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Trivia from the Old Trafford Test

Panesar breaks a decade-long drought

England retained the Wisden Trophy by beating West Indies by 60 runs in the third Test at Old Trafford

Travis Basevi and George Binoy

June 13, 2007

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Monty Panesar was the first English spinner in nearly ten years to take a ten-wicket haul in Tests © Getty Images
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England retained the Wisden Trophy by beating West Indies by 60 runs in the third Test at Old Trafford on Monday. While the cricket wasn't spectacular, the Test had plenty to offer in terms of statistics and trivia.

West Indies' determined run chase, which ran out of steam on 394, chasing 455 for victory, was incidentally the highest total of the match. England had scored 370 and 313 and West Indies were dismissed for 229 in their first innings. There have been only ten instances where a team scored the highest total of the Test in the fourth innings but still lost, and West Indies' 394 is ranked second.

The first such occurrence took place at Sydney during the third Ashes Test in 1885. Australia scored 181 and 165 while England were dismissed for 133 and had to chase a target of 214. At 92 for 6, they didn't look like getting close but Wilf Flowers and Maurice Read added 102 for the seventh wicket. Eventually England came within a stroke of tying the match but were all out for 207.

Highest match score in the 4th innings but losing the Test
Team Score Target      Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
England 207 214 v Australia Sydney 20 Feb 1885 Test 19
Australia 335 429 v England Nottingham 13 Jun 1930 Test 194
West Indies 172 214 v Pakistan Dhaka 6 Mar 1959 Test 471
West Indies 272 303 v England Leeds 10 Jul 1969 Test 655
Australia 252 342 v England Manchester 8 Jun 1972 Test 698
New Zealand 440 479 v England Nottingham 7 Jun 1973 Test 722
Pakistan 336 429 v Australia Melbourne 12 Jan 1990 Test 1134
West Indies 219 269 v India Kingston 30 Jun 2006 Test 1808
South Africa 278 402 v India Johannesburg 15 Dec 2006 Test 1823
West Indies 394 455 v England Manchester 7 Jun 2007 Test 1835

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Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored 50 in the first innings and was unbeaten on 116 in the second innings at Old Trafford and moved past Alec Stewart to second place on the list of batsmen with the most runs in lost Tests. Lara holds that record by a significant margin. Lara has scored 5316 runs in 63 Test defeats, the most for any player, with 14 hundreds and an average of 42.19.

Most runs in matches lost
Player Span Mat Inns Runs HS Ave 100
BC Lara (ICC/WI) 1992-2006 63 126 5316 226 42.19 14
S Chanderpaul (WI) 1994-2007 50 100 3225 128* 35.05 4
AJ Stewart (Eng) 1990-2003 54 107 2993 89 29.93 0
SR Tendulkar (India) 1990-2007 39 78 2783 177 35.67 8
AR Border (Aus) 1979-1994 46 92 2771 152* 33.38 5
A Flower (Zim) 1992-2002 34 68 2713 199* 43.06 7
DI Gower (Eng) 1978-1992 42 84 2581 114 32.26 4
Habibul Bashar (Ban) 2000-2007 38 76 2479 108 33.05 2
GA Gooch (Eng) 1975-1995 42 84 2423 133 28.84 3
SR Waugh (Aus) 1986-2003 36 71 2380 199 37.77 5

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Chanderpaul's runs tally in England is now 884 after ten Tests. His average of 68 is ranked fifth among batsmen who've played at least ten innings in England. Among the current England batsmen, only Kevin Pietersen and Cook appear in the top 20. Pietersen averages 62 after 15 Tests at home, while Cook's sixth Test hundred at Old Trafford boosted his average to 59.75

Best average in Tests in England (qualification: minimum of 10 innings)
Player Span Mat Inns Runs HS Ave 100
DG Bradman (Aus) 1930-1948 19 30 2674 334 102.84 11
DR Jardine (Eng) 1928-1933 8 10 490 127 81.66 1
SR Waugh (Aus) 1989-2001 22 32 1633 177* 74.22 7
SR Tendulkar (India) 1990-2002 10 16 1074 193 71.60 4
S Chanderpaul (WI) 1995-2007 10 17 884 128* 68.00 2

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Panesar was adjudged Man of the Match at Old Trafford for taking 4 for 50 in the first innings and 6 for 137 in the second, his first ten-wicket haul in Tests. It was also the first time an English spinner had taken a ten-wicket haul in nearly a decade. The last instance was Phil Tufnell's 11 for 93 against Australia in the dead rubber at The Oval in 1997. In fact, since Tony Greig took a ten-for with his part-time offspinners at Auckland in 1975, English spinners have taken only four ten-wicket hauls with Tufnell accounting for two of them.

Ten wickets in a match by England spinners
Player Figures      Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
MS Panesar (Eng) 10/187 v West Indies Manchester 7 Jun 2007 Test 1835
PCR Tufnell (Eng) 11/93 v Australia The Oval 21 Aug 1997 Test 1377
PCR Tufnell (Eng) 11/147 v New Zealand Christchurch 18 Jan 1992 Test 1183
NGB Cook (Eng) 11/83 v Pakistan Karachi 2 Mar 1984 Test 978
AW Greig (Eng) 10/149 v New Zealand Auckland 20 Feb 1975 Test 757

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Panesar bowled 411 balls in the third Test against West Indies and didn't bowl a single wide or no-ball even though 167 runs were conceded through extras. It was the second highest number of extras conceded in a match after the Bridgetown Test between West Indies and Pakistan in 1977, a match which had 103 runs in no balls.

Most extras in a Test
Match b lb w nb Tot      Ground Match Date Scorecard
West Indies v Pakistan 37 31 2 103 173 Bridgetown 18 Feb 1977 Test 797
England v West Indies 51 45 29 37 167 Manchester 7 Jun 2007 Test 1835
Australia v West Indies 25 34 0 90 149 Perth 2 Dec 1988 Test 1110
Australia v West Indies 20 48 1 71 140 Adelaide 3 Feb 1989 Test 1114
England v New Zealand 34 52 7 47 140 Lord's 20 May 2004 Test 1700

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This was Michael Vaughan's 21st Test win as captain, beating Peter May's England record of most Test victories. Vaughan is currently tied with Sourav Ganguly and Greg Chappell but he has quite a long way to go before he catches Steve Waugh, who has led Australia to 41 victories. Ricky Ponting, however, is the surest bet to overtake Waugh. Ponting has won 27 and lost only three of his 35 Tests as captain.

Most Test wins as captain
Player Span Mat Won Lost Tied Draw W/L
SR Waugh (Aus) 1999-2004 57 41 9 0 7 4.55
CH Lloyd (WI) 1974-1985 74 36 12 0 26 3.00
AR Border (Aus) 1984-1994 93 32 22 1 38 1.45
SP Fleming (NZ) 1997-2006 80 28 27 0 25 1.03
IVA Richards (WI) 1980-1991 50 27 8 0 15 3.37
WJ Cronje (SA) 1994-2000 53 27 11 0 15 2.45
RT Ponting (Aus) 2004-2007 35 27 3 0 5 9.00
MA Taylor (Aus) 1994-1999 50 26 13 0 11 2.00
GS Chappell (Aus) 1975-1983 48 21 13 0 14 1.61
SC Ganguly (India) 2000-2005 49 21 13 0 15 1.61
MP Vaughan (Eng) 2003-2007 35 21 6 0 8 3.50
PBH May (Eng) 1955-1961 41 20 10 0 11 2.00

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Travis Basevi is the man who built Statsguru. George Binoy is an editorial assistant on Cricinfo

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