The history of pink-ball Tests

India and Bangladesh play their first day-night Test at Kolkata from Nov 22.

A total of 11 day-night Tests have been played till now:

11 Day-night matches

India and Bangladesh are the last of the original 10 Test teams to play with the pink ball. Even Zimbabwe has played one such Test, though it lasted only 2 days.

Each of these 11 Tests has had a result.

Highest innings scores (90 and above):

Innings above 90

Batting under lights cannot be that difficult as we already have a triple century, a double century as well as a near-double century.

Best innings bowling (including all 5wi):

Innings bowl

The best innings bowling is by Bishoo, although his team lost that match.

Best match bowling (including all 8wm):

Match bowl

Bishoo’s 10-for is also close to the best performance here. Cummins has the best match performance in the last day-night Test before this.

Best innings fielding (4 dismissals and above):

innings fielding

Wade is the only one with 5 dismissals, and Kusal Mendis has the most (4) by a non-keeper.

Best match fielding (5 dismissals and above):

Match fielding

de Villiers is the only keeper with 8 dismissals, and Kusal Mendis the only non-keeper with 5 dismissals.

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

AR-match

Dilruwan Perera has 58 and 5-98, and Jason Holder has 74 and 5-41 which are better figures.

 

 

 

Review of England-India series, 2018-1

First we summarize all Tests between these teams:

Eng-India summary

England’s 4-1 margin is not their best result against India, as they won 5-0 in 1959 and 4-0 in 2011, besides 3-0 in 1967.

Now for batting records:

Most runs (1000 or more):

Eng-India 1000 runs

AN Cook finished with the highest total for England against India. Kohli, Root and Pujara are next among current players.

Cook, Dravid and Tendulkar have the most centuries (7). Gavaskar and Tendulkar have the most 50+ scores (20) followed by Cook and Viswanath with 16 each.

Highest innings (175 or more):

Eng-India indiv 175

No entry from the current series, as the highest was 149 by Kohli and then Rahul. KK Nair’s 303* was made in the previous series.

Highest batting average (Minimum 20 innings, 35.00):

Eng-India batting avg 35

The first name is somewhat unexpected. Among current players the highest averages are those of Root, Kohli and Cook. Several other current players also have averages over 35.

Botham does not appear here as he batted for less than 20 innings.

Now for bowling records:

Most wickets (35 and above):

Eng-India 35 wkts

Anderson with 24 wickets in this series moved into top place, overtaking Kumble and Chandrasekhar. Other current players here include Broad, Ashwin and I Sharma.

The most 5-fors are 8 by Chandrasekhar and 6 by Botham. Bedser is the only one with two 10-fors.

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

Eng-India innings bowling

No instances from this series, though there is 7-48 by Jadeja in the last series.

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

Eng-India match bowling

The best from the current series is near the bottom, namely Anderson’s 9-43. Ashwin and Jadeja have done better in the last series.

Best bowling average (Minimum 2000 balls, max 35.00)

Eng-Ind bowl avg 35

The first two names, Illingworth and Lever, are somewhat unexpected. The best economy rate is 1.65 by Illingworth followed closely by Nadkarni (1.67). The best strike rate is 47.0 by Lever followed closely by Willis (47.4)

To be continued.

 

 

Alastair Cook’s career-1

In the next few days, much will be written about Alastair Cook’s career and records. Here, we look back at his Test debut which was against India in 2006:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/14681/scorecard/239025/india-vs-england-1st-test-england-tour-of-india-2005-06

Other debutants included Monty Panesar and S. Sreesanth, who remained in the headlines one way or another for a period almost as long as Cook’s career.

Cook is one of a handful of players to have scored two fifties on Test debut. This is somewhat rarer than scoring a century on debut.

Cook debut

While some on this list are counted among the all-time greats, others did not have much of a career and are completely forgotten.

Review of England-Pakistan Tests-2018 (1)

The two-Test series between England and Pakistan ended with an anti-climax on the third day of the second Test, making the series an 1-1 draw. The previous series in 2016 was a 2-2 draw.

Here is a summary of all Tests between these teams:

Overall reults

The overall tally is 25-21 in favor of England, helped mainly by a 23-12 lead in England.

At Lord’s, Pakistan now leads 5-4 with one draw. At Leeds, England leads 6-1 with 3 draws.

In this series no one scored a century and took a five-for. So the Lord’s honors boards are unchanged.

Batting statistics:

Most runs (750+):

Most runs-750

Cook leads here. Among current players Root and Asad Shafiq are far behind.

M. Yousuf has the most centuries (6). The most 50+ scores are by Inzaman (15), Mushtaq Mohammad (14) followed by Cook  and Salim Malik (13).

Highest innings (175+)

Highest innings-2016

Note that no one scored more than 80 in this series. The only big score in 2016 was by Root (254).

Batting averages (minimum 20 innings, all instances):

Highest batting average

Cook and Asad Shafiq are the highest among current players. Imran Khan did not bat in enough innings to reach this table.

To be continued.

A closer look at centuries in third innings of Tests

Note: All data correct as of April 15, 2018. The Test involving the ICC XI in 2005 is excluded.

We first look at the best averages in the third innings:

3rd innings averages

Bradman does not figure here, as he and his team-mates probably scored enough in the first and second innings so that they did not have to bat much in the third and fourth innings. So we have May, Kallis and Compton at the top of this table. There are also Amla and Azhar Ali from current players.

We now look at those who scored the most centuries in the third innings (5 and above):

Century in third innings

Sangakkara and Cook lead with 12, followed by Tendulkar, Kallis and Hayden with 10. Perhaps Cook will add to his tally.

Now let see who disliked the third innings. These players made the most centuries without ever making one in the third innings:

SC Ganguly has the most (16) followed by AG Prince, M Vijay and TW Graveney with 11 each. Possibly Vijay, like Cook mentioned above, will be able to change his status.

Conversely, there are those who love batting in the third innings. Apart from May and his companions at the top of the table, there are those who scored all their centuries in the third innings:

R Subba Row (3). followed by ADR Campbell, GC White and JDB Robertson with 2 each.

Also WW Armstrong scored 5 of his 6 centuries in the third innings (which can be seen in the bottom of the above table).

To be continued with the fourth innings.

 

Review of NZ-Eng Test series, 2017-18 (I)

New Zealand won the series 1-0 with one draw. Victories for New Zealand against England are quite rare; they have won at home only once before, in 1983-84 and now in 2017-18. In England, they have won only in 1986 and 1999. This was therefore their first series win against England since 1999, almost a generation ago.

Here is a summary of all Tests between these sides:

Overall summary

The highlight (or rather lowlight) of the series was England’s dismissal for 58 in the first innings of the series. It sent cricket followers searching for England’s lowest totals. It was more than their lowest total of 45 against Australia over a century ago, which they still won by 13 runs. But it is still quite far down, besides being the lowest-ever total in a pink-ball Test:

England’s lowest Test totals (75 and below):

England lowest scores

It was indeed their lowest total against New Zealand, less than the 64 which marked New Zealand’s first Test victory against England in 1977-78 spearheaded by the up-and-coming Richard Hadlee while Geoff Boycott captained England for a short time.

We now look at individual performances.

Most runs (750 and above):

Most runs

John Wright is the unlikely leader here, ahead of Martin Crowe. The latter does have the most centuries (5) while the former has the most scores of 50+ (11). 4 others have 10 scores of 50+

Cook and R Taylor are the only current players here.

Highest individual scores (150 and above):

Highest innings

We do have Walter Hammond’s 336* (then a world record surpassing Bradman’s 334) and 227, which gave him 563 runs in the series at 563.00 which no one is likely to overtake. There is also JH Edrich’s 52 4s in an innings which is still a record (Sehwag is next with 47 in his 254).

The last few series have been quite low-scoring as the only recent 150+ scores were by Cook in 2015 and H Rutherford in 2013.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings and average 35.00):

Batting average

The top two names are somewhat unexpected. Once again, there are only Cook and Taylor among current players.

To be continued.

Test batting performances of 2017

Here we look at individual batting performances for the calendar year 2017.

Most runs (750 and above):

Most runs-750

SPD Smith and five others crossed 1000. Smith had the most centuries (6) followed by Elgar and Kohli with 5.

Smith also had 9 scores of 50-plus, which was attained by several others. But it is his Ashes counterpart Root who has 10 such scores. KL Rahul (who scored less than 750 runs and does not appear above) had 9 scores of 50+ with a top score of 90. You can also see Dickwella who failed to convert any of his 6 fifties.

Also Elgar has the most 4s (43) and Warner and Mushfiqur the most 6s (7) in the above table. A closer look shows that de Grandhomme (15) actually had the most 6s though he scored only 293 runs.

Highest individual innings (150 and above):

Innings score -150

The highest score was 244* by AN Cook practically at the end of the year, while he and Kohli also made 243. Cook’s 244* is the first Test score at that number (though Bradman was once dismissed on 244). This 244* is also the highest score by anyone carrying his bat through an innings, surpassing GM Turner’s 223* in 1972.

Kohli has three double centuries while Elgar joined the somewhat exclusive 199 club.

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

Batting average-all

Although Pujara and Kohli scored over 1000 runs they batted in less than 20 innings, so they do not appear here. So we have SPD Smith heading this table with Elgar a distant second.

Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced, 50.00 and above):

Batting SR-50

Here we have Kohli closely followed by Dickwella, with Smith considerably behind.

Two centuries in a match:

2 centuries in match

Only one instance. They were Hope’s maiden centuries, and enabled the West Indies to win a Test in England for the first time since 2000.

Next we will take up bowling.