The Ashes since 1970

So the 2019 series was drawn 2-2, and Australia retained the Ashes which they held since winning the 2017-18 series.

Here we look at the history of the Ashes since the 1970-71 series, when England won the Ashes after a long gap-Australia had held them since 1958-59 so they were away from England throughout the 1960s. There were also longish droughts for England in the early 1920s and from the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s.

Similarly, Australia had held the Ashes from 1989 to 2005, so the 1990s also passed without England getting hold of them. However, Australia has had the better of the contests since then (especially in Australia).

Ashes from 1970

A quick look at the list shows some captains who won the Ashes on two or more occasions, including Ian Chappell (2), Brearley (3), Border (3), Taylor (3), S Waugh (2), Strauss (2) and Cook (2).

Those who have lost the Ashes on two or more occasions are Border (3), Gooch (2), Atherton (2), Hussain (2), Ponting (3), Clarke (2) and Root (2).

Peter Siddle and the PJs

Peter Siddle has been in and out of the Australian team.

In 64 Tests before the start of the current Ashes series, he has scored 1080 runs and has taken 214 wickets. In the current Test, he was the second top-scorer and made 44 batting at number 10.

He has taken 8 fivers and a hat-trick, and also holds one batting record as he is the only  batsman to have scored two fifties in a Test while batting at No 9.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/player/7898.html

Older cricket fans would remember Raju Bharatan and his horrible puns. He would have a field day with Peter Siddle, as his surname rhymes with many other words (not all of them polite): diddle, fiddle, middle, piddle, riddle, griddle etc.

The British media had this to say after one of his good performances: “Peter goes from second fiddle to fecund Siddle”.

Not quite up to the standard of Shashi Tharoor, but a good try.

Highest score at No 8 in World Cup

Nathan Coulter-Nile’s 92 against the West Indies was the highest score by any No 8 batsman in the World Cup.

Here are the list of all such scores above 40:

World Cup No 8

It can be seen that the record score at No 8 was earlier 72* by HH Streak in 2003.

The previous highest score by Australia was somewhat further down at 43 by BJ Haddin in 2015. Nearby there is 42 by CH Morris of SA in 2019.

The best by India is a mere 28 by NR Mongia in 1999.

Aus v Ind ODIs (March 2019) review-1

First, Australia achieved the rare feat of winning an ODI from 0-2. This is covered nicely by Cricinfo writer Bharat Seervi:

Seervi article

It can be seen that India suffered the indignity of losing a 6-match series after leading 2-0. This was the only such occasion in ODIs.

Recovering from an 0-2 deficit in Tests is even rarer. It has happened only once, during the 1936-37 Ashes where Bradman’s team won 3-2. In a few cases there was a recovery to a 2-2 draw or a 3-2 loss. The latter happened to India against the West Indies in 1974-75.

The last time Australia won a bilateral ODI series in India was in late 2009.

Here is a summary of all bilateral ODI series between India and Australia in India:

(This leaves out matches in the World Cup, Champions Trophy and a few tri-series.)

1984 (Sep/Oct): Aus won 3-0, 2 NR

1986 (Sep/Oct): Ind won 3-2, 1 NR

2001 (Mar/Apr): Aus won 3-2

2007 (Sep/Oct): Aus won 4-2, 1 NR

2009 (Oct/Nov): Aus won 4-2, 1 NR

2010 (Oct): Ind won 1-0, 2 NR

2013 (Oct/Nov): Ind won 3-2, 2 NR

2017 (Sep/Oct): Ind won 3-1

2019 (Mar): Aus won 3-2

Individual performance will be covered in the next part.

 

Review of India – Aus T20Is-2019

A total of 20 T20Is have been played between India and Australia. Here is the summary of all results:

Result table

And the summary of the matches in India:

Series history

Considering bilateral matches in a series of at least 2 matches, we see that the 2017 series was drawn 1-1 and this series was won 2-0 by Australia.

Coming to individual performances:

Batting:

100 or more runs:

Runs-100

Kohli is far ahead of the others. Watson and Maxwell are the only ones to score centuries. The most 50+ scores are by Kohli (6 with no centuries) and 3 each by RG Sharma, Watson and Yuvraj.

Highest individual scores (50 and above):

Maxwell’s 113* was the highest for Australia in India, surpassing AJ Finch’s 89 in 2013.

Innings-50

Bowling:

Most wickets (5 and above):

Bowling-5

Bumrah has moved into the lead.

Best innings bowling (includes all 3wi and above):

Innings bowl-3

Bumrah’s 3-16 is the best for India at home, surpassing the earlier 3-26 by Vinay Kumar in 2013. The overall best performance was by Ashwin in the 2014 World Championship.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (4 or more dismissals):

Fielding-4

Dhoni has the most stumpings and catches by a keeper. Kohli has the most catches by a non-keeper.

Best innings dismissals (2 and above):

Innings field

All-round performance:

100 runs and 5 wickets:

AR-overall

Clearly they are the best all-rounders in these teams.

Match performance (20 runs and 2 wickets):

AR-match

Watson’s effort is the best here.

The same teams continue with a 5-match ODI series.

Review of Aus-SL Tests-2019 (2)

Hope that you have seen Part 1.

We now move on to Bowling:

Most wickets (15 and above):

Most wickets-15

Note Herath’s late surge after Muralitharan retired. Starc heads the current players.

The most 5wis are 6 by Herath and Starc. The most 10wms are 2 by Warne and Starc.

Best innings bowling (6wi and above):

Innings-6wi

Cummins has the best figures among current players.

Best match bowling (9wm and above):

Match-9wm

In this series, Cummins (10-62 at Brisbane) and Starc (10-100 at Canberra) surpassed the previous mark for Australia vs Sri Lanka at home. It was earlier held by Siddle (9-104 at Hobart in 2012).

Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

Bowl avg-all

Herath and Warne have the best bowling averages.

Vaas and Warne have the best economy rates.

Herath and Warne have the best strike rates.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (12 and above):

Dismissals-12

Gilchrist and Healy have the most catches by a keeper (32) and Gilchrist also has the most stumpings (5). The most catches by a non-keeper are 20 by M Jayawardene. Only Kusal Mendis represents current players here with 12 dismissals.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

Innings dismissals

This time Hayden has the most catches by a fielder with 4.

Most match dismissals (6 and above):

Match dismissals

Healy and Gilchrist yet again, while Hayden’s 7 catches as a non-keeper were a share in the world record at that time.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.5):

Dismissal rate-0.5

Sangakkara has the highest dismissal rate, while M Jayawardene has the highest by a non-keeper.

All-round overall performance (see criteria):

AR-overall

Only Vaas meets these criteria.

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

AR-match

Only two such performances.

 

 

Summary of India’s tours to Australia

This was India’s first victory in a Test series in Australia, in 12 Test series going back to 1947-48.

This was India’s first victory in a bilateral ODI series in Australia. This was only the second such series, Australia having won the first in 2015-2016.

If you count ODI series with more than 3 teams, India had won the Commonwealth Bank series in 2007-08, where Australia was the losing finalist and Sri Lanka was the third participant.

And there was the B & H World Championship in 1984-85, where Pakistan was the losing finalist and all 7 Test teams of that period took part. India won all 5 of their matches, and the series was immortalized by Shastri’s Audi.

India did not win this T20I series, which was drawn 1-1 with one “no result”. However India had won the only other 3-match series in 2015-16 3-0. That was the only time that a visiting team had made a clean sweep of any series in Australia in a series of 3 or more matches in ANY format of cricket.

The worst defeat for Australia at home would appear to be England’s 2-0 victory in the 1886-87 Test series. Or perhaps England’s 5-1 victory against a Packerized team in 1978-79.

To put it differently, this was the first time that Australia failed to win a series in ANY format of cricket during a tour. Perhaps they will have better luck with Sri Lanka in the latter half of their season. Sri Lanka is to play 2 Tests and no other matches.

While many teams have separate captains for Tests, ODIs and T20Is, India had Virat Kohli as captain in all 3 formats.His counterpart was TD Paine in Tests and AD Finch in ODIs and T20Is.