Test cricket in numbers

Test cricket is on the cusp of a historic ( in terms of numbers) match. Most reckon it is the 2000th Test. Everyone agrees that it is the 100th Test between England and India. It is a good time to look at some statistics. He is a random compilation for you.

1          Len Hutton (England) is the only batsman in Test history to have been dismissed ‘obstutcing the field’ when he was ruled out thus against South Africa at the Oval in August 1951.

2          The number of times an innings has been forefited in Test cricket. England, led by Nasser Hussain, and South Africa, led by Hansie Cronje, became the first sides to do that in the rain-hit Centurion Test in January 2000.

3          The number of Tests that have been won by teams after the follow on was imposed on them. Australia has been at the receiving end each time, against England at Sydney in 1894 and Leeds in 1981 as well as against India in Kolkata in 2001.

4          The number of times all 11 players of a team have bowled in a Test innings. England was the first team to do that against Australia in August 1884 at the Oval; Australia did that against Pakistan at Faisalabad in March 1980; India against the West Indies at St John’s in May 2002 and South Africa against the West Indies in May 2002.

10        The number of deliveries bowled in the shortest Test match . This was played between England and the West Indies in North South in February 2008. The match was abandoned as a draw as the bowlers were unable to get any solid foothpold in an overly sandy outfield.

11        The number of bowlers who have been no-balled for throwing in a Test match. This list includes E Jones and Ian Meckiff (Australia), Tony Lock and David Gower (England), G Griffin (South Africa), Haseeb Ahsan (Pakistan), Abid Ali and Syed Kirmani (India), Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka) and Grant Flower (Zimbabwe).

12        The number of Test matches won by teams after their opponents have declared their second innings. England has scripted five such wins, Australia has got three while the West Indies and India have won two such games.

16        The number of successive wins in Test matches by any country. Australia has achieved this twice, first between October 1999 and February 2001 and then between December 2005 and January 2008. Interestingly, India ended both streaks with victories in Kolkata and Perth respectively.

19        The most wickets claimed by a bowler in a Test. England off-spinner Jim Laker achieved this against Australia in Manchester in July 1956.

22        The number of years that separated John Traicos (South Africa and Zimabwe) appearances in two Tests. It is the longest interval between appearances.

26        The lowest total in a Test innings. The dubious feat was achieved by New Zealand against England in Auckland in March 1955.

48        The most victories a team has achieved under one captain. Australia’s Ricky Ponting holds this record, way ahead of 38 by Graeme Smith (South Africa) and 36 by Clive Lloyd (West Indies).

51        The most hundreds scored by a batsman in his Test career. Sachin Tendulkar is way head of the 40 by Jacques Kallis (South Africa) and 39 by Ricky Ponting (Australia).

52        The record for the most stumpings in a Test career belongs to Australia’s Bert Oldfield.

55        The most innings since Test debut without a duck. Ross Taylor (New Zealand) managed that streak over 30 Tests since his first appearance in 2007.

67        The record for the most five-wicket hauls in an innings belongs to Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan who also holds the record for the most 10-wicket hauls in a Test match with 22 such instances.

76        The most extras conceded by a team in a Test innings. Pakistan gave away 35 byes, 26 leg byes and 15 no balls against India in Bangalore in December 2007.

86.76   The percentage of Test matches lost by Bangladesh. It has lost as many as 59 of the 68 games it has played so far. This is the highest percentage of matches lost by any national team.

93        The most matches as captain. Australia’s Allan Border has the record for having led his team in most Test matches.

95        The fewest runs scored in a day’s play in a Test match. Australia (80) and Pakistan (15) managed that in the Karachi Test in October 1956.

99.94   Is the highest career average by any batsman. Sir Donald Bradman played 52 Testa and made 6996 runs to finish with the highest career average.

100      The most sixes hit by a batsman in his Test career. Australia’s Adam Gilchrist achieved that over 96 Tests between 1999 and 2008.

122      The Number of Test matches hosted by Lord’s, London. It is the most hosted by any ground in the world. With 103, MCG is the only other ground that has hosted more than 100 Tests.

128      is the number of matches in which West Indies’ Steve Bucknor stood as umpire. It is the most by any umpire. South Africa’s Rudi Koertzen with 108 is the only other umpire to stand in more than 100 Tests.

153      The most consecutive Test matches played by any cricketer  for a team. Australia’s Allan Border achieved this amazing feat between March 1979 and March 1994.

177      The most matches played by any cricketer. Sachin Tendulkar has achieved this distinction since making his debut in 1989.

203      Is the number of catches that India’s Rahul Dravid has held in his career. It is the most held by any fielder.

309      The most runs scored in a day by any batsman in Test cricket. Australian legend Sir Donald Bradman made this runs against England in Leeds in July 1930.

341      The number of Test matches won by Australian teams. It the most by any country. With 322 wins, England is in second place.

400      The most runs scored by a batsman in a Test innings. West Indies’ Brian Lara achieved this feat against England at St John’s in April 2004.

521      Is the most dismissals by a wicket-keeper in his Test career. South Africa’s Mark Boucher (499 catches and 22 stumpings) holds this record.

588      The most runs scored by any team in a day’s play in Test cricket. England and India achieved that in Manchester in July 1936.

624      The highest partnership in Test cricket. Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene posted this against South Africa in Colombo in July 2006,

800      The most wickets claimed by a bowler in his Test career. Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan holds this record from 133 Tests between 1992 and 2010.

911      is the number of Tests played by England. It is the most by any country ahead of 730 by Australia.

952      The highest score made by any team in a Test innings. Sri Lanka achieved this against India at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo in August 1997

970      The number of minutes that Pakistan’s Hanif Mohammed batted to make 337 runs in an innings against the West Indies in Bridgetown in January 1958. It is the longest Test innings in terms of time.

1981    The highest aggregate of runs scored in a Test match. This was achieved by South Africa and England in the Timeless Test in Durban in March 1939

14692  The runs scored by Sachin Tendulkar are the most scored by any batsman in Test history.