That’s Numberwang! The stats round-up featuring Marnus, Kohli and some fella called Sachin
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).
Michael Vaughan set to learn verdict from Cricket Discipline Commission hearing
Decisions in the case are set to be announced at 10.30am.
Jonny Bairstow aiming to be fit for England-Ireland Test in June – Ottis Gibson
The Yorkshire batter has been sidelined since suffering a freak accident on a golf course.
Ben Duckett will not complain about Nottinghamshire role in build-up to Ashes
England opener Duckett could prepare for the summer series by batting at number three.
Michael Vaughan to learn verdict from cricket racism hearing on Friday
Decisions on liability in the cases of Vaughan and five other individuals are expected to be published on Friday.
Durham sign Australian spinner Matt Kuhnemann for 2023 season
The 26-year-old made his Test debut against India last month
Matthew Potts: Durham out to put ‘haters to bed’ with entertaining approach
Potts says the county are looking to ‘mirror to some extent what the England team are doing’.
Teenager Phoebe Litchfield named in Australia’s squad for Women’s Ashes
The 19-year-old’s inclusion is the only change from the squad that won the Twenty20 World Cup last month.
Survivors group criticises ECB over ‘lack of transparency’ around Hyam report
Matthew Hyam was sentenced to two years and four months’ imprisonment in September 2021.
Big Bash League
‘Outstanding candidate’ Peter Moores to lead Melbourne Stars in Big Bash
Moores becomes the only overseas head coach in Australia’s T20 competition.
England captain Ben Stokes to manage fitness during IPL ahead of Ashes
Stokes has already started work with Chennai Super Kings, who signed him for a bumper £1.6million in December.