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!

International Duck Watch!

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Warning! Do not bat in an odd numbered position in Australia’s middle order in a ODI.

Today, Peter Handscomb at three, Glenn Maxwell at five and James Faulkner at seven, faced a grand total of seven deliveries between them for the princely sum of exactly zero runs.

Earlier in the day, New Zealand’s Tom Latham and Lockie Ferguson also failed to get off the mark and so out of 19 wickets to fall in Hamilton, five combined to make nought.

New Zealand won by 24 runs and thus sealed a 2-0 series victory against a patch Australian side.

International Duck Watch!

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Tests

Wahab Riaz (Pakistan)

Riaz was dismissed LBW fifth ball to New Zealand’s Colin de Grandhomme (1-29) in the second Test in Hamilton. Soon after, commencing their second innings with a lead of 55 New Zealand’s openers Jeet Raval faced one delivery without scoring and Tom Latham (Golden duck in the first innings) is yet to face!

Usman Khawaja (Australia)

How do you follow a first innings 145?

Drop down the order and fall LBW second ball to become Tabraiz Shamsi’s (1-49) second Test wicket however Australia (Warner 47, Smith 40, Renshaw 34 not out) won by seven wickets. South Africa though win the series 2-1.

Ajinkya Rahane (India)

LBW sixth ball to England’s in-form Adil Rashid (3-81) as England fought back before India fought back in the third Test in Mohali. India (Kohli 62, Ashwin 57 not out) trail by twelve runs with four wickets remaining.

ODIs

Brian Vitori (Zimbabwe)

Zimbabwe number eleven Vitori fell second ball to Sri Lanka’s Asela Gunaratne in the Tri-Series final. Vitori then dismissed Dhananjaya De Sliva with the very first delivery of Sri Lanka’s reply. Vitori finished with figures of 3-52 as Sri Lanka (Kusal Mendis 57) won the final by six wickets. Earlier on debut, Zimbabwe’s Tarisai Musakanda top scored for his side with 36 from 37 deliveries. Just making his debut in a final, as you do!

International Duck Watch!

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Well if we thought that Australia’s Nic Maddinson had arrived on the Test scene in style then we hadn’t seen anything. Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan went golden in his maiden Test innings against New Zealand as his side slipped to 76-5 in pursuit of New Zealand’s first innings total of 271 in Hamilton. Neil Wagner (2-15) the bowler responsible.

Meanwhile down under South Africa’s opening batsman Dean Elgar fell for a duck which ties in nicely to our piece on fellow opener Stephen Cook…

https://sillypointcricketsite.wordpress.com/2016/11/26/anatomy-of-trying-to-save-a-test-career-revisited/

https://sillypointcricketsite.wordpress.com/2016/11/24/anatomy-of-trying-to-save-a-test-career/

… and nightwatchman (Or not as it turned out!) Kyle Abbott also joined the illustrious International Duck Club today.