Continuing our study of Tests between these teams up to June 2022.
Fielding: Most dismissals (20 and more):
Only Root among current players, with Parore and RW Taylor having the most dismissals. The most stumpings were by TG Evans of the 1940s and 50s, most catches by AC Parore and most catches by a non-keeper by SP Fleming.
Most dismissals in an innings (5 and above):
CMW Read is the only one with 6 dismissals. No non-keeper has taken 5 or more.
Most dismissals in a match (7 and above):
This includes one with 8 dismissals by current player Blundell.
Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.600):
Root and Latham represent current players. The highest by a keeper is 1.826 by IDS Smith, and SP Fleming has 0.970 as the highest by a non-keeper.
All-round overall (see criteria in table):
IT Botham leads here, while Sir Richard and CL Cairns also have good figures.
All-round match performance (50 and 5wi in match):
These teams have had good all-rounders, which accounts for the number of entries here. Of special note are those who had a century and 5wi in the same match (Botham in Feb 1978 and Jan 1984). Those with a fifty and 10wm are AW Greig, Sir Richard (Aug 1986) and DJ Nash.
Current player TG Southee scored 50 and took 5wi on debut in 2008.
The forgotten DJ Nash was the first from any Test country to make a fifty and take 10+ wickets at Lord’s. Later MM Ali did it for Eng v SA in 2017.
Here we look at the figures relating to Tests between these teams, after England won 3-0 in 2022.
First, a summary of all Test results:
As NZ was a weak team for a long time, England leads by a large margin. There have been a few 3-0 sweeps in the past. NZ has done a little better at home. They have won a few series at home and away.
We now proceed to individual performances:
Most runs (750 and above):
JE Root now has the most runs (1388) in E v NZ Tests. Next is GA Gooch with 1148.
Among current NZ players, KS Williamson has the most runs (853) which is far behind JG Wright’s record of 1518.
The most centuries are 5 by MD Crowe, and the most fifty-plus scores are 11 by Wright and R Taylor.
Highest innings scores (150 and above):
The highest scores in this series were 190 by DJ Mitchell and 176 by JE Root, far behind the triple centuries of Hammond and J Edrich. Hammond’s 336* was a world Test record (surpassing Bradman’s 334) until Hutton overtook it with 364 in 1938.
Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings and 35.00):
Cowdrey leads by a large margin. Root (49.57) and Williamson (37.08) have the highest averages among current players.
Highest strike rate (Minimum 1000 balls faced and 45.00):
McCullum leads by a large margin. Next is Stokes with 63.32. The highest by a current NZ player is 49.43 by Mitchell.
Bowling-most wickets (30 and above):
Sir Richard Hadlee leads with 97, and current player Broad is next with 84. Boult (70) has the most by a current NZ player. He is in the fourth position after Anderson (74).
Hadlee has the most 5wi (8), and Underwood the most 10wm (3).
Best innings bowling (including all 7wi):
No major innings hauls in this series, although Anderson and Broad have done well in the past.
Best match bowling (including all 10wm and above):
There was one ten-for by MJ Leach in this series.
Best bowling average (Minimum 2000 balls bowled, all instances):
DL Underwood leads by a large margin. TA Boult has the best among current players, followed by Anderson, Broad and others.
Underwood has the best bowling average, economy rate and strike rate. The second-best are Willis, Illingworth and Caddick respectively.
The series was drawn 1-1 after NZ’s unexpected win in the first Test. It was only the second Test win for them at home. The previous win was in March 2004 at Auckland. They have never won a Test series against SA, though some have been drawn. Their best performance was probably the 2-2 draw in SA in 1961-62.
Summary of all Tests between these teams:
We can see that SA has historically done better.
Now for individual performances, starting with
Most runs (750 and above):
Led by Kallis, while Williamson is the only current player here.
Kallis has the most centuries-6
Kallis also has the most 50+ scores (12) followed by Amla (11).
Highest innings (125 and above):
While there are several large scores from the past, the highest from this series was 136* by SA newcomer K Verreynne. Williamson is also in this list although he did not play in this series.
Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):
Headed by DJ McGlew from the past. No current players here.
Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced, all instances):
Headed by GC Smith. This list also includes Williamson and Elgar.
This two-test series marked an important landmark, as Bangladesh won their first Test against New Zealand in their 16th attempt. The series was drawn 1-1.
Resultsof all Tests between NZ and BD:
Overall: 17 tests: NZ lead 13-1, 3 draws
In NZ: 11 tests: NZ lead 10-1
In BD: 6 tests: NZ lead 3-0 with 3 draws.
Most runs (minimum 350):
Tamim Iqbal leads with 908, followed by Shakib (763) and newly-retired R Taylor (746).
Highest individual scores (Minimum 110):
TWM Latham’s 252 in the second Test is the highest for NZ against BD, surpassing the 202 by SP Fleming at Chattogram in 2004. Their previous best in NZ was 200* by Williamson at Hamilton in 2019. Also note that Shakib had made 217 at Wellington in 2017.
Incidentally Latham is the first player to score 252 in a Test.
While there is not enough data for meaningful batting averages, we have some strike rates:
Highest strike rates (Min 1000 balls faced, all instances):
Not surprisingly, R Taylor has the highest strike rate. Williamson and Shakib are slightly lower.
Most wickets (Minimum 10):
Vettori (51) is followed by the current trio of Wagner, Boult and Southee.
The most 5wi are 5 by Vettori and 3 by Wagner.
The only 10wm is by Vettori.
Best innings bowling (including all 6wi):
Shakib has BD’s best innings figure of 7-36 at Chattogram in 2008. In this series, Ebadot took 6-46 which is BD’s best innings figure in NZ. The previous best for BD in NZ was 5-166 by Rubel Hossain at Hamilton in 2010.
Best match bowling (7wm and above):
Vettori’s 12-170 at Chattogram is the best performance here.
Ebadot’s 7-121 is BD’s best match figure in NZ. The previous record was 5-88 by Mashraf Mortaza at Dunedin in 2008.
There is not enough data for meaningful bowling averages etc, as Vettori is the only one with over 2000 balls bowled.
Most dismissals (Minimum 8):
McCullum (28) and Watling (26) have the most dismissals.
Watling (26) and McCullum (24) have the most catches by a keeper.
Mc Cullum (4) has the most stumpings.
R Taylor (17) and Sinclair (12) have the most dismissals by a fielder.
Most innings dismissals (Minimum 4):
Imrul Kayes has the most catches by a keeper in an innings (5)
During this series Shadman Islam and TWM Latham both took 4 catches as fielders.
Most match dismissals (Minimum 5):
Watling (7) has the most dismissals by a keeper in an innings (all caught). Next is McCullum with 6.
The most catches by a fielder is 6 by Latham in this series. Next are Sinclair and Shadman with 5.
50+ and 5wi in a match:
Vettori’s 55*, 76 and 9-133 at Chattogram in 2008 is clearly the best. If he had taken one more wicket, he would have become one of the only five players to score 100 runs and take 10 wickets in a test (The others are Davidson, Botham, Imran and Shakib).
India won the 2-Test series 1-0. The summary of all Tests between these teams is
Both sides have considerable home advantage.
The neutral Test at Southampton in 2021 is India’s only neutral Test.
The second Test has a host of records, including the lowest total against India (62) and India’s highest innings margin (372 runs). Both these records were earlier held by South Africa in their series in 2015. These previous records were 79 at Nagpur and 337 runs at Delhi.
It was interesting to see New Zealand saving a Test against India with the last-wicket pair being of Indian origin. While AY Patel was born in Bombay in 1988, R Ravindra was born in New Zealand in 1999. There are a few others with Indian-sounding names who were born in New Zealand.
Here we attempt to enumerate the members of 2 categories
1. Born in India (including pre-partition India):
FT Badcock (Abbottabad, 1897)-presumably British-7 Tests
AY Patel (Bombay, 1988)-10
N Puna (Surat, 1929)-3
JA Raval (Gujarat, 1988)-24
IS Sodhi (Ludhiana, 1992)-17
2. Indian-sounding name, not born in India:
DN Patel (Kenya, 1958)-37
JS Patel (New Zealand, 1980)-24
R Ravindra (New Zealand, 1999)-1
Those of Gujarati origin just outnumber the others. Badcock, Sodhi and Ravindra are the exceptions.
Among these players, it was Nairobi-born Dipak Patel who played the most Tests for New Zealand. He was a member of the 99 Club, and finished with 1200 runs and 75 wickets. Next are JA Raval and JS Patel who played 24 Tests each.
Future internationals in this match included Worker, Williamson, Southee, CJ Anderson and Boult from NZ and Kohli, SS Tiwary, MK Pandey and Sir Ravindra Jadeja (though he was a minor nobleman at that time) from India.
In the other semi-final SA won against Pak.
In the final, Ind won against SA by 12 runs (again by D/L):