Pakistan-South Africa Test Review-1

At the conclusion of South Africa’s 3-0 win against Pakistan, 26 Tests had been played between these teams. Here is a summary of the results:

overall

South Africa won two home series against Pakistan 3-0 in succession. In between, a series in the UAE was drawn 1-1.

We now look at individual performances:

Batting:

Most runs (500 and above):

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Kallis has the most runs (1564), most centuries (6) and 50+ scores (14).

The most by current players are 1146 by Amla and 640 by Asad Shafiq.

Highest innings (125 and above):

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The only instance in this series was de Kock’s 129.

Batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):

bat avg-all

ABD is far ahead of the others. Amla and Azhar Ali are the only current players here.

Batting strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced, all instances):

strike rate-all

ABD again, though closely followed by GC Smith. Asad Shafiq and Amla have the highest strike rates among current players.

To be continued.

 

Test batting averages across innings

There is often a significant difference in how batsmen perform in different innings. This is apparent when we look at those with the highest averages in Tests (for those who have batted in at least 20 innings).

Data is correct up to April 3, 2018. The ICC XI v Aus Test of 2005 is not counted.

First we look at the averages for Tests as a whole, for a minimum of 20 innings vatted across innings;

Highest batting averages in Tests (50 and above):

Overall averages for all innings

You do not need to be reminded about the man with 99.94. The next two are also well known in recent years. Some, like Kambli, are lucky to scrape through. Other contemporary players listed above include Kohli, Root, Younis Khan, de Villiers, Pujara and Williamson.

Most of those who are generally regarded as great batsmen are here-even though some like H Sutcliffe, GE Tyldesley and CA Davis never made a double century.

Now we look at the different innings. The 20-innings cutoff is applied in each case.

Highest batting averages in first innings of Tests (55 and above):

1st innings averages

Bradman and Steve Smith are still in the top 3, but then there is considerable variation. Hassett and Azhar Ali averaged less than 50 in all innings but did much better in the first innings. Voges, Graeme Pollock and Headley did not play enough Tests. Barrington and Weekes seemed to have particularly relished batting in the first innings.

Contemporary players here include Steve Smith, Azhar Ali, Pujara, Ross Taylor, du Plessis, Root and a few others.

Moving on to the second innings.

Highest batting averages in second innings of Tests (55 and above):

2nd innings averages

Bradman is still at the top, followed relatively closely by Kohli. Other contemporary players include Steve Smith, Williamson, Root, de Villiers, Younis Khan and AN Cook. Tendulkar just scrapes through the 55-mark, some distance behind Gavaskar who did not do too well in the first innings.

Now to the third innings.

Highest batting averages in third innings of Tests (50 and above):

3rd innings averages

Bradman now drops out of the table altogether, with May and Kallis taking the two top spots. Here the differences between the top players are comparatively smaller. Contemporary players here are headed by Amla and Azhar Ali.

Finally the fourth innings, where survival skills are particularly important:

Highest batting averages in fourth innings of Tests (40 and above):

4th innings averages

As we can see, it is as difficult to average 40 here as it is to average 50 overall. Boycott, Gavaskar and Hobbs are bunched together at the top. And some like Bradman did not need to do much in the fourth innings as they and their teams generally scored enough in the first and second innings. Some, such as Ranatunga, Misbah and Hutton did not even score centuries in the fourth innings and probably benefited by a number of not-out innings.

Contemporary players here include Younis Khan, AD Mathews, Misbah-ul-Haq, Warner, Ross Taylor and Mohammad Hafeez.

Comparison of centuries made in different innings will be taken up next.

 

 

 

 

New Zealand-South Africa Tests review-I

Tests between NZ and SA are not normally followed much in India-and particularly the just-concluded series which coincided with an intense India-Australia series. In case you missed it, SA won 1-0 with 2 draws. NZ would almost certainly have won the 3rd Test if rain had not washed out the last day.

As you will see from the table below, New Zealand finds it particularly to defeat South Africa at home- they have won precisely one Test there in Tests since 1932-33. They have done slightly better in South Africa, winning 3 Tests.

That one Test win was in March 2004, which resulted in a 1-1 drawn series. In South Africa, the 1961-62 series was drawn 2-2 with one draw. In 1994-95, New Zealand won the first Test of the series in South Africa but went on to lose the series 2-1.

Overall

We now proceed to Batting-most runs (500 and more):

Most runs (500)

The most centuries are 6 by Kallis followed by 4 by Amla. Kallis and Amla also have the most 50+ scores (12 and 11 respectively).

Highest individual scores (125 and above):

Highest scores (125)

In this series, KS Williamson made the highest score for NZ v SA in NZ, surpassing the 170 by SB Styris in 2004. (That was in the one Test which NZ won at home against SA). However the highest by NZ against SA is still SP Fleming’s 262 in 2006.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, complete list):

Bat. Average (comp)

Interesting that the highest average is that of DJ McGlew of the 1950s and 60s. The next two, Kallis and Amla, are predictable. Spare a thought for CS Martin at the bottom of this table.

To be continued..