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

Brdman 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.

 

 

 

 

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Review of SA-Aus Test series, 2017-18 (I)

The 4-Test series was won by South Africa 3-1, after Australia had won the first Test. This series will be long remembered for the happenings in the 3rd Test at Cape Town. However it was of historical interest as well, as will be apparent from this table:

Results of Australia-South Africa Test series since 1966-67:

Aus-SA series history

While South Africa had won several series in Australia since their readmission in 1991-92, they had not won any series at home since the pre-exile ones in 1966-67 and their swan song in 1970-71 until now. In the mean time they had won in Australia in 2008-09, 2012-13 and 2016-17. SA’s best performances at home were draws in 1993-94 and 2011-12.

Here is a summary of all Tests between the two teams:

Overall results

The neutral series was held as part of the Triangular series in England in 1912, not long after the Titanic sank. The experiment was not repeated in Tests afterwards.

We can see that Australia enjoys a healthy 52-26 lead overall. Unlike in many other series, South Africa did not seem to have much of a home advantage in the past.

We now move to individual performances in batting.

Most runs (750 and above):

Batting-runs

During this series AB de Villiers became the highest scorer for SA v Aus, overtaking Kallis. And he is only 64 runs behind Ponting’s overall record. Among current players, Amla and Warner have also made over 1000 runs, with others such as du Plessis catching up.

Highest innings (175 and above):

Highest innings

This includes the only unbeaten 299 in Tests. But bowlers have been dominant in the last few years, with only Amla’s and Clarke’s efforts in 2012-13 featuring here.

Highest averages (Minimum 2000 balls and minimum 35.00)

Batting average

The upper range has RN Harvey far ahead of the next two, Graeme Pollock and Clarke. Then there is another long gap before Warner, de Villiers and the rest including current players du Plessis and Amla.

To be continued.

 

Review of South Africa-India Tests-Jan 2018-Pt 1

After the conclusion of this series won by South Africa with a 2-1 margin, the results of Tests between these countries are summarized below:

Overall

India recorded their third Test win in South Africa, and maintained their unbeaten record at Johannesburg. They won 2 and drew 3 at this venue, going back to the first series in 1992-93. India’s first Test win in SA had come here in December 2006. They are yet to win a Test series in SA and Australia, though they have drawn series in both countries.

We now look at individual performances, starting with batting:

Most runs (500 and above):

Runs

Amla and de Villiers are 3rd and 4th on the all-time list. Other current players include Kohli, Pujara, Rahane and Vijay.

Tendulkar and Kallis both have 7 centuries. The most scores of 50+ are 12 by the same pair and Amla.

Highest innings (115 and above):

Indiv innings

This was a low-scoring series, with only Kohli’s 153 featuring here. Amla, Pujara, du Plessis and others have done well in earlier series. Sehwag’s 319 is India’s highest score in all Tests.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):

Batting average

Kallis and Sehwag expectedly top the averages. Kohli, Pujara, du Plessis and some other current players do not appear here as they have not played 20 innings. However, we can also look at

Highest batting strike rates (minimum 1000 balls faced, all instances):

Batting SR.JPG

Here Sehwag has by far the highest strike rate, followed by Azharuddin, GC Smith and Kohli. Dravid’s SR is surprisingly low.

Now to bowling:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Wkts

Kumble is far ahead of the second-placed Steyn, who did not do much in this series. Morkel, Ashwin and Ishant are among the current players here.

Best innings bowling (all instances of 6wi and above):

Innings bowling

Ngidi and Philander had 6-wicket hauls in this series, Ngidi doing so on his debut.

Earlier Klusener recorded his career-best innings bowling figures during his debut.

Best match bowling (all instances of 8wm and above):

Match bowling

Philander’s 9-wicket haul is the best in the current series, though others such as Ashwin and Steyn have done better in earlier series.

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

Bowling avg

We can see that Donald and Pollock have the best bowling averages. The best economy rates are by Pollock (2.26)and Kumble (2.34). The best strike rates are by Steyn (41.8) and Donald (43.7)

To be continued.

 

Review of South Africa-Zimbabwe Tests

A summary of all Tests between these countries:

Teams

SA has won 8 out of 9 Tests, including all 4 played at home and 4 out of 5 played away. Zimbabwe’s best performance can thus be said to be the Test at Bulawayo starting on 14 Sep 2001 (just after 9/11!) which was drawn.

We quickly go through the main individual performances:

Most runs (200 and above):

Most runs

Andy Flower’s performance in a weak team is particularly creditable. He and Kallis are the only ones with more than one century.

Highest innings scores (90 and above):

Highest scores

Andy Flower again, highlighting his lone battle with 142 and 199* in a losing cause.

Most wickets (8 and above):

Most wkts

The first three names are no surprise. Zimbabwe bowlers hardly figure here, particularly since their team sustained several innings defeats.

Best innings bowling (including all 5wi and above):

Innings bowling

Donald’s performance in the first Test between these teams remains unsurpassed. And Bryan Strang’s performance in the same Test is still a record for Zimbabwe.

Best match bowling (6wm and above):

Match bowling

As above, Donald’s record stands since 1995. And no Zimbabwe bowler appears here (again, because of the numerous innings defeats).

Most dismissals (5 and above):

Most dismissals

As one would expect. Interestingly four non-keepers share the record of 5 catches.

Best innings fielding (3 or more dismissals):

innings fielding

As expected, though Sibanda’s presence as the lone Zimbabwe player is strange.

Best match fielding (4 or more dismissals):

Match fielding

Note the absence of any Zimbabwe players here, and GC Smith’s record among non-keepers.

Overall all-round performance (see criteria below):

AR overall

The best all-rounder on both sides, while Pollock and Streak did not play enough in these matches.

All-round match performance (50+ runs and 5+ wickets):

AR match

There is no instance of 50+5wi in these matches, so the criterion is reduced to 50 runs and 5 wickets in the match. Here again it is Kallis all the way with Pollock playing a minor role.

 

 

An unusual all-round feat

Test matches between the West Indies and Zimbabwe have generally been one-sided. So it is a welcome change to see a strong performance by a Zimbabwe player.

Sikandar Raza became only the 15th player in all Tests to score two fifty-plus scores and take a fiver in the same Test:

AR Raza

In fact, he and Kallis are the only ones to make two scores of 80+ and take a fiver.

This list include some well-known and not so well-known players. Mankad (256) and Umrigar (228) have scored the most runs here-but in both cases India lost. Faulkner is the only other one here to have scored over 200 runs (when his team won).

There are a few other instances where the player’s team lost. Bhuvaneswar Kumar was the last to achieve this all-round feat, which resulted in a draw.

Sikandar Raza is probably the only Zimbabwe player who was born in Pakistan.

Review of South Africa-Bangladesh Tests (Oct 2017)

There have not been many Tests between these teams, so we can sum them up below:

SA-BD overall

SA has won 10 of the 12 Tests between these teams, and the two draws were in matches badly affected by rain. All 6 of the Tests in SA were won by SA, 5 by an innings. The sole exception was the first Test of this series, though that was practically an innings defeat as the sum of BD’s two innings was less than SA’s first innings.

With this small sample size, it is not worth studying averages but we look at other statistical points below:

Most runs (250 and above):

SA-BD batting

Several of these players played in the current series.

Amla and Smith scored 3 centuries apiece. They are also the only ones to make 4 scores of 50-plus.

Highest individual scores (75 and above):

SA-BD bat innings

One-sided indeed, although Mominul recorded BD’s highest score of 77 against SA. The previous record was 75 by H. Bashar in Bangladesh in 2003.

Most wickets (10 and above):

SA-BD wkts

Ntini and Steyn have a considerable lead over the others, though Bangladeshi bowlers also have a presence here.

Best innings bowling (including all 5wi and above):

SA-BD innings bowling

Interestingly, the three best bowling performances are by Bangladeshi bowlers-including Shakib who opted out of this series. Rabada’s two fivers in the current series are among the best for SA. Four bowlers have taken two fivers apiece.

Best match bowling (including all 7wm and above):

SA-BD match bowling

K Rabada’s 10-63 in the first Test is the best match analysis from either side. The only other 10-for is by PR Adams in 2003. For Bangladesh, the best is a 9-wicket haul by Shahadat in 2003.

Most fielding dismissals (5 and above):

SA-BD dismissals

Boucher is far ahead of the rest, while Liton Das moved on to BD’s highest tally of 8 dismissals. GC Smith has the most catches by a fielder (12).

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

SA-BD innings dismissals

Liton Das is the only one to challenge Boucher. Markram has the most catches by a fielder (3).

Most match dismissals (4 and above):

SA-BD match fielding

Again a near-monopoly by Boucher. Pollock is the only fielder with 4 catches in a match.

All-round performance (50 and 5wi):

SA-BD Match AR

Only one instance by one of the best all-rounders in all Tests.

 

 

Statistics of the Champions Trophy, 1998-2017-Pt 2

This is a continuation of https://abn397.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/staistics-of-the-champions-trophy-1998-2017-pt-1/

Fielding:

Most dismissals (10 or more):

Most dismissals-10

Led by four wicketkeepers, of whom only Dhoni played in 2017. Sangakkara has the most dismissals (33), stumpings (5) and catches by keepers (28). M. Jayawardene has the most catches (15) by a non-keeper. BB McCullum and Dravid played several matches as keepers and non-keepers.

Best innings fielding (4 or more dismissals):

Innings fielding-4

Buttler is the only one with 6 dismissals, though the lesser-known DO Obuya of Kenya has the most stumpings (3). NL McCullum and GJ Maxwell have each taken 4 catches as fielders, while Sarfraz Ahmed had the best innings performance for keepers in 2017.

Dismissal rate: Minimum 15 innings, rate 0.400 and above:

Fielding avg 0.4

Sangakkara has the highest dismissal rate followed by Dhoni, while DJ Bravo has the highest for non-keepers. Shoaib Malik has the highest rate among current non-keepers

All-round performance (note the criteria):

AR overall

JH Kallis is the only consistent all-rounder, with a much better performance than the other contender Shahid Afridi.

All-round match performance (30 runs and 3 wickets in a match):

AR match

The best performances were by Tendulkar and Kallis (in a match-winning role in the 1998 final). Gayle and R McLaren probably had the next best performances.

No one achieved this in 2017. The last to do this was RS Bopara in 2013, who ended up on the losing side in the final.

Thus concludes our study of the statistical highlights of the Champions Trophy up to 2017. With luck, it will be revised in 2021.