Test captaincy updates-3

Coming back to records up to 3 Dec 2019:

A total of 334 players have captained in Tests. Here are those who have captained in the most, along with their win/loss/draw records:

Captain in most Tests-Dec 2019

Kohli is now 12th on this list, somewhat ahead of Root and Steve Smith. He needs 8 more Tests to overtake Dhoni (besides other recent captains such as Cook and Misbah).

Some simple parameters for ranking include the percentage of wins and the win/loss ratio.

We consider these for the 157 who were captains in at least 10 Tests.

Ranked by percentage of wins:

Captains with highest win percentage-Dec 2019

Headed by Australia’s “Big Ship” Warwick Armstrong, who led the team to successive 5-0 and 3-0 Ashes wins after the Great War. Virat Kohli is 4th, after Steve Waugh and Don Bradman. Other current or near-current captains here are Kane Williamson (#12), Faf du Plessis (#18), SPD Smith (#19) and Joe Root (#30). The next from India is Dhoni (#40) and 45.00%.

At  the very bottom are M Ashraful (13 Tests and no wins) along with Ian Botham (!) and Khaled Mashud (12 Tests and no wins). Just above them are SA’s Alan Melville and Zimbabwe’s Tatenda Taibu (10 winless Tests).

We can also look at the ranking by Win-Loss Ratio for the same set of 157 captains:

Captains with highest Win-loss ratio-Dec 2019

Note that Armstrong has 8 wins and 2 draws with no losses, and thus has an undefined win-loss ratio. Everyone else with at least 10 Tests has at least one loss, starting with the second-ranked Douglas Jardine (born in Bombay).

Kohli is 9th here, ahead of all other contemporaries. Next is Williamson (#18), GC Smith (#33) and SPD Smith (#35). The next from India is Ganguly (#42) and 1.62

At  the bottom are the same quintet listed above, with Ashraful logically at the bottom with 0 wins in 13 Tests followed by Botham and the others.

Among those who captained in less than 10 Tests, a notable performance was that of England’s Brian Close (7 Tests, 6 wins and 1 draw).

 

 

 

RIP Bob Willis-some notes on his career

Basic details can be seen here: http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/player/22462.html

He captained England in 18 Tests in 1982-84, when the team won 7, lost 5 and drew 6.

There are relatively few “pure” bowlers who had extended runs as captains. This is an attempt to list them:

Bowler captain (Willis)

Botham did not do well as a batsman or bowler (or indeed as a captain) during his tenure.

Willis also holds a record of taking the most wickets (325) without ever taking a 10-for. These are the bowlers with this distinction with 200 or more wickets:

Most wkts with out 10WM

While Siddle may play a few more Tests, he is unlikely to come close to 325 wickets. Morne Morkel and Brett Lee may have surpassed this after a few more Tests if they had not retired.

For comparison, we see who has taken the most wickets without ever taking a five-for:

Most wickets without 5wi

While Hendrick was certainly a specialist bowler, most of the others here were considered all-rounders. Some were batsmen who bowled occasionally. We can see that NJ Astle has the most wickets without a 4-for.

And finally, he may be one of the few cricketers who legally changed their name to that of someone whom he admired. However, Bob Dylan outlived him. (He is only 8 years older than Willis).

Willis was not much of a batsman, with a top score of 28* and  career Test average of less than 12. He normally batted at No 10 or 11. However, he normally did stay long enough to help other batsmen to add more runs. The best such instance was in this Test in 1980:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/17053/scorecard/63269/england-vs-west-indies-4th-test-west-indies-tour-of-england-1980

England made 370 and the West Indies 265 in reply. In the 3rd innings, England collapsed to 92/9 when Willis came in to join Willey (who was not considered to be an established batsman at that time; he had two fifties with a top score of 62* at that time). So England led by 197 with 3:30 hours left, and surely the West Indies would make light work of a target of around 200. But this did not happen. Wisden 1981 had this to say:

“At The Oval, July 24, 25, 26, 28, 29. Drawn. Considering a complete day was lost to the weather, that only 29 wickets fell, and that West Indies averaged 12.3 overs an hour, the fourth Test was a much better match than it might have been. Its main features were Gooch’s tremendous attacking 83 which inspired England’s best batting of the summer, a West Indian collapse that put them in momentary danger of a follow-on, and an unbroken last-wicket stand of 117 between Willey and Willis that saved England from defeat.

How England came to be 92 for nine in their second innings after making 370 in the first is something that requires no explanation to anyone familiar with the brittleness of their batting, or with the potency of Holding, Croft and Garner. When Willey and Willis came together a West Indian victory looked likely with England only 197 ahead and with three and a half hours left. Yet they played with exemplary coolness and courage, and after a surprisingly short time showed no sign of being parted.

West Indies were badly handicapped by injuries to Croft and Garner, but Holding and Marshall were still relatively fresh when the ninth wicket fell twenty-five minutes after lunch. Willis’s 24 not out equalled his highest score in 80 innings for England and followed a sequence of ten innings in which he had only once reached double figures. Sadly, because of his lost bowling form, it proved to be his last Test innings of the season.

For all that was owed to the ungainly effectiveness of Willis’s lunging forward stroke, it was to Willey that England were mainly indebted for survival. Ironically, he would not even have been playing had Greenidge caught him at 13 in the Old Trafford Test a fortnight earlier – an escape which enabled him to add 62 not out to an aggregate of 90 in his ten previous innings for England. It was to his reputation as a fighter that Willey owed his continued presence in the side, and at The Oval he justified the selectors’ faith in him. Arriving at 67 for six, thirty-five minutes before lunch, he showed the full face of the bat to the West Indian fast bowlers from the moment he came in. He held concentration and resolve as Botham, Knott and Dilley were briskly swept aside, resourcefully protected Willis from the strike and, when the West Indian effort faded, availed himself of a well-deserved first hundred.”

While this was not noticed at the time, it was the first time that a 10th-wicket pair succeeded in doubling the score (from 92/9 to 209/9). This happened after over a hundred years of Tests, and has indeed happened only on 6 occasions from 1980 to 2019 as detailed here:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2019/11/13/batting-recoveries-1-doubling-the-score-by-the-10th-wicket-partners/

So the West Indies held on to their 1-0 lead going into the final Test which was also drawn. Later that decade they beat England 5-0 in England in 1984, 5-0 in the West Indies in 1985-86 and 4-0 again in England in 1988. Hence the wisecracks about the “blackwash” being followed by a “dark grey wash” in 1988.

 

Review of Eng-NZ Tests-Dec 2019-2

Hope you have read Part 1

Continuing with individual performances-Fielding:

Most dismissals (20 and above):

Eng v NZ dismissals

Parore is just ahead of RW Taylor overall. Watling and R Taylor have the most dismissals among current players. Fleming has the most among non-keepers.

Most innings dismissals (5 and above):

Eng v NZ innings fielding

Only Bairstow from recent series. Headed by the lesser-known CMW Read.

Most match dismissals (6 and above):

Eng v NZ match fielding

Again, hardly anything from recent series. Note that Lamb and Cook have the best among non-keepers.

Best dismissal rate (Min 20 innings, 0.600):

Eng v NZ dismissal rate

Taylor and Cook from recent years, with Fleming having the best figures among non-keepers.

All-round overall (see criteria below):

Eng v NZ AR overall

Not much debate here for the top two. Vettori’s figures are lower than what one would expect. Even CL Cairns did better.

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

Eng v NZ AR match

A long list here, with Southee with two instances from recent years. This list has three instances of the comparatively rare 50/10wm (Greig, Hadlee and Nash) besides the more usual 100/5wi (Botham twice).

 

Review of Aus-Eng Tests, 2019-2

Continued from part 1

Bowling:

Most wickets (75 and above):

2019 Ashes-Wkts

The most 5-wicket hauls is 12 by SF Barnes, while several others have 11.

Several have 4 10-wicket match hauls.

The highest among current players is 118 by Broad. Lyon and Siddle are also here.

Best innings bowling (including all instances of 8wi and better):

2019 Ashes-Innings bowling

You don’t need to be reminded about the first two entries. The only one from a current player is Broad’s 8-15 in 2015.

Best match bowling (all instances of 11wm and better):

2019 Ashes match bowling

Nothing from recent years.

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

2019 Ashes Bowling Avg

As you may guess, the top positions are all from the 19th century. From current players we have Cummins and Hazlewood.

We see that the best averages are by Lohmann and Ferris. The best economy rates are by Attewell (1.31) and Ironmonger (1.74). The best strike rates are by Ferris (42.2) and Lohmann (42.9)

Fielding:

Most dismissals (30 and above):

2019 Ashes fielding

The most dismissals and catches by a keeper are by RW Marsh. But the record for stumpings is 31 by WAS Oldfield (who still holds the Test record of 52). The most catches by a non-keeper are 61 by GS Chappell, followed by Border and Botham with 57.

Best innings fielding: 6 and above

2019 Ashes-Innings fielding

No non-keeper has taken more than 4 catches in an innings.

Best match fielding: 7 and above

2019 Ashes-Match fielding

Langley was the first of several who made 9 dismissals. His was a world record until surpassed by RW Taylor in 1980. GS Chappell was the first non-keeper to take 7 catches in a match, a world record equalled by several others and surpassed by AM Rahane in 2015.

Best dismissal rate (Min 20 innings, 0.65):

2019 Ashes-dismissal rate

Headed by Gilchrist, followed by Haddin and Healy. The best by non-keepers are by LC Braund, WG Grace and AW Greig.

All-round performance:

Overall (see criteria in table):

2019 Ashes-AR overall

KR Miller heads this list followed by two from the 19th century. Broad is the only current player here, although he is currently batting at 10 or 11.

Match performance (50 and 5wi):

2019 Ashes-AR match

The best performances include 100/5wi by JM Gregory and Botham (THAT match in 1981), besides 50/10wm by W Bates, Trumble and Woolley of long ago.

Review of England-India series, 2018-2

Hope you have read the first part.

Continuing with fielding:

Most dismissals (20 or more):

Eng-India 20 dis

Dhoni is ahead by a large margin, with the most dismissals and catches by a keeper. However Kirmani has the most stumpings. Cook has the most catches by a non-keeper. With 13 catches in this series, he overtook Dravid and Gavaskar.

Meanwhile, Bairstow and Buttler are rapidly moving up the table.

Most innings dismissals (5 or more):

Eng-Ind inngs dism-5

While the top two performances were long ago, Bairstow and Pant both took 5 in an innings during this series. Yajurvindra’s 5 (on debut) remains the best for a non-keeper.

Most match dismissals (7 or more):

Eng-Ind match dis-7

Pant and Rahul both took 7 catches in the course of India’s sole win of the series. Bairstow followed up with 7 in the last Test. Yajurvindra and Rahul have the best performances by non-keepers, while Bob Taylor is far ahead of everyone else.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.600):

Eng-Ind field avg

As you may expect, Taylor and Dhoni have the top two positions. Solkar has the best rate for non-keepers, far ahead of Dravid. Bairstow and Buttler are also here.

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria in table):

Eng-Ind AR

Kapil and Ashwin lead, with surprise entries such as the occasional bowler Borde, besides Kumble who made his only Test century here.

Some obvious candidates such as Botham and Mankad are not here as they did not play enough in this series. However, they do appear in :

Best all-round performance in match (fifty+ and 5+wi):

Eng-Ind AR match

The best performances are by Botham (1980) and Mankad, while the long-forgotten JK Lever’s debut performance is also noteworthy. Pandya is the only appearance from this series, though we can also see B Kumar achieving this twice in 2014. Then there is the old firm of Ashwin and Jadeja.

The Lord’s Dishonour Boards

You know all about the Test honours boards at Lord’s, which have been  covered in this blog a few times.

You also know who never did well while playing in several matches at Lord’s: https://abn397.wordpress.com/2016/10/28/those-who-missed-the-bus-at-lords/

Now imagine the concept of a Dishonour Board. For batting, this would be anyone who gets a genuine pair (dismissed for a duck in both innings) at Lord’s:

Dismissed for a duck at Lord’s:

Lord's Pair

India contributed Murali Vijay and Kuldeep Yadav in the 2018 Test. Earlier that season, Stuart Broad was dismissed for a silver pair (out second ball in each innings). No instance could be found of a golden pair (first ball in each innings) and bronze pair (third ball).

As you may guess, most of these players are not specialist batsmen (though Prior, Stokes and Murali Vijay are exceptions).

Botham’s pair in 1981 was the final trigger to his dismissal from the captaincy, when England trailed 0-1 in the second Test of an Ashes series. Brearley came back as captain, and the rest was history  as England won three Tests in a row to win 3-1.

Now we look at those who bowled in each innings of a match and had match figures of  0-100 or worse:

Lord's conceding 100 for 0.

The most runs conceded are 143 by West Indian Fidel Edwards and 142 by Australian AC Agar. The only instance from India is that of Shastri, who came up against Gooch’s 333 and 123 in 1990.

And finally, we look at wicket-keepers who did not make a dismissal after fielding in both innings of a match:

Lord's no dismissals

Leslie Ames appears here three times in the 1930s. A number of other prominent keepers ranging from Waite to de Villiers are here.

Now someone like Andy Zaltzman can take this up further and put up the Dishonour Boards at Lord’s.

 

 

The Lord’s triple honours list

You know about the honours boards at Lord’s: one for scoring a century, one for 5wi and one for 10wm. (Then there are separate boards for home, visitors and neutral players. Ignore that for now).

How many players do you think qualify to be on all three boards? One of them joined the club during this Test.

Lord's triple-1

An elite group of all-rounders, with only one visitor (Miller) among them.

CR Woakes scored a century in this match. He had earlier taken 5wi and 10wm in 2016.

He really seems to like Lord’s, as we see from his record here:

Woakes at Lord's

Of those who appear on two or more boards. Vinoo Mankad and Ian Botham are the only ones to have taken a century and 5wi in the SAME match.

Lord's 100+5wi

No one has scored a century and taken 10wm in the same Test at Lord’s. This has been achieved only three times in all Tests, by Botham, Imran and Shakib.

As an afterthought, here are the only two who have scored a fifty and taken 10wm in the SAME Test at Lord’s:  they would be duly listed for their 5wi and 10wm, but not for their fifty.

Lord's 50 + 10wm

A similar piece from Cricinfo: http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/24350452/chris-woakes-lord-love

Tail piece: Some readers seem to be unsure about the existence of the 10wm boards. Maybe they are a relatively recent innovation. However, we have some pictures to verify this:

10wm board

Part of the 10wm board.

Also, when someone gets 10wm with two fivers, both fivers are mentioned on the fiver board. If he gets one fiver and another haul of less than 5 wickets in the match, both are mentioned (and marked) as you can see here:

Lord's 5wi board

And finally, one of the obscure boards for neutral Tests:

Lord's-neutral board

These were set up in 2010 and so far cover only two Tests, Aus v SA in 1912 and Aus v Pak in 2010.

 

 

Review of England-Pakistan Tests-2018 (2)

After covering general results and batting figures in the first part, we move on to bowling figures:

Most wickets (25 and above):

Most wkts-25

Qadir has by far the most wickets and Anderson is unlikely to overtake him. Broad and M. Amir are next among current players

Best innings bowling (including all 7wi and above):

Best innings bowling

Qadir again at the top. No good performances in the last few years. In fact the 2018 series did not see anyone take a five-for.

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

Match bowling

Underwood and Qadir lead. Nothing from the current series, though Woakes and Yasir Shah are there from 2016.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

Bowling average

Anderson has by far the best bowling average, followed by his partner Broad. Qadir is somewhat further down. M. Amir is also there from the current series.

The best economy rates are by Iqbal Qasim (1.82) and DA Allen (1.90). The best strike rates are by by Waqar Younis (48.5) and almost the same by Anderson (48.6).

Fielding records:

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Dismissals

Wasim Bari has by far the most dismissals, followed unexpectedly by Kamran Akmal. Bari and Sarfraz Ahmed have the most stumpings. Cook, Miandad and Younis Khan share the record for non-keepers.

Best innings fielding (5 or more dismissals):

Innings fielding

Sarfraz Ahmed has done this in 2015, 2016 and 2018.

Best match fielding (6 or more dismissals):

Match fielding

Wasim Bari and Kamran Akmal (!) have the record of 8 dismissals. Bairstow had 7 in 2016. Greig and Hick have the most catches (6) by non-keepers.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.500 and above):

Dismissal rate

Knott and Taylor lead, while Asad Shafiq and Cook have the most among current players. Trescothick and Atherton have the best rates for non-keepers. Sarfraz Ahmed has not played enough.

Overall all-round performances (see criteria):

AR overall

Botham and Broad lead, followed by Intikhab Alam at a distance. Imran Khan does not seem to have played enough.

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

AR match

Imran and Botham appear here twice apiece, along with some unexpected appearances by Abdul Qadir and others. Qadir has one of the rare doubles of a fifty and ten-for in a match, while Botham had a century and 8-34.

 

 

 

 

More about the honors boards at Lord’s-2

We now look at the honors boards in England’s dressing room.

A total of 129 centuries were made for England:

Eng-century at Lord's-1

Eng-century at Lord's-2

Eng-century at Lord's-3

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:

Eng-5wi at Lord's-1

Eng-5wi at Lord's-2

Eng-5wi at Lord's-3

The most five-fors are 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:

Eng-5wi on debut at Lord's

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:

Eng-10wm at Lord's

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):

Eng-100 and 5wi at Lord's

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:

Eng-100 and 10wm 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.