The List

Five ducks in a score of over 400

High team totals in which several batsmen made ducks and single-digit scores



The List

When Sangakkara was faster than Bradman

Batsmen who reached 2000 runs against a particular team in the fewest Test innings



The List

The solitary centurions

Batsmen who scored the highest proportion of centuries in Test innings where no one else did



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Bresnan stopped at 13

The England allrounder could have challenged Adam Gilchrist's record for most consecutive wins at the start of a career, if not for the rain at Edgbatson... more

England on the verge of a sub-30 attack

Which Test XIs have had the most bowlers with averages below 30? And has any team had seven batsmen with averages over 45?... more

Headingley's 82-year-old best

The top individual Test score in Leeds hasn't changed since Bradman's 334, while the Gabba has had three out of four records fall in the last two seasons... more

One series, many wicket-takers

Australia used 11 bowlers in the West Indies, and all 11 picked up at least one wicket... more

Who has the quickest 50 wickets?

Vernon Philander took his first 50 wickets in seven Tests. Sydney Barnes and Muttiah Muralitharan took batches of 50 in fewer games... more

When averaging 300 isn't good

Bowlers with the worst averages in their last few innings. Like RP Singh, who hasn't taken a Test wicket since 2008... more

An unworthy end to Ponting's stellar career

Ricky Ponting scored 18 runs at 3.60 in his last five ODI innings. There aren't many who have done worse than that... more

Finally, a Test century

Batsmen who made several hundreds in one format, before making one in another... more

The whitewashers get whitewashed

Teams that won all their matches in a series, and then lost all in the next one... more

When 42 Test wickets fell on a day

On January 28, there was a glut of wickets in three Tests being played in Adelaide, Abu Dhabi and Napier. We look at more such days, filled with wickets and runs... more

The ultimate stopgap captains

Players whose captaincy tenures were broken up into the most pieces, like that of Javed Miandad, who was appointed Pakistan's captain on six separate occasions... more

Dhoni's away record takes a beating

Captains with the largest difference between win percentages in home and away games... more

Daylight between the best and next

Michael Clarke's 329 was a 161-run improvement on his best Test score. A look at other batsmen who had a large difference between their highest and second-highest scores... more

Fourteen Tests, 41 players, one year

Most players used by a team in a year, in each format and across all internationals... more

Hafeez, Taufeeq break new ground for Pakistan

Teams that opened with the same batsmen for the most consecutive innings... more

Who played the most without playing Tendulkar?

Players who never played the most-capped Test cricketers, though their careers overlapped... more

The great escapes

Teams that won Tests despite losing wickets a significant distance away from the target... more

Can bat, can bowl

Allrounders who batted in the top five and bowled a sizeable number of overs in one-day internationals... more

The top-order allrounders

Shane Watson and Jacques Kallis are among the rare allrounders who bat in the top five and bowl a substantial number of overs... more

Who is closest to Bradman, Lohmann and Garner?

Which batsman, after the Don, has the best average over a 52-Test sequence? Are there bowlers with averages and economy rates comparable to those of George Lohmann and Joel Garner?... more

The Karachi caper, and other fighting tons

Batsmen who scored centuries in Test innings where several wickets had fallen for very little... more

Heroic hundreds in wrecked innings

Batsmen who scored centuries amid collapses, like Brendan Taylor did against New Zealand... more

O captains, my captains

England have used six captains in 2011, the most in a year. We look at other teams that passed the leader's hat around... more

Played 42, won 0

Cricketers who finished their careers with impressive records but were part of few or no victories... more

The series that ended it all

Eleven Pakistan players from the 2010 tour of England have not played Tests since. Which series have been the last for the highest number of cricketers?... more

They did all right without hundreds

Misbah-ul-Haq and Angelo Mathews have among the best averages for batsmen without a century... more

Wicked ends to wicket droughts

Bowlers who came back from poor stretches of form with impressive performances... more

A chasm between England's averages

They averaged nearly 60 with the bat and 26 with the ball during their rout of India. The difference between the two averages is among the largest for a series... more

Cook's 294, and other revivals

Batsmen who made a double-century or a hundred after dips in form... more

Rahul's recall, and other elderly comebacks

The longest gaps between Tests and ODIs for players on the wrong side of 35... more

England's 319-run win sets new record

Teams that won by the largest run and wicket margins after conceding a first-innings lead... more

England's longest debutant-less streak

Teams that played the most consecutive matches without a debutant... more

Openers averaging 45 (years)

Who formed Test cricket's oldest opening combination? And how far back do you have to go to find a middle order older than Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman?... more

Sri Lanka's best struggle in England

How players have fared in England compared to the rest of their careers... more

Sammy's first-Test advantage

How bowlers fared in terms of average in their first outings against different teams... more

Strong first impressions, and some weak ones

How batsmen fared in terms of average in their first outings against different teams... more

The ones that got away

Batsmen who were never dismissed by the top ten wicket-takers in Test cricket, despite playing them several times... more

Smith v Hafeez, and Warne's real bunny

Batsmen who fell to the same bowler in the most consecutive innings... more

When Australia won with a high score of 22

Teams that won Test matches despite meagre contributions from their batsmen or bowlers... more

Not on board the gravy train

Players with impressive Twenty20 averages and economy-rates but who are not part of the 2011 IPL... more

They hadn't played much Test cricket

Limited-overs teams comprising players with extremely little Test experience, like the present West Indies and Pakistan sides playing in the Caribbean... more

Post-captaincy performers

How players have fared in their post-captaincy careers compared to their performance when at the helm... more

They stopped playing very young

Players whose Test careers ended at an extremely early age... more

The World Cup's prolific nearly-men

Players who were outstanding on the biggest stage of all but were part of unsuccessful teams... more

England's thrilling habit

Teams that played the most consecutive one-day internationals with close finishes... more

World Cup successes and failures

Players who averaged significantly more or less in World Cups than over the rest of their careers... more

The men who were missed

Players who were notable absentees at a World Cup, after impressive performances in the years between the previous World cup and the next... more

They had one chance, and made it count

Players with plenty of runs and wickets in one World Cup who didn't get the opportunity to play in another... more

How the batting orders and bowling attacks stack up

India have the most proven batting line-up, South Africa have impressive averages. Sri Lanka have plenty of quality bowling options, Australia have sheer pace... more

How the teams compare in age and experience

How the World Cup squads compare in terms of age, ODI experience, number of matches played in the host countries, and previous tournament experience... more

A century with both bat and ball

Daniel Vettori at Basin Reserve was only the 48th time in 1991 Tests that a player has scored a century, and conceded at least 100 runs in an innings, during the same match... more

Happy hunting grounds

Batsmen and bowlers who scored lots of runs and took loads of wickets in consecutive innings at a particular venue... more

Fifties and five-fors for fun

Players who made a habit of scoring more than 50, or taking more than five wickets against a particular team... more

Men with bouncebackability

How many times has a team recovered from an innings defeat to win the next match of the series, like Australia did in Perth?... more

The run machines

England are on a hat-trick of 500-plus totals in Tests, India have scored more than 300 in their previous 24 matches. Can both teams continue their consistent form?... more

Younger than the Don, a little older than Tendulkar

Alastair Cook's century in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide made him the second youngest batsman to score 15 Test centuries... more

Drawing level with little damage

Matches in which teams overhauled their opponents' totals and wiped out large deficits for the loss of the fewest wickets... more

Recovering from a pair

Two ducks in a match is among the worst fates a batsman can suffer. But some bounce back with a strong performance immediately after... more

Those who had to wait

The longest waits for players, in terms of matches and time, between five-wicket and ten-wicket hauls... more

Razzaq's century was long overdue

The longest waits for players, in terms of matches and time, between centuries or scores of more than 50... more

Amla the one-day run machine

Players with significantly better statistics in one form of the game compared to the other... more

Awesome in Australia, insipid in India

Captains with the best and worst win-loss records in a particular country... more

The century count: overseas 5, home 0

Batsmen who've scored the most centuries away before achieving one at home... more

Youngest or oldest for longest in ODIs

Which players have been the youngest or oldest in their team for the most games? And how have they performed in them? We did Tests last week, so it's ODIs this time... more

Youngest or oldest for longest

Which players have been the youngest or oldest in their team for the most games? And how have they performed in them?... more

Rich half, poor half

Batsmen with the largest differences in average between the two halves of their careers in Tests and ODIs... more

Cricket's most frequent team-mates

Pairs of players who've been team-mates in the most Tests and ODIs and had the best success rates... more

Shoring up the top order

Series in which a team's partnerships for the last five wickets added more runs than those for the first five, like Pakistan's did against England... more

Partnerships punching above their weight

Partnerships for each wicket that formed a large percentage of the team's total... more

The sub-30 bowling machines

Bowlers with averages of less than 30 against every team they played, and in all countries they played in... more

Averaging 40 against everyone and everywhere

What do Ponting, Sangakkara and Pietersen have that Tendulkar and Dravid don't? A Test average of 40 against every team they've played ... more

Lots of Tests in little time

Teams that packed plenty of games into short spans... more

Tales of the tail

When lower-order batsmen top-scored in each innings of a Test match... more

The lions and their shares

Bowlers and batsmen who took the largest percentage of their team's wickets and scored the largest percentage of their team's runs over their careers... more

Thirteen wins and counting

The most consecutive wins, and the longest unbeaten streaks, by one team against another in Tests, ODIs and Twenty20... more

Misers and spendthrifts in the same team

The largest differences between the economy rates of two bowlers in an innings... more

The homeless internationals

Cricketers who've played the most matches without a game at home, and the other way round... more

Sixes to the max

Most batsmen hitting a maximum in an innings in Tests, ODIs and Twenty20... more

How many players does it take to dismiss a team?

A look at instances with the fewest and the most players involved in bowling out an opposition... more

Big collapses in little chases

Tests in which teams suffered tremendous collapses in the fourth innings while chasing small targets... more

Expensive wicket-takers

Bowlers with outstanding career strike-rates despite going for more runs an over than they would have liked, and others who might have wanted to trade miserliness for wicket-taking ability... more

One player, many captains

Players who had the most captains, those who had captains change most frequently, and vice versa... more

Chasing leather

The List on players who have been witness to the most runs scored by the opposition over a career... more

Winning trophies: Habit for some, rarity for most

How teams and players fared in tournaments with five or more countries... more

Making catching a habit

Those who took catches in the most consecutive Tests and those who did not. And a look at players with highest proportion of matches with or without a catch... more

Top-scoring on debut, twice

Batsmen and bowlers who had the highest scores and the best figures in each innings of their debut Test... more

Periods of extraordinary highs and lows

The largest differences - positive and negative - between a player's average in 20 consecutive innings and his overall career mean... more

The highest sum of high scores

Which XI has the highest aggregate of career-best scores?... more

Ian Bell and an average of 488

The highest batting average against a particular team or at a particular venue... more

A hundred Tests and no wins against Australia

New Zealand's defeat in Hamilton was Daniel Vettori's 18th Test against Australia. He hasn't celebrated a Test win against them yet... more

From zero to 5000 runs in 1703 days

During his 45 in the ongoing Mirpur Test, Kevin Pietersen became the first batsman to reach 5000 Test runs in less than five years... more

The quickest to 1000 ODI runs

Players who got to 1000 and 5000 runs, or 50 and 200 wickets, in ODIs in the quickest time and the fewest matches... more

Pietersen and Cook waste no time

Players who took the least time to reach significant landmarks in Tests and ODIs... more

Australia's season in the sun

Where does Australia's summer of 2009-10 rank among the best seasons for a team?... more

Making hundreds a habit

Most consecutive Tests in which any batsman from a team has scored a century, and the longest similar streaks for five-fors... more

Tiny totals despite two centuries

Amla and Petersen scored hundreds but South Africa managed only 296 in Kolkata. It's among the lowest totals to contain two hundreds... more

Nightmares on the road

The worst and best performances by touring sides ... more

Boys on burning decks

Players who top scored or had the best bowling figures in a Test despite their teams losing by an innings... more

Overdosing on the same opponent

Teams that have played each other most often during short periods of time... more

Michael Clarke's five-year wait

Players who went the greatest number of innings before improving on career highs achieved on debut, and those who never managed to... more

So near and yet so far

Batsmen who made the most scores between 50 and 99 before getting to a century... more

Men at work

Which players and teams have been the busiest in 2009 and in previous years... more

Awful openers and terrific ones

The best and worst average opening stands in Test and ODI series... more

Thirty-six years between Tests

Venues with the largest gaps between international games, and the longest individual players and teams have gone between games at particular venues... more

Debutant centurions who then had to wait

Players who had to wait the longest for their second centuries and five-fors... more

The captain's right-hand men

Players who've served longest, and performed prolifically, in Tests and ODIs, under particular captains... more

The sparsest and the busiest careers

Players who've played few Tests over a long career, and those who've played a sizeable number in a short span of time... more

Sixes for everyone, and strike-rates over 100

Innings in which every batsman hit it out of the park and scored at a run a ball or better... more

They don't think it's all over

Lower-order partnerships that formed the highest percentage of the target during a chase... more

The slowest to 1000 runs

Players who took the longest to reach 50, 100, 500 and 1000 career runs in Tests and ODIs... more

Masakadza sets a new record

Players who scored the most runs and took the most wickets in a bilateral series... more

Fifty-three ODIs without a fifty or a three-for

Players who never scored a half-century, nor took three wickets in an innings, during their whole careers... more

Australia's fortress, and New Zealand's long wait

The longest winning and losing streaks, at home and abroad... more

The right men for large run-chases

Batsmen and bowlers who do better when the task is bigger... more

Big hundreds without big partnerships

Matches in which two batsmen made large scores in the same innings but weren't at the crease at the same time, not even for one ball... more

One batsman, many partners

Openers who've had the most batting partners, and those with the fewest... more

Can Vettori challenge Hadlee's record?

The list of progressive record wicket-takers for each country in Tests... more

Late limited-over centurions

Longest gaps between a maiden Test hundred and a maiden ODI hundred, and vice versa... more

When the numbers didn't add up

Instances when teams with the leading run-scorers and wicket-takers in a series ended up on the wrong side of the scoreline... more

Coventry's 194, and other unexpected innings

Batsmen with the lowest averages before scoring a fifty and a century in ODIs and Tests... more

Sixteen for six, and other horror stories

The poorest performances by the top, middle and lower orders in Tests... more

From Charles Bannerman to Ricky Ponting

The leading run-scorers for each Test-playing country down the years... more

The 100th anything

To commemorate Sophia Gardens becoming the 100th Test venue, we've looked at other 100ths in this week's column - the 100th match, 100th century, 100th duck, 100th five-for, and the like, across all formats... more

Winning despite dreadful batting performances

In this week's column we've looked at games - Tests, ODIs and Twenty20 internationals - which teams have won despite having the lowest high score... more

When being too old, or young, didn't matter - Part 2

The oldest, and youngest, players top-scoring or taking most wickets in an ODI series... more

When less is more in Twenty20

Teams winning despite hitting fewer boundaries, scoring slower, and losing more wickets than the opposition... more

When being too old, or young, didn't matter

How many times have the oldest, and youngest, players involved in a series topped the runs and wickets lists?... more

Who are the most successful captains?

How does Vivian Richards match up to Ricky Ponting as a skipper? We look at captains with the best and worst win-loss records in Tests ... more

The oldest among the elders

The largest gaps between the earliest debutants in a team... more

Tales of bittersweet debuts

Players who've scored a hundred and a duck on Test and ODI debut respectively... more

Has anyone born after 1990 played Test cricket?

Which players born in each decade made their debut the earliest? And which ones were the last to play an ODI or a Test?... more

They came, they played, they conquered

Players have won matches in the most countries, and batsmen who have scored centuries in the most countries ... more

Undaunted by ducks

Batsmen with best and worst averages in innings immediately after being dismissed for a duck... more

Unsated by a century

Which batsmen have the best average in innings immediately after scoring a hundred?... more

Fighting the follow-on

Highest team totals after following on, and batsmen who average the most in such innings... more

The longest streaks without a thrashing

Largest gaps between innings defeats and victories for a team... more

Venues where watching cricket could be a health hazard

Grounds where the ball flies into the crowd most frequently... more

Sleep-inducing run-fests and exciting droughts

Series with the highest runs-per-wicket yields and those with the lowest... more

Good with bat, good with ball

Allrounders with the largest differences between batting and bowling averages... more

Murali takes the baton from Akram

The progression of record holders for most wickets and runs in ODIs... more

Big victories from small leads

The lowest first-innings leads to result in innings wins... more

Getting out of jail

The lowest scores at the fall of each wicket, after which teams have gone on to win matches... more

Ordinary one year, extraordinary the next

The largest ups and downs in ODI averages between one year and the next... more

When No. 11 had an average of 50

The highest averages by players batting at eight, nine, 10 and Jack... more

Rise and fall

Biggest ups and downs in averages for Test players between consecutive years... more

Defeated after declaring

Matches where declarations didn't quite work... more

When centuries couldn't prevent defeat

Teams that won matches despite scoring fewer hundreds or fifties than the opposition... more

Why Mendis is tremendous

Batsmen and bowlers topping the averages at different stages of their careers... more

Wicket drought

Players who went the most consecutive matches without taking a wicket... more

Run-chases to write home about

Fourth innings in which the target achieved has been the highest total of the game... more

Lucky leaders

Captains who started with the most consecutive victories... more

Small contributions, big results

Low individual top scores in large team totals... more

Pretty bridesmaids

Batsmen and bowlers who turned in top-notch performances only to be outdone... more

From 6 for 1 to 324 for 1 at breakneck speed

Big partnerships after drastic collapses in ODIs... more

Cashing in after crumbling

Big partnerships after drastic collapses... more

Old men in a young game

Batsmen who've scored the most runs and bowlers who've taken the most wickets after passing a certain age, in ODIs... more

Senior citizens who held their own

Batsmen who've scored the most runs and bowlers who've taken the most wickets after passing a certain age... more

Nomads with pads

Which players have batted at the most positions in Tests and one-day internationals?... more

Strike force

Bowlers who have taken at least one wicket in every ODI they've played... more

The Trueman-Garner club

Bowlers who were among the wickets every time they bowled... more

Best with bat, best with ball

Players who topped both batting and bowling charts in series... more

Quickly off the blocks

Batsmen who have scored the most runs in debut series of varying lengths... more

Raising the bar

Bowlers who improved on their best figures most times... more

Numerously number one

Players who topped the runs and wickets charts in a series most often... more

Mendis beats a Bedser best

Which bowlers have taken the most wickets in debut series of varying length... more

Showing up your team-mates

The lowest totals in which a player made a landmark score - 250, 200, 150, 100 and so on... more

Deadly double acts

Pairs of bowlers who have taken the most wickets in a Test... more

Bettering your best

Batsmen who improved on their highest scores most times... more

Man-of-the-Match monopoly

Most Man-of-the-Match awards in a row, and longest gaps between awards... more

Hundreds by the dozen

Tournaments that have featured the most centuries... more

Worth the wait

Cricketers who've played the most Tests before scoring their maiden century... more

Waiting for that hundred at home

Players who've had the longest waits before scoring centuries and taking four-fors in ODIs... more

The best eleven, not the eleven best

This week we're looking at how many times a team has had the same XI players... more

Changes, none and plenty

XIs that stayed the same for the most consecutive matches, and those that were shuffled most often... more

Permanently on the team-sheet

Players whose entire careers did not have a break, and those with the most consecutive matches... more

Maintaining high ODI standards

Which players have maintained consistently excellent batting and bowling averages through their ODI careers?... more

Maintaining high standards

Which players have maintained consistently excellent batting and bowling averages through their Test careers?... more

Beginning with a bang or a whimper

Players who began and ended their careers with ducks and hundreds... more

Players on a hot streak

Players who have won and lost the most matches in a row... more

Habitual winners and losers

Andrew Symonds and Michael Hussey have never played in a series they've lost, while Dwayne Bravo has never been part of a team that has won one. We look at players who have the best and worst series records... more

Salvaging the average

Batsmen who scored large chunks of their series aggregates in one innings... more

Vaas 392, rest of Sri Lanka 79

The largest differences in wickets, runs and matches between players in the same team... more

Hot today, cold tomorrow

The largest differences between successive team innings scores... more

I'm old enough to be your father

The largest difference in ages between opposing captains... more

Who's played at the most ODI venues?

Sachin Tendulkar has played the most one-day internationals - 417 - but has he played at the most grounds?... more

Who's played at the most venues?

Which cricketer has played at the most Test venues? Steve Waugh or Allan Border, who've played over 150 Tests apiece? ... more

Degrees of separation

The lowest degrees of separation between players, covering the largest number of years... more

The most prolific in partnerships

The players involved in the most century, double-century and triple-century stands... more

Champions of close contests

The players who have been involved in the most humdingers in their ODI careers, and those with the ability to rise up when it goes down to the wire... more

Catching them young

The leading run-scorers and wicket-takers of previous U-19 World Cups who went on to have international careers, and those who didn't make it... more

That winning feeling

This week we look at players with the longest winning streaks at the start of their careers, and those who've endured the longest winless periods before a maiden victory... more

Duck hunting

Which batsmen have had the best and worst luck with ducks in one-day internationals?... more

Duckless de Villiers, and a first for Clarke

AB de Villiers and Mike Hussey don't have it, Michael Clarke just acquired one, and Aravinda de Silva took a bloody long time to get one. It's a duck... more

Sydney's little niche in history

We turn the spotlight on the highest innings totals in Test defeats... more

A first for Tendulkar

The List looks at batsmen who have played the most innings before being dismissed in a particular way, or who have not experienced a particular mode of dismissal at all... more

India start at an Australian stronghold

Venues where teams have had the longest winning and losing streaks... more

Boycott's slow start, and Atherton's poor finish

A look at the largest differences in average between the first and second halves of players' ODI careers... more

Elliott fizzles, Ponting sizzles

The largest differences in average between the first and second halves of players' Test careers... more

New Zealand miss the Bond factor

How a player's presence or absence has affected the performance of a team... more

Rising against the rivals - Part II

A look at players with the best records in India-Pakistan Tests... more

Shedding caps

Teams that had the biggest drops in experience between successive Tests and ODIs... more

Who has had the most team-mates?

Tendulkar or Gooch? Who has played alongside the most players over their career? ... more

Rising against the rivals

A look at players with the best records in India-Pakistan clashes... more

New Zealand's 48-year English drought

The longest wait for a win against a particular opponent ... more

The dead-rubber dominators

Batsmen have boosted their career records by scoring heavily in matches inconsequential to the series... more

Fast hundreds in futile causes

India lost the third one-day international against Australia by 47 runs despite Yuvraj Singh's 121 off 115 balls. A look at the fastest hundred-plus scores in ODI defeats and the slowest in victories... more

Ending the day on the verge

If you were in the nineties approaching the end of the day in a Test, what would you do? A look at batsmen who've ended the day on 99 or 199... more

The world's best Twenty20 players

If you were choosing a Twenty20 XI, whose name would you scribble first on the team sheet? ... more

Starring on the domestic Twenty20 circuit

This week, the List looks at the best Twenty20 players on the domestic circuit who haven't make it to the tournament in South Africa. ... more

England have experience but Australia are favourites

The average age and experience of the World Twenty20 squads... more

Broad's double-best at Old Trafford

George Binoy and Travis Basevi look at players who've made their highest score and turned in their best bowling performance in the same match... more

To bat or not to bat at Headingley?

This week we look at venues with the biggest differences in run-rates and averages between innings and where the toss has played a significant role... more

Harmison's second-innings troubles

This week we look at which bowlers have the largest differences in averages between the first and second innings. ... more

Shunning the follow-on

This week, we look at instances of a team not enforcing the follow-on despite taking a massive first-innings lead... more

Steve Waugh's second-innings drought

This week we compare the performances of batsmen in first and second innings in Tests and one-day internationals... more

A first for Lord's, and Atapattu's terrible start

This week we focus on players with two ducks on debut... more

Rich man, poor man

Batsmen who have failed, and thrived, at particular venues... more

Sangakkara's rare double, and Waqar's hot streaks

During Sri Lanka's recent 3-0 victory against Bangladesh, Kumar Sangakkara scored 200 and 222 in successive innings... more

Solitary partnerships, and Lara's one-man shows

During the second Test defeat in Colombo, Mohammad Ashraful and Mushfiqur Rahim achieved a rare feat, one that had been performed only three times in Test history... more

Tendulkar poised to overtake a Bradman milestone

In the forthcoming Test series against England, Sachin Tendulkar has the opportunity to go past Don Bradman and break the record for most double-century partnerships in Tests... more

Bradman's epic Ashes, and an average of 563

The biggest differences between the highest and second-highest runscorers and wicket-takers for a team in a series... more

The 588-run feast at Old Trafford

This week we look at days in a Test match packed with runs and wickets... more

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... more

Retiring twice in an innings, and Fazal's unfortunate 98

This week, we look at players who've retired unwell or hurt... more

Bradman v Headley, and Tharanga's tons

The White Headley and the Black Bradman - Don Bradman and George Headley - have the best conversion rates in Test cricket... more

Eight tons in a Test, and high totals without a hundred

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One-match wonders, and Shah's second chance

After a two-year break, Owais Shah is close to another Test cap but there have been others who've never played again after an impressive debut... more

Hayden 119, Pakistan 59 and 53 all out

In 1830 Tests to date, a batsman has outscored the opposition in both innings together only on eight occasions... more

Hogg's World Cup revival, and a mini-Klusener

The Australian batsmen had been among the runs in the lead up to the World Cup but during the tournament, they took their game even further... more

Waqar and Yousuf's World Cup wash-outs

Pakistan's Mohammad Yousuf heads the list of highest run-scorers with no semi-final appearances with 7908 runs... more

The rise of the southpaw

Today's List is about teams with the most left-handers and matches in which they've taken the most wickets and scored the most runs... more

Hayden returns with a bang in 2007, and Amarnath's 1983 meltdown

Matthew Hayden has muscled his way to becoming the fastest to reach 1000 runs in a year... more

Hussey's slump, and Inzamam's World Cup woes

The List takes a look at players who have had World Cups to forget... more

David v Goliath, and India's worst World Cup

Although it is received as a tremendous shock when a lesser team beats an established side during the World Cup, history tells us it isn't as rare an occurence as Halley's Comet... more

India far ahead of the rest

This week's List compares the cumulative runs, wickets and averages of each of the World Cup squads... more

The real Dad's Army, and inexperienced England

Canada are the oldest team in the World Cup with an average age of over 31. They have the only two 40-plus players of the tournament.... more

Ponting's Caribbean rut, and economical Agarkar

This week we look at how visiting players have performed in the West Indies in one-day internationals and Tests; we're focussing on current players, many of whom will be at the World Cup... more

Bracken's 330-plus jinx, and Super Sanath

This week's focus is on bowlers and batsmen in tall run-chases and in low-scoring . We've defined a high run-chase to be in excess of 275 and small scores as totals lesser than 200... more

England's shock win, and tales of other upsets

This week's List features teams that have won tournaments after losing a lot of games and teams that have lost trophies after dominating for the major part... more

Sangakkara's appetite for the huge hundred

The List looks at the batsmen who score really big when they pass hundred and those who have a higher average in innings below three-figures... more

Waugh explodes in England, and Inzamam's slump

Everyone knows that Mohammad Yousuf had a fairytale 2006 during which he scored 1788 runs at 99.33. What escaped the scrutinising eyes of cricket pundits is that Inzamam-ul-Haq suffered a drastic slump in 2006 after his exploits in 2005... more

Gibbs's opening dichotomy & Tendulkar in the middle

India are experimenting with their batting line-up by pushing Sachin Tendulkar down the order during the series against West Indies at home. In the past he hasn't done as well in the middle order... more

McGrath-Warne, Tendulkar-Dravid & other prolific pairs

The 1001 wickets that Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne scalped in 104 Tests is a statistic that received much attention in recent weeks. To put it in perspective, take a look at second place, occupied by Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas with 772 wicket... more

Twinkling in the twilight

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Australia's all-round MCG dominance

Venues where teams have had the longest winning and losing streaks... more

England up against their 'worst venue'

This week's List is on how teams have fared at particular home and away venues and we've calculated the ground percentages by excluding the draws... more

England's unwanted records at Adelaide

England wrote themselves into several unwanted record books with a purposeless batting display on the fifth day of the Adelaide Test... more

The misers amid the carnage

After Anil Kumble conceded just 24 off ten overs as South Africa stacked up 274, the List looks at economical spells in high totals and profligate spells in low scores... more

A pocketful of Ashes trivia

The List plunges into 124 years of history and pull out some trivia ahead of the biggest-billed series in recent decades... more

Ashes heroes

This week the List focuses on players who have the largest differences between their Ashes averages and career averages... more

Will Dravid right his record against South Africa?

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Tendulkar's highs and lows against Australia

Sachin Tendulkar has an opportunity to right his poor record against South Africa on India's tour this November. The List looks at players who've struggled and done particularly well against specific opposition... more

Captain Fantastic

When Stephen Fleming walks out for the toss with Younis Khan in New Zealand's Champions Trophy fixture against Pakistan, he will set a new world record... more

Flourishing under floodlights

All the matches of the ongoing Champions Trophy are day-night affairs. Until recently, win-toss-and-bat used to be the mantra on Indian pitches but now teams have to factor in the dew that hampers bowling under lights... more

Stage fright? What stage fright?

So Pakistan are without Inzamam-ul-Haq, their captain and highest runscorer, as they begin their quest for the Champions Trophy. Leaving captaincy aside The List says that Pakistan might not miss Inzamam the batsman much in such a big tournament... more

Would you want to bowl at this team?

The List looks at the highest batting averages at each position for Tests and one-day internationals... more

Coming good when it counts

This week we look at the best performers in knock-out matches which comprise of finals, semi-finals, quarter-finals... more

Hurricane Hussey scales heights

Hussey captained Australia for the first time against West Indies at the Kinrara Oval after just 40 international appearances and celebrated the occasion with a hundred. This week, we focus on the best performances in a first match as captain... more

Gloriously walking into the sunset

This week we look at best performances in the final series of a career... more

Decline of the one-day specialist

In the 1990s several ice-cool finishers, ruthless hitters, and death-bowling experts - read Michael Bevan, Ricardo Powell and Ian Harvey among others - who carved a niche for themselves in one-day cricket but couldn't cement their place in the Test sides... more

A 92-year old record, and Murali's mastery

In the recent Test series against South Africa, Muttiah Muralitharan added another bauble to his treasury. His 22 wickets that spurred Sri Lanka to a 2-0 win were the most for a bowler in a two-Test series... more

How the forfeiture denied Yousuf a shot at a record

With one innings left, Mohammad Yousuf had a shot at surpassing Zaheer Abbas's Pakistan record for most runs in a series but because of the forfeiture on the fourth day his tally remained 631, 19 short of Abbas... more

Homesickness, and those who don't suffer from it

This week, we look at the biggest differences between home and away averages for bowlers... more

There's no place like home

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

Cricket round the clock

This Sunday, August 6, will see a first in the history of cricket: five full international matches will be played on the same day... more

Laker's 19 and other solo spells

The great one-man bowling shows... more

And today's Man of the Match is ...

Which players have won the Man-of-the-Match award the most times? Who wins it the most regularly? And who has never won the award?... more

The lowest defences, and tortoises beating hares

Since 2000, only on six occasions has a team defended a target of 175 or below and only Zimbabwe and West Indies have been unable to chase targets below 150. This week, we look at the lowest totals that have been successfully defended in ODIs... more

Dravid's virtuoso act and other one-man shows

This week, we look at matches where a batsman outperformed his team-mates, and the opposition too, by a country mile... more

Sajid Mahmood's near escape

The List looks at bowlers with the most expensive figures in ODIs and Tests... more

Is Smith a bigger matchwinner than Bradman?

We look at batsmen with the highest percentage of hundreds in wins and losses... more

Wreckers-in-chief

The List features bowlers and their five-wicket hauls in matches won and lost... more

Tail wagging the dog

The List looks at instances where the tail out-performed the top order with the bat... more

Mastered by apprentices

We look at matches when a young team beat a far more experienced opposition... more

The Fast and the Furiously Slow

This week's column looks at the highest and lowest rates of scoring in Tests and one-day internationals... more

Starring in the English summer

This week we look at how Asian players have fared in England... more

Flying first class - Part II

Last week's column was about prolific first-class batsmen who never made it in Test cricket, this week it's the bowlers' turn... more

Flying first class

Michael Hussey and Brad Hodge were domestic giants, having played 176 and 167 first-class matches respectively and scored buckets of runs, before making deserved and belated Test debuts. But there have been others who have played more than 400 games and s... more

A hundred at long last

The List features batsmen with the lowest averages before scoring their maiden century and double-century, and those who had to wait the longest for a Test hundred... more

Win some, draw some

The List looks at venues with the highest percentage of results and draws... more

Of belters and minefields

A look at which grounds are conducive to run-scoring, and which ones support the bowlers... more

Doing the business with bat and ball

The List looks focuses on players who have top-scored and taken most wickets in the same match... more

Doing the business with bat and ball - tables

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First impressions - Part II

In last week's column, the List featured the best performers when facing an opposition for the first time. This week, we look at the reverse - how different countries have performed while playing opposition players for the first time... more

First impressions

The List looks at best performers when playing an opposition for the first time... more

Subcontinent stalwarts

The List features the best overseas batsmen and bowlers in India... more

Panesar joins the giantkillers

The List this week looks the most valuable first wickets in Tests. The calculation is based on the batsman's aggregate runs at the start of the game... more

Is Vivian Richards the most effective ODI player?

The List looks at the best batsmen, bowlers and allrounders in the one-day game... more

Part-time pests

The List focuses on part-time bowlers in both forms of the game... more

Bowlers and their wicket-taking ways

Which bowler hits the stumps most often? Whose stumps rarely get hit? Has Kapil Dev ever been run out? The List looks at modes of dismissals for bowlers and batsmen... more

Will Dravid the batsman cope with captaincy?

When a player is named captain, you wonder what effect the added responsibility will have on his form. This week, the List looks at batsmen who've struggled as captain and captains who've thrived as batsmen... more

Hat-trick heroes

The List looks at heavyweight hat-tricks, measured in terms of the sum of the average of the batsmen dismissed... more

Akram's batting zenith, and 300 in a final Test

The focus this week is on players with high scores that are grossly disproportionate to their averages... more

Against all odds

This week's List focuses on teams that have recovered from major setbacks, and those that squandered huge advantages... more

Allott's 101-minute duck and other tail-end torments

The stubborn tailender is high up on cricket's most-frustrating list and this week the List looks at their more notable performances... more

Warne hits but Ponting misses

While 2005 will always be known as the year England regained the Ashes and Bangladesh beat Australia, on an individual front, the Australians took top honours in all forms of the game... more

Boxing Day business

As Australia and South Africa fight for the series lead at Melbourne, the List looks at players' performances in Boxing Day Tests... more

Careers that took off after slow starts

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Rags to riches

Last week, The List looked at players who became cricketing giants after ploughing through relatively mediocre starts to their careers. This week we look at the one-day equivalent... more

Great oaks from little acorns grow

The List looks at players who had relatively poor starts to their careers but eventually turned out great and vice versa... more

The Jacks of one trade

During the 1990s, cricket witnessed an increasing trend of players who featured prominently in one form of the game... more

Most runs and wickets in Tests

A list of world-record holders for most runs and wickets in Tests... more

A record Bradman never had

At Adelaide, Brian Lara broke another elite run-scoring record by going past Allan Border's total of 11,174 Test runs... more

Last action heroes

This week The List looks at players who have under- and over-achieved in the fourth innings of a Test... more

Atherton c Healy b McGrath

In 44 Tests - 17 against Australia with McGrath and 27 against West Indies Atherton fell to either McGrath, Walsh or Ambrose a staggering 53 times... more

Steve Waugh - The run-out man

If you had to choose someone to bat for your life, you'd do well by picking Steve Waugh. But while doing that he may just run out a few of your mates in the process... more

Dhoni's day in the sun

As he strode past 153, Dhoni broke Brian Lara's record for the highest individual score in the second innings of an ODI... more

Who are the champions?

Waugh, who also features among players involved in the most Test losses, has played in a massive 86 Test wins, 11 wins clear of Shane Warne... more

Players with best records in Test wins

Players with best records in Test wins... more

The most celebrated loser

With the loss of the Super Test under his belt, Brian Lara became the cricketer to have played in the most Test losses... more

Highest percentage of Tests lost

most test losses... more

The broadest bat in Australia

The Super Test is around the corner and it seemed an opportune moment for The List to look at the best visiting players in Australia... more