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
Three in three for Agar in a 107-run Aussie cruise.
Stunning start to the Women’s T20 World Cup.
Pujara and Kohli in your first Test spell. Nice.
Ross Taylor’s 100th Test has 60 precious WTC points riding on it.
A hundred caps in all three formats…
Full fixture list, results and standings for this year’s IPL.
Strange breed, the groundsman.
Cheaper tickets, more day-night matches and better-paid players would help Test matches become as popular as T20s again…