November 12, 2007

Martin zeroes in on records

Chris Martin further enhanced his already considerable reputation as the classic tailender with a near-perfect game at the Wanderers: played eight balls (which, some might argue, was six more than necessary), scored 0 runs, out twice

Chris Martin further enhanced his already considerable reputation as the classic tailender with a near-perfect game at the Wanderers: played eight balls (which, some might argue, was six more than necessary), scored 0 runs, out twice. His 19 Test ducks mean he is fast moving up the all-time list, and is already in the top 15, after a mere 34 matches.

As Mathew Varghese pointed out in his post-match stats piece after the Johannesburg Test, Martin is already the proud holder of three records - the most number of pairs in Tests, the most zeroes in Tests between South Africa and New Zealand, and in Tests at the Wanderers.

The table below shows just how far ahead of the rest of the pack Martin is: in 25 completed innings, he has failed to get off the mark 19 times. Taking a cut-off of 20 dismissals in Tests, Martin is far ahead of his nearest competitor, Danish Kaneria. If he continues at his current rate of a duck every 1.79 Test, Martin will get his 44th - and go past Courtney Walsh's world record - in his 79th match.

Highest duck factor, as a % of innings dismissed (at least 20 dismissals)
Player Dismissed innings Ducks % of ducks
Chris Martin 25 19 76.00
Danish Kaneria 34 20 58.82
BS Chandrasekhar 41 23 56.10
Danny Morrison 45 24 53.33
Ewen Chatfield 21 11 52.38
Allan Mullally 23 12 52.17
Phil Tufnell 30 15 50.00
Dilip Doshi 28 14 50.00
Manjural Islam 22 10 45.45
Corey Collymore 25 11 44.00

Meanwhile, here's a response to the queries about genuine batsmen with the most propensity to score ducks. Taking a cut-off of 50 Test innings, and an average of at least 30, India's Pankaj Roy comes out on top. Among specialist batsmen, Marvan Atapattu and Steve Waugh have the most number of ducks - 22 - but while Atapattu makes it to the list below, Waugh's zeroes came over 260 innings, which means his percentage was only 8.46.

Batsmen with highest duck percentage in Tests (at least 50 innings, with an average of at least 30)
Batsmen Innings Average Ducks % of ducks
Pankaj Roy 79 32.56 14 17.72
Derek Randall 79 33.38 14 17.72
Keith Arthurton 50 30.71 8 16.00
Roy McLean 73 30.29 11 15.07
Marvan Atapattu 154 38.91 22 14.29
Mike Smith 78 31.64 11 14.10
Andrew Flintoff 110 32.51 15 13.64
Kamran Akmal 59 30.82 8 13.56
Chandu Borde 97 35.59 13 13.40
Frank Woolley 98 36.08 13 13.27

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on Twitter

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