The number of matches in all formats got reduced due to “unforeseen circumstances”. However, we still have some aggregates which are of some utility even if averages and strike rates are not meaningful.
We start with the ICC rankings at the end of the year:
Which has England, India, New Zealand and Australia as the top 4 teams.
A simple comparison of W-L ratios gives this:
Not really meaningful as the top 3 teams here (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan) have played too few matches. Then we have Oman (!) followed by SA and NZ which still doesn’t make much sense.
A summary of individual performances follows.
Batting-most runs (250 and above):
That’s more like it. Finch leads by a large margin over his team-mate SPD Smith. Rahul and Kohli are 5th and 6th.
And Labuschagne, the Test find of 2019 is 3rd here.
The most 100s are 3 by SPD Smith. The most 50+ scores are 7 by Finch followed by 5 by Smith and Kohli.
Highest innings (100 and more):
All the centuries are listed here:
Unusually, the only scores above 150 are from Bangladesh. The highest from India is 119 by RG Sharma.
Bowling – most wickets (8 and above):
Zampa with 27 wickets is far ahead of the second-placed AS Joseph.
The most 4wi hauls is 3 by AS Joseph
No one has more than one 5wi.
M Shami has the most wickets for India (12).
Best innings bowling (All instances of 4wi):
The fast-rising S Lamichane of Nepal has the best figures of 6-16, which came against USA, another one of the newcomers. The only other 6-wicket haul was by the relatively inexperienced L Ngidi
India’s best is quite far down, being Shami’s 4-63.
Most dismissals (5 or more):
The most dismissals are 15 by Carey (Aus) and Hope (WI). The most by a non-keeper is 10 by Starc.
Rahul had the most stumpings (2).
For India, Kohli has 5 dismissals.
Most innings dismissals (4 and more):
The highest is 5 by Hope, and three others have 4 each. The best for India is 3 by Rahul on two occasions.
Several non-keepers have taken 3 catches in an innings.
All-round match performances (30 runs and 3wi):
The best would seem to be the two instances by Aqib Ilyas of Oman, followed by JJ Smit of Namibia.
The top scorer here is M Labuschagne who had made his debut in 2018 with little impact, but he soon showed his class. The returning SPD Smith came second, while his former deputy Warner did not fare so well.
Others in this list who had made their Test debuts in 2018 or 2019 are RJ Burns, MA Agarwal, TM Head and JL Denly.
Several players made 3 centuries. Labuschagne had the most 50+ scores (10) and the next highest was 7.
Labuschagne scored the most 4s (129) while RG Sharma scored the most 6s (20).
SCJ Broad had the most ducks (5) followed by three others with 4.
Highest innings (125 or more):
One triple by Warner and 6 doubles, including 2 by newcomer Agarwal and one by the rejuvenated RG Sharma. Labuschagne’s highest was 185, but he made a double at the beginning of 2020. The longest innings was 473 balls in Watling’s 205.
Sharma and Smith made centuries in each innings:
Sharma’s 13 6s in the match is anew Test record. The previous record was 12 by Wasim Akram in a single innings:
Highest batting averages (Min 15 innings, all instances):
Labuschagne yet again, with Head and Warner following at a distance.
There are even a couple of single-digit averages by tailenders. This seems to show that Broad’s batting is now negligible.
Highest batting strike rates (Minimum 750 balls faced, all instances):
de Kock leads by a distance over Babar Azam, who also has a large lead over R Taylor. And Watling showed that a low overall strike rate does not prevent one from scoring a double century.