Tests between South Africa and Sri Lanka-2

Continuing to Fielding:

Most dismissals (10 and above):

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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):

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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):

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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):

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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.

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Proceeding to individual performances, starting with Batting:

Most Runs (400 and more):

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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):

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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):

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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):

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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):

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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):

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

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

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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):

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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):

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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):

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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:

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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):

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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):

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

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

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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:

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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):

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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