That’s Numberwang! Oh Jimmy, Jimmy plus Williamson and WTC formalities
Couple of Boxing Day Tests provide the material for this week’s stats round-up. Here are this week’s Big Numbers.
92 – Opening stand between Rory Burns and Dom Sibley in the second innings at Centurion, England’s final and highest opening stand of the year
16/12/2016 – The date of England’s last 100-run stand for the opening wicket in Test cricket
13 – 100-run stands for England’s opening wicket in ODI cricket since December 16 2016
150 – Test caps for James Anderson, the first specialist bowler of any kind to reach that landmark
89 – James Anderson’s world record number of not outs in Test cricket after two more at Centurion. He’s now an astonishing 28 not outs clear of his nearest challenger and fellow batting champion, Courtney Walsh.
33 – James Anderson’s world record number of 0 not outs in Test cricket after two more at Centurion. He’s now an astonishing five 0 not outs clear of his nearest challenger and fellow batting champion, Chris Martin.
2 – Total wickets taken by James Anderson in his opening over of each South Africa innings at Centurion.
0 – Total wickets taken by James Anderson in his other 31 overs at Centurion
4 – Number of Englishmen who have taken a wicket with the first ball of a Test: Anderson sits alongside Maurice Tate, Geoff Arnold (who did it twice) and Ryan Sidebottom on the list.
14.25 – Kane Williamson’s current batting average in the Australia series
11.57 – Kane Williamson’s current batting average in the World Test Championship
8 – Total Test runs scored by Stuart Broad this week
6 – Test runs scored by Stuart Broad in England’s second innings at Centurion, his third highest score away from home in the last two years
10.25 – Percentage of Tests in 2019 that were drawn (four out of 39). It’s the lowest percentage for a calendar year since the infamous Drawless Year of 1932. There were only seven Tests in 1932, mind. And four of those seven were timeless Tests.
29.17 – Percentage of the 2019-2021 World Test Championship League Stage that has been played thus far
100 – Percentage chance (rounded up very, very slightly) of the 2019-2021 World Test Championship final being between India and Australia. Also: percentage of Tom Blundell’s 272 Test runs to have been scored in the month of December. Also also: percentage of Tom Blundell’s Tests to have been played in the month of December
68.00 – Tom Blundell’s Test batting average after his 121 against Australia at the MCG
2 years, 17 days – Time between Tom Blundell’s second Test cap and his third
Darren Gough fears England could be on the end of another hiding by India
Gough knows all about two-day Test wins.
Chris Silverwood hopes England batsmen can learn from quickfire third-Test loss
Silverwood would not be drawn into criticising the pitch.
England players clash online over Alex Hartley’s social media comments
Hartley advertised England Women’s one-day international with New Zealand by referencing the men’s third Test defeat inside two days to India.
Nat Sciver excels as England wrap up series win in New Zealand
Sciver claimed three for 26 and hit 63.
Joe Root invites ICC to make own judgement on Ahmedabad pitch
England were beaten by 10 wickets to go 2-1 down in the series.
It was nice to bat on – Rohit Sharma defends pitch after India seal two-day win
The hosts thrashed England by 10 wickets in Ahmedabad.
Charlotte Edwards elected as first female president of the PCA
The former England captain takes over from Graham Gooch at the Professional Cricketers’ Association.
Joe Root refuses to blame pitch for England’s quickfire defeat in Ahmedabad
It was the shortest match since 1935 in terms of balls bowled.
7 Tests with the most premature endings since 2000
A turning wicket caused chaos for batsmen on both sides as England’s first-innings collapse for 112 set the tone.
Pundits criticise pitch and England selection policy after heavy defeat to India
There were 17 wickets inside two sessions on the second day of the Test as Joe Root’s side suffered defeat.