Review of England-New Zealand Tests-2

Continuing our study of Tests between these teams up to June 2022.

Fielding: Most dismissals (20 and more):

Only Root among current players, with Parore and RW Taylor having the most dismissals. The most stumpings were by TG Evans of the 1940s and 50s, most catches by AC Parore and most catches by a non-keeper by SP Fleming.

Most dismissals in an innings (5 and above):

CMW Read is the only one with 6 dismissals. No non-keeper has taken 5 or more.

Most dismissals in a match (7 and above):

This includes one with 8 dismissals by current player Blundell.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.600):

Root and Latham represent current players. The highest by a keeper is 1.826 by IDS Smith, and SP Fleming has 0.970 as the highest by a non-keeper.

All-round overall (see criteria in table):

IT Botham leads here, while Sir Richard and CL Cairns also have good figures.

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

These teams have had good all-rounders, which accounts for the number of entries here. Of special note are those who had a century and 5wi in the same match (Botham in Feb 1978 and Jan 1984). Those with a fifty and 10wm are AW Greig, Sir Richard (Aug 1986) and DJ Nash.

Current player TG Southee scored 50 and took 5wi on debut in 2008.

The forgotten DJ Nash was the first from any Test country to make a fifty and take 10+ wickets at Lord’s. Later MM Ali did it for Eng v SA in 2017.

Review of England-New Zealand Tests-1

Here we look at the figures relating to Tests between these teams, after England won 3-0 in 2022.

First, a summary of all Test results:

As NZ was a weak team for a long time, England leads by a large margin. There have been a few 3-0 sweeps in the past. NZ has done a little better at home. They have won a few series at home and away.

We now proceed to individual performances:

Most runs (750 and above):

JE Root now has the most runs (1388) in E v NZ Tests. Next is GA Gooch with 1148.

Among current NZ players, KS Williamson has the most runs (853) which is far behind JG Wright’s record of 1518.

The most centuries are 5 by MD Crowe, and the most fifty-plus scores are 11 by Wright and R Taylor.

Highest innings scores (150 and above):

The highest scores in this series were 190 by DJ Mitchell and 176 by JE Root, far behind the triple centuries of Hammond and J Edrich. Hammond’s 336* was a world Test record (surpassing Bradman’s 334) until Hutton overtook it with 364 in 1938.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings and 35.00):

Cowdrey leads by a large margin. Root (49.57) and Williamson (37.08) have the highest averages among current players.

Highest strike rate (Minimum 1000 balls faced and 45.00):

McCullum leads by a large margin. Next is Stokes with 63.32. The highest by a current NZ player is 49.43 by Mitchell.

Bowling-most wickets (30 and above):

Sir Richard Hadlee leads with 97, and current player Broad is next with 84. Boult (70) has the most by a current NZ player. He is in the fourth position after Anderson (74).

Hadlee has the most 5wi (8), and Underwood the most 10wm (3).

Best innings bowling (including all 7wi):

No major innings hauls in this series, although Anderson and Broad have done well in the past.

Best match bowling (including all 10wm and above):

There was one ten-for by MJ Leach in this series.

Best bowling average (Minimum 2000 balls bowled, all instances):

DL Underwood leads by a large margin. TA Boult has the best among current players, followed by Anderson, Broad and others.

Underwood has the best bowling average, economy rate and strike rate. The second-best are Willis, Illingworth and Caddick respectively.

To be continued.