They only saw wins in Tests

Updated on May 15, 2021

Here we look at the small number of Test players who saw only victories in their Test careers. As you may guess, this is a short list with only 5 names (who played 5 or more Tests).

Only wins:

The only new entrant here is KA Jamieson with 6 wins out of 6. Other recent players who were briefly on this list after 5 or more Tests include Imran Khan (Jr) and Sam Curran.

It goes without saying that a record like this is more due to being in the right place at the right time rather than the player’s merit.

Above 75% wins:

This is the full list of 36 players who had a win percentage of over 75% after a minimum of 5 Tests.

The highest from India is 5/6 by KK Nair, followed by newcomer Mohammed Siraj with 4/5.

Jamieson, Blundell and Siraj are the only current players here, since KK Nair seems to be unlikely to play for India again. Perhaps TD Astle will add to his 5 Tests for New Zealand.

AC Gilchrist is the only one with over 30 Tests. And the only others with over 20 Tests are Australians from around the same period.

The Test debutants of 2020

These are the players who made their Test debut in 2020:

This list is in chronological order of debut.

No really outstanding performances. We look through the good performances:

Batting: 40 or more in an innings:

PJ Malan (SA) 84 v E

KT Kasuza (Z) 63 v SL

Hasuranga de Silva (SL) 59 v SA

J da Silva (WI) 57 v NZ

GD Philips (NZ) 52 v A

S Gill (I) 45 v A

KA Jamieson (NZ) 44 v I

80 or more in the match:

PJ Malan (SA) 89 v E

S Gill (I) 80 v A

While Malan has the best innings and match scores, he is not in the current Test team of SA. Similarly Philips is not in the current NZ team. Gill is likely to make further progress, as he did with 91 in the decisive Test at Brisbane.

Bowling: 4 or more wickets in an innings:

The only fiver is by BE Hendricks, who is not in the current SA team. Jamieson with 4-39 can be said to be the bowling find for NZ, as he went on to make a 10-for.

8 or more wickets in the match:

None. The best are

6-100 by L Sipamla (SA) v SL

6-175 by BE Hendricks (SA) v E

5-77 by Mohammed Siraj (I) v A

Fielding: Most dismissals in an innings:

2 by J da Silva (WI) and by Mohammed Siraj (I)

Most dismissals in a match:

Again, 2 by J da Silva (WI) and by Mohammed Siraj (I).

da Silva is a keeper and Siraj is not.

Oddly, no one made a stumping on debut this year.

Best all-round performances:

KA Jamieson (44, 4-39) and 1 catch

Hasuranga de Silva (59, 4-171) and 1 catch.

Clearly Jamieson had the more impressive all-round debut.