Another anniversary-India’s first Test win

Britain is celebrating the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II ascending the throne (on February 6, 1952).

And the first Test won by India also started on the same day. As you can see from the scorecard, the scheduled second day (Feb 7) was made the rest day following the death of King George VI.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/england-tour-of-india-1951-52-61800/india-vs-england-5th-test-62729/full-scorecard

Note the contributions of Umrigar (130*) and Mankad (12-108). India’s first Test victory was by an innings. If you look at the English scorecard, it can be inferred that many of the team were in the Test side only because their leading players of that time did not want to tour India.

Australia-England series review-2

Hope you have seen the first part:

Continuing with individual performances in

Bowling:

Most wickets (90 or more):

Headed by Warne and Lillee. Current players are headed by Broad (131), Anderson (112) and Lyon (101).

Best innings bowling (including all 8wi or more):

Headed by Laker. SCJ Broad is in 4th place with 8-15 in 2015. No one else from recent times, unless you count McGrath’s 8-38 in 1997.

Best match bowling (including all 12wm or more):

Laker heads this table as well, with Massie’s freak debut in second place. From recent years the best is 12-246 by Warne in 2005.

Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, 25.00 or less):

Here we do have some current players such as PJ Cummins (20.75) and Hazlewood (24.45).

Lohmann has the best bowling average (13.01), Attewell the best economy rate (1.31) and Ferris the best strike rate (42.2)

Now we look at

Fielding:

Most dismissals (40 or more):

Headed by RW Marsh (148), though there are several current players such as Paine, SPD Smith and Bairstow. The specialist stumper Oldfield has 31 stumpings besides 59 catches. Among fielders, the highest is 61 by GS Chappell. Current players include SPD Smith (46).

Most dismissals in an innings (5 or more):

Several keepers have taken 6 in an innings. No fielder has more than 4. Oldfield has 4 stumpings.

In this series, Carey and Billings each took 5 catches on debut.

Most dismissals in a match (7 or more):

Several keepers have taken 9 in a match. Also note GS Chappell’s 7 as a fielder. He was the first Test player to achieve this, although several others have equaled this (and India’s Rahane has taken 8).

In this series AT Carey took 8 dismissals on debut. All 8 were catches, which is a record in all Tests. Others have taken 8 on debut but included one or more stumpings.

See https://abn397.wordpress.com/2021/12/11/alex-careys-records-in-the-brisbane-test/

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.75):

Headed by Gilchrist and Haddin, with Bairstow, Buttler and SPD Smith from current players. LC Braund has the best (0.973) among pure fielders.

All-round performances:

Career figures (see criteria in table):

KR Miller leads by a large margin. Stokes represents the current players.

Match performances (50 and 5wi):

A long list. The best would be those with 100/5wi (JM Gregory, Botham) and with 50/10wm (W Bates, Trumble and Woolley).

Australia-England series review-1

Australia won this series 4-0 and came within one wicket of making it 5-0. They had already achieved this against England in 1920-21, 2006-07 and 2013-14.

Last-wicket pairs thwarting defeat are more common than one would imagine. Here is a complete list of these instances in Tests:

This was only the second such instance in Aus-Eng Tests. The earlier one was at Manchester in 2005.

India also appears a number of times in this list, both as thwarter and thwartee.

Here is the summary of matches between Australia and England. Remember that there are some Tests which are not considered as Ashes contests.

Australia’s dominance at home is clear, and they almost lead England in England as well.

We now look at individual performances, starting with

Batting:

Most runs (2000 and more):

Many famous names here. Bradman has the most centuries (19) followed by Hobbs with 12.

Bradman also has the most 50+ scores (31) followed by Border with 29.

You will struggle to find current players here. They are SPD Smith with 3044 with Root just scraping in with 2016. Going a little further back there is Cook with 2493.

Highest innings (200 or more):

In recent years there are 244* by Cook (2017), 239 and 215 by Smith (2017 and 2015).

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, 45.00 or more):

SPD Smith is No 4 (after Bradman, Sutcliffe and Barrington). No one else from the last few years, unless you count CJL Rogers who played a few Tests in 2013-2015.

Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced, 50.00 or more):

Oddly enough, SCJ Broad has the 4th highest strike rate (after Gilchrist, Flintoff and Prior). And Warne is 5th. Warner, SPD Smith and Stokes are also here.

To be continued.

A century of not-out innings

While England’s chances of winning the current Ashes series look increasingly bleak, one of their players achieved a landmark in becoming the first to make 100 not-out innings in Tests. Who else but the Burnley Lara?

https://www.espncricinfo.com/player/james-anderson-8608

Here we see the list of those players who have made the most not-out innings in Tests:

(This does not include the Aus vs ICC XI Test of 2005, which makes a minor difference to the figures for some players such as Muraltharan and Kallis.)

Anderson is followed by CA Walsh (61) and several others in the 50s. The best for India is 47 by I Sharma

While Anderson has usually batted at No 11, he has an 81 and over 1200 runs. The first 6 in this list are tailenders, while the first regular batsman is S Chanderpaul followed by SR Waugh and AR Border with other tailenders intervening.

This is a true test of longevity for Anderson. And Lancashire players were known for their tenacity.

Summary of all England-India Tests-Sep 2021 (Pt 2)

Hope you have read Part 1.

Continuing with individual performances in Bowling:

Most wickets (40+):

Anderson has by far the most wickets. However, the most five-fors are by Chandrasekhar (8) followed by Ashwin and Botham with 6. Bedser is the only one with two ten-fors (which came in his first two Tests).

After Anderson and Ashwin, other current players include Broad, Ishant, Moeen and Jadeja.

Best innings bowling (including all case of 7wi or better):

The first few entries are from long ago, though Jadeja, Ishant and Broad are here. Ishant has the best figures for India in England (that too at Lord’s)

Best match bowling (including all cases of 10wm or better):

Interestingly, none of the two leading current Indian players (Ashwin and AR Patel) played in this series. Only Jadeja and Anderson represent the current players.

Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, maximum 35.00):

The best bowling averages are by Illingworth and Lever who played in relatively less matches. Anderson, Broad and Ashwin have the best averages among current players.

The best economy rates are by Illingworth and Nadkarni (who else?)

The best strike rates are by Lever and Willis.

Now for Fielding:

Most dismissals (30 or more):

Dhoni and Knott lead, although Kirmani has the most stumpings. Cook, Gavaskar and Dravid have the most catches by non-keepers.

Innings dismissals (5 or more):

Taylor and JT Murray lead, with current players Bairstow, Pant and Buttler bringing up the rear.

Yajurvindra has the most catches as a non-keeper, which came on his debut. He is still the only non-keeper to achieve this on debut.

Match dismissals (7 or more):

Led by RW Taylor, whose 10 was a Test record at that time.

There are Buttler (8). Bairstow, Pant and Rahul from among current players. Yajurvindra and Rahul have the best among non-keepers. Yajurvindra and Pant were making their debuts. Yajurvindra’s 7 catches are still the record by a fielder on debut.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.75):

Pant tops this list, with Buttler, Bairstow and Rahul among current players here.

Solkar and Rahul have the best dismissal rates among non-keepers.

Finally, all-round performances:

Overall (see criteria from table):

Ashwin has by far the best record here, with MM Ali and Jadeja the next among current players.

Unexpected names here include Borde and Shami.

Match performances (50 and 5wi):

Many outstanding feats here, notably Botham’s century and 13 wickets in 1980. There are also century/5wis by Mankad and Ashwin, and fifty/10wms by Lever and Jadeja. JK Lever remains the only one to achieve this on debut.

Botham, B Kumar and Ashwin appear here twice.

However, there was no such instance from this series.

Summary of all England-India Tests-Sep 2021 (Pt 1)

At the time of writing, we can say that England and India played a 4-Test series which India won 2-1. The fate of the 5th Test will be decided later. Perhaps an one-off Test at Manchester sometime in 2022.

Anyway, we look at the summary of all England-India Tests until now.

130 Tests have been played between these teams.England lead 49-31 with 50 draws.

In 66 Tests in England, England lead 35-9 with 22 draws.

In 64 Tests in India, India lead 22-14 with 28 draws.

India’s series victories in England were:

1971: 1 W, 2 D

1986: 2 W, 1 D

2007: 1 W, 2 D

2021: 2 W, 1 L, 1 D

One may argue that the 1986 team did the best.

So far, India has never won a Test at Manchester, Birmingham and Southampton.

Individual records:

Batting: Most runs (1000+):

Root is close to catching up with the top 3. Kohli and Pujara are the other current players here.

Root has the most centuries (8) while Tendulkar, Cook and Dravid have 7 apiece.

For 50+ scores, Tendulkar and Gavaskar have 20 apiece and Root has 18.

Highest innings (175+):

This series was relatively low-scoring with Root’s 180* being the highest, though he had made 218 earlier in 2021. Kohli and Pujara have earlier made double centuries.

Highest averages (Minimum 20 innings, 35.00):

Barrington is followed by Dravid and Root. Kohli, Pujara and Rahul are further down. Gavaskar’s average is surprisingly low.

Best Strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls, 45.00)

Kapil and Sehwag have the highest strike rates, as one would expect. Buttler and Ashwin (!) have the highest among current players. Next are Root, Jadeja and Rahul

To be continued

India v England at Manchester

With a lead of 2-1, India has one more Test to play at Manchester on Sep 10-14.

Manchester and Birmingham are two of the major centres where India has never won a Test.

Manchester was also well-known for rain disruptions. Two Ashes Tests were completely washed out, while India were saved from a likely defeat in 1971 when the entire last day was washed out.

The full record of England vs India Tests at this venue:

England lead 4-0 with 5 draws.

Most runs (150 and above):

Not very meaningful as relatively few matches have been played here. Viswanath seems to be the only batter to have played 3 Tests here. No one has made more than one century here, while Gavaskar is the only one with 3 scores of 50+.

Highest innings (all centuries):

Azharuddin and Hammond have the highest scores here. Other famous names such as Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Atherton, Botham and Hutton all appear here.

Most wickets (8 and above):

Bedser and Trueman lead here. Bedser is the only one with a ten-for as well as two five-fors.

Best innings bowling (including all 6wi):

Trueman has by far the best innings bowling with 8-31. Oddly, Doshi has the best figures for India.

Best match bowling (8wm and above):

Bedser has the best figures of 11-93, having earlier taken 11 wickets against India on his debut at Lord’s. He is the only Test player to take 11 wickets in each of his first two Tests. Trueman was unfortunate not to get a 10-for after taking 8-31. L Amarnath took 8 wickets in his only match there. Bedser’s figures are the best for England against India at home.

Most dismissals (5 and above):

Knott has the most by a keeper, while the lesser-known JT Ikin has the most by a non-keeper.

All-round performance (50+ and 5wi):

Only one such instance, by the lesser-known P Lever in 1971. This came close to being a victory for England, but rain on the last day spoiled this.

One can expect the weather to play a major role in this Test.

India vs England at the Oval

The 4th and 5th Tests are scheduled for the Oval (Sep 2-6) and Manchester (Sep 10-14). India does not have a particularly good record at these venues, having won only one Test at the Oval and none at Manchester.

Results of all England-India Tests at the Oval:

England lead 5-1 with 7 draws. India’s only victory was the historic first victory in England in 1971.

Note the 5 successive draws from 1979 to 2007 and 3 successive losses from 2011 to 2018. It appears that the Oval is not as much of a batting paradise it was in the 70s until recent years.

Most runs (250 and above) at the Oval:

Root is the only current player here. Will be become the first to score centuries in 4 successive matches in a series?

Highest scores (all centuries) at the Oval:

The last Test in 2018 saw centuries from Root, Rahul, Pant and the now-retired Cook. And Gavaskar’s 221 came close to bringing an improbable win for India.

Most wickets (8 and above) at the Oval:

Anderson, Broad and even Ishant Sharma have done well here. Chandrasekhar played only one Test here.

Best innings bowling at the Oval (including all 5wi):

No current player here (as Jordan does not play Tests now).

Best match bowling at the Oval (including all 8wm):

Again, nothing from current players. It is interesting that Jordan was making his debut.

Most dismissals at the Oval:

Bairstow and Pant among current players. Bairstow and Cook have the most dismissals. Remember that Cook was a non-keeper.

All-round performances at the Oval:

No instances of 50+ and 5wi in the same match.

India vs England at Leeds

Leeds could well be described as another lucky venue for India. Only 6 Tests have been played between England and India here, and England lead 3-2 with one draw. However England have not won against India here since 1967 and have not avoided defeat since 1979.

Now look at the overall record of India’s victories in England:

India’s highest victories by innings as well as runs have come at Leeds.

Even in the defeat in 1967 (which was the start of a 3-0 sweep), India’s 3rd-innings total of 510 is the highest such score by a losing side.

We now look at the best individual performances at this venue in matches between these teams.

Highest innings (all centuries):

Boycott’s slow 246* led to him being dropped for the next Test.

Tendulkar, Dravid and Ganguly all scored centuries in the same innings in 2002.

Best innings bowling (all 4wi):

The top position is somewhat unexpected.

Also note Trueman’s 4-27 on debut in 1952 which helped in reducing India to 0 for 4 wickets (recovering to 26/5 and then 165).

Best match bowling (all 6wm):

Binny again heads this list, as does Trueman for England.

Best innings fielding (3 or more catches):

Note that several non-keepers took 3 wickets in an innings.

Best match fielding (4 or more catches):

More and Sehwag have the most catches for keepers and non-keepers respectively.

All-round performances (50+ and 5wi):

No instances.

India in the 4th innings in England

India is set to make 209 to win the first Test at Nottingham. Rain is also likely to affect play on the 5th day, although they have already made 52/1

First we look at all of India’s performances in the 4th innings in England (50 and above):

India did chase 73 to win in 2007, which enabled India to win the series.

Their only higher winning totals are 136/5 (Lord’s, 1986) and 174/6 (Oval, 1971).

That 174/6 gave India its first victory in England, and still remains their best successful chase in England.

We also look at all winning 4th-innings scores by visiting teams in England above 50:

Some famous victories here, such as Australia’s win against a declaration at Leeds in 1948.

At Nottingham, the highest winning scores by visitors are:

209/8 by WI in 1980 (This was the only result of the 5-Test series).

158/3 by Aus in 2001

132/6 by Aus in 1981

115/1 by WI in 1991

103/0 by WI in 1950 (The year of Ramadhin and Valentine).

98/2 by Aus in 1948

77/2 by NZ in 1986

73/3 by Ind in 2007 (The only result of the series).

It is significant that India will have to equal the existing record of 209 at Nottingham if they are to win. The only positive note is that they are already almost a quarter of the way there with only one wicket down.

UPDATE: Rain prevented any play on the 5th day. The match was drawn.

Preview: India’s Test record in England

India winning a Test in England is a rare event. They won their first Test there in 1971, 39 years after the first such contest. There have been only seven victories until now.

India has won twice at Lord’s, twice at Leeds and twice at Nottingham besides once at the Oval. The 2018 win was India’s only win of the series. A look at the scorecard shows that it was truly a team effort with several different players making important contributions:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/india-tour-of-england-2018-1119528/england-vs-india-3rd-test-1119551/full-scorecard

It was Rishabh Pant’s debut, in which he hit a six off his second ball.

So Nottingham ought to be one of India’s favorite grounds.

India have never won at the traditional venues of Manchester and Birmingham, or at the new venue of Southampton.

Schedule for the Tests:

  1. Aug 4-8: Nottingham
  2. Aug 12-16: Lord’s
  3. Aug 25-29: Leeds
  4. Sep 2-6: Oval
  5. Srp 10-14: Manchester

Next we will look at the records between these sides at Nottingham.

Review of England-Pakistan Tests-2020-II

Hope that you have read Part I.

Before we get into bowling records in England-Pakistan Tests, we note the achievement of JM Anderson who became the first pace bowler to reach 600 wickets. Comparing with others who have crossed 500 wickets:

Here we have disregarded the ICC XI vs Aus Test, so the figures for Murali and Warne are less than what you will see in some sources.

Note that Broad with 514 has some chance of crossing 600.

Continuing with the main Bowling records:

Most wickets (25 or more):

Anderson and Broad follow Abdul Qadir, and may cross his record. Yasir Shah and Mohammad Amir are a little below.

Qadir has the most 5wi (8) as well as the most 10wm (4). No one else has more than one 10wm. Imran and Underwood have 4 5wis.

Best innings bowling (includes all cases of 7wi):

Qadir is the only one with 9wi. Botham’s 8-34 came along with a century.

Anderson also appears here.

Best match bowling (includes all cases of 10wm):

This time Underwood has the best figures followed by Qadir. Anderson, Woakes and Yasir Shah are also here.

Best bowling average (minimum 2000 balls, all cases):

Anderson leads this table with Broad somewhat below.

Mohammad Amir and Yasir Shah are also here.

The best economy rates are by Iqbal Qasim and DA Allen.

The best strike rates are by Waqar Younis and Anderson.

Now for fielding records:

Most dismissals (20 or more):

Led by Wasim Bari and followed by Kamran Akmal.

Wasim Bari and Sarfaraz Ahmed have the most stumpings (4).

Root has the most catches by a non-keeper (22) although 3 others have 20.

Most dismissals in an innings (5 or more):

A few non-keepers have 4 catches in an innings.

Most dismissals in an match (7 or more):

Bari and Akmal again lead this. The best by non-keepers are 6 by Greig and Hick.

Highest dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.600):

Knott has by far the best average here. Root and Trescothick have the best averages for non-keepers.

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria in table):

Here Broad does better than Botham. Strange that Imran does not meet these criteria.

Match (Fifty and 5wi):

Imran does appear here twice. The best performances include those by Botham (100+5wi) and Qadir (50+10wm).

This list includes Arnold, Qadir and Ajmal who would not usually be considered all-rounders.