Finally we look at captains with the most wins, most losses and most draws.
Most wins (14 and more):
Here, and in the rest of the post, we will see that the toppers will generally be those who captained in the most Tests. GC Smith with 53 wins had captained in the most Tests (108). RT Ponting is next with 47 wins.
Among current players, V Kohli has the most wins (33). That is also the most by an Indian captain.
Most losses (12 and more):
Unsurprisingly, it is also headed by GC Smith with 28 losses. Next is SP Fleming with 27.
Among current captains, JO Holder has the most losses (19). For India, MAK Pataudi leads with 19.
Most draws (12 and more):
For a change, this is headed by another captain AR Border with 39 draws (including 1 tie). Next is SM Gavaskar with 30. He was well known for his defensive captaincy. Like Border, he had a weak Test team most of the time. GC Smith is third with 27.
Among recent captains, AN Cook leads with 13 draws.
England won the series 1-0 with 2 rain-ruined draws.
This was their first series win against Pakistan since 2010. A summary of series since then:
2010: Eng won 3-1
2011-12: Pak won 3-0 in UAE
2015-16: Pak won 2-0 in UAE
2016: Drawn 1-1
2018: Drawn 1-1
2020: Eng won 1-0
Here is a summary of all Tests between these teams:
And this was the WTC points table after the series:
We now look at individual records, starting with
Most runs (1000 or more):
Root and Azhar are the only current players here, while recent retiree Cook heads the table.
Mohammad Yousuf has the most centuries (6), followed by Cook and Inzamam with 5.
Inzamam has the most 50+ scores with 15, followed by Mushtaq Mohammad with 14.
Highest innings scores (175 and above):
The only such instance in this series was 267 by Crawley, which was his maiden century. It is the second highest for Eng vs Pak, after Compton’s 278 in 1954.
It ranks high among the highest maiden centuries:
It is 7th on the all-time list and second for England, surpassed only by RE Foster’s 287 in 1903-04.
Then we come to Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all cases):
Among current and near-current players we have Root near the top, followed by Cook, Asad Shafiq, and Azhar Ali. Even Anderson finds a place here.
Finally, there are Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls, all cases):
Some of the earlier players do not have full data for balls played. But there is no dispute about Pietersen’s position here, followed by Root and Inzamam. Asad Shafiq and Bairstow are next among current players.
I normally do not cover partnerships, but this time 5th wicket partnerships are covered:
Highest 5th wicket partnerships (250 and above):
The 5th wicket partnership of Buttler and Crawley (359) in the 3rd Test was the highest by England against all teams, surpassing the 254 by Fletcher and Greig in 1972-73. It is also the 5th in 5th-wicket partnerships in all 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:
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):
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).
Here we look at individual batting performances for the calendar year 2017.
Most runs (750 and above):
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):
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):
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):
Here we have Kohli closely followed by Dickwella, with Smith considerably behind.
Two centuries in a 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.
We now look at the honors boards in England’s dressing room.
A total of 129 centuries were made for England:
The most centuries by an English batsman are 6 each by Gooch and Vaughan.
Centuries in both innings were made by Gooch (333 and 123 v Ind in 1990) and Vaughan (103 and 101* v WI in 2004). Gooch’s 333 is also the only Test triple century at Lord’s. This was also the first instance of a triple century and century in a first-class match. Some years later Sangakkara repeated this in a Test against Bangladesh.
The next highest score for England here is 240 by Hammond v Aus in 1938.
Those who scored a century on debut were Hampshire (107 v WI, 1969), Strauss (112 v NZ, 2004) and Prior (126* v WI, 2007).
Next we look at the 95 five-fors by England:
The most five-forsare 8 by Botham followed by 5 each by Anderson and Trueman. Anderson may yet add to this.
The best performance here is 8-34 by Botham vs Pakistan in 1978, and he also scored a century in that match. Eight-wicket hauls have been made on 4 occasions by Botham (twice), Verity and Underwood.
There are numerous cases of five-fors in both innings. The most recent instance was by Woakes vs Pak in 2016.
It seems to be easier for debutants to take a five-for than to score a century at Lord’s. Here are those who took a five-for on debut:
Cork has the best figures here. No one has taken five-fors in each innings on debut.
And finally, we look at the rather shorter list of the 17 who took 10wm for England:
Underwood is the only one to do so twice.
Verity’s 15-wicket haul is the best here.
Bedser is the only one to do so on debut.
And MM Ali is the only English player to score a fifty and take a ten-for in a Test at Lord’s. He finished the match with a hat-trick.
There are some who have scored both a century and a five-for at Lord’s (though not always in the same Test):
Botham (108 and 8-34 v Pak in 1978) is the only one to do so in the same Test.
Those who scored both a century and ten-for at Lord’s:
None of them scored a century and took 10 wickets in a match (in fact, this has happened only 3 times in all Tests, Botham being the first to do so.) Oddly enough, Allen and Broad scored their only Test centuries at Lord’s.
Finally, in the third part, we will look at the boards for visiting teams.