That’s Numberwang! Denly, Bavuma, De Kock, Naseem Shah, Nicholas Verity Knight, Days, Years
Really good week of numbers, this one. Lots here for everyone, especially fans of amounts of time most commonly expressed in years instead being presented in terms of days.
3789 – Days between Joe Denly’s second and third ODI half-centuries
5 – Days between Joe Denly’s third and fourth ODI half-centuries
116 – Innings for Quinton de Kock to reach 5000 ODI runs; only Hashim Amla (101), Viv Richards (114), Virat Kohli (114) and David Warner (115) have got there quicker
3 – ODI centuries against England for Quinton de Kock, joint most for a South African alongside Graeme Smith. Also: total number of ODI series/tournaments England have lost since the start of 2017: 2-1 away to India in January 2017, the 2017 Champions Trophy, 1-0 away to Scotland in 2018
348 – Target chased down by New Zealand to win the first ODI against India, beating the previous Black Caps record chase by one
259 – Temba Bavuma’s runs in his first three ODIs
86.33 – Temba Bavuma’s batting average in his first three ODIs
94.87 – Temba Bavuma’s strike rate in his first three ODIs
1227 – Days between Temba Bavuma’s first ODI cap and his third
1 – Players to score more runs in their first three ODIs than Temba Bavuma; Sky Sports’ very own Nicholas Verity Knight, who made 26, 113 and 125* against Pakistan in 1996
4 – Days between Nick Knight’s first ODI cap and his third
16 years 359 days – Naseem Shah’s age when taking a hat-trick for Pakistan against Bangladesh. Unsurprisingly, he is the youngest man ever to take a Test hat-trick, beating the record set in 2003 by then 19-year-old Alok Kapali for Bangladesh against Pakistan. In Denly-Bavuma terms, Shah was 6203 days old when taking an actual Test match hat-trick.
194.00 – Ross Taylor’s batting average in the ODI series against India
21/3/1989 – India lose the fifth ODI against West Indies to complete a 5-0 defeat – the last time India lost every match of a 3+ game ODI series before this week’s 3-0 defeat to New Zealand. (In keeping with this week’s apparent theme: 11284 days)
0 – Test runs scored by Stuart Broad this week
Jonny Bairstow aiming to be fit for England-Ireland Test in June – Ottis Gibson
The Yorkshire batter has been sidelined since suffering a freak accident on a golf course.
Ben Duckett will not complain about Nottinghamshire role in build-up to Ashes
England opener Duckett could prepare for the summer series by batting at number three.
Michael Vaughan to learn verdict from cricket racism hearing on Friday
Decisions on liability in the cases of Vaughan and five other individuals are expected to be published on Friday.
Durham sign Australian spinner Matt Kuhnemann for 2023 season
The 26-year-old made his Test debut against India last month
Matthew Potts: Durham out to put ‘haters to bed’ with entertaining approach
Potts says the county are looking to ‘mirror to some extent what the England team are doing’.
Teenager Phoebe Litchfield named in Australia’s squad for Women’s Ashes
The 19-year-old’s inclusion is the only change from the squad that won the Twenty20 World Cup last month.
Survivors group criticises ECB over ‘lack of transparency’ around Hyam report
Matthew Hyam was sentenced to two years and four months’ imprisonment in September 2021.
Big Bash League
‘Outstanding candidate’ Peter Moores to lead Melbourne Stars in Big Bash
Moores becomes the only overseas head coach in Australia’s T20 competition.
England captain Ben Stokes to manage fitness during IPL ahead of Ashes
Stokes has already started work with Chennai Super Kings, who signed him for a bumper £1.6million in December.
Mike Hussey hoping gamble on Pakistan ‘big stars’ pays dividends for Welsh Fire
Pace duo Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf were snapped up during last week’s Hundred draft.