Review of SA-England Tests-2

Hope you have read Part 1.

Continuing with individual performances:

Bowling:

Most wickets (40 or more):

Bowling-40Anderson has the most wickets, closely followed by SM Pollock.

The most 5-fors is 12 by SF Barnes. He also has the record of 6 10-fors.

His 49 wickets in 4 Tests of the 1913-14 series, where even Laker (46 in 5 Tests in 1956) has been surpassed.

Anderson, Broad and Rabada are the current players here.

Best innings bowling (includes all 8wi and better):

Innings bowling-8wi

This is headed by Lohmann, whose 9-28 is the most economical 9-for in all Tests. Nothing after 1994.

Best match bowling (includes all 10wm and better):

Match bowling-10wm

Barnes leads here with the peak of his 1913-14 form. This was a Test record until Laker took 19-90 in 1956.

In recent years there is only Rabada’s 13-144 in 2015-16.

Best bowling average (Min 2000 balls, less than 35.00):

Bowling Avg

Barnes (who else?) leads here followed by C Blythe with the best bowling averages. For economy rates it is Verity followed by TL Goddard, and for strike rates it is Barnes followed by Rabada.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (25 or more):

Dismissals

Boucher has the most dismissals (105) and catches (103), Evans the most stumpings (12) and Mitchell the most catches by a non-keeper (43). The recent players here are de Kock followed by Bairstow and Stokes.

Most innings dismissals (5 and more):

Innings dismissals-5

de Kock has the best performance among current players. Stokes is the only non-keeper with 5 catches.

Most match dismissals (7 or more):

Match fielding

RC Russell’s 11 dismissals is a share in the world record also held by de Villiers and newcomer RR Pant.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.600):

Dismissal rate

Boucher leads here, while Stokes has the best rate for a non-keeper. de Villiers and Root are the other current players here.

All-round performance:

Overall (see criteria in table):

AR-overall

Led by the less familiar GA Faulkner and TL Goddard. Broad represents current players.

Match performance (50 and 5wi):

AR-match

Includes some with the double of century + 5wi (Sinclair, Faulkner) and fifty + 10wm (MM Ali). Philander and Maharaj are also here, with the latter doing this during the current series.

 

Review of SA-England Tests-1

England won the series 3-1, after losing the first Test.

This gives us the following summary of Tests between the two teams:

Eng-SA Tests 2020

We see that England leads 64-34 overall and 34-20 in SA. Remember that SA was a rather weak team in the initial years (when they, England and Australia were the only Test teams).

 

Since SA’s re-admission in 1991, England’s lead has shrunk to 18-16, with 9-7 in SA.

Coming to the World Test Championship, SA got 30 points from the first Test and England 90 from the next three. However, SA were found to have bowled 3 overs short in the 4th Test and lost 6 points. So the final result was:

WTC points table Jan 28

This was the first time a team in this WTC series has been docked points for a slow over rate.

England is still a distant third after India and Australia. SA continue in 7th place.

Next we come to individual performances, starting with

Batting:

Most runs (1000 or more):

Batting-1000

Also note that Kallis has the most centuries (8) followed by several with 7.The most 50+ scores are by B Mitchell (23) and HWTaylor and WR Hammond with 20.

Old-timers Mitchell and Taylor have the most runs. From the current series, there is only Root (1164) and Stokes (1028). From recent times there are also Amla (1903) and Cook (1263).

Highest individual scores (175 and above):

Here the top scorers Amla and Smith are from recent times.

Innings-175

This was a low-scoring series with no scores above 175. The highest in recent years was 258 by Stokes in 2015-16 followed by 201 by Amla in the same series.

Highest batting average (Min 20 innings, 45.00):

Batting avg

Led by Hammond and Hobbs from long ago. We see Root and Stokes have the highest averages among current players, besides Amla from the recent past.

To be continued.

 

India’s oldest living first-class cricketer

Vasant Raiji, who played in first-class cricket for Bombay and Baroda in 1938-50, celebrates his 100th birthday on Republic Day, 2020:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/33480.html

A news item from 26 Jan 2020:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/india-s-oldest-living-first-class-cricketer-vasant-raiji-hits-a-century/story-1IsG9ZUFj83Vk2uoXYtj8K.html

Among other things, he wrote some cricket-related books including a biography of one-Test player LP Jai.

At this stage, it is worth looking at the oldest first-class cricketers from all countries. This is one of the subjects where Wikipedia is more useful than Cricinfo:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_oldest_cricketers#Longest-lived_first-class_cricketers

From this, we can see that Mr Raiji is the 24th first-class cricketer to cross 100.

The only other player from India is the better known DB Deodhar, who lived to be 101+.

The only Test player to cross 100 was the South African bowler N Gordon, 103+ :

http://www.espncricinfo.com/southafrica/content/player/45239.html

All of his 5 Tests were in the 1938-39 SA v Eng series, including the famous timeless Test:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/17542/scorecard/62657/south-africa-vs-england-5th-test-england-tour-of-south-africa-1938-39

Meanwhile, we look at other long-lived Test players.

The longest-lived Test players of all time:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_oldest_cricketers#Longest-lived_Test_cricketers

New Zealand’s Eric Tindill is the only other Test player to cross 99. India’s representative is MJ Gopalan at 94+.

In case you are thinking of the strange case of C Ramaswami, it is now generally accepted that he died in Jan 1990 at 93+ :

http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/33059.html

Interestingly, Wisden carried his obituary in the 2015 edition only in the “supplementary obituaries” section. This included the obituaries of some who were killed in the Great War and had somehow not been covered by Wisden until then. Better late (by 100 years) than never.

C Ramaswami obit

The oldest living Test cricketers are here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_oldest_cricketers#Oldest_living_Test_cricketers

This is led by South Africa’s John Watkins (96+) while India’s representative is DK Gaekwad (91+), captain of the 1959 team and father of AD Gaekwad.

Some of these lists are also in Cricinfo but they are not updated frequently. For instance, the list of oldest-lived Test players

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283742.html

includes at least two (CK Singh of WI and Rajinder Pal of India) whose deaths have been reported elsewhere.

Also see:http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283740.html

 

 

 

Lies, damn lies and statistics in cricket-Revised in 2020

For some unknown reason, this post in Dec 2015 was the most popular of my cricket-related posts and got over 700 views in that month.

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/lies-damn-lies-and-statistics-in-cricket/

So I thought of revising it in 2020.

The first question we asked was “Who is the best opening bowler of the 2010s?”

Here we set the bowling position as #1 or #2, and a minimum of 50 wickets.

You may have thought of someone like Steyn or Mitchell Johnson or Morkel.

In Dec 2015, R Ashwin had the best average, BW Hilfenhaus the best economy rate, and Ashwin again with the best strike rate.

When we consider the entire 2010s:

Best opening bowlers of 2010s

There is another unexpected result with the burly Rangana Herath having the best bowling average here. He is followed by Bumrah (expected) and Rabada (also expected). Ashwin is 4th.

Other spinners here are MDK (Dilruwan) Perera, and MH Miraz.

This time Mohammad Abbas has the best economy rate and K Rabada the best strike rate.

Next, who is India’s best opening bowler? Surely Kapil or Srinath?

In 2015 we got Ashwin again (followed by Srinath and Kapil). Phadkar had the best economy rate and Ashwin the best strike rate.

Again in 2020, we consider all those who bowled at 1 or 2 for India and took at least 50 wickets up to the end of 2019.

Indias best opening bowlers

This time Bumrah leads, followed by his contemporaries Ashwin and B Kumar.

Phadkar still has the best economy rate. Bumrah has the best strike rate while Ashwin is second.

Finally, who was India’s best all-rounder? We consider all those who scored at least 1000 runs and took 100 wickets up to the end of 2019.

In 2015, it was Ashwin followed by Kapil and Pathan.

In 2020, the topper was not Ashwin but one of his contemporaries.

Indias best allrounders

Indeed, this is led by Jadeja who is followed by Ashwin and Kapil. Of course, anyone below Shastri in this table should not really be called an all-rounder.

 

Highlights of the 3rd SA-Eng Test

The 3rd Test of the South Africa-England series ended in an innings victory for England. They lead 2-1 with one to go. A number of statistical landmarks occurred in this match.

First, you can see the scorecard:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/19430/scorecard/1185306/south-africa-vs-england-3rd-test-icc-world-test-championship-2019-2021

Newcomer Oliver Pope was Player of the Match. He became one of the few to score a century and take 6 or more catches as a non-keeper:

Ollie Pope all-round

You can see that Hayden’s and Kallis’s performances were the best here.

Also see what Ben Stokes did in the previous Test (100 runs/3 wickets/6 catches):

Stokes all-round match

Joe Root had never taken more than 2 wickets in an innings until this Test. He did improve upon this, but suffered the indignity of conceding the most runs in an over. He got a share in thisĀ  negative record:

Most runs off an over

His best innings bowling analysis “improved” from 2-9 to 4-87.

Dane Paterson scored 39* at No 11 on debut, which is the fourth highest such score:

Dane Paterson debut

The previous highest by a South African No 11 on debut was 22* by PW Sherwell back in January 1906. Unlike in this Test, this score helped SA to win by one wicket. Sherwell was captaining AND keeping on his debut.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/17651/scorecard/62483/south-africa-vs-england-1st-test-england-tour-of-south-africa-1905-06

This last-wicket partnership of 99 is the second highest for SA vs Eng:

SA v Eng last wicket

Preview: Zimbabwe-Sri Lanka Test series

Zimbabwe hosts Sri Lanka in a two-Test series:

1) 19th Jan at Harare

2) 27th Jan at Harare

A current preview:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/19724/preview/1212541/zimbabwe-vs-sri-lanka-1st-test-sri-lanka-in-zimbabwe-2019-20

Interestingly, on 19th Jan three international matches all commence at 13.30 IST.

This Test will have far less viewer interest than the India-Australia ODI at Bengaluru and the ongonig SA-England Test at Port Elizabeth.

One should also note that Zimbabwe has not yet won a Test against Sri Lanka in 18 attempts. Their record includes 13 losses and 5 draws-and 3 of these draws were back in 1994.

But they came close to winning the last Test in 2017.

Here is something which I wrote at that time:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2017/07/20/tests-between-sri-lanka-and-zimbabwe/

Test matches of 2019: All-round performance

Finally we look at all-round performances. For overall performances we have this (see the criteria):

AR overall

Even by these modest standards we only get two who meet the criteria of all-rounders. Jadeja has clearly done better than Stokes, although the latter is more likely to make an impact.

Then we have

Match performances: Fifty and fiver in the same match:

AR match

Here we have two contrasting performances. While Chase was largely responsible for an unexpected WI win, Rashid Khan’s criteria was the best all-round performance from Afghanistan in a Test. He was also the captain.