A closer look at the top test nation(s?)

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Published on August 18, 2011 with No Comments

England is no 1 in test cricket. Congrats. Are they worthy though? India lost their talismatic coach, and seems to be resting on their laurels after winning the World Cup.

What about South Africa? In the previous post we saw the stats. Best batsmen over the last two years consistently belongs to England. We all know Australia is a shadow of their former selves, as we’ve seen during the Ashes. South Africa had a good run, but they are only 3rd on the rankings. Looking at total runs scored over the last 24 months I feel is unfair. More game time = more runs. Lets rather look at averages. I am only looking at batsmen who faced the music in 10 or more innings:

Rank Player Mat Inns Runs HS Average 100 50
1 JH Kallis (SA) 14 25 1670 201* 83.5 9 3
2 TT Samaraweera (SL) 14 23 1157 159 72.31 3 8
3 IR Bell (Eng) 21 29 1724 159 71.83 7 8
4 SR Tendulkar (India) 22 35 2078 214 69.26 9 7
5 HM Amla (SA) 14 25 1437 253* 65.31 6 5
6 AN Cook (Eng) 25 40 2345 294 63.37 10 6
7 V Sehwag (India) 20 33 1937 293 62.48 7 9
8 AB de Villiers (SA) 14 24 1183 278* 62.26 3 6
9 CH Gayle (WI) 9 15 871 333 62.21 3 2
10 KC Sangakkara (SL) 14 24 1333 219 60.59 6 3

Well well. Kallis found some form to go with his new hair. So Mister Cook had 60% more opportunities to add to his tally than Kallis, but only scored 40% more runs. 20 runs more than Cook per innings is a considerable amount. And, interestingly enough, there are 3 Saffers in the top 10 compared to 2 Poms. If we look at the stats a bit deeper (cumulative for the Top 10 only, we will do a more in-depth comparisson in another post):

SA – Played 42 (74 Innings). Scored 4290 at 70.33

Eng – Played 46 (69 innings). Scored 4069 at 66.70

Lets look at the bowlers:

Player Mat Inns Runs Wkts Ave 5 10
1 DW Steyn (SA) 13 23 1497 68 22.01 5 1
2 TT Bresnan (Eng) 7 14 787 34 23.14 1 0
3 CT Tremlett (Eng) 7 14 872 36 24.22 2 0
4 DE Bollinger (Aus) 11 21 1165 48 24.27 2 0
5 Mohammad Hafeez (Pak) 6 11 246 10 24.6 0 0
6 Z Khan (India) 14 25 1569 63 24.9 3 1
7 JM Anderson (Eng) 21 40 2427 97 25.02 4 1
8 Mohammad Asif (Pak) 12 23 1403 55 25.5 3 0
9 M Morkel (SA) 14 25 1495 58 25.77 3 0
10 P Kumar (India) 6 11 697 27 25.81 1 0

Another South African at the top. But this time England has a more impressive presence on the list, turning the table on their batsmen. The cumulative stats sheds more light:

SA took 126 wickets in 48 innings at 23.75

Eng claimed 167 wickets in 68 innings at 24.47

Very close to call. SA nips in front on both fronts when comparing the top brass. But we have not looked at the brittle middle orders or toothless back up bowlers. Do we have a URDS that we can refer to for a result? We will take this further in a later post. Who do you think should claim top honours?

Does England deserve the No1 Test ranking?

  • They're not really English anyway (67%, 2 Votes)
  • Yes! (33%, 1 Votes)
  • Not a chance! (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 3

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