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December 26, 2017

The evolution of ODI team totals

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 11:46 am

Over the years one day international cricket scores have been on the rise and this post intends to look into this in some detail. We shall restrict ourselves to first innings scores where the team batting first lasted exactly 50 overs. Hence games greater than 50 overs per team long or where a team was bowled out prematurely are omitted. There are 2349 (out of 3945) such matches according to this query on Cricinfo Statsguru and on average  7 wickets fall over the 50 overs. The plot below shows a scatter plot of the scores over time. The red curve shows that mean scores were steady around 225 during the 1980s and have been on the rise since 1990 so that now the mean score is approaching 300.

scorevstime

Note that the first data point in 1974 corresponds to a game that was reduced to 50 overs per side after originally intended to be a 55 over game.

If we slice the data into eras marked by calendar years of roughly equal numbers of games, the mean score had a slight slow-down in the rate of increase from 2008-2012, then accelerated again in the past five years.

Era Number of matches Mean score batting first
1974-1994 427 229
1995-1999 383 247
2000-2003 368 257
2004-2007 380 267
2008-2012 393 272
2013-2017 398 288
1974-2017 2349 260

The histograms below show how rarely teams score less than 200 runs in recent times when using the full quota of 50 overs. In fact these days a team is more likely to score over 400 than below 200 if using the full quota of 50 overs!

runtotals

Comparing the distribution of first innings winning versus losing scores we find that the mean scores are 275 vs 236 respectively with sample sizes 1392 vs 901 (34 games had no result and 22 were tied). Restricting to the past five years, the median score batting first for the full 50 overs in winning matches is exactly 300.

winvsloss

Interestingly if we break down the runs scatter plot by team, the trends are not the same across the board. In particular England and South Africa have had more dramatic increases in recent times than the other teams, especially compared with India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and West Indies.

runtotalsbycountry

Restricting to the last five years (2013-2017), here are the mean first innings scores for each team based on the match result (assuming they bat the full 50 overs).

Team Result mean score # matches
Afghanistan lost 249 6
Afghanistan won 260 12
Australia lost 295 13
Australia n/r 253 3
Australia won 310 31
Bangladesh lost 263 16
Bangladesh won 275 15
Canada lost 230 3
England lost 282 13
England won 329 22
Hong Kong won 283 4
India lost 282 12
India won 310 27
Ireland lost 244 6
Ireland tied 268 1
Ireland won 289 3
Kenya lost 260 1
Netherlands lost 265 1
New Zealand lost 277 12
New Zealand tied 314 1
New Zealand won 308 27
P.N.G. lost 218 2
P.N.G. won 232 1
Pakistan lost 266 9
Pakistan n/r 296 1
Pakistan tied 229 1
Pakistan won 290 20
Scotland lost 238 6
Scotland won 284 8
South Africa lost 258 7
South Africa n/r 301 1
South Africa won 321 36
Sri Lanka lost 249 15
Sri Lanka n/r 268 2
Sri Lanka tied 286 1
Sri Lanka won 305 22
U.A.E. lost 279 3
U.A.E. won 267 3
West Indies lost 265 10
West Indies won 298 10
Zimbabwe lost 247 9
Zimbabwe tied 257 1
Zimbabwe won 276 1

The England and South Africa numbers stand out the most here in winning causes. Also Australia has a particularly high average score of 294 in losing causes. Sri Lanka has the largest difference (56 runs) between average winning and losing scores.

Edit: The following shows the mean scores in the 100 matches prior to and after key rule changes (still focusing on first innings 50-over scores). Note that in two of the three cases, the average scores reduced.

  1. Restriction of 2 outside the 30-yard circle in the first 15 overs (’92 World Cup)
    03 Jan 88 to 20 Jan 92: 231
    12 Feb 92  to 16 Feb 94: 222
  2. Introduction of Powerplay overs
    13 Mar 04 to 30 Jun 05: 267
    07 Jul 05 to 08 Sep 06: 267
  3. Removal of powerplay, fifth fielder allowed outside the circle in the last ten overs
    17Aug 14 to 24 Jun 15: 301
    10 Jul 15 to 19 Jan 17: 289
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April 9, 2017

Highest aggregates and averages after n test matches/innings

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 9:14 am

Soon after the 2017 India-Australia test series I noticed that among players who have played 54 tests, nobody has scored more than Steven Smith’s 5251 runs. Here is a list of the top three aggregates and averages after 54 tests and 100 innings.

54 tests 5251 SPD Smith (AUS) 5210 SM Gavaskar (INDIA) 4991 L Hutton (ENG) 4840 JB Hobbs (ENG)
54 tests 61.06 SPD Smith (AUS) 60.73 H Sutcliffe (ENG) 59.51 GS Sobers (WI) 59.02 JB Hobbs (ENG)
100 innings 5354 JB Hobbs (ENG) 5345 GS Sobers (WI) 5279 WR Hammond (ENG) 5251 SPD Smith (AUS)
100 innings 61.06 SPD Smith (AUS) 60.74 GS Sobers (WI) 60.68 WR Hammond (ENG) 58.48 L Hutton (ENG)

A more complete list of the top 10 scorers in these categories after n tests/innings is below. Statistics are from ESPN Cricinfo and are current to 9 January 2018. Corrections are welcome.

The following players have been ranked first for some n (as of 9 January 2018):

  • highest aggregate after n innings: Foster, Rowe, Javed Miandad, Kambli, Weekes, Bradman, Hobbs, Sobers, Smith, Hammond, Hutton, Sehwag, Tendulkar, Sangakkara, Lara
  • highest aggregate after n tests: Rowe, Foster, Javed Miandad, Gavaskar, Bradman, Smith, Sobers, Hutton, Sehwag, Sangakkara, Younis Khan, Lara, Ponting, Kallis, Dravid, Tendulkar
  • highest average after n innings: Foster, Rowe, Bell, Trott, Kambli, Gavaskar, Harvey, Bradman, Voges, Sutcliffe, Hobbs, Smith, Barrington, Sobers, Hammond, Hutton, Dravid, Tendulkar, Ponting, Sangakkara, Kallis
  • highest average after n tests: Rowe, Rudolph, Bell, Gavaskar, Kambli, Samaraweera, Harvey, Bradman, Voges, Sutcliffe, Smith, Hobbs, Hammond, Sobers, Dravid, Tendulkar, Ponting, Sangakkara, Kallis

January 31, 2016

Most wickets after n test matches from debut

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 12:18 am

Here is a list of the leading test cricket wicket takers after playing n matches. A few current-day players feature and I hope to update this list over time (last updated January 31 2016). It was created largely manually using ESPNCricinfo’s Statsguru starting from [1] and [2], and using lists of the fastest to multiples of 50 wickets here.  Corrections are more than welcome (updated: November 27 2017).

1 Hirwani, Massie (16) F Martin (Eng), Krejza (12) several tied on 11
2 Hirwani (24) Bedser (22) Massie (21)
3 Hirwani (31) Turner (29) Hogg (27)
4 Turner (39) Hirwani (36) Hogg, Valentine (33)
5 Turner (45) Hogg (40) Valentine (39)
6 Turner (50) Philander (45) Valentine (43)
7 Richardson (53) Philander, Turner (51) Valentine (49)
8 Richardson (66) Turner (56) Valentine (55)
9 Richardson (66) Turner (63) Ferris (61)
10 Richardson (71) Turner (69) Tate (65)
11 Richardson, Turner (72) Yasir Shah (69) Grimmett, Peel, Roberts, Tate, Valentine (65)
12 Turner (80) Richardson, Yasir Shah (76) Grimmett (71)
13 Yasir Shah (86) Turner (81) Richardson (78)
14 Richardson (88) Yasir Shah (87) Turner (83)
15 Yasir Shah (90) Lohmann (89) Barnes, Grimmett, Philander (87)
16 Lohmann (101) Yasir Shah (95) Barnes, Turner (94)
17 Lohmann (109) Yasir Shah (102) Barnes, Grimmett, Turner (101)
18 Barnes, Lohmann, Yasir Shah (112) Grimmett (105) Ashwin (104)
19 Yasir Shah (116) Barnes (112) Grimmett (109)
20 Barnes (122) Yasir Shah (116) Grimmett (112)
21 Barnes (122) Grimmett (120) Yasir Shah (119)
22 Barnes (135) Grimmett (128) Yasir Shah (122)
23 Grimmett (142) Barnes (140) Yasir Shah (124)
24 Barnes (150) Grimmett (142) Waqar Younis (134)
25 Barnes (167) Grimmett, Waqar Younis (143) Yasir Shah (141)
26 Barnes (175) Yasir Shah (149) Waqar Younis (148)
27 Barnes (189) Yasir Shah (157) Waqar Younis (154)
28 Yasir Shah (165) Waqar Younis (159) Grimmett (155)
29 Waqar Younis (166) Grimmett (156) Ashwin, Saeed Ajmal (153)
30 Waqar Younis (169) Saeed Ajmal (159) Ashwin, Grimmett (157)
31 Waqar Younis (180) Ashwin (169) Grimmett (164)
32 Waqar Younis (187) Ashwin (176) Grimmett (172)
33 Waqar Younis (190) Ashwin (183) Grimmett (177)
34 Waqar Younis (191) Ashwin (189) Grimmett (183)
35 Waqar Younis (194) Grimmett (193) Ashwin (192)
36 Grimmett (203) Waqar Younis (196) Ashwin (193)
37 Grimmett (216) Ashwin (203) Waqar Younis (199)
38 Ashwin (207) Lillee (206) Waqar Younis (200)
39 Ashwin (220) Waqar Younis (208) Lillee (206)
40 Ashwin (223) Lillee (206) Steyn (205)
41 Ashwin (231) Waqar Younis (216) Steyn (211)
42 Ashwin (235) Waqar Younis (217) Lillee (214)
43 Ashwin (247) Lillee, Waqar Younis (222) Steyn (217)
44 Ashwin (248) Lillee (229) Waqar Younis (227)
45 Ashwin (254) Steyn (232) Lillee (230)
46 Ashwin (261) Steyn (238) Lillee (237)
47 Ashwin (269) Steyn (244) Lillee (243)
48 Ashwin (271) Lillee (251) Steyn (249)
49 Ashwin (275) Lillee (259) Steyn (255)
50 Ashwin (279) Lillee (262) Steyn (260)
51 Ashwin (286) Lillee (269) Steyn (263)
52 Ashwin (292) Lillee (273) Steyn (265)
53 Ashwin (292) Lillee (279) Steyn (270)
54 Ashwin (300) Lillee (290) Steyn (272)
55 Lillee (296) Steyn (279) Muralitharan (278)
56 Lillee (305) Muralitharan (283) Steyn (282)
57 Lillee (305) Muralitharan (291) Steyn (287)
58 Lillee (315) Muralitharan (302) Marshall (290)
59 Lillee (321) Muralitharan (303) Marshall (296)
60 Lillee (321) Muralitharan (310) Hadlee, Marshall, Steyn (299)
61 Lillee (321) Muralitharan (315) Steyn (304)
62 Lillee (325) Muralitharan (317) Steyn (312)
63 Lillee (328) Muralitharan (325) Steyn (323)
64 Lillee (332) Muralitharan (329) Steyn (327)
65 Muralitharan (340) Lillee (335) Hadlee, Steyn (332)
66 Muralitharan (350) Lillee, Steyn (336) Hadlee (334)
67 Muralitharan (361) Steyn (340) Hadlee, Lillee (336)
68 Muralitharan (371) Hadlee, Lillee (342) Steyn (341)
69 Muralitharan (374) Hadlee (351) Steyn (350)
70 Muralitharan (382) Steyn (356) Hadlee, Lillee (355)
71 Muralitharan (395) Steyn (361) Hadlee (358)
72 Muralitharan (404) Hadlee (363) Steyn (362)
73 Muralitharan (412) Hadlee (373) Steyn (371)
74 Muralitharan (417) Steyn (375) Hadlee (373)
75 Muralitharan (420) Steyn (383) Hadlee (378)
76 Muralitharan (430) Steyn (389) Hadlee (388)
77 Muralitharan (433) Hadlee (391) Steyn (389)
78 Muralitharan (437) Steyn (396) Hadlee (395)
79 Muralitharan (442) Steyn (399) Hadlee (396)
80 Muralitharan (450) Hadlee (403) Steyn (402)
81 Muralitharan (455) Hadlee (406) Steyn (402)
82 Muralitharan (459) Hadlee (408) Steyn (406)
83 Muralitharan (470) Hadlee (415) Steyn (408)
84 Muralitharan (478) Hadlee (419) Steyn (416)
85 Muralitharan (485) Hadlee (423) Steyn (417)
86 Muralitharan (496) Hadlee (431) Kumble (415)
87-101 Muralitharan Kumble McGrath
102-126 Muralitharan Kumble Warne
127 Muralitharan (770) Warne (611) Kumble (608)
128 Muralitharan (777) Warne (623) Kumble (608)
129 Muralitharan (783) Warne (629) Kumble (613)
130 Muralitharan (786) Warne (634) Kumble (616)
131 Muralitharan (788) Warne (638) Kumble (616)
132 Muralitharan (792) Warne (645) Kumble (619)
133 Muralitharan (800) Warne (651) Kallis (258)
134-145 Warne Kallis Waugh
146-166 Kallis Waugh Tendulkar
167-168 Waugh Tendulkar Ponting
169-200 Tendulkar

References

[1] Most wkts in consec Tests from debut – Google Groups

[2] Top 10 bowlers with most wickets in 10 Tests or less (crictracker.com)

November 30, 2015

Lowest highest scores in test matches in recent times

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 10:46 am

The past week saw two low scoring test cricket matches between India and South Africa in Nagpur and Australia vs New Zealand in Adelaide. According to this link, only 3 times since the 1930s has a completed test match (i.e. with a result) had no player make 50 in any of the four innings. Here are some other matches since 1980 where the batting average for the match was at most that of the Nagpur test (14.9 runs per wicket). Some of them may ring familiar for cricket fans.

Also only 14 times since 1980 has the top score been less than 66 which was the highest score in Adelaide (one other in Australia when McGrath had match figures of 10/27!).

Here are stats highlights from the two matches:

Lowest top score in an Adelaide Test Cricket – ESPN Cricinfo

Ashwin’s records and lowest top scores Cricket –  ESPN Cricinfo

 

October 31, 2015

Highest ODI batting averages over 100 consecutive innings

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 11:13 am

The 3 centuries by A B de Villiers in the most recent ODI series against India has given him a sizeable lead over the rest in the following list of highest batting averages in 100 consecutive one day international cricket innings (edit in Feb 2018: Kohli has since closed that gap). On 92 out of those 100 innings he came in at number 4 or lower (and never opened in that time span), and still he managed to score over 54 runs per innings. All of his ODI hundreds to date have been scored at a strike rate of at least 100. Some very impressive numbers have been posted for other batsmen in the list too.

Last updated: Feb 21 2018

Player Innings Not out Runs HS Average Balls faced Strike rate 100s 50s 0s Time period
de Villiers* 100 21 5454 162* 69.04 4935 110.52 20 27 1 Nov 09-Oct 15
Kohli* 100 20 5358 160* 66.98 5505 97.33 22 23 5 Jun 13-Feb 18
Bevan 100 40 3726 108* 62.10 4844 76.92 3 26 2 Sep 94-Aug 99
Dhoni* 100 34 4027 139* 61.02 4587 87.79 5 28 2 Feb 09-Jan 14
Amla* 100 7 5388 159 57.94 5991 89.93 20 27 2 Nov 08-Mar 15
Richards 100 19 4611 189* 56.93 5103 90.36 8 34 4 Jun 75-Nov 86
Tendulkar 100 11 4789 186* 53.81 5273 90.82 18 16 5 Apr 98-Jun 02
Hussey 100 33 3574 109* 53.34 4114 86.87 2 27 2 Feb 05-Nov 09
Jones 100 19 4317 145 53.30 5667 76.18 7 32 1 Jan 85-Feb 91
Sangakkara 100 10 4736 169 52.62 5417 87.43 14 28 5 Aug 11-Mar 15
Chanderpaul 100 21 4144 149* 52.46 5627 73.64 8 30 2 Sep 04-Jun 10
Lara 100 11 4575 169 51.40 5738 79.73 11 30 3 Mar 92-Dec 97
Kallis 100 21 4044 139 51.19 5474 73.88 7 27 3 Mar 00-Feb 04
Ponting 100 11 4397 164 49.40 5068 86.76 11 29 4 Nov 03-Dec 07
Greenidge 100 11 4382 133* 49.24 6583 66.57 10 27 3 Dec 75-Dec 85

Statistics are from ESPN Cricinfo. I would be interested to know if there are others who averaged 50+ over 100 consecutive ODI innings.

May 31, 2015

Test pace bowlers to have conceded 100 runs in an innings the most

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 10:16 am

 

Below is a list of pace bowlers who have conceded 100 or more runs in an innings at least 14 times (* indicates active players).

Name Tests Innings Bowled Wickets times conceded 100 runs innings per century
Botham 102 168 383 31 5.42
Kapil Dev 131 227 434 25 9.08
Ntini 101 190 390 23 8.26
Hadlee 86 150 431 21 7.14
Caddick 62 105 234 20 5.25
Imran Khan 88 142 362 20 7.1
M Johnson* 64 123 283 20 6.15
Vaas 111 194 355 20 9.7
Lillee 70 132 355 19 6.95
McDermott 71 124 291 19 6.53
I Sharma* 61 107 187 18 5.94
Anderson* 104 194 401 17 11.41
Gough 58 95 229 17 5.59
Srinath 67 121 236 17 7.12
F Edwards 55 97 165 16 6.06
Lawson 46 78 180 16 4.88
Mohammad Sami 36 66 85 16 4.13
Sarfraz Nawaz 55 95 177 16 5.94
Hoggard 67 122 248 15 8.13
Lee 76 150 310 15 10
Martin 71 126 233 15 8.4
Morrison 48 76 160 15 5.07
Steyn* 78 147 396 15 9.8
Bedser 51 92 236 14 6.57
Z Khan 92 165 311 14 11.79

 

Here are the numbers for remaining pace bowlers with at least 200 test wickets (Ray Lindwall a stand-out here):

Name Tests Innings Bowled Wickets times conceded 100 runs innings per century
Waqar Younis 87 154 373 13 11.85
Harmison 63 115 226 13 8.85
Wasim Akram 104 181 414 12 15.08
McKenzie 60 113 246 12 9.42
Cairns 62 104 218 12 8.67
Walsh 132 242 519 11 22
Sobers (not always pace) 93 159 235 11 14.45
Snow 49 93 202 11 8.45
Broad 79 143 285 11 13
Donald 72 129 330 10 12.9
Pollock 108 202 421 10 20.2
Willis 90 165 325 10 16.5
Hughes 53 97 212 10 9.7
Thomson 51 90 200 10 9
McGrath 124 243 563 9 27
Trueman 67 127 307 9 14.11
Statham 70 129 252 8 16.13
Flintoff 79 137 226 8 17.13
Streak 65 102 216 8 12.75
Roberts 47 90 202 8 11.25
Morkel 62 117 217 7 16.71
Gillespie 71 137 259 6 22.83
Marshall 81 151 376 5 30.2
Holding 60 113 249 5 22.6
Garner 58 111 259 4 27.75
Kallis 166 272 292 4 68
Lindwall 61 113 228 1 113

The numbers are generally higher for spin bowlers – the top six centurions overall are all spin bowlers:

Muralitharan (61), Kumble (57), Harbhajan Singh (43), Warne (40), Kaneria (39), Vettori (34).

References

[1] Bowling records:  Test matches:  Cricinfo Statsguru – ESPN Cricinfo

[2] Records:  Test matches:  Bowling records:  Most wickets in career – ESPN Cricinfo

March 31, 2015

2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Attendances

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 10:26 am

The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand saw over one million people attend its 49 matches, with attendances shown below, taken from here.

Match # Date Match Venue Attendance
1 14/02/15 New Zealand d Sri Lanka Hagley Oval, Christchurch 17,228
2 14/02/15 Australia d England Melbourne Cricket Ground 84,336
3 15/02/15 South Africa d Zimbabwe Seddon Park, Hamilton 8,332
4 15/02/15 India d Pakistan Adelaide Oval 41,587
5 16/02/15 Ireland d West Indies Saxton Oval, Nelson 4,143
6 17/02/15 New Zealand d Scotland University Oval, Dunedin 4,684
7 18/02/15 Bangladesh d Afghanistan Manuka Oval, Canberra 10,972
8 19/02/15 Zimbabwe d UAE Saxton Oval, Nelson 2,643
9 20/02/15 New Zealand d England Westpac Stadium, Wellington 30,148
10 21/02/15 West Indies d Pakistan Hagley Oval, Christchurch 14,461
11 21/02/15 Australia v Bangladesh Gabba, Brisbane washed out
12 22/02/15 Sri Lanka d Afghanistan University Oval, Dunedin 2,711
13 22/02/15 India d South Africa Melbourne Cricket Ground 86,876
14 23/02/15 England d Scotland Hagley Oval, Christchurch 12,388
15 24/02/15 West Indies d Zimbabwe Manuka Oval, Canberra 5,544
16 25/02/15 Ireland d UAE Gabba, Brisbane 5,249
17 26/02/15 Afghanistan d Scotland University Oval, Dunedin 3,229
18 26/02/15 Sri Lanka d Bangladesh Melbourne Cricket Ground 30,012
19 27/02/15 South Africa d West Indies Sydney Cricket Ground 23,612
20 28/02/15 New Zealand d Australia Eden Park, Auckland 40,053
21 28/02/15 India d UAE WACA Ground, Perth 8,718
22 1/3/2015 Sri Lanka d England Westpac Stadium, Wellington 18,183
23 1/3/2015 Pakistan d Zimbabwe Gabba, Brisbane 9,847
24 3/3/2015 South Africa d Ireland Manuka Oval, Canberra 8,831
25 4/3/2015 Pakistan d UAE McLean Park, Napier 2,406
26 4/3/2015 Australia d Afghanistan WACA Ground, Perth 12,710
27 5/3/2015 Bangladesh d Scotland Saxton Oval, Nelson 3,491
28 6/3/2015 India d West Indies WACA Ground, Perth 17,557
29 7/3/2015 Pakistan d South Africa Eden Park, Auckland 22,713
30 7/3/2015 Ireland d Zimbabwe Blundstone Arena, Hobart 4,048
31 8/3/2015 New Zealand d Afghanistan McLean Park, Napier 10,022
32 8/3/2015 Australia d Sri Lanka Sydney Cricket Ground 39,951
33 9/3/2015 Bangladesh d England Adelaide Oval 11,963
34 10/3/2015 India d Ireland Seddon Park, Hamilton 10,192
35 11/3/2015 Sri Lanka d Scotland Blundstone Arena, Hobart 3,549
36 12/3/2015 South Africa d UAE Westpac Stadium, Wellington 4,901
37 13/03/15 New Zealand d Bangladesh Seddon Park, Hamilton 10,347
38 13/03/15 England d Afghanistan Sydney Cricket Ground 9,203
39 14/03/15 India d Zimbabwe Eden Park, Auckland 30,076
40 14/03/15 Australia d Scotland Blundstone Arena, Hobart 12,177
41 15/03/15 West Indies d UAE McLean Park, Napier 1,221
42 15/03/15 Pakistan d Ireland Adelaide Oval 9,889
43 18/03/15 QF1: South Africa d Sri Lanka Sydney Cricket Ground 27,259
44 19/03/15 QF2: India d Bangladesh Melbourne Cricket Ground 51,552
45 20/03/15 QF3: Australia d Pakistan Adelaide Oval 35,516
46 21/03/15 QF4: New Zealand d West Indies Westpac Stadium, Wellington 30,250
47 24/03/15 SF1: New Zealand d South Africa Eden Park, Auckland 41,279
48 26/03/15 SF2: Australia d India Sydney Cricket Ground 42,330
49 29/03/15 Final: Australia d New Zealand Melbourne Cricket Ground 93,013

If we compare these numbers with the ground capacities shown below (largely taken from ground pages at ESPNcricinfo), we can make a graph of ground occupancy for each game.

Ground Capacity
Melbourne Cricket Ground 95,000
Adelaide Oval 50,000
Sydney Cricket Ground 44,000
Eden Park, Auckland 41,000
Gabba, Brisbane 37,000
Westpac Stadium, Wellington 33,500
WACA Ground, Perth 24,500
Hagley Oval, Christchurch 18,000
Blundstone Arena, Hobart 16,200
Manuka Oval, Canberra 12,000
Seddon Park, Hamilton 12,000
McLean Park, Napier 10,500
Saxton Oval, Nelson 6,000
University Oval, Dunedin 5,000

 

attendancesbymatch

We see that most of the first 10 matches (up to the wash-out between Australia and Bangladesh) were close to capacity, while some of the later matches leading up the quarter final had attendances well under 50% of capacity.

Finally, the table below shows the total attendances for games involving each country, as well as average ground occupancy percentages for their matches.

Team total attendance average % occupancy #matches attendance per match
New Zealand    277,024 94.2 9 30,780
Australia    360,086 83.7 8 45,011
India    288,888 73.8 8 36,111
South Africa    223,803 65.1 8 27,975
Scotland      39,518 63.7 6 6,586
Afghanistan      48,847 63.1 6 8,141
West Indies      96,788 60.4 7 13,827
Sri Lanka    138,893 58.6 7 19,842
England    166,221 57.8 6 27,704
Bangladesh    118,337 57.6 6 19,723
Pakistan    136,419 51.3 7 19,488
Ireland      42,352 47.8 6 7,059
Zimbabwe      60,490 47.4 6 10,082
UAE      25,138 23.8 6 4,190

Australia had a lowish attendance for its game against Afghanistan while New Zealand had every match at least 86% full.

January 30, 2015

AB de Villiers’ fastest ODI century

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 12:51 pm

Recently we witnessed the fastest century in one-day cricket history, with AB de Villiers coming in during the 39th over at the fall of South Africa’s first wicket (1/247) and proceeding to blast an incredible 149 off 44 balls in just 59 minutes propelling the team to 2/439 (Amla also made 153* and Rossouw 128). The match produced all types of records including many instances of most runs in n consecutive overs, documented in other blog post here.

Here is the ball-by-ball breakdown of his innings followed by a graph of runs versus balls.

4 2 1 | 1 4 6 4 6 | 6 . 2 2 LB | 1 6 6 6 4 | 6 1 4 1 | 1 . 4 4 | . 6 | 4 6 6 6 | LB 6 | 1 | 6 6 4 6 6 2 | 2 . out

ABbattinggraph

We see that three times he hit 28 runs in 5 balls and 26 runs in another space of 5 balls – that’s 110 runs in just 20 balls with 15 6s and 5 4s right there! He was already 82 off 27 balls (7 6s, 7 4s) and then made 63 off his next 13 balls including 9 6s and 2 4s to surge to 145 off 40 balls!! I have never seen such a concentration of 6 hitting. More analysis of his strike rate is at this @dualnoise post.

Here is what he scored (with balls faced) against the four bowlers who were up against him:

Taylor: 30 (13)
Holder: 45 (9)
Russell: 35 (12)
Smith: 39 (10)

Some other amazingly fast centuries in limited over cricket are in this blog post. Here is the breakdown of the previous fastest ODI century (36 balls) by Corey Anderson in this match:

1 | . 4 1 | . 1 | 6 1 . 2 1 | 4 6 1 | 6 6 . 6 . 6 | 1 . . 6 | 6 6 6 6 1 | . 1 | 4 4 1 1 | 6 6 4 1 | 2 4 1 | 6 1 | 2 2 1

November 23, 2014

Fastest to n test centuries for n sufficiently large

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 12:04 am

My blog entry about fewest innings to n ODI centuries has encountered much traffic in recent times due to the consistent century-scoring feats of Amla, Kohli and de Villiers. As requested there, here is a similar table for test cricket.

As expected Bradman dominates the table leading the pack for n = 7 to 29 – he reached n=13, 27 and 28 roughly twice as fast as anyone else! It’s interesting to see how other players feature. Headley is in the list for every century until his last while Arthur Morris raced to 10 centuries in 36 innings before stalling. Sutcliffe, Harvey and Walcott jostle for positions after that and then Hayden and Gavaskar arrive. Tendulkar is somewhere in the top 3 from his 24th century onwards, while Ponting, Kallis and Sangakkara are present in the tail end of the list (updated: 30 December 2017).

n Fastest to n test centuries (innings required)
3 Azharuddin (4) Headley, Morris, Kambli (6) Gavaskar, Harvey, Hunte (7)
4 Gavaskar, Headley, Kambli (8) Sutcliffe, Weekes (9) Harvey (10)
5 Weekes (10) Harvey, Sutcliffe (12) Bradman, Headley (13)
6 Harvey (13) Bradman (15) Headley (17)
7 Bradman (18) Headley (21) Sutcliffe, Morris (22)
8 Bradman (19) Morris (28) Headley (30)
9 Bradman (22) Morris (30) Headley (31)
10 Bradman (23) Headley (32) Morris (36)
11 Bradman (25) Harvey (46) Sutcliffe, Walcott (49)
12 Bradman (26) Sutcliffe, Walcott (50) Harvey (52)
13 Bradman (28) Walcott (55) Sutcliffe (56)
14 Bradman (40) Walcott (56) Sutcliffe (58)
15 Bradman (41) Sutcliffe (59) Harvey (67)
16 Bradman (48) Sutcliffe (62) Hayden (77)
17 Bradman (50) Gavaskar (81) Hayden (82)
18 Bradman (51) Gavaskar (82) Hayden (87)
19 Bradman (53) Gavaskar (85) Hayden (94)
20 Bradman (55) Gavaskar (93) Hayden (95)
21 Bradman (56) Gavaskar (98) Smith (105)
22 Bradman (58) Gavaskar (101) Smith (108)
23 Bradman (59) Gavaskar (109) Smith (110)
24 Bradman (66) Tendulkar (125) Gavaskar (128)
25 Bradman (68) Tendulkar (130) Gavaskar (138)
26 Bradman (69) Tendulkar (136) Gavaskar (144)
27 Bradman (70) Tendulkar (141) Gavaskar (154)
28 Bradman (72) Tendulkar (144) Gavaskar (160)
29 Bradman (79) Tendulkar (148) Gavaskar, Hayden (166)
30 Tendulkar (159) Hayden (167) Ponting (170)
31 Tendulkar (165) Ponting (174) Younis Khan (184)
32 Ponting (176) Tendulkar (179) Younis Khan (193)
33 Ponting (178) Tendulkar (181) Younis Khan (194)
34 Tendulkar (192) Ponting (193) Gavaskar (206)
35 Ponting (194) Tendulkar (200) Sangakkara (209)
36 Ponting (200) Sangakkara (210) Tendulkar (218)
37 Ponting (212) Sangakkara (218) Tendulkar (220)
38 Ponting (222) Sangakkara (224) Tendulkar (232)
39 Tendulkar (236) Ponting (239) Kallis (245)
40 Kallis (246) Tendulkar (251) Ponting (273)
41 Kallis, Tendulkar (254) Ponting (275)
42 Kallis (256) Tendulkar (257)
43 Kallis (258) Tendulkar (263)
44 Kallis (263) Tendulkar (266)
45 Tendulkar (268) Kallis (280)
46-51 Tendulkar (270,271,274,
279,286,289)

Here are some notable streaks observed while preparing the table:

  • Sir Donald Bradman scored 13 centuries in 25 innings in two separate streaks! He scored 26 of his 29 centuries between his 4th and 28th and later between his 48th and 72nd innings inclusive.
  • Mohammad Yousuf entered the table during a streak of 10 centuries in 20 innings (103rd to 122nd innings).
  • Sir Clyde Walcott scored 10 centuries in 23 innings (34-56).
  • Sir Garfield Sobers had no centuries in his first 28 innings and then 11 in his next 31 (29-59).
  • Denis Compton scored 11 centuries in 35 innings (23-57).
  • Mahela Jayawardene scored 12 centuries in 37 innings (129-165).
  • Sunil Gavaskar scored 13 centuries in 41 innings (61-101) and already had 19 centuries after his first 45 tests.
  • Matthew Hayden scored 17 centuries in 59 innings (37-95) in his most productive patch.
  • Inzamam-ul-Haq scored only 6 centuries in his first 90 innings and then 19 in his next 87 (91-177).
  • Ricky Ponting had two separate amazing stretches of 11 centuries in 30 innings (87-116) and later 10 in 24 (155-178).
  • Sachin Tendulkar scored 11 centuries in 34 innings (81-114) and 18 in 68 (81-148). His last 12 centuries were in the space of 39 innings (251-289).
  • Kumar Sangakkara arrived late in the list while scoring 27 centuries in 110 innings (101-210).
  • Jacques Kallis scored 14 centuries in 43 innings (221-263) after 20 centuries in 88 innings earlier in his career (102-189).

Candidate players were found using the best all-time ratings for batsmen on cricketratings.com. Data for the above was sourced from the original version of Statsguru, by displaying the career cumulative averages of each player. Corrections/additions are welcome!

September 25, 2014

Players with low test cricket + one day international cricket bowling averages

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 8:40 pm

Recently I pointed out players with high sum of test cricket and one day cricket batting averages. This time I shall look at those with a low sum of bowling averages.

Amongst former players Joel Garner heads the list while many big names are here. It’s a shame Shane Bond wasn’t able to play more. This first list shows those with a bowling average sum below 50.

Former players

Test cricket One day international cricket
Player Matches Wickets Average Matches Wickets Average Economy Rate Test Average + ODI Average
J Garner 58 259 20.97 98 146 18.84 3.09 39.81
SE Bond 18 87 22.09 82 147 20.88 4.28 42.97
GD McGrath 124 563 21.64 250 381 22.02 3.88 43.66
Sir RJ Hadlee 86 431 22.29 115 158 21.56 3.3 43.85
CEH Croft 27 125 23.30 19 30 20.66 3.47 43.96
AA Donald 72 330 22.25 164 272 21.78 4.29 44.03
DK Lillee 70 355 23.92 63 103 20.82 3.58 44.74
MA Holding 60 249 23.68 102 142 21.36 3.32 45.04
CEL Ambrose 98 405 20.99 176 225 24.12 3.48 45.11
M Muralitharan 133 800 22.72 350 534 23.08 3.93 45.80
Sir AME Roberts 47 202 25.61 56 87 20.35 3.4 45.96
Wasim Akram 104 414 23.62 356 502 23.52 3.89 47.14
Waqar Younis 87 373 23.56 262 416 23.84 4.68 47.40
SM Pollock 108 421 23.11 303 393 24.50 3.67 47.61
MD Marshall 81 376 20.94 136 157 26.96 3.53 47.90
DL Underwood 86 297 25.83 26 32 22.93 3.44 48.76
Imran Khan 88 362 22.81 175 182 26.61 3.89 49.42
RGD Willis 90 325 25.20 64 80 24.60 3.28 49.80
DE Bollinger 12 50 25.92 39 62 23.90 4.57 49.82

 

Among current players with over 50 wickets in both forms of the game only Dale Steyn would qualify for the above list. The list below contains those current players with bowling averages below 30 in both test and ODI cricket.

Current players

 

Test cricket One day international cricket
Player Matches Wickets Average Matches Wickets Average Economy Rate Test Average + ODI Average
RJ Harris 24 103 22.56 21 44 18.90 4.84 41.46
VD Philander 26 115 21.57 15 17 26.05 4.37 47.62
DW Steyn 75 383 22.56 87 135 25.62 4.82 48.18
Saeed Ajmal 35 178 28.10 111 183 22.18 4.13 50.28
KAJ Roach 28 111 25.98 64 98 26.85 4.90 52.83
MG Johnson 59 264 27.42 140 212 26.11 4.84 53.53
M Morkel 59 204 29.90 80 135 24.28 4.88 54.18
ST Finn 23 90 29.40 42 62 28.41 4.74 57.81
SCJ Broad 74 264 29.90 108 168 28.37 5.22 58.27
JM Anderson 99 380 29.72 184 257 29.10 4.94 58.82

Statistics are current to 25 Sep 2014 and are from ESPN Cricinfo here and here. I located current players using Statsguru via this query.

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