Another week of cricket and another absolute load of numbers. But which are the best numbers, the ones that really stand out? Here are they.
18 – Innings taken for Marnus Labuschagne to reach 1000 Test runs. Sir Donald Bradman (13), Neil Harvey (14) and Sid Barnes (17) are the only men to get there quicker for the Aussies.
3 in 3 at 3 – Marnus also became only the third Australian Test number three to score three successive hundreds. That ghastly show-off Bradman one of the other two, obviously, along with Charles Macartney.
0 – Test runs scored this week by Stuart Broad
26.5 – Steve Smith’s Test batting average across his last four innings
2 – Number of wicketkeepers in England’s Test squad for South Africa. Also: number of fast bowlers broken in first two days of day-night Perth Test.
5717 – Days between Test wickets at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. Shaheen Afridi’s dismissal of Dimuth Karunaratne was the first at the venue since long-forgotten India all-rounder Sachin Tendulkar had Danish Kaneria caught by Sourav Ganguly all the way back in 2004.
100 – Degree, in percentage terms, to which the United Kingdom has shat the bed and set it on fire.
190.62 – Virat Kohli’s strike-rate in the three-match T20 series against West Indies
183.00 – Virat Kohli’s average in the three-match T20 series against West Indies
404 – Sixes hit in international cricket by Rohit Sharma, the third man to go past 400 behind a fairly predictable top two – Chris Gayle (534) and Shahid Afridi (476).
Root insists he is enjoying the mix of experience and youth in the England side.
Wood and Stokes star as England wrap up a 3-1 series victory.
Pakistan won the series 2-0 to retain top spot.
The cricketing world is mourning the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant today.
Cook admits to being “jealous” at the way David Warner approaches Test cricket.
Another great day for England, but Buttler’s misfires continue.
Tall order for this current South Africa team, it’s fair to say.
Just about worked out okay we reckon.
The Indian juggernaut rolls on.
Mark Wood is an all-rounder now.