That’s Numberwang! Cape Town, F***ing knobheads, Stokes and, yet again, Marnus
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
- Oh Jimmy, Jimmy, plus Williamson and WTC formalities
- The Mainly Rohit Sharma Edition, featuring Abid Ali and Marnus
- The stats round-up featuring Marnus, Kohli and some fella called Sachin
- Latham, Root Maths, Burns, and Warner’s disrespect
Surrey retain County Championship title after Essex batting collapse
The holders have been crowned champions for the 21st time.
Geoffrey Boycott: Everybody in Newcastle hates Mike Ashley amid Headingley links
The PA news agency understands the Frasers Group, where Ashley is chief executive, is one of the parties interested in purchasing Headingley.
Essex’s slim hopes of winning County Championship dented by Northamptonshire
Essex need at least 400 to have any chance of claiming top spot.
Matthew Mott: Jofra Archer ‘desperate to play but realistic’ ahead of World Cup
The 28-year-old is not expected to be ready to return to action until the tournament is close to a conclusion.
Umpire Sue Redfern makes history in County Championship match at Glamorgan
Redfern became the first woman to stand as an umpire in a men’s first-class match in England and Wales.
England’s summer ends in soggy fashion and prompts a call for innovation
The one-day international against Ireland at Bristol was abandoned.
England win ODI series against Ireland after play is abandoned at Bristol
Ben Duckett had scored a century and Phil Salt 61 off just 28 balls before rain stopped play.
Marcus Trescothick says Andrew Flintoff ‘sprinkling gold-dust’ on England team
Flintoff was initially enlisted for four ODIs against New Zealand but has hung around for the Ireland series.
Axed Jason Roy urged to remain positive with World Cup role still a possibility
The big-hitting opener was replaced by Harry Brook in England’s squad for the World Cup.