Test captains-quantitative studies (2)

Continued from https://abn397.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/test-captains-quantitative-studies-1/

Captains who won all their Tests:

All win

These are all the 16 who fall in this category. The record of 4 is jointly held by Bacher and Hawke whose own careers were nothing special. And 11 of them made the most of the one Test they got to captain, including big names like WA Brown, Shastri, Neil Harvey and Graveney. Mortaza was in fact injured for most of the match while Tamim officiated.

Captains who lost all their Tests:

All loss

A total of 33 captains lost all their Tests. The above list of 17 excludes those who captained in one Test.

As one may guess, the list is headed by two of the earlier captains of Bangladesh with 12 and 9 Tests, and it is followed by DK Gaekwad with 4. His son AD Gaekwad had a much better Test career, although he never got to captain India. A few well-known players here are Lamb, Prince, Arthur Morris and Emburey.

Captains who drew all their Tests:

All draw

This list of 19 is headed by Srikkanth (4), followed by Majid Khan and Saeed Ahmed with 3. A little odd, considering that the first two were known to be particularly aggressive batsmen. 15 of these captained in only one Test, including HR Adhikari who ended a sequence of three heavy defeats by the West Indies (and 3 Indian captains in 4 Tests).

Captains who never won a Test (for 5 or more Tests):

Never won

There are a total of 92 captains who never won a Test. The above table gives only the 20 who captained in 5 or more Tests. Big names include Saleem Malik, Botham, Asif Iqbal, Jeff Crowe, Vinoo Mankad, Aravinda de Silva, Wasim Bari and Venkataraghavan.The current West Indies captain JO Holder is also here. In some cases (notably Botham) their individual performances dipped sharply once they became captain. Others (such as Mankad) were stopgap captains towards the end of their careers.

Captains who never lost a Test: (for 3 or more Tests)

Never lost

A total of 48 captains feature here. The above table shows the 18 who captained in 3 or more Tests. Note that the current Australian captain Steve Smith just edged into the top spot with 11, breaking the old record of another Australian WW Armstrong. Our old friends Bacher, Hawke, Srikkanth, Majid and Saeed are duly mentioned.

And finally

Captains who never drew a Test: (for 5 or more Tests)

Never drew

A total of 75 captains are in this category. Here we have the 16 who captained in 5 or more Tests. It would naturally include those in the all-win and all-lose category, such as the two Khaleds of Bangladesh. Some, like Waqar Younis and Shrewsbury have a good win-loss ratio.

 

 

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Test captains-quantitative studies (1)

It is T20 season, and the IPL juggernaut starts moving practically the day after the World Championship gets over and ends on May 29. In the mean time the break in Tests ends with the start of the England-Sri Lanka series in mid-May.

This gap makes it a good time to update some Test statistics, since we are now confident that they won’t need to be updated for a few weeks.

Here is a table of the wins, losses and draws of everyone who captained in at least 10 Tests:

Captaincy-all over 10 Tests

In this Excel sheet we have ranked the captains by

  1. Tests in decreasing order, then
  2. Wins in decreasing order, then
  3. Losses in increasing order, and then
  4. Draws in decreasing order.

There are also columns for percentages of wins, losses and draws as well as the win-loss ratio, for those who would like to play around further.

I am now giving a few more spreadsheets for some other indices of performance. Hereafter we are considering all Test captains, even if they have captained in only one Test.

Highest win-loss ratio:

Win-loss ratio

The first 50 positions are for those who have either zero wins or zero losses. The highest win-loss ratio is 9.0 for Jardine, followed by Bradman, Steve Waugh, Brearley and Chapman.

Highest win percentage:

Highest win percentage

There are as many as 16 captains who have an 100 percent win record-but none of them captained more than 4 Tests. This list is headed by the unlikely pair of Ali Bacher and Lord Hawke. Moving downwards, the highest for at least 5 Tests is Close (6 wins out of 7 or 85.71 %). For at least 10, it is Warwick Armstrong (8 on 10 or 80%) and for at least 50  it is Steve Waugh (41 on 57 or 71.93%)

To be continued.

Another record for Brendon McCullum (Revised in Sep 2017)

As we all know, Brendon McCullum recorded the fastest ever Test century in the Christchurch Test when he crossed 100 in 54 balls.

He also became the only Test player to score a century in the last test of his career, while captaining his country. This is what you get from Statsguru:

Century in last career Test, while captain

Naturally, Smith can be discounted as we know he has not retired. So McCullum is the only one who qualifies.

This seemed a bit odd, so I repeated this check to identify those who scored a fifty in the last test of their career, while captaining their side. We get this:

50 plus in last career Test, while captain

This live link may be more useful: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?captain=1;class=1;debut_or_last=2;filter=advanced;opposition=1;opposition=2;opposition=25;opposition=3;opposition=4;opposition=5;opposition=6;opposition=7;opposition=8;opposition=9;orderby=start;qualmin1=1;qualval1=fifty_plus;team=1;team=2;team=25;team=3;team=4;team=5;team=6;team=7;team=8;team=9;template=results;type=batting

As many as 34 names here. But it includes some whose Test careers are not over, essentially everyone from Mushfiqur Rahim downwards excluding McCullum and now Misbah. So we remove Mushfiqur, Kohli, Mathews, AN Cook and SPD Smith.

So we are left with 29 who scored a fifty in their last Test when they were captaining. In some cases their retirement was known in advance, in other cases they may not have known they were playing their last Test.

McCullum has scored the most runs in the match (170) among these, though a few others have crossed 100 without making a century. The WI player RK Nunes is the only one to score two fifties in this category.

We may as well see the list of all those who scored centuries in the last Test of their career, regardless of captaincy:

Century in last Test

This live link may be more useful: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/282931.html

Here we have a total of 42. We remove current players who are likely to keep playing for a while: Hafeez, Rahane, SE Marsh, Amla, SC Cook, de Kock, Burns and SPD Smith. This leaves 34 who scored centuries in their last Test (unless McCullum makes a comeback). In contrast, 100 players scored 102 centuries on debut (Remember Rowe and Yaseer Hameed).

Naturally our old friends AG Ganteaume and RE Redmond are there, as their first and last Tests were the same. Others who scored centuries on debut and last Tests are Duff (104 & 146), Ponsford (110 & 266), Greg Chappell (108 & 182) and Azharuddin (110 & 102). In case SE Marsh does not play another Test he will also join this club with 141 & 182.

Centuries in their last Test include those by Sandham (325, the first Test triple century) and double centuries by Ponsford, Nurse, Aravinda de Silva (last f-c match) and (strangest of all) night-watchman Gillespie making his only Test century.

CAG Russell is the only one to score centuries in both innings of his last Test. He was the first English player to score centuries in both innings of a Test.