First we see who took the most dismissals in the year (15 or more):
Led by newcomer K Verreynne of SA with 39, followed by Foakes (38) and Carey (37). Foakes and Carey have the most catches as keepers (37). RR Pant has the most stumpings (6). The most catches by fielders are 22 by Crawley and 21 by Root.
Now for the most dismissals in an innings (4 or more):
Carey leads with 6 dismissals, followed by Verreynne and Billings (5). Many others have 4 dismissals. Blundell appears to have the most stumpings (2). 3 players have 4 catches as fielders.
Most dismissals in a match (6 or more):
Led by Carey with 9, followed by several with 7. The most stumpings are 3 by Nurul Hasan and Blundell. The most catches by a fielder are 6 by Latham and Crawley
Australia won the two-Test series 2-0. This was the first series between these teams since 2015-16 in Australia. The West Indies has not hosted Australia since 2015.
Here is a summary of all Tests between these teams:
Total: 118 Tests, 60 won by Aus, 32 won by WI, 1 tie, 25 draws
In Aus: 68 Tests, 39 won by Aus, 18 won by WI,1 tie, 10 draws
In WI: 50 Tests, 21 won by Aus, 14 won by WI, 15 draws.
Going to individual scores, starting with
Most runs, minimum 1000:
Led by Lara by a large margin.Next is Viv Richards. The most by an Aus player is by Steve Waugh. Lara and Richards also have the most centuries (9 each). Lara also has the most 50+ scores (20) followed by Haynes and Border with 19.
No current player here, partly because these teams have not met much in the recent past.
Highest individual scores, minimum 175:
Led by Lara, with what was his first Test century.Second is 269* by the already forgotten AC Voges less than a decade ago. The 242 by KD Walters is significant as he was the first of several to score a double century and century in the same Test. M Labuschagne also achieved this, and his 204 also appears above.
Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings and 40.00):
Headed by the somewhat unexpected pair of Ian Chappell and Larry Gomes. Greg Chappell is just after Gomes. No current player here.
Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced and 50.00):
Data on balls faced is not fully available. But it is reasonable to assume that Viv Richards would have the highest strike rate. Next is the less disputable SR of Steven Smith..
Most wickets (Minimum 50):
Headed by the long-serving CA Walsh (135), Ambrose (128) and McGrath (110). Again, no one from recent years.
The most fivers are 8 by Ambrose and McGrath. Only McGrath has taken two tenners.
Best innings bowling (including all 7wi and better):
Nothing from recent years. The most recent entry is by WI’s J Lawson in 2003 (not the Australian GF Lawson).
Best match bowling (Including all 10wm and better):
Headed by the colourful MG Hughes. Nothing after 2012, which does include current player Kemar Roach.
Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls bowled, maximum 30.00):
Headed by McGrath and Garner. We also see that the best economy rates were by Gibbs and Walker, and that the best strike rates were by B Lee and J Thomson). N Lyon represents the current players.
Headed by Warne and Lillee. Current players are headed by Broad (131), Anderson (112) and Lyon (101).
Best innings bowling (including all 8wi or more):
Headed by Laker. SCJ Broad is in 4th place with 8-15 in 2015. No one else from recent times, unless you count McGrath’s 8-38 in 1997.
Best match bowling (including all 12wm or more):
Laker heads this table as well, with Massie’s freak debut in second place. From recent years the best is 12-246 by Warne in 2005.
Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, 25.00 or less):
Here we do have some current players such as PJ Cummins (20.75) and Hazlewood (24.45).
Lohmann has the best bowling average (13.01), Attewell the best economy rate (1.31) and Ferris the best strike rate (42.2)
Now we look at
Most dismissals (40 or more):
Headed by RW Marsh (148), though there are several current players such as Paine, SPD Smith and Bairstow. The specialist stumper Oldfield has 31 stumpings besides 59 catches. Among fielders, the highest is 61 by GS Chappell. Current players include SPD Smith (46).
Most dismissals in an innings (5 or more):
Several keepers have taken 6 in an innings. No fielder has more than 4. Oldfield has 4 stumpings.
In this series, Carey and Billings each took 5 catches on debut.
Most dismissals in a match (7 or more):
Several keepers have taken 9 in a match. Also note GS Chappell’s 7 as a fielder. He was the first Test player to achieve this, although several others have equaled this (and India’s Rahane has taken 8).
In this series AT Carey took 8 dismissals on debut. All 8 were catches, which is a record in all Tests. Others have taken 8 on debut but included one or more stumpings.
We now continue with Fielding records in Tests during the calendar year 2021.
Most dismissals (15 or more):
The most dismissals were 42 by JC Buttler, followed by 39 by RR Pant. The most catches by a keeper were 41, also by Buttler. The most stumpings were 6 by RR Pant. The most catches by a fielder were 21 by JE Root.
Most dismissals in an innings (5 and above):
This list includes 4 keepers (including AT Carey on debut) as well as a fielder (Thirimanne). Thirimanne became one of several fielders to take 5 catches in an innings. Unusually, all these catches came off a single bowler (L. Embuldeniya). This is probably a record in all Tests.
Most dismissals in a match (6 and above):
8 dismissals were made by several keepers, including AT Carey on debut. Fielders MM Ali and SPD Smith took 6 catches each.
Finally, we look at centuries in the fourth innings:
It is clearly more difficult to make a century in the fourth innings than the other innings. The most centuries here is by Younis Khan (5), while 4 others have scored 4 each (GC Smith, RR Sarwan, RT Ponting and SM Gavaskar).
Among current players there are KS Williamson (3), AK Markram, BA Stokes and several others with 2.
Among Indian players, there are Gavaskar (4) and Tendulkar (3).
Those who loved the fourth innings:
W Watson (Eng) made both his centuries in the fourth innings.
No one else has scored 2 or more centuries in the fourth innings and none in other innings.
The next best is 2 out of 4 by JB Stollmeyer.
Those who hated the fourth innings:
There is a long list of prominent batsmen who scored many centuries but none in the fourth innings.
This is headed by SR Waugh (Aus) with 37 centuries. Next are SPD Smith (Aus) with 32, M Yousuf (Pak) with 24, JE Root and V Sehwag with 23.
It is just possible that Smith and Root will score a century in the fourth innings in the future. Or Smith may cross Waugh’s record of 37.
Here we look at statistical summaries of all Tests between these countries.
While Australia still leads by a healthy 43-30, India has also developed a strong home advantage over the last few decades.
We now look at individual performances.
Batting-most runs (750+):
The most centuries in these Tests is 11 by Tendulkar, followed by Ponting, Smith and Gavaskar with 8 apiece.
The most scores of 50+ is 27 by Tendulkar, 20 by Ponting and 18 by VVS Laxman.
The total runs are also in the same order. Pujara and Smith have the most runs by current players.
Next we look at highest innings (175+):
While there have been many tall scores over the years, this was a low-scoring series. The highest score by current players is 204 by Pujara in 2012-13. Next is 202 and 193 (both by Pujara!). Kohli’s highest is 169 which does not appear above.
Smith is followed by Boon and there is a large gap after that. Tendulkar has the highest average among Indian players. Pujara has the highest average among current Indian players, followed by Kohli and Rahane.
Highest strike rates (Min 1000 balls, 50.00):
Gilchrist is just ahead of Sehwag, and there is a long gap ahead of Warner. Other current players here are Smith, Kohli and Rahane. As you may expect, Pujara and Gavaskar are not in this list.
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.