tests. He is the only player from an established side to have captained in a Test on his debut in recent years. The last before him was Tony Lewis in 1972. (Obviously we do not count Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Ireland, Afghanistan and the returning South Africa).

Germon is second on the list of those who captained their side in all their Tests. The leader was also a keeper:

Long ago PM Sherwell led South Africa in all his 13 Tests, a record for all countries. He was keeper in all these 13 Tests.

A few such as AJ Stewart played numerous Tests as keeper and non-keeper. The above list only includes the Tests where he was keeper. He also opened the batting in some of these matches. He captained England a total of 15 times, 12 as keeper and 3 as non-keeper. BB McCullum captained New Zealand 31 times, but was keeper in only 1 of them.

Other examples include KC Sangakkara (captained in 15 Tests, never as a keeper), AB de Villiers (captained in 3 Tests, none as keeper), R Dravid (25 Tests, none as keeper) and LD Chandimal (captained in 10 Tests, none as keeper). But they have captained in ODIs and T20Is as keepers.

Note that Taibu somehow took one catch as a fielder when he temporarily relinquished his keeping duties. He has also bowled and taken a wicket while a designated keeper.

Here we summarize the batting performance of these captains. The batting average is for those who batted for 20 innings:

WK captains by batting average

The highest batting average for long-term captains is Andy Flower’s 49.28, followed by Mushfiqur and Dhoni in the low 40s. Paine and Sarfaraz are in the middle, while Moin Khan did not play enough to reach 20 innings.

Note the double centuries by Mushfiqur and Dhoni.

The dismissal rate, for those who fielded in at least 20 innings:

WK captains by fielding average

While Sarfaraz is no longer captain, his dismissal rate as captain is second only to that of Paine’s. But he has been dropped altogether from the team. Moin Khan and Mushfiqur are at the bottom, while Dhoni is in the middle.

Flower is the only one here who never made a stumping, while Dhoni has the most.

And finally we look at their performance as captains, considering the win/loss ratio. This is for those keepers who captained for at least 10 Tests:

WK captains by win loss ratio

Interesting. We saw that Moin Khan performed worst as a keeper, but he did best as a captain. Similarly for FCM Alexander who did not do too well as a batsman. Next are Paine and Dhoni.

Taibu and Khaled Mashud failed to win a Test as captain, while Germon and Flower were just ahead with one Test win apiece.