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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.

August 31, 2014

Players with high test cricket + one day international cricket batting averages

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 8:10 am

Jacques Kallis recently retired from international cricket with a phenomenal record of close to 25,000 runs, almost 600 wickets and 300+ catches on the international stage. He ended up with batting averages of 55.37 in test cricket and 44.36 in one day internationals (ODIs), leading to a sum just shy of 100. In turns out this is the highest sum of averages for any retired player who has played both of these forms of the game, just ahead of Michael Hussey (not counting players with a small number of innings).

The following tables show current and former players with a sum of test and ODI batting average above 90. Sangakkara has improved his numbers in both formats dramatically in recent years while Amla and de Villiers are the only players with sum exceeding 100. Statistics are current to August 30 2014.

 

Current players

Test cricket One day international cricket
Player Innings Runs Average Innings Runs Average Strike Rate Test Average + ODI Average
HM Amla 137 6415 51.32 89 4539 55.35 89.84 106.67
AB de Villiers 159 7296 51.02 159 6701 50.38 95.04 101.40
KC Sangakkara 221 11988 58.76 357 12844 40.14 77.55 98.90
IJL Trott 87 3763 46.45 65 2819 51.25 77.06 97.71
MJ Clarke 180 8240 51.50 215 7683 44.67 78.76 96.17
S Chanderpaul 266 11414 51.88 251 8778 41.60 70.74 93.48
MS Dhoni 140 4808 38.46 215 8098 53.28 89.31 91.74
V Kohli 51 1855 39.47 128 5674 51.58 89.75 91.05
AD Mathews 74 3054 52.66 111 3013 38.14 84.06 90.79
Misbah-ul-Haq 84 3285 46.93 136 4594 43.75 73.82 90.68

(NB: Fawad Alam would qualify but only played 3 test matches.)

 

Former players

Test cricket One day international cricket
Player Innings Runs Average Innings Runs Average Strike Rate Test Average + ODI Average
DG Bradman 80 6996 99.94 Bradman predated ODI cricket 99.94
JH Kallis 280 13289 55.37 314 11579 44.36 72.89 99.73
MEK Hussey 137 6235 51.53 157 5442 48.16 87.16 99.69
SR Tendulkar 329 15921 53.79 452 18426 44.83 86.23 98.62
IVA Richards 182 8540 50.24 167 6721 47.00 90.20 97.24
ML Hayden 184 8625 50.74 155 6133 43.81 78.96 94.54
Javed Miandad 189 8832 52.57 218 7381 41.70 67.01 94.27
GS Chappell 151 7110 53.86 72 2331 40.19 75.70 94.05
Mohammad Yousuf 156 7530 52.29 273 9720 41.72 75.10 94.01
RT Ponting 287 13378 51.85 365 13704 42.04 80.39 93.89
BC Lara 232 11953 52.89 289 10405 40.49 79.51 93.38
Zaheer Abbas 124 5062 44.80 60 2572 47.63 84.80 92.43
GM Turner 73 2991 44.64 40 1598 47.00 68.05 91.64
R Dravid 286 13288 52.31 318 10889 39.17 71.24 91.48
DM Jones 89 3631 46.55 161 6068 44.62 72.56 91.17

The above statistics are from ESPN Cricinfo here and here.

November 30, 2013

Tendulkar statistics and links

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 11:54 pm

Recently retired Sachin Tendulkar is probably the sportsman who gave me the most total enjoyment over my lifetime. His peak batting period was probably from 1993 to the 2003 World Cup but he came back from injury well to become ICC Player of the year in 2010 at age 37 and after more than 20 years of playing internationally. He has been adored by millions and through all the pressure and expectations over such a long period managed to remain a likeable humble figure. His solid compact batting technique allowed him to flourish in both longer and shorter formats of the game better than almost all players during his time (he played with or against 982 others in international matches!). He also chipped in handily with the ball taking over 150 ODI wickets – Steve Waugh said Tendulkar could spin the ball more than regular spinners and could have taken 100 wickets had he put his mind to it [ref].

Here are his test and ODI career summarised by two graphs. The last 30 innings averages are intended his “form” at the time.

Tendulkar test careerTendulkar ODI career

Below are some links collected about his career highlights and statistics, I may add to these over time.

HowSTAT! player profile for tests, ODIs (including career graphs for tests and ODIs)

CricInfo links:

Cricbuzz:

Video:

April 28, 2013

A few fast centuries

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 8:58 am

Last week Chris Gayle scored a phenomenal 175* off 66 balls in an IPL cricket game for Bangalore featuring 17 6s. It was the best display of sustained hitting by a batsman I have seen. He didn’t give the fielders any chance of catching him and he barely played a false shot. Here is his ball-by-ball scoring off legal deliveries (not including leg byes).

0 0 1 | 4 4 0 4 4 0 4 | | 1 | 6 6 4 0 6 6 | | 4 6 1 6 0 | 6 6 4 6 6 | 0 1 6 1 | 0 1 1 0 | 1 1 | 0 0 6 1 0 | 1 0 1 6 | 4 1 | 4 6 6 4 6 | 1 1 | 0 1 | 4 1 4 1 |  1 0 | 6 1 1

Notice that he scored 28, 28, 26 and 20 off four of the overs… over a hundred runs just there! Interestingly he never hit 3 sixes in a row, though he managed 10 in the space of 16 balls (73 runs total)! The graph below shows how he took his time during the middle of his innings (102 in his first 30 balls, just 14 off his next 15) before surging again to 150.

Gayle batting chart

Apparently, while playing for a Jamaican XI in 2006 he scored 196 off 68 balls and was dismissed in the 15th over!!

Below are a few more fast centuries of the past. More can be seen at the following ESPN CricInfo links.

Here are those centuries from the above lists scored off fewer than 40 balls.

Name Balls Faced Teams Venue Season/scorecard Game type
CH Gayle 30 Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Warriors Bangalore 2013 T20
A Symonds 34 Kent v Middlesex Maidstone 2004 T20
D Hookes 34 South Australia v Victoria Adelaide 1982/3 FC
LP van der Westhuizen 35 Namibia v Kenya Windhoek 2011/12 T20
GD Rose 36 Somerset v Devon Torquay 1990 List A
YK Pathan 37 Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians Mumbai 2009/10 T20
SB Styris 37 Sussex v Gloucestershire Hove 2012 T20
Shahid Afridi 37 Pakistan v Sri Lanka Nairobi 1996 ODI

There is also a list here of the fastest centuries of each English county season of recent years. More on fast innings through declaration bowling here.

A few centuries worth mentioning: I still have a soft spot for Shahid Afridi’s 102 off 40 balls for Pakistan vs Sri Lanka with his century off 37 balls – amazingly it was his first ODI innings.

0 6 1 0 4 0 0 6 0 0 6 6 1 1 6 6 2 6 4 4 0 0 6 6 1 4 1 1 0 4 1 6 0 6 0 2 4 1 0 X

Yusuf Pathan’s IPL century off 37 balls featured 11 consecutive legal deliveries sent for 4 or 6.

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

Scott Styris’s century off 37 balls featured 38 in one over:

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

Finally, Don Bradman scored a century off just 22 balls in three eight-ball overs (not even one dot ball!) in a game for Blackheath XI vs Lithgow:

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

February 21, 2013

The non-winning streak of the West Indies in Australia

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 11:32 am

It surprised me to learn that the West Indies recently won their first match in Australia against Australia since early 1997. Over 32 matches (11 tests, 19 one day internationals, 2 Twenty 20 internationals) prior to the win they had two no results in ODIs and one draw in the tests. In the first of the no-result games they were in a winning position, reducing Australia to 5/43 chasing 264 before rain washed out the game.

A list of the matches can be found via ESPN CricInfo’s Statsguru here. The best batting and bowling performances by the Windies during that time were as follows.

  • Brian Lara scored two test centuries (including a 226 in Adelaide) and one ODI century.
  • Chris Gayle scored two test centuries including 165* in the drawn game and the fifth fastest ever test century (in balls faced).
  • Dwayne Bravo also scored two test centuries and had the best test bowling figures of 6/84.
  • Pedro Collins played two ODIs, getting figures of 5/43 and 3/8!

I’ll take this chance to link to a clip of highlights of Lara’s 226.

December 31, 2012

Tony Greig commentary

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

It was sad to hear about the recent passing of Tony Greig. I loved the excitement he brought to cricket through his enthusiastic commentary. Here are a few examples.

The best of Tony Greig

December 23, 2012

Recap of the Australia-South Africa test match in Perth

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 4:34 am

South Africa recently notched up an impressive 309-run win in the third and deciding cricket test to win the series 1-0 against Australia. After making a first innings score of 225 they fought back hard to have Australia reeling at 6/45 early on the second day. Dale Steyn caused much of that damage with two wickets in his first over of the day and then a brilliant delivery with just enough movement to dismiss the in-form Clarke cheaply. They dismissed Australia for 163 and then seized the initiative in a way I have rarely seen. After batting slowly in the final innings of the previous test to save the match they showed they can bat at the other end of the spectrum, putting away the Australian bowlers with classy batting. South Africa ended day 2 with 2/230 after just 38 overs, a lead of 292 which is amazing given their first innings score. Smith scored 84 off 100 balls while Amla was 99* off just 84 balls.

In my earlier post about the second test I mentioned the rapidity of the partnership between Clarke and Warner. Here we saw two rapid partnerships by the South Africans. Smith and Amla added 178 in 25.3 overs while de Villiers and du Plessis later added 112 in just 14.1 overs, with both partnerships featuring side by side in this list of fastest test partnerships of 100+. De Villiers raced from 50 to 150 in just 63 balls, including 3 cheeky reverse sweeps in a row to move from 89 to 101! Amla finished with 196 off 221 while de Villiers made 169 off 184 as South Africa finished with 569 at 5.08 runs per over. It’s interesting that two scores from the same series and by opposing sides fill the third and fourth spots in this list of the highest test run rates in a completed innings.

Australia were set 632 to win and were never going to get close, with an extremely even bowling performance from South Africa’s frontline bowlers dismissing them for 322 after an entertaining last wicket stand of 87. Ricky Ponting was not to get a fairy tale ending to his distinguished career, making just 4 and 8 for the match. Mitchell Starc interestingly scored the second fastest test half century by an Australian (32 balls).

Faf du Plessis in this game set a record for being the only player to score 70 or more in his first test three innings 78, 110*, and 78* (see this article in The Roar). The following is a list of others who have did well (60+) in each of their first three test innings.

  • Sunil Gavaskar (Ind) scored 65, 67*, 116 in his first three innings, following it up with 64*.
  • Herbert Sutcliffe (Eng) scored 64, 122, 83.
  • Ian Bell (Eng) scored 70, 65*, 162*.
  • Andrew Strauss (Eng) scored 112, 83, and 62.
  • Herbie Collins (Aus) scored 70, 104, and 64.

November 30, 2012

Statistical recap of the Australia-South Africa test match in Adelaide

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 8:45 pm

The recent second cricket test between Australia and South Africa in Adelaide finished in an exciting draw with so many memorable phases. Here are some tidbits with more highlights here.

On the first day Australia set a frenetic pace reaching 5/482 in 86.5 overs (run rate 5.55) which from this list looks like the most runs made by a team in a day with a run rate exceeding 5 runs per over. Their total of 550 in 107.2 (run rate 5.12) ended up being the third highest run rate for a completed test innings. Australia were 3/55 at one stage before Warner and Clarke added 155 in just 24.2 overs (run rate 6.37)! Interestingly there have only ever been three other partnerships of 150+ in fewer than 150 balls in test cricket (noting that only in more recent times have the length in balls of partnerships been recorded), and Clarke features again in of them.

  1. Hayden and Ponting (151* in 24.2 overs) vs Zimbabwe in Sydney, 2003
  2. Clarke and Gilchrist (162* in 20 overs) vs England in Perth, 2006 (while Gilchrist smashed 102* off 59 balls, Clarke remained 135*)
  3. Kamran Akmal and Shahid Afridi (170 in 21.3 overs) vs India in Lahore, 2006 (in this game only 8 wickets fell in two innings and there were 6 century-makers!)

Straight after lunch on the first day the number of runs per over were 10, 10, 11, 6, 9, 17, 8, 6, 16: 93 runs in 9 overs! Warner scored 50 off 26 in that time finally falling for 119 off 112 balls. In all 178 runs off just 26 overs were scored in the middle session.

The next partnership between Clarke and Hussey was worth 272 runs in just 49.3 overs, with Hussey bringing up his second century of the series. Clarke at one stage had 33 4s in reaching 168* with more 4s than singles (28)! He ended up with 224 runs for the day despite coming in during the 15th over. Only eleven times have more runs been scored by a batsman in a day of test cricket, three of those times by Bradman and three more by Sehwag. Clarke also became the first person in test cricket history to score 4 double centuries in the same calendar year (in just his 8th test). (Don Bradman once scored 4 double centuries in the space of 7 tests in 1930-31.) Clarke must have tremendous stamina and concentration to achieve such a feat. He currently averages over 100 in both Brisbane (916 runs @ 114.5 in 9 tests, 11 innings with 4 100s) and Adelaide (1109 runs in 8 tests, 13 innings with 5 100s).

Imran Tahir ended up with bowling figures of 23 overs for 180 in the first innings and 14 overs for 80, to concede the most runs in a match without taking a wicket. The first innings economy rate in fourth in this list of expensive bowling analyses in a test innings (minimum 10 overs).

Australia set South Africa 430 to win in well over 4 sessions and after South African slumped to 4/45 it seemed like the game might end on the fourth day. Wickets 5 to 10 then survived for 762 balls, the most in the fourth innings in a test. South Africa managed to defy the Australian attack for a total of 148 overs, the longest fourth innings in overs since England’s effort against South Africa in 1995 (in that game Mike Atherton and Jack Russell batted together for the last 274 minutes). After the fourth wicket fell it was Faf du Plessis on debut and AB de Villiers who dug deep and blunted the attack, with a partnership of 89 runs in 68 overs (32 in the first 29 overs including 1 run in a stretch of 8 overs).

According to this list AB de Villiers with his 33 off 220 balls set a record for the longest test innings in balls faced without scoring a b0undary (in games in which this was recorded). There are only two longer individual innings in minutes where a boundary was not scored:

  1. Jimmy Adams scored 48* off 212 balls in 334 minutes vs Pakistan in 2000
  2. Colin McDonald scored 47 off 169 balls in 248 minutes vs England in 1958/59

It was also the second slowest 30+ score in test history, second to Chris Tavare’s 35 off 240 balls.

Nathan Lyon toiled for 50 overs conceding just 49 runs. The last time someone bowled as many maidens (31) as he did was back in 1982 by Dilip Doshi according to this list.

Du Plessis stayed until the very end, having by far the longest innings by a debutant in the final innings of a test. He survived for 466 minutes and 376 balls while the next best by a debutant was 313 minutes. Even by a non-debutant only six individual fourth innings have lasted longer. What an amazing way to start a test career!

 

September 27, 2012

High averages in both test and ODI series against a nation

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

Recently Hashim Amla from South Africa performed a rare feat in averaging over 100 in both test and ODI cricket series against England. It led me to look up others who have performed similarly. The following lists in chronological order those who have averaged over 100 in both test and ODI series against a single team with the restriction that at least 180 ODI runs were scored. I collected the data manually starting with this list of high ODI series averages. Corrections/additions are welcome.

 

Tests ODIs
Name (nation) Opposition, venue Season Tests Inn Runs Ave 50/100 HS Inn Runs Ave 50/100 HS
Sir Viv Richards (WI) vs England in England 1976 4 7 829 118.42 2/3 291 3 216 108 1,1 119*
Javed Miandad (Pak) vs India in Pakistan 1982/83 6 6 594 118.8 1/2 280* 4 234 0,2 119*
Jacques Kallis (SA) vs West Indies in South Africa 2003/04 4 6 712 178 1/4 177 3 361 180.5 2,1 139
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI) vs England in England 2007 3 5 446 148.67 3/2 136* 3 202 202 1,1 116*
Graeme Smith (SA) vs Bangladesh in Bangladesh 2007/08 2 3 304 101.33 1/1 232 3 199 199 1,1 103*
Jonathan Trott (Eng) vs Bangladesh in England 2010 2 3 265 132.5 0/1 226 2 204 102 1,1 110
Hashim Amla (SA) vs England in England 2012 3 5 482 120.5 0/2 311* 4 335 111.67 1,1 150

 

We see that Richards and Kallis were the only two to aggregate over 1000 runs, with Amla getting both a triple hundred in the tests and a 150 in ODIs.

Honourable mentions/close calls:

  • In 2001 Steve Waugh averaged 100 in the NatWest series against England and Pakistan (200 runs in 4 innings), then 107 in the subsequent Ashes series.
  • In 1983/84 Desmond Haynes averaged 340 in the ODI series (4 innings) and 93.6 (468 runs in 8 innings) in the test series against Australia.

August 12, 2012

The race to most ODIs played

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 3:50 am

I noticed that in the recent one-day international series played between Sri Lanka and India, Mahela Jayawardene entered third place for most ODIs played. His tally of 382 only trails Sanath Jayasuriya (445) and Sachin Tendulkar (463). He is still 35 and playing well enough to have a few good years left in him. It will be tough but he is the main contender to break Tendulkar’s record.

The above graph compares the number of games played versus age and it can be seen that the gap is closing, currently down to 35 games for Jayawardene’s present age. At one stage this gap was as many as 93 games for the same age (around 28).

Jayawardene would need to keep up his current activity to bridge the gap sufficiently. Of course all depends on how long the both of them continue to play.

(data from espncricinfo.com)

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