Review of NZ – SL Tests-1

This is the first Test series to be completed under the World Test Championship (although the Aus-Eng series started earlier and in in progress as this is written). As the 2-Test series was drawn 1-1, NZ and SL each got 60 points.

A total of 36 Tests have been played between these sides. New Zealand leads Sri Lanka 16-0 with 11 draws.

In New Zealand, the hosts lead 11-2 with 6 draws in a total of 19 Tests.

In Sri Lanka, however, New Zealand trails 5-7 with 5 draws in a total of 17 Tests.

Going to individual performances, starting with

Batting

Most runs (500 or more):

NZ-SL batting

Williamson and Latham are rising swiftly up this table, although the current Sri Lankan players are some distance away.

Highest innings (110 or more):

NZ-SL innings

The highest score in this series was Latham’s 154, although he had made two larger scores in the previous series in 2018.

Strangely enough, the highest scores between these teams for NZ (299 by Martin Crowe) and SL (267) were in the same Test in 1991.

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

NZ-SL average

Fleming and (surprisingly) Mathews lead this table. R Taylor is the only other current player here.

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

NZ-SL strike rate

After Aravinda and Sangakkara, there are R Taylor, Williamson and several other current players.

To be continued.

 

A closer look at centuries in first innings of Tests

Note: All data correct as of April 15, 2018. The Test involving the ICC XI in 2005 is excluded.

We first look at the best averages in first innings:

1st innings averages

And those who scored the most centuries in the first innings (9 and above):

Centuries in first innings

Ponting is just ahead of the overall leader in centuries as well as the second-placed.

Now let see who disliked the first innings. These players made the most centuries without ever making one in the first innings:

AD Mathews (8)

followed by Taufeeq Umar (7), WW Armstrong (6) and MG Burgess (5).

Mathews is still playing Tests so he may improve (?) on his record.

Conversely, there are those who love batting in the first innings. Apart from Ponting and his companions at the top of the table, there are those who scored all their centuries in the first innings:

JM Bairstow (5) He reached this mark in the last Test he played which was against New Zealand in 2018.

Next are AF Rae and Wasim Raja with 4.

Special mention to SP Fleming (8 out of 9 centuries in the first innings) and KC Wessels (5/6).

The second, third and fourth innings will follow.

 

 

A small consolation for Steve Smith

During the third SA-Aus Test at Cape Town, SPD Smith perhaps became the first Test captain to be sacked in the middle of a match and told to hand over charge. However, he may draw small consolation from setting a minor fielding record.

These records are as of April 1, 2018. The ICC World XI v Aus Test is not counted.

Most catches in an innings by a captain (5 and above):

Captains-innings fielding

While wicketkeeper captains Latif and Dhoni have taken 6 catches in an innings, Smith equalled the non-keepers record for captains with 5 catches, along with VY Richardson, SP Fleming, GC Smith and DJG Sammy. There are a few non-captain fielders such as Yajurvindra Singh and AM Rahane who have also taken 5 catches in an innings.

We also look at match fielding performances by captains (6 dismissals and above):

Captains-match fielding

While keeper Dhoni has the record of 9 dismissals (in his last Test), SP Fleming has the record of 7 for non-keeper captains. Smith has taken 6 catches in this Test and in one earlier match. In this case Rahane has the record for 8 catches by a non-keeper, though he was not captaining in that Test.

Finally, we look at overall fielding performances by captains (70 dismissals and above):

Captains-overall fielding

While Dhoni has the highest number of dismissals, he is followed by several non-keepers led by GC Smith and SP Fleming who have over a hundred catches. Steve Smith is fairly high up here, sandwiched between MA Taylor and Lara.

 

 

Review of NZ-Eng Test series, 2017-18 (II)

We now look at individual bowling records.

Most wickets (40 and above):

Most wkts

Sir Richard is far ahead of the next in line, Botham, Broad and Anderson. Sir Richard has the most 5-fors followed by Botham and Underwood with 6. Underwood has the most 10-fors (3) followed by 2 by Sir Richard and Tony Lock.

Best innings bowling (including all 7-fors):

Innings bowling

Underwood and Lock have the best figures here. Nothing much from the past few years.

Best match bowling (including all 10-fors):

Match bowling

Underwood and Lock share the first 5 positions-probably they made the best of damaged wickets. As above, not much from recent years.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

Bowling average

Again a one-man show by Underwood. He has the best bowling average (12.20), best economy rate (1.66) and best strike rate (44.1). The nearest rivals include Willis, Ray Illingworth and Broad.

Fielding: Most dismissals (25 and above):

Most dismissals

Parore has the most dismissals, Evans the most stumpings and Fleming the most catches by a non-keeper. Bob Taylor and Ian Smith are close behind Parore.

Innings dismissals (5 and above):

Innings dismissals

The now-forgotten Chris Read is the only one with 6 dismissals in an innings, followed by several others with 5. No non-keeper has taken 5 or more catches. Bairstow (or YJB if you wish) took 5 catches in the second Test of the series.

Match dismissals (6 and above):

Match dismissals

Parks and Read have the most dismissals in a match. Lamb and Cook have the most (6) by a non-keeper. And YJB has 6 catches in the second Test of this series.

Dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings fielded, minimum rate 0.800):

Dismissal rate

Smith, Parore and Bob Taylor lead. Fleming has the best by a non-keeper, though Stewart has done better with a combination of keeping and fielding.

All-round overall performance (see criteria below):

AR-overall

Botham is clearly the best here, while Sir Richard and Cairns (junior) are distant runners-up.

All-round match performance (minimum one fifty and one five-for in same match):

AR-match

A long list here, including 3 examples of the rare 50 + 10wm by Greig, Hadlee and Nash.

Also 2 examples of the more common 100 + 5wi by Botham (twice).

Southee features in the current series as well as the last occasion in 2008. In 2008 he was making his Test debut.

 

 

Review of New Zealand-West Indies Tests-2

Continued.

Fielding

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Dismissals

The only current player is Ross Taylor, who has the most catches by a non-keeper.

Innings dismissals (4 and more):

Innings field

Only Dowrich from the current series. Fleming and the Crowe brothers each took 4 catches as non-keepers.

Match dismissals (6 and more):

Match field

None from the current series. Fleming has the most dismissals for a non-keeper.

Dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.400):

Dismissal rate

Ramdin heads the list, though many keepers did not play enough Tests. Hence this table is dominated by non-keepers.

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria below):

AR overall

The modest criteria are met by two of the all-time greats.

Match performance (50 and 5wi):

AR match

Interestingly, the relatively rare feat of a fifty and 10 wickets in a match has been recorded three times here.