New Zealand-South Africa Tests review-II

Having covered the general history and batting aspects in Part I, we now turn our attention to bowling, fielding and all-round performances.

Bowling-most wickets (20 and more):

Most wickets

Steyn and CS Martin lead. Kallis and Vettori do not seem to have done too well here.

The most 5wis are by Steyn (6), Martin and Ntini (4 each).

The most 10wis are 2 by Steyn.

Best innings bowling (All cases of 6wi and above):

Best innings bowling

The two best performances are from the distant past, though KA Maharaj has done well in this series.

Best match bowling (all cases of 9wm and above):

Best match bowling

CS Martin’s 11-wicket haul was instrumental in NZ’s only home victory against SA. Philander has the best figures in recent years.

Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, complete list):

Best bowling average.(comp)

Steyn expectedly heads the averages. But Vettori seems to have had a bad time here.

The best economy rates are 1.43 by Tayfield and 2.03 by JR Reid.

The best strike rates are 33.0 by Steyn (who else?) and 49.6 by Martin.

Fielding-most dismissals (10 and more):

Most dis (10)

The old-timer John Waite leads, although Boucher has more catches (but less stumpings) than Waite. de Villiers has 9 dismissals as keeper and 13 catches as a fielder. the most catches by pure fielders are 18 by GC Smith and 16 by Kallis. De Kock is moving up rapidly.

Best innings fielding figures (5 dismissals and above):

Dismissals-inngs

Best match fielding figures (6 and above):

Dismissals-match

The most catches by a fielder are 5 by WR Endean.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.500):

Dismissals rate

Waite is far ahead, while GC Smith has the highest for pure fielders. De Kock has not played enough yet, and is likely to be the leader in due course.

All-round performance (see the criteria):

AR-overall

Surprisingly, neither Kallis nor S. Pollock meet these relaxed criteria so we are only left with Reid and Vettori. And Vettori’s bowling average is truly disastrous.

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

AR-Match

Oddly enough, the better-known all-rounders¬† such as Kallis and S.Pollock do not appear here. In case you were wondering, Sir Richard Hadlee’s career neatly fitted into South Africa’s years of absence.

 

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.

Overall

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..

 

Tests between South Africa and Sri Lanka-2

Continuing to Fielding:

Most dismissals (10 and above):

fielding

Boucher has more than twice the dismissals than his nearest rival De Kock. Boucher also has the most stumpings. Among non-keepers, Kallis and M. Jayawardene lead with 25 and 18 respectively. Sangakkara has 24 dismissals, 16 as keeper and 8 as non-keeper.

Innings fielding (4 or more dismissals):

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Boucher predictably has the record. The forgotten Dassanayake has the most stumpings (3) while Kallis is the only non-keeper with 4 catches.

Match fielding (5 or more dismissals):

match-field

De Kock has the record here, while Kallis again has the most catches by non-keepers (6) followed by M. Jayawardene with 5.

Dismissal rates (minimum 20 innings, 0.400 average):

fielding-avg

Boucher again leads, while Kallis leads among the non-keepers. Next is the “hybrid” Sangakkara.

All-round performances (overall)-see criteria in table:

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This gives only Pollock and Kallis as good performers, with Jayasuriya a borderline case.

All-round match performances (Minimum fifty and 4wi):

ar-match

No one has scored a fifty and taken a fiver in the same match. We get the above pair when we reduce the requirement to a 4-for.

Tests between South Africa and Sri Lanka-1

With the conclusion of this 3-0 sweep by South Africa against Sri Lanka, they followed mini sweeps of 2-0 in 1997-98 and in 2002-03. Sri Lanka had also had a mini 2-0 sweep in 2006.

Here is a summary of all Tests between these teams, where South Africa leads 14-5 with 6 draws. Sri Lanka has only won one Test against SA in SA.

grand-total

Proceeding to individual performances, starting with Batting:

Most Runs (400 and more):

runs

The long-standing partners  M. Jayawardene and Sangakkara have scored much more than the others. de Villiers, Amla, Mathews and Elgar lead among current players.

M. Jayawardene has the most centuries (6) followed by Cullinan (5)

For scores of 50-plus, Sangakkara leads with 10 followed by 8 by Cullinan and M. Jayawardene.

Highest Individual Scores (110 and above):

innings-scores

The highest scorers are predictable, while top-scorers for the recent series include Duminy, Amla, Elgar and SC Cook.

Highest batting average (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):

batting-avg

Relatively few players here, with the old firm of Jayawardene and Sangakkara leading.They are followed at some distance by Kallis and Pollock.

The top three strike rates are those of Jayasuriya (67.58), Muralitharan (!) (60.98) and Sangakkara (56.52).

Bowling: Most wickets (10 and above):

wickets

Muralitharan leads by a large margin, with more than twice the wickets than second-placed Pollock. Murali has the most 5wi (11) followed by 3 by Philander and Steyn. He also has 4 10wms, while no one else as more than one.

Best bowling in an innings: (6 wickets or more):

innings-bowl

An oddity at the top, where M de Lange took the record haul on debut but played only one Test after that. Otherwise it is mostly Murali, with Rabada and Kumara from the current players.

Best bowling in an match: (all instances of 8 wickets or more):

match-bowl

Muraltharan dominates as before, though Rabada was the only one to get a tenner in this series.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

bowl-avg

Muralitharan and Pollock top this table of averages. The best economy rates are 2.34 by Murali and 2.40 by Herath. The best strike rates are 51.6 by Pollock and 56.8 by Murali.

To be continued

 

Review of Australia-South Africa Tests-2

Completing our review of the recent Test series between Australia and South Africa.

Fielding (15 or more dismissals):

aus-sa-fielding

Only Wade, Haddin and de Villiers from current players.

Oldfield of ancient times has the most stumpings (14), Boucher the most catches by a keeper (64) and Ponting the most catches by a non-keeper (35) followed by Kallis and GC Smith with 33. Also note de Villiers with a total of 40 dismissals in two roles.

Innings fielding (5 or more dismissals):

aus-sa-innings-fielding

Note that V Richardson and GC Smith are among the several (including AM Rahane) who share the Test record for 5 catches by a non-keeper in an innings. Richardson was the first to achieve this, and no one equalled it until Yajuvendra Singh did so in 1977.

Match fielding (7 or more dismissals):

aus-sa-match-fielding

The most by a non-keeper is 6 by Mitchell, V. Richardson and GC Smith. We can also see the consistency by DT Lindsay and HB Taber in the 1960s.

Highest dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.60):

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Lindsay and Haddin lead, followed by de Villiers. The highest by a “pure” fielder is by RB Simpson.

All-round performance (overall):

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Only 4 had a sufficiently good career performance, led by MG Johnson and followed by the recently deceased TL Goddard.

All-round performance in match (Minimum one fifty and one five-for):

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Kelleway, Benaud and Steyn appear to have the best performances. Even O’Reilly appears here. Kelleway featured in one of the neutral Tests of 1912, when he also scored a century at Lord’s.

 

Review of Australia-South Africa Tests-1

South Africa won the recent series 2-1, thus completing a hat-trick of successive Test series victories in Australia. They had earlier won 2-1 in 2008-09 an 1-0 in 2012-13. However, Australia was doing better in South Africa, winning 2-1 in 2008-09, drawing 1-1 in 2011-12 and winning 2-1 in 2013-14.

It may or may not be significant that Australia won the last Test which was a pink-ball Test, the second to be played in Australia.

Here we see the summary of all Tests between these teams:

aus-sa-summary

Australia still has a healthy lead across all venues. The long-forgotten neutral Tests were part of the Tri-Series in 1912, the only Test series of its kind. It was given up as a bad idea (appropriate as it was the year of the “Titanic”).

However these were the first neutral Tests ever played. Kelleway and Bardsley scored centuries at Lord’s, and their names finally went up on the “neutral” batting board there in 2010 when another Test between Australia and Pakistan was played there. Marcus North and Shane Watson got on the bowling board then. It was the only Test where Shahid Afridi led Pakistan, and was followed by the short and ill-starred reign of Salman Butt.

Coming back to the usual numbers:

Batting:

Most runs (800 and above):

aus-sa-runs

Amla and Warner are the only current players here. Note Bradman’s meteoric series, in which he became the only Test player to be left on 299 not out. No one has scored 199* in a Test, though there have been a few 99*s.

Harvey and Ponting scored 8 centuries each, followed by Hayden with 6.

The most scores of 50+ were made by Ponting (19), Kallis (15), de Villiers (14) and Harvey (13)

Highest innings (175 and above):

aus-sa-hs

Nothing from this low-scoring series, though there are some from 2012.

Batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, average 30 and above):

aus-sa-bat-avg

Amla and Duminy represent the current players. Harvey has an average much higher than that of Graeme Pollock, the next in line.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (30 and above):

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Warne has by far the highest tally. Steyn, Siddle and Lyon represent the current players.

Best innings bowling:

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Nothing from the current players. Note the havoc which Grimmett used to cause.

Best match bowling:

aus-sa-match-bowling

Again, nothing from the current players though there is one by the recently-retired MG Johnson in 2014. Grimmett dominates here as well.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

aus-sa-bowling-avg

Grimmett and other old-timers occupy the top 3 places followed by Warne. Steyn, Siddle and Lyon are also there.

It can be seen that the best economy rate is by Goddard (1.72) and the best strike rate is by Whitty (41.1) followed by Steyn with 46.2

To be continued