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
Harry Brook blocks himself from ‘negativity’ by withdrawing from social media
Brook has left the running of his X and Instagram accounts to someone else.
Sophie Ecclestone set for England return in T20 opener in India – Heather Knight
The world’s top-ranked limited-overs bowler underwent surgery after dislocating her shoulder in August.
Rehan Ahmed rejects Sir Alastair Cook’s criticism of Jos Buttler’s captaincy
Several of Buttler’s decisions were scrutinised during a calamitous World Cup defence.
Maia Bouchier and Danielle Gibson handed their first central contracts by ECB
England Women have once again issued 18 full-time deals.
Jos Buttler admits concerns over poor run of form after West Indies beat England
Buttler was out for three off 13 balls against the West Indies in Antigua.
England suffer four-wicket defeat to West Indies in opening ODI in Antigua
Jos Buttler made his fifth single-figure score in eight ODIs, dismissed for three off 13 balls.
Harry Brook helps England set West Indies 326 as Jos Buttler struggles continue
Brook top-scored with 71 while captain Buttler fell for three in the opening ODI in in Antigua.
Mitchell Johnson: Does David Warner deserve to sign off from Tests on own terms?
Warner expressed his wish to retire from Tests at the end of their series against Pakistan in Sydney next month.
New faces but no complete reset – talking points as England take on West Indies
Six members of the World Cup squad will be in action again in the Caribbean.