Centuries in both innings of a Test-Part 1

It is easy to get a list of those who have achieved this using Statsguru:

https://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=player;qualmax1=2;qualmin1=2;qualval1=hundreds;size=100;template=results;type=batting;view=match

This has been done on 89 occasions in all Tests.

Bradman did it once. Tendulkar never did.

3 players did it on 3 occasions: SM Gavaskar, RT Ponting and DA Warner.

11 others did it on 2 occasions, including R Dravid.

58 others did it on one occasion.

This is a fairly rare occurrence, but seems to have become more frequent in recent times.

LG Rowe and Yasir Hameed are the only ones to score two centuries on their debut. Hameed never scored a century again.

There are some who have scored their only two centuries in a single Test. And some others who scored their first two centuries in a single Test.

Read more in Part 2.

Summary of odd cricket records

Summing up of my last few blogposts on this topic:

MOST TESTS WON

RT Ponting (Aus): 107

Current players: JM Anderson (Eng): 78

Indian players: SR Tendulkar: 72

WINNING ALL TESTS IN CAREER of 5 or more Tests

EAE Baptiste (WI): 10

Current: None

Indian: None

MOST TESTS WITHOUT A WIN IN CAREER of 5 or more Tests

B Sutcliffe (NZ): 42

Current: Nurul Hasan (BD): 7

Indian: BK Kunderan: 18

MOST TESTS LOST

S Chanderpaul (WI) 77

Current: JM Anderson (Eng): 61

Indian: SR Tendulkar: 56

LOSING ALL TESTS IN CAREER of 5 or more Tests

Alok Kapali (BD): 17

Current: None

Indian: None

MOST TESTS WITHOUT A LOSS IN CAREER of 5 or more Tests

RK Chauhan (Ind): 22

Current: AR Patel (Ind) : 6

Indian: RK Chauhan as above

MOST TESTS DRAWN

Kapil Dev (Ind): 76

Current: None of 40 or above

Indian: Kapil Dev as above

DRAWING ALL TESTS IN CAREER of 5 or more Tests

CV Gadkari (Ind): 6 &

Shafiq Ahmed (Pak): 6

Current: None

Indian: CV Gadkari as above

MOST TESTS WITHOUT A DRAW IN CAREER of 5 or more Tests

AK Markram (SA): 33

Current: AK Markram as above

Indian: HH Pandya: 11

(Special note: Markram also holds the record for the longest palindromic surname among Test players)

Most and least wins in Test matches

These are for all Tests up to 30 Sep 2022 (except the ICC XI v Aus Test in 2005).

A total of 1888 players have played in 5 or more Tests.

It is easy enough to see who have seen the most wins. That is given in the next table. Naturally, this depends on how many Tests the player got to play in.

The first 4 are from the great Australian teams of the mid-1990s to the 2000s, headed by RT Ponting with 107. Next is SK Warne with 91.

The best by a current player is JM Anderson in 6th place with 78, followed by his partner SCJ Broad in 8th/11th place with 72.

The best by an Indian player is also 72 by SR Tendulkar (sharing the 8th/11th position with Broad, Gilchrist and Mark Waugh).

But it is more interesting to see those who did the best on a percentage basis, as we will see below.

These are those who have seen wins in all of their Tests.

It is a short list with only 4 names. The first name may not be familiar to many cricket followers of today.

Eldine Baptiste, who played in a strong West Indies team of the 1980s, saw wins in all 10 of his Tests. There are three others with 100% records in 5 Tests, and they are not particularly well-known.

GJ Bailey was more successful in limited-over matches than in Tests, and had captained Australia in 29 ODIs. His only Tests were in the Ashes whitewash of 2013-2014.

KA Archer is the elder brother of the better-known RG Archer.

Lord Hawke was a rather undistinguished batsman but got Test opportunities mainly because only amateurs could captain England in those days.

Now we look at a longer list of 38 players who saw wins in at least 75% of their Tests:

Note current players such as AR Patel and J Yadav who have 5 wins and 1 draw, giving a win percentage of 83.33 %. The only other Indian player with 5/6 is KK Nair.

And what about those who saw the least wins ?

A total of 165 players did not see any win in their careers of 5 Tests or more.

Here we list those who played 12 or more Tests without seeing a win:

The first name of B Sutcliffe of New Zealand is rather unexpected, as he was probably NZ’s best batsman for most of his 42-Test career. NZ did win a few Tests during his career, although he missed those matches. After him there is BC Strang of Zimbabwe who played in 26 Tests.

No current player here. The most Tests by an Indian player are 18 by BK Kunderan followed by 12 by PG Joshi.

Next we will take up the cases of most and least losses, followed by the cases of most and least draws.

Most Tests: home, away and neutral

At the start of the 2nd Test between England and South Africa at Manchester, it was mentioned that JM Anderson was the first to play 100 Tests at home.

This is true. Let us also look who has played the most Tests overall, away and neutral.

These figures include all those playing in the Manchester Test of 2022, and do not include the ICC XI v Aus Test of 2005.

Most Tests (125 or more):

Tendulkar (200) is followed by Anderson (174) and SR Waugh (168). The next from India is Dravid (163).

Also: Anderson (174), Broad (158), Warne (144) and VVS Laxman (134) have played the most Tests without ever captaining their sides.

Most Tests at home (60 or more):

Anderson leads with 100, followed closely by Tendulkar (94), Broad and Ponting (91 each). the next from India is again Dravid (70).

Most Tests away (other than neutral venues), 60 or more.

Tendulkar leads with 106, followed by Dravid with 93. Next is Chanderpaul with 81. Ponting, Anderson and Broad are further down.

And finally,

Most Tests at neutral venues (7 or more):

As you may guess, Pakistani players dominate this list starting with Asad Shafiq (30), Azhar Ali (29) and Younis Khan (28).

The highest by a non-Pakistani player is 8 by R Herath, followed by several others with 7. These include some NZ players who played in the WTC final against India in England in 2021.

Review of Australia-Sri Lanka Tests (July 2022)-Pt 1

The series was drawn 1-1, with sudden collapses on the final day of play in both Tests.

Summary of all Tests between these teams:

While Australia leads 20-5 overall, it leads only by 7-5 in Sri Lanka. And Sri Lanka trails 13-0 in Australia.

Coming to individual performances;

Batting:

Most runs (500 or more):

Headed by M Hussey with 994 with Ponting and M Jayawardene close behind. Mathews (692) and Chandimal (579) have the most runs among current players.

The most centuries are 5 by Hussey, and the most 50+ scores are 8 by Clarke, Ponting and Sangakkara.

Highest innings (125 or more):

Chandimal’s 206* in the second Test is the highest for SL v Aus, surpassing Sangakkara’s 192 in Aus in 2007 and Kusal Mendis’s 176 in SL in 2016. This was a reatively low-scoring series, with the only other score of note being 145* by SPD Smith.

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

Headed by Ponting and Sangakkara. The current players have not played enough.

Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced and 40.00):

Headed by ST Jayasuriya and Hayden. Chandimal and Mathews are the only current players here.

Bowling:

Most wickets (12 or more):

Headed by R Herath with 66, followed by the better-known Warne and Muralidaran. Starc and Lyon have the most among current players. Newcomer P Jayasuriya makes this list after only one Test. The most 5-fors are 6 by Herath and Starc, and 10wms 2 by Starc and Warne.

Best innings bowling (6wi or more):

Headed by Kasprowicz and R Herath. P Jayasuriya’s 6-59 and 6-118 came on his debut.

Best match bowling (9wm or more):

Headed by R Herath’s 13-wicket haul in 2016 and P Jayasuriya’s 12 on debut in the second Test here.

That was the best match figures for any Sri Lankan player on debut. This is covered in more detail here:

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

Headed by Herath and Warne, with Muralidaran just making the cut.

Herath has the best average and strike rate, while Vaas has the best economy rate. Muralidaran was relatively less successful against Australia.

To be continued.

Zeroes and big scores in Tests

In the first Test at Chittagong, Angelo Mathews became the first to score a zero and 199 in the same Test.

There are also a number of batsmen who scored a zero and double century in the same Test.

Here is the list for scores of 150 and above:

There are also 190s by GB Legge of long ago and SP Fleming. However, the record here is by Shoaib Malik with 245. Next is Ponting’s 242 which is the highest score by anyone in a losing Test side.

From India, the highest scores include 163* by ML Apte and 152 by NR Mongia. (Also GR Viswanath’s 0 and 137 on debut).

There are several cases of 0s and 99s.

Here is the full list of zeroes and scores between 95 and 99:

There are 6 cases of 0 and 99, including Pankaj Roy and (most recently) Misbah-ul-Haq and Babar Azam.

Some, like van der Dussen and WV Raman did not make a Test century. The former still has time to rectify this.

Centuries in the first innings of Tests

Here we see the table of those who scored the most centuries in the first innings:

Ponting (21) is followed by Kallis and Tendulkar with 20. Next are the two Steves, Smith and Waugh with 17. From India, others with 10+ centuries are Dravid (15), Gavaskar (11), Pujara (10) and Sehwag (10).

Current players with 10+ centuries are SPD Smith (17) and Pujara (10).

Those who loved the first innings:

JM Bairstow (Eng) made all his 6 centuries in the first innings.

AF Rae (WI) and Wasim Raja (Pak) made all 4 of their centuries in the first innings.

Also note SP Fleming (NZ) who made 8 of his 9 centuries in the first innings. And KC Wessels (Aus/SA) made 5 of his 6 centuries in the first innings.

Those who hated the first innings:

Taufeeq Umar (Pak) made 7 centuries but none in the first innings.

WW Armstrong (Aus) similarly had 6 centuries, and MG Burgess (NZ) had 5.

To be continued.

Kings of the fourth-innings chase (Revised-Sep 2021)-Pt 1

The fourth-innings chase is often regarded as the ultimate challenge for a batter. Let us see who have done the best in successful chases.

Most runs: (400+):

GC Smith is the clear leader here. He also has the most centuries (4) and most 50+ scores (10, followed by contemporaries Hayden, Ponting and JL Langer with 7). Also note CG Greenidge’s 214*.

Tendulkar, Dravid and Sehwag have the most runs for India.

Williamson and Karunaratne are the only current players here, with Amla, Cook and Younis from recent years.

Bradman is not here (but when he batted, a fourth innings chase was often not needed by Australia).

Highest scores in these cases (115 and above):

A total of 76 centuries have been scored here.

Only two double centuries, with KR Mayers scoring his on debut. The next highest in recent years was 153* by K Perera in 2019. There are Morris and Bradman in the same Test at Leeds in 1948, which was the only successful 400+ chase until India followed in 1976. (Years later, MA Butcher emulated Bradman’s 173* at Leeds).

The highest from India are not in the above list.

Viswanath (112) and Gavaskar (102) made their centuries in the same match in 1976, while Tendulkar and Laxman have made 103*.

Highest averages (Minimum 15 innings):

These 21 entries are the only ones with 15 or more innings. GC Smith leads here as well, with Ponting close behind.

From the recent past there are Cook and Amla. Tendulkar, Dravid and Sehwag represent India.

Kisrsten and Dravid are among those who did not score a century, although Hutton has a 98*.

We will take up bowling in 4th-innings wins in the next part.

Review of Aus-Pak Test series: Dec 2019: 1

Australia won the series 2-0, which resulted in this table for WTC points:

WTC Dec 02 2019

Australia moved into second place with a large lead over the next-placed New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

It was also the 14th successive loss for Pakistan in Australia, starting with a 3-0 loss in 1999/2000 and extending over 5 series:

Aus v Pak-results since 1999

Scattered among these 14 losses. there are 9 Tests in neutral venues (one in SL, 6 in the UAE and 2 in England) where the teams are matched 4-4 with 1 draw. That one draw in Dubai in October 2018 is the only one without a result since 1999, as you can see above.

The overall history of Tests between these teams:

Overall result

We now look at individual performances.

Separate posts concerning the performances of David Warner and Yasir Shah:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2019/12/01/warners-triple-century-and-others/

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2019/12/02/yasir-shah-the-batsman/

Batting:

Most runs (750 runs and above):

Aus v Pak-most runs 750

Miandad, Border and Greg Chappell have the most centuries (6 each). Border and Zaheer Abbas have the most 50+ scores (14 each).

Among current players, Warner has the most runs (1084) followed by Steve Smith (755).

Highest innings (150 and above):

Aus v Pak all ings above 150

Warner now has the highest score in Tests between these countries, surpassing Mark Taylor’s 334* in Pakistan in 1998. The previous highest for Australia in Australia was Yallop’s 268 in 1983.

Other high scores in recent years include Labuschagne’s 185, Renshaw’s 184 in 2017 and Younis Khan’s 175* also in 2017.

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

Aus v Pak bat average

Mark Taylor has a much higher batting average than the next batsman Ponting. Warner is not here as he has not played enough against Pakistan.

Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced, 50.00 and above):

Aus v Pak-strike rate

Warner clearly has the best strike rate here. Ponting is a distant second.

To be continued: https://abn397.wordpress.com/2019/12/03/review-of-aus-pak-test-series-dec-2019-2/

 

 

 

200+ scores for and against India

RG Sharma made the 54th score of 200 and above in a Test for India. These include 3 of 300+ and 51 from 200-299. Kohli has the most such scores (7), although Sehwag has the highest scores both inside and outside India. Outside Asia, we go quite far down until we reach Tendulkar’s 241* at Sydney.

The first such score was Umrigar’s 223 in 1955, equalled in the next month by Mankad and then surpassed by him with 231 which remained the record until Gavaskar’s 236* in 1983.This was surpassed by VVS Laxman’s 281 in 2001, Sehwag’s 309 in 2004 and again by him in 2008.

The highest in a win is 309 by Sehwag, in a loss 201* by Sehwag and in a draw 319 by (who else) Sehwag. An unique triple.

200+Test scores for India

Now we see who did the same against India:

200+ Test scores against India

4 triple centuries and 47 from 200-299.

McCullum and Ponting have each done this 3 times against India.

The highest score here is Jayasuriya’s 340, the highest outside Asia is Gooch’s 333 and the highest in India is M Jayawardene’s 275.

The best in a victory is 333 by Gooch, in a defeat 242 by Ponting and in a draw 340 by Jayasuriya. In fact, Ponting’s 242 is the highest in any Test defeat.

Review of World Cup performances up to 2015: Fielding

We have looked at the World Cup records for batting and bowling. We now look at fielding.

Most dismissals (15 and above):

World Cup-total dismissals

Sangakkara and Gilchrist lead by a large margin. Sangakkara also has the most stumpings, and Gilchrist the most catches by a keeper.

Similarly Ponting leads non-keepers by a large margin.

Umar Akmal has the same number of catches as a keeper and non-keeper.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

World Cup-innings dismissals

Gilchrist and Sarfaraz Ahmed have the record with 6 catches in an innings.

No one has more than 2 stumpings.

Among non-keepers, the record is 4 by M Kaif, S Sarkar and Umar Akmal.

Kaif had the record to himself from 2003 until the other 2 joined him in 2015.

Finally, the dismissal rates.

Highest dismissal rates (Minimum 20 innings, 0.600 and above):

World Cup-Dismissal rate

Gilchrist leads the keepers and GC Smith the non-keepers.

 

Review of World Cup performances up to 2015: Batting

We start our review of World Cup performances from 1975 to 2015.

First, runs scored (750 and above):

WC-750 and more runs

Ponting has played in most matches (46) followed by Tendulkar with 45 and M Jayawardene with 40.

Tendulkar has the most centuries (6) follwed by Ponting and Sangakkara (5).

The most scores of 50+  are by Tendulkar (21) followed by Sangakkara (12) and Ponting (11).

It can be seen that Tendulkar has a large lead with 2278 runs against the next highest (Ponting) with 1743. The highest among current players are Gayle and Guptill with 944 and 809 respectively.

Highest individual scores (130 or more):

WC-Innings of 130 or more

It can be seen that Kapil’s 175* in 1983 was then the World cup record, though Viv Richards overtook it with 181 in 1987. That was also the first ODI century for India.

The two highest scores above are by Guptill and Gayle, who will be here in 2019. Other high scores by current players are by Warner and Amla.

Footnote: Matches had 60-over innings from 1975 to 1983, before the 50-over innings became standard.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, 30.00 and above):

WC-Bat Avg 30 or more

The best career figures here are by de Villiers, closely followed by Clarke and Viv Richards. The best averages by current players are by Gayle and Ross Taylor. Others such as Virat Kohli have not played 20 innings yet.

But some of the less experienced players can be found here:

Best batting strike rates (Minimum 500 balls faced, 80.00):

WC batting strike rate 80 and more

Here Mc Cullum leads despite a relatively low average. He is followed by de Villiers and Kapil.

It is also interesting to see that A Symonds averaged over 100 in World Cup matches though he did not bat enough to reach the cutoff of 20 innings.

Amla (!), Dhoni and Gayle have the highest strike rates among current players.

Next we will look at bowling performances.