Analyzing Test captaincies-1

With the summer season of 2020 out of the way, we review Test captaincies up to Aug 31, 2020:

Most Tests

Headed by Tendulkar with 200. Anderson (156) and Broad (143) are unlikely to come near, although they may challenge Cook for the England record of 161.

Most Tests as captain:

GC Smith leads with 108. Kohli (55) will probably overtake Dhoni (60) but is unlikely to come near GC Smith. Root (44) is probably the only other captain who will move up a bit-but may not pass Cook’s England record of 59.

Most Tests not as captain:

Tendulkar again, with Anderson and Broad some distance behind.

The next logical question is to find who has played the

Most Tests without ever being captain:

The record was held by Warne for a long time. He has now been overtaken by Anderson with Broad just behind him. Other potential candidates like Ishant Sharma and Lyon are unlikely to come near. VVS Laxman has the India record of 134.

And finally

Those who were captains in all their Tests:

Many of them were from the glorious days of amateurs ruling the roost, although that does not apply to the first few names here. Germon and Poterfield are the only ones from recent times.

Also note the 5 who captained their sides in their only Tests. CA Smith was the only to have won their Test, and ultimately settled in Hollywood.

Also note the father-son duo of FT Mann and FG Mann.

Vizianagram or Vizzy joins his amateur English friends here.

Chetan Chauhan R.I.P.

Chetan Pratap Singh Chauhan (1947-2020) appears to be the first international cricketer to fall victim to Covid-19.

At the time of his death, he was a state minister in Uttar Pradesh. He had earlier been a member of the Lok Sabha (Parliament).

A quick look at his cricketing career :https://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/27619.html

He started on a low key in 1969 against New Zealand. By 1973 he had appeared in 5 Tests without a fifty, and most cricket followers in India thought they would not see him play Tests again. However, strong domestic performances got him a place on the 1977-78 tour to (Packerized) Australia. He made a century in a tour match, 88 and 32 in his comeback Test and was then a regular in the side until 1981. Openers who followed him (such as Srikkanth) usually failed to match his consistency.

He did possess an odd record of the most Test runs without a century. He was the first to score 2000 without a century, and held this record until Shane Warne crossed it in March 2002 and went beyond 3000 until he ended with a top score of 99.

Here is a list of those who crossed 1000 without a century. Many of them are tailenders (including many regular No 10s and 11s) who played enough Tests to reach 1000:

(Up to Jul 31 2020. Does not include the ICC XI v Aus Test).

1000 without century

We can see that Warne and Chauhan are the only ones to cross 2000 without a century. The current player N Dickwella will probably join them soon. But he would probably prefer to score a century and get off this list!

The lowest average here is by JM Anderson (9.68) followed by Waqar Younis (10,20)

Waqar and NM Lyon are the only ones to cross 1000 without a fifty. Lyon has a slightly better average of 12.27.

Chauhan has the most 50s here (16) and is followed by Dickwella with 15 and Mackay with 13.

We take a look at the

Same players ranked by batting averages (for averages above 20):

1000 without cemtury, avg above 20

This table is headed by the relatively unknown BM Laird (an opener), KD Mackay (all-rounder) and TD Paine (wicketkeeper). Chauhan is 4th on this list. There are several other Indian players in this category who averaged above 20, ranging from Surti to Abid Ali.

Finally, let us look at

Indian opening batsmen (who played at least 20 innings at No 1 or 2):

Indian openers by average

The first two names are easily guessed, though you might not have expected Shastri and Gambhir to be the next two. Chauhan does not fare too well here, being 20th out of 28. However he is above some well-known names such as Pankaj Roy and K Srikkanth.

Even non-flashy openers have a place, although they often do not get a long enough run.

Review of Australia-New Zealand Tests-2

Hope that you have read part 1

Continuing with the individual performances.

Bowling:

Most wickets (25 or more):

Most wkts-25

Sir Richard Hadlee and SK Warne are far ahead of everyone else. The former has the most 5-fors (14) and 10-fors (3)

Best innings bowling (including all 6wi and more):

Innings bowling 6wi

Hadlee again has the best performance. Strangely enough no Australian bowler has taken more than 6wi. Predictably that was Warne.

Best match bowling (including all 10wm and more):

Match bowling 10wm

Hadlee still again, followed by Vettori. Hadlee’s 15-1243 is the best of New Zealand against all teams. He also scored a fifty in that match, and took 33 wickets in that 3-Test series in Australia in 1985-86.

Best bowling average (Min 2000 balls, all instances):

Bowl ave

Here Lyon just edges in ahead of Hadlee. Chatfield has the best economy rate and Lyon the best strike rate.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (20 or more):

Dis-20

RW Marsh is far ahead of the next. Border has the most (31) dismissals by a non-keeper.

Most innings dismissals (5 or more):

Inngs dis-5

Marsh is among those with 5 dismissals. No non-keeper has 5 catches.

Most match dismissals (7 or more):

match dis-7

Gilchrist has the most dismissals, while no non-keeper has 7 catches.

Best dismissal rate (Min 20 innings, 0.600):

Dis rate 0.6

Marsh predictably leads this table. The highest dismissal rate by a non-keeper is by MA Taylor.

All-round performance (Overall):

See criteria in table.

AR overall

Warne and Hadlee lead. Warne’s Test highest of 99 came against New Zealand.

All-round match performance (fifty and 5-for):

AR-match

Hadlee’s 54 and 15 wickets takes pride of place here. Dodemaide’s 50 and 5wi came on his debut, while he failed to make either in the rest of his career.

 

 

 

Centurion Test-some obscure facts

JM Anderson took Elgar’s wicket with the 1st ball of a Test (and the series).

Taking a wicket with the first ball of  a match is rare enough to merit a separate list:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283164.html

Anderson is playing in his 150th Test. This by itself is no big deal. But he extends his record of the most Tests without ever captaining his side. Next in line is Warne (144) and Broad (playing his 135th Test) and VVS Laxman (134).

AK Markram is playing his 20th Test. His previous 19 Tests included 11 wins and 8 losses and no draw. He holds the record of the most Tests played without a draw. Next is old-timer GA Lohmann (18 Tests, 15 wins, 3 losses) followed by current player KK Jennings (17/12/5) and Alok Kapali (17/0/17). Jennings may play in the future.

Update: Markram played in his 20th Test at Centurion which SA won. So he extended his record to 20 Tests without a draw (12 wins and 8 losses).

ALSO-6 of the playing 11 for England have a given name starting with J: Anderson, Archer, Root, Denly, Buttler and Bairstow. Would this domination by one letter be a record? Maybe there have been Pakistani teams with more players with names starting with M?

Another oddity: South Africa now have two different Test players named D Pretorius. The earlier Dewald P played 4 Tests in 2002-2003 as a pace bowler:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/southafrica/content/player/46784.html

Today Dwaine Pretorius, a pace bowling all-rounder, made his debut:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/southafrica/content/player/327830.html

Review of Aus-Pak Test series: Dec 2019: 2

Hope that you have seen part 1: https://abn397.wordpress.com/2019/12/03/review-of-aus-pak-test-series-dec-2019-1/

Continuing our study of individual performances:

Bowling:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Aus v Pak-most wkts-25

Warne and McGrath lead here by a large margin. Warne (6) and Lillee (5) have the most 5ers, while Warne is the only one with two 10ers. Starc (34) and Lyon (33) have the most wickets among current players.

Best innings bowling (including all instances of 7wi):

Aus v Pak-innings bowling 7wi

Nothing from recent years.

Best match bowling (including all instances of 10wm):

Aus v Pak-match bowling-10wm

Only one recent instances, Mohammad Abbas’s 10-95 in Abu Dhabi in 2018. Fazal Mahmood’s record goes back to the earliest days of Tests between these teams.

Bowling averages (Min 2000 balls bowled, all instances):

Aus v Pak bowling average-all

Includes only Lyon and Yasir Shah from current players, and they are at the bottom of this list.

Warne and McGrath have the best average, Tauseef and Qasim the best economy, and Warne and MGrath again the best strike rate.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Aus v Pak-dismissals

Old-timers RW Marsh and Wasim Bari lead here. Paine, Sarfaraz and Steve Smith represent current players. Bari has the most stumpings and ME Waugh the most catches by non-keepers, closely followed by Border and Greg Chappell.

Most innings dismissals (5 and above):

Aus v Pak-innings dismissals

Most match dismissals (7 and above):

Aus v Pak match fielding

Haddin leads here, with only Paine from recent times.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings and 0.500):

Aus v Pak dismissal rate

RW Marsh and Wasim Bari lead here. No one from recent years. The best by non-keepers is by MA Taylor.

All-round performance (see criteria below):

Aus v Pak AR overall

Only Imran and Akram meet these criteria.

All-round match performance (50+ and 5+wi):

Aus v Pak match AR

Only Akram and Hauritz, with no one from recent times.

 

 

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.

1000 runs in Tests without a century

The 2019 Ashes ended in a 2-2 draw, like the 1972 edition. That was the last drawn Ashes series until now.

The “1000 and no century” club got its 52nd member in GOAT NM Lyon. He does not have a monopoly on this title as it was first used for Mohammed Ali (ex Cassius Clay) long ago.

1000 without century

Heading this list is Shane Warne, fittingly with a top score of 99 and over 3000 runs. Next is India’s opener (and later politician) CPS Chauhan with a top score of 97 and over 2000. No one else got up to 2000, though DL Murray got close.

Waqar Younis (top score 45) and now Lyon (top score 47) are the only ones who never crossed 50. As we can see above everyone else made at least one 50. Chauhan with 16 is followed by Dickwella and Mackay with 15.

The highest batting averages are 35+ by opener Laird, followed by Mackay (33+) and Chauhan (31+).

Warne, Starc, Surti, and DN Patel finished with a top score of 99.

At the other end of the scale are the 10/11 batsmen such as JM Anderson (9.68) who is the only one with a single-figure average. Waqar Younis and Muralitharan are next, with Zaheer Khan, Lyon, and Ambrose following.

Even Anderson did get up to 81 once. He, Ambrose and Muralitharan made precisely one fifty in their long careers.

Current players here include Dickwella, Southee, Philander, Starc and Steyn besides newcomer Lyon.

There were a few such as Kumble and Vaas who made one century towards the end of their careers. Otherwise they would be near the top of this list.

Review of Aus-SL Tests-2019 (2)

Hope that you have seen Part 1.

We now move on to Bowling:

Most wickets (15 and above):

Most wickets-15

Note Herath’s late surge after Muralitharan retired. Starc heads the current players.

The most 5wis are 6 by Herath and Starc. The most 10wms are 2 by Warne and Starc.

Best innings bowling (6wi and above):

Innings-6wi

Cummins has the best figures among current players.

Best match bowling (9wm and above):

Match-9wm

In this series, Cummins (10-62 at Brisbane) and Starc (10-100 at Canberra) surpassed the previous mark for Australia vs Sri Lanka at home. It was earlier held by Siddle (9-104 at Hobart in 2012).

Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

Bowl avg-all

Herath and Warne have the best bowling averages.

Vaas and Warne have the best economy rates.

Herath and Warne have the best strike rates.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (12 and above):

Dismissals-12

Gilchrist and Healy have the most catches by a keeper (32) and Gilchrist also has the most stumpings (5). The most catches by a non-keeper are 20 by M Jayawardene. Only Kusal Mendis represents current players here with 12 dismissals.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

Innings dismissals

This time Hayden has the most catches by a fielder with 4.

Most match dismissals (6 and above):

Match dismissals

Healy and Gilchrist yet again, while Hayden’s 7 catches as a non-keeper were a share in the world record at that time.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.5):

Dismissal rate-0.5

Sangakkara has the highest dismissal rate, while M Jayawardene has the highest by a non-keeper.

All-round overall performance (see criteria):

AR-overall

Only Vaas meets these criteria.

All-round match performance (50 and 5wi in match):

AR-match

Only two such performances.

 

 

Review of SA-Aus Test series, 2017-18 (II)

Continued from Part 1.

Another new record in this series was the margin of victory in the 4th Test:

Highest margins of victory in all Tests:

Margins of victory

South Africa recorded its highest margin of victory by runs, surpassing the 358-run win against New Zealand in 2007-08. Australia still holds the record for the heaviest defeat by 675 runs in 1928-29. That marked the debut of DG Bradman (18 and 1) who was made 12th man for the next Test (but ended up fielding most of the time) and then made 79 and 112 in the third Test.

South Africa’s heaviest defeat of Australia until now was by 309 runs in 2012-13.

Now we return to individual records-bowling:

Most wickets (40 and above):

Most wickets

Steyn and Johnson have the highest among contemporary players, while Morkel retired a little behind them. It is possible that Steyn will not play in Tests against Australia again, so it remains to be seen if Philander can catch up.

Innings bowling (including all instances of 7wi and better):

Innings bowling

A lot of entries by Grimmett, though Philander’s 6-21 in the final Test just gets in.

Match bowling (including all instances of 10wm and better):

Match bowling

Rabada’s 11-150 is the best for SA v Aus at home, surpassing the century-old 10-116 by CB Llewellyn in 1902-03. SA’s best against Aus remains Tayfield’s 13-165 at Melbourne in 1952-53.

Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

Bowling average

Philander, MG Johnson, Steyn, Morkel and Lyon all find their place here.

The best average is by Grimmett followed by the lesser-known WJ Whitty.

The best economy rate is that of TL Goddard (1.72) followed by Grimmett.

The best strike rate is that of WJ Whitty (41.1) followed by Steyn.

Now for fielding records:

Most dismissals (25 and above):

Most dismissals

AB de Villiers is in second place with a combination of keeping and fielding dismissals. He might have a chance of displacing Boucher. de Kock is still working his way up. Ponting has the most catches by a fielder (35), just ahead of de Villiers (34, plus 16 as keeper). Kallis and GC Smith (33) are just behind.

Most innings dismissals (5 and above):

Innings fielding

While Grout and Lindsay have made 6 dismissals each, 3 others are among several who share the world record of 5 catches by a non-fielder. VY Richardson, maternal grandfather of the Chappells, was the first to do this in any Test back in 1935-36. The next to do this was Indian debutant Yajurvindra Singh in 1976-77. SPD Smith achieved this in what will be his last Test for some time.

Most match dismissals (7 and above):

Match dismissals

de Kock equalled the record of 8 dismissals in this series, while Paine took 7. No fielder has taken more than 6 catches in a match.

Best dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings, minimum 0.650):

Dismissal avg

Haddin has the best average among contemporary players. Simpson and MA Taylor have the best averages among non-fielders, though the “hybrid” ABD has a higher average.

All-round overall performances (see criteria below):

AR overall

Johnson, Goddard and Benaud lead Philander and others. Although Tayfield was not a recognized batsman, he did well enough to qualify for this list. Oddly enough Shaun Pollock and Kallis did not do too well against Australia.

All-round match performances (fifty-plus and 5wi-plus):

AR-match

A number of good performances with PJ Cummins  standing amidst the ruins of Australia’s collapse in the last Test. There are instances of 100/5wi by Kelleway (in one of the neutral Tests) and Benaud. And Steyn achieved the less common feat of 50/10wm, making his highest Test score.

 

Those who missed the bus at Lord’s (Revised in Aug 2021)

The honors board at Lord’s are well known-anyone who scores a century or takes a fiver or a tenner gets his name on them, even if it is a neutral Test not involving England. If you need to brush up, see

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord%27s_honours_boards

and for Indian players featured there, full details are here:

However, note this extract from the Wikipedia article:

“A number of very distinguished players such as Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Curtly Ambrose and Brian Lara are not named on the honours boards.”

It may be recalled that there was much heartbreak when Sachin failed to score a century in 2011, which was generally understood then to be his last Test there.

We now look at the aspect of prominent players failing to reach a board-worthy performance at Lord’s despite several opportunities. And there are some visitors who simply did not get to play enough at Lord’s.

Many English players whose career lasted about 5 years would have played 10+ Tests at Lord’s. Visiting players with long careers usually manage 4 Tests, unless they miss one Test or series. So we begin by identifying those who batted in at least 8 innings there. A further stipulation is that their batting position is 1 to 8, to eliminate tailenders without much batting ability.

So we have this for Most innings/matches at Lord’s without a century:

Atherton, Thorpe and Gatting played the most innings there without a century-particularly odd as Gatting played for Middlesex. Atherton did score 99 there and has the most fifties (7).

Visitors are led by Gavaskar and Tendulkar, followed by Azhar Ali,  Faulkner, AW Nourse, Ponting and R Taylor. Lara played in only 3 Tests and 6 innings. The highest averages here are by Dexter (51.62) and FS Jackson (47.71).

Apart from Atherton’s 99, there are 90s by TE Bailey, JM Parks and FS Jackson.

Most innings/matches at Lord’s without a fifty:

While most of the batsmen here scored at least one fifty, some did not. They include Ramprakash (HS 40 in 13 innings), bowling all-rounder Emburey, Brearley, wicketkeeper Downton, Tendulkar, Faulkner and Ponting. The lowest average here is 10.38 by Ramprakash who was a specialist batsman, unlike some of the others. Then comes all-rounder Pringle (16.11) and another famous batsman Ponting (16.87). Tendulkar at least got into the 20s.

Next, we take up bowlers who bowled at least 1000 balls (while bowling at no 1 to 5) and never took a five-for:

Hoggard has the most Tests (11) and innings (20) here with a best of 4-27. However Edmonds has the best bowling figures of 4-6 followed by Laker with 4-13, while Hoggard has the most wickets (37).

Lillee (17 wkts), Kumble and Gibbs are the only visitors here.

Ambrose and Warne did not bowl enough balls here.

The best bowling average here is Laker’s 24.43, followed by Wardle’s 26.78.

And one gets similar results if we look for those who made the same effort and never took a ten-for:

Here, Anderson has the most wickets (110) with a best of 9-43. He may, of course, play a few more Tests at Lord’s. He also has the most 5-fors (7). CM Old has 9-88. Oddly enough Anderson has more than twice the wickets of the next bowler Willis with 47. Bedi, Kapil and Kumble represent India. The best bowling average is by Willis with 18.76 followed by Illingworth with 19.85.

Sir Richard Hadlee has the most wickets by a visitor (26).

Kings of the fourth-innings chase (Revised-Jan 17, 2018)

This was originally written in July 2015. For some reason it started getting some views again during the 2nd Test between South Africa and India in January 2018. So I thought of revising it.

We also see which bowlers have been most successful under these conditions. Here we consider all Tests ending up to January 17, 2018. The batsmen are arranged by order of averages. GC Smith is the only one to have over 1000 runs in successful chases.

A cutoff of 15 innings is considered:

4th innings-batting

GC Smith also has the most centuries (4) and 50+ scores (10).

It is also interesting to see which bowlers have been most successful in terminating 4th-innings run chases.

Here we take a minimum of 1500 balls bowled:

4th innings-bowling

While Warne is the only one with over 100 wickets taken in Tests where a side is bowled out in the 4th innings, Ashwin and McGrath have the best averages. Herath (85) and McGrath (83) are next to Warne.

The best economy rate is (unexpectedly) by RA Jadeja followed by Ray Illingworth. And the best strike rate is by Waqar Younis followed by Ashwin.

Herath (10), Muralitharan (7) and Ashwin (6) have the most fivers. Ashwin and Jadeja can be called the twin destroyers in the 4th innings at present.

While we are at it, let us see about

Fielding under these conditions (again with a minimum of 15 innings fielded) and minimum 0.500 dismissals/innings:

Fielding-4th innings

Gilchrist has the most dismissals with 52, while he and Haddin have the most catches (47). Gilchrist also has the most stumpings with 5. M. Jayawardene has the most catches (27) by a non-keeper followed by Ponting with 26. When we look at dismissals per innings, Haddin (2.173) has the highest followed by Gilchrist, Healy and Boucher. Among non-keepers, M. Jayawardene (1.285) is followed by Redpath.