Cricket Captain 2018: Statistical Highlights… and Lowlights!

Five full years into my tenure as Coach/Selector of the England cricket team, here’s a round-up of the highs and lows that we’ve experienced as a collective thus far…

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Yes that does say 43 all out against Pakistan at Edgbaston! That’s an England all-time low and a slap in the face for our decision to bat exclusively (And optimistically) for a draw. The sweet success of 806 against Sri Lanka in Kandy seems a long time ago.

Joe Root’s 292 against India in Nottingham, came after he’d been dismissed for 230 twice during my tenure and in the same innings that James Vince briefly (Very briefly) held the record when making 246.

Leg-spinner Matthew Parkinson’s 7-82 against New Zealand, also at Edgbaston, are the best individual bowling figures in an innings while Stuart Broad’s 11-98 against West Indies in Jamaica in 2019 remain our best match analysis.

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The year before the 43 all out debacle, 436 against the same opponents in Leeds, had been a none too shabby effort in a One-Day International. In truth, our limited overs batting has regressed since then. As in the Tests, it’s former captain Joe Root who leads the way with a rare double ton (214) in the fifty over format, indeed it was in that innings of 436 against Pakistan in front of a packed and vibrant Headingley crowd.

Somerset speedster Jamie Overton claimed astonishing figures of 6-14 against Australia in the infancy of his international career but lost his way a little in ODIs. He is however averaging sub 30 in the Test format and has become a valuable option in the longer format. He’s no slouch with the bat either.

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Errrr, yeah, 41 all out against South Africa in a T20I. Like I said, highs and lows. Never an easy place to bat is Cape Town!

Alex Hales 124 against arch-enemy Australia in Bristol has been the best batting output in the format whilst the often economical Tom Curran’s 5-26 against West Indies in Delhi at the World Cup is our best individual bowling analysis.

It’d be great to post 1000 runs in a Test innings but with the need for declarations this can often only be feasible in a dead rubber. 500 in a ODI and 250 in T20Is would also be welcome. It’d also be great to see an individual batsman reach a triple ton in a Test match but should they approach Sir Len Hutton’s 364 then I might have to declare!

Statistical Quirks Discovered Whilst Trawling Cricinfo Player Profile Pages Over the Years

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Nathan Hauritz

Australian twirler Nathan Hauritz finished his career with 63 Test wickets and a matching tally in ODIs.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/player/5593.html

Does anybody have a higher matching pair?

Michael Carberry

Former England opening bat Michael Carberry’s career best batting stats are as follows:

First Class: 300 not out

List A: 150 not out

T20: 100 not out

http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/player/10656.html

Neat, very neat!

Paul Harris

South African spinner Paul Harris’ Test career began and ended as follows…

Test debut: South Africa vs. India, Cape Town, January 2nd-6th 2007

Last Test: South Africa vs. India, Cape Town, January 2nd-6th 2011

http://www.espncricinfo.com/southafrica/content/player/45568.html

Symmetry!

Napoleon Einstein

Not so much a statistical quirk but his name alone merits a mention.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/279540.html

To be fair, in regards to his statistics, he did score 92 on List A debut but only ever played one more List A match and one T20.

Greg Loveridge

New Zealand leg-spinner Greg Loveridge holds a place in the hearts of many cricket tragics the world over. On Test debut against Zimbabwe in Hamilton, he retired hurt on four not out, didn’t bowl and never played again.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/newzealand/content/player/37609.html

A First Class bowling average of 53.23 didn’t exactly scream “Recall!”.

Mohammad Sami

There are players with worse Test bowling averages than Pakistan’s Mohammad Sami…

http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/player/41324.html

But to win 36 caps with a bowling average of 52.74 is mightily impressive!

Disclaimer: There’s probably some far more interesting stats that I’ve previously stumbled upon only to forget about and admittedly there’s some recycled material in here!

Paul Harris: Freaky!

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Former South Africa spin bowler Paul Harris played 37 Tests for the republic and averaged a spin high quality threshold 37 with the ball, well, 37.87 to be precise. That’s the least freaky thing about his Test career however. Take a look at his profile page on Cricinfo and see if you notice something… something freaky!

http://www.espncricinfo.com/southafrica/content/player/45568.html

That’s right. He made his Test debut for South Africa (Obviously) vs. India in Cape Town from 2nd January to 6th January 2007 and played his final Test for South Africa (Obviously) vs. India in Cape Town from 2nd January to 6th January exactly (Exactly!) four years later in 2011!

Paul Harris ladies and gentlemen, or Freaky Harris as he shall now be known. In the words of Flight of the Conchords “I (He) told you I was freaky, freaky!!!)

International Duck Watch!

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In the third Test in Sydney, Babar Azam was the sole duckee as Pakistan commenced their pursuit of Australia’s first innings total of 538-8 declared. The tourists finished the day on 126-2 so still trailing by 412 runs.

In Cape Town, South Africa look destined for a comfortable win against Sri Lanka despite ducks from serial form lackers Hashim Amla and Temba Bavuma. Our good friend Suranga Lakmal was the man responsible for Amla’s dismissal whilst Temba Bavuma committed the perennial Test match sin of being run out.

We’ll be back tomorrow but only if Emilio Estevez can find us some more Mighty Ducks!

International Duck Watch!

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You big him up and what does he go and do?

South Africa’s opening bat Stephen Cook failed to brew.

All he could do…

… was head back to the dressing room and stew.

Cook lasted all of four deliveries against Sri Lanka in Cape Town, with the ever reliable IDW attention hogger Suranga Lakmal the bowler responsible.

Join us next time an international batsman is dismissed without scoring for more International Duck Watch.