Biggest differences between home and away averages August 9, 2006

There's no place like home

Batsmen with the biggest differences between home and away averages and vice versa



Desmond Haynes: terror at home, not so scary on tour © Getty Images

Cricket's equivalent of Julius Caesar's famous Veni, Vidi, Vici - to conquer opponents in their backyards - is a rare trait among batsmen. Bradman averaged 102.84 in England, while Wally Hammond and Ken Barrington also performed outstandingly on tours. Among current batsmen, Rahul Dravid's overseas record trumps his magnificent one in India , but by and large most batsmen thrive in the relative comfort of home. Today, we look at batsmen who have performed better at home than overseas and vice versa.

When Desmond Haynes retired in 1994, he held the record for most runs and centuries in one-dayers. He was no slouch in Test cricket either, racking up 7487 runs and 18 hundreds. But while he was prolific at home, where he averaged 56.05 in Tests and 67.71 in ODIs , he averaged only in the 30s on tour. In 118 Test innings overseas, Haynes managed only eight hundreds while he scored 10 in 84 innings at home. In ODIs, the difference is starker. On average, Haynes passed a hundred in every fifth game in the Caribbean while he celebrated a century in every 27th overseas game.

Home batting average greater than the away average - ODIs (qualification: 20 innings at home, 20 innings away)
Player Span Inns Runs Ave 100 Inns Runs Ave 100 Diff
DL Haynes (WI) 1978-1994 49 2573 67.71 10 188 6075 35.52 7 32.184
Yasir Hameed (Pak) 2003-2005 25 1185 49.37 2 23 620 26.95 1 22.418
A Jadeja (India) 1992-2000 56 2129 51.92 4 123 3230 31.66 2 20.260
MA Atherton (Eng) 1990-1998 21 908 47.78 2 33 883 27.59 0 20.195
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Asia/Pak) 1991-2006 63 2632 56.00 4 274 8782 36.43 6 19.560
JM Kemp (Afr/SAf) 2001-2006 20 546 42.00 0 22 392 23.05 0 18.941
Zaheer Abbas (Pak) 1974-1985 24 1236 58.85 5 36 1336 40.48 2 18.372
PV Simmons (WI) 1987-1999 41 1549 41.86 3 97 2126 23.62 2 18.242
RB Richardson (WI) 1983-1996 46 1769 47.81 1 171 4479 29.85 4 17.950
Abdul Razzaq (Asia/Pak) 1996-2006 38 1000 45.45 1 146 3201 27.59 1 17.859

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    However, Gordon Greenidge, Haynes's ballistic opening partner, had quite the opposite record. He averaged only 37.74 at home with only one hundred while in 97 ODIs overseas, Greenidge hit ten centuries and at an average of 47.29. Similarly, Vivian Richards did not score any of his 11 one-day centuries in the West Indies. His highest score at home is 82 and his average of 36.59 is the lowest among any country he played in. On the other hand, Richards never averaged less than 40 against any team on their home turf.

    Home batting average less than the away average - ODIs (qualification: 20 innings at home, 20 innings away)
    Player Span Inns Runs Ave 100 Inns Runs Ave 100 Diff
    A Symonds (Aust) 1998-2006 51 1340 28.51 1 65 2357 50.14 4 -21.638
    GS Chappell (Aust) 1971-1983 52 1568 35.63 1 20 763 54.50 2 -18.863
    SO Tikolo (Afr/Kenya) 1996-2006 21 376 17.90 0 53 1687 33.74 1 -15.835
    MP Vaughan (Eng) 2001-2005 35 667 21.51 0 36 1063 35.43 0 -13.917
    RR Sarwan (WI) 2000-2006 42 1401 40.02 2 54 2064 52.92 1 -12.894
    IVA Richards (WI) 1975-1991 26 805 36.59 0 141 5916 48.89 11 -12.301
    MO Odumbe (Kenya) 1996-2003 20 349 18.36 0 39 1060 30.28 0 -11.917
    HDPK Dharmasena (SL) 1994-2004 22 216 14.40 0 65 1006 25.79 0 -11.394
    GR Marsh (Aust) 1986-1992 72 2477 35.89 3 43 1880 47.00 6 -11.101
    M Kaif (India) 2002-2006 35 705 26.11 0 69 1968 36.44 2 -10.333
    CG Greenidge (WI) 1975-1991 30 1019 37.74 1 97 4115 47.29 10 -9.558

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    Dravid, currently averaging 65.28, has the fourth highest overseas average - behind Bradman, Barrington and Hammond - among batsmen who have played at least 20 innings. He's miles ahead of Sachin Tendulkar, who is second highest among current batsmen with 55.52.

    Only Colin Milburn has a higher overseas average than Bradman. He averaged 39.61 in eight Tests in England before joining the team for the third Test at Karachi in 1969. He went on to score 139 in what was his only overseas innings. Unfortunately it was also his last innings for England. A few months later he met with a car accident and lost an eye that forced him out of competitive cricket.

    Home batting average less than the away average - Tests (qualification: 30 innings at home, 30 innings away)
    Player Span Inns Runs Ave 100 Inns Runs Ave 100 Diff
    M Amarnath (India) 1969-1988 50 1370 30.44 2 63 3008 51.86 9 -21.417
    KF Barrington (Eng) 1955-1968 73 3347 50.71 6 58 3459 69.18 14 -18.467
    WR Hammond (Eng) 1927-1947 68 3004 50.06 9 72 4245 66.32 13 -16.261
    APE Knott (Eng) 1967-1981 87 2191 26.71 3 62 2198 42.26 2 -15.549
    R Dravid (ICC/India) 1996-2006 81 3761 51.52 8 95 5288 65.28 15 -13.763
    JR Reid (NZ) 1949-1965 42 1031 25.14 1 66 2397 38.66 5 -13.514
    SP Fleming (NZ) 1994-2006 77 2474 32.98 2 96 4071 46.26 7 -13.274
    AR Morris (Aust) 1946-1955 46 1812 41.18 6 33 1721 53.78 6 -12.599
    AW Greig (Eng) 1972-1977 49 1628 34.63 3 44 1971 46.92 5 -12.290
    SJ McCabe (Aust) 1930-1938 31 1273 42.43 2 31 1475 54.62 4 -12.196

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    Ten of John Wright's 12 Test hundreds have been scored in New Zealand. That's the highest percentage of home Test centuries for any player with at least ten hundreds, but his inconsistency still has him with low averages for both home and away (41.86 to 33.24) and so he doesn't appear on these tables.

    Clyde Walcott had a prolific run at home between 1954 and 1958 when he averaged over 75 in four consecutive home series. However, the large difference between his home and away average is primarily due to the fact that Walcott hardly toured during his purple years. In fact, the series in England in 1957 was his only tour during the last eight years of his career.

    Home batting average greater than the away average - Tests (qualification: 30 innings at home, 30 innings away)
    Player Span Inns Runs Ave 100 Inns Runs Ave 100 Diff
    CL Walcott (WI) 1948-1960 42 2584 69.83 11 32 1214 40.46 4 29.371
    Mudassar Nazar (Pak) 1976-1989 52 2467 53.63 8 64 1647 26.56 2 27.065
    DCS Compton (Eng) 1937-1957 76 3963 60.04 13 55 1844 36.88 4 23.165
    DB Vengsarkar (India) 1976-1992 80 3725 55.59 13 105 3143 32.73 4 22.857
    DL Haynes (WI) 1978-1994 84 3868 56.05 10 118 3619 33.50 8 22.548
    DPMD Jayawardene (SL) 1997-2006 71 3937 59.65 11 63 2177 37.53 4 22.117
    PBH May (Eng) 1951-1961 57 2865 57.29 9 49 1672 35.57 4 21.725
    Zaheer Abbas (Pak) 1969-1985 51 2444 58.19 8 73 2618 36.87 4 21.317
    HP Tillakaratne (SL) 1989-2004 60 2522 54.82 6 71 2023 33.71 5 21.109
    NS Sidhu (India) 1983-1999 33 1726 53.93 5 45 1476 33.54 4 20.392

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    Next week, we'll look at the differences between home and away averages for bowlers.

    Note: matches at neutral venues are classed as away matches.

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