Very good week of cricket. Lots of very lovely numbers. Many of them in Cape Town. Some of them in Sydney. A couple in Bridgetown. Here are the very best of them from Stokes to Marnus via Warner and Anderson.
108.43 – Balls per wicket in South Africa’s second innings at Cape Town before Jos Buttler called Vernon Philander a fucking knobhead
22.33 – Balls per wicket in South Africa’s second innings at Cape Town after Jos Buttler called Vernon Philander a fucking knobhead
104 – Test wickets taken by James Anderson since his 35th birthday
20.50 – James Anderson’s Test bowling average since his 35th birthday
28 – Five-wicket hauls for James Anderson in Test cricket, one more than previous England record-holder Ian Botham
7174 – Test runs for Ross Taylor, nudging past former New Zealand record-holder Stephen Fleming’s 7172
0.01 – Time, in seconds, it took all Australians after they woke up on Wednesday to tweet the J*s B***ler video with some variation of “If Tim Paine had said that to a Pom…”
786 – Test runs for David Warner this season, the most ever by an opener in a five-Test Australian summer
837 – Test runs for Marnus Labuschagne this season, the most ever by any batsman in a five-Test Australian summer
0 – Times a “five-Test Australian summer” had ever been mentioned before this week
2 – Marnus Labuschagne’s position in the highest all-time batting average list (with standard 1000-run qualifier) having leapfrogged Steve Smith to claim the Best Since Bradman mantle and demoting the legendary Adam Voges to fourth
3 – Number of the official four best Test batsmen in history to have played for Australia in the last five years
288 – Balls faced by Pieter Malan in the fourth innings at Cape Town. Only Faf du Plessis (376 in 2012) has faced more fourth-innings deliveries on debut
66.67 – Percentage of all Dominics to play Test cricket for England who were in the XI at Cape Town
100 – Percentage of all Zaks to play Test cricket for England who were in the XI at Cape Town
5 – Catches by Ben Stokes in South Africa’s first innings at Cape Town, equalling the record for a non-wicketkeeper. The last instance of a fielder taking five catches in a Test innings was also at Cape Town: Steve Smith in 2018, in what was easily the most memorable thing to happen in that match
100.75 – Ben Stokes’ Test batting average at Cape Town
113.20 – Ben Stokes’ Test batting strike-rate at Cape Town
9.50 – David Warner’s World Test Championship batting average five matches
55.06 – David Warner’s World Test Championship batting average after 10 matches
400 – Total ODIs won by West Indies
1 – Narrower West Indies ODI wins than their 400th, a victory by one wicket with one ball remaining against Ireland
9 – Test runs for Stuart Broad this week
12 – Overseas Test innings since Stuart Broad reached double figures
644 – Days between Stuart Broad’s 128th and 129th overseas Test boundaries
73 – India T20Is between Sanju Samson’s first cap in 2015 and his second in 2020
The world’s a shitshow, so what better way to cheer ourselves up?
The ECB still hoping to get some cricket played somehow.
James Anderson will play forever.
Pads and gloves are awkward and cumbersome. What if we junked them?
English season delayed by at least seven weeks.
Ben Stokes on the mend after injury from when cricket was still a thing.
Several England stars have represented many franchises in the Indian Premier League since the start in 2008.
The Sri Lankan government has decided people arriving from the UK won’t be allowed into the country.