The List October 14, 2005

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

Some statistics, like Bradman's average and the number of centuries Gavaskar made, are known to pretty much every cricket buff. But The List will bring you facts and figures that aren't so obvious, adding fuel to those fiery debates about the most valuable middle-order bat, and the most useless tailender. If there's a particular List that you would like to see, e-mail us with your comments and suggestions.



Chris Broad was in the form of his life during the 1986-87 Ashes series © Getty Images

The Super Test offers the perfect opportunity to look at the best visiting players in Australia. Expectedly, The List is peppered with Englishmen, given the frequency of their visits Down Under. Unexpectedly, Chris Broad, the Man of the Series in England's famous Ashes win 1986-87, sits head and shoulders above the rest. Broad isn't the most reputed player in The List, he wasn't even the most reputed batsman among England's heroes in that series.

And then if The List gave you a hint that the batsman next after Broad was a West Indian, how many awe-inspiring names would you rattle off before you remembered the diminutive Larry Gomes's fantastic tours in 1981-82 and 1984-85? If you were wondering where the Sri Lankan, Pakistani and South African batsmen are - well, Sri Lanka have had a rough time in Australia, Arjuna Ranatunga being their best batsman, while Pakistan's boast is Asif Iqbal.

South Africa deserve special mention as very few of their players have toured Australia twice to qualify for The List. However, Eddie Barlow, Aubrey Faulkner, Trevor Goddard and Graeme Pollock have superb records in the five Tests they've played in Australia.

Best overseas Test batsmen in Australia (qualification: minimum 10 innings and 2 series)
Player Span Mat Inns Runs HS Ave 100
BC Broad (Eng) 1986-1988 6 10 626 162 78.25 4
HA Gomes (WI) 1981-1985 8 15 844 127 70.33 4
KF Barrington (Eng) 1962-1966 10 18 1046 132* 69.73 4
MD Crowe (NZ) 1985-1993 8 15 870 188 66.92 2
R Dravid (India) 1999-2004 7 14 712 233 64.72 1
H Sutcliffe (Eng) 1924-1933 14 25 1529 194 63.70 6
WR Hammond (Eng) 1928-1947 19 35 1981 251 61.90 7
VVS Laxman (India) 1999-2004 7 13 715 178 59.58 3
JB Hobbs (Eng) 1908-1929 24 45 2493 187 57.97 9
JH Edrich (Eng) 1965-1975 15 26 1283 130 55.78 4

If the batsmen's list is a box of chocolates, the best 20th-century overseas bowlers in Australia couldn't have been more predictable. Sir Richard Hadlee and his Highness, 'King' Curtly Ambrose take the honours, while Enland's Geoff Miller is the only spinner in the top ten. Miller, who retired in 1984, is also England's most recent bowler on The List - another subtle indicator of England's suffering at the hands of Australia for the better part of the last two decades.


Best overseas Test bowlers in Australia (qualification: minimum 1000 balls and 2 series, 1900 onwards)
Player Span Mat Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5
RJ Hadlee (NZ) 1973-1987 12 1373 77 9/52 17.83 10
CEL Ambrose (WI) 1988-1997 14 1544 78 7/25 19.79 6
M Hendrick (Eng) 1974-1979 7 418 21 3/19 19.90 0
SF Barnes (Eng) 1901-1912 13 1727 77 7/60 22.42 8
G Miller (Eng) 1978-1983 12 809 36 5/44 22.47 1
IR Bishop (WI) 1992-1997 10 990 43 6/40 23.02 1
MD Marshall (WI) 1984-1989 10 1042 45 5/29 23.15 5
Wasim Akram (Pak) 1990-1999 9 866 36 6/62 24.05 3
MA Holding (WI) 1975-1985 14 1526 63 6/21 24.22 5
N Kapil Dev (India) 1981-1992 11 1254 51 8/106 24.58 5

For the pundits:Click here for the complete list of best overseas players in Australia

Readers' request: After last week's List on the highest run-scorers by batting position several readers wanted one based on highest averages by batting position. Click here to find out which openers have better one-day averages than Sachin Tendulkar.

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George Binoy is editorial assistant of Cricinfo.