How batsmen have fared in first and second innings August 8, 2007

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



All of Virender Sehwag's 12 Test hundreds have come in India's first innings © Getty Images

Steve Waugh has scored only two of his 32 Test hundreds in the second innings of a Test match. He scored 134 against Sri Lanka in 1989 and 116 against England at Old Trafford in 1997, which incidentally was his second century of the match. He has 12 other half-centuries and averages 32.45 in 94 second innings, which is significantly lesser than his first-innings average of 60.70 and an overall career figure of 51. This week we compare the performances of batsmen in first and second innings in Tests and one-day internationals.

New Zealand's John Reid has a prolific average in the first innings and the stats of a tailender in the second. He played 19 Tests between 1979 and 1986 and had an outstanding conversion-rate, scoring six hundreds and two fifties, all of which contributed to his first-innings average of 69. In the second innings, Reid could muster only 133 runs at an average of 12. His best was 30 against Sri Lanka at Kandy in 1984.

Biggest difference in batting average in the first innings over the second innings - Tests (qualification: 10 innings in each)
Player Span Inns1 Runs Ave 100 Inns2 Runs Ave 100 Diff
JF Reid (NZ) 1979-1986 19 1163 68.41 6 12 133 12.09 0 56.320
J Hardstaff jnr (Eng) 1935-1948 23 1289 64.45 4 15 347 23.13 0 41.316
Hon FS Jackson (Eng) 1893-1905 20 1156 64.22 5 13 259 23.54 0 40.676
V Sehwag (ICC/India) 2001-2007 52 3374 64.88 12 35 781 24.40 0 40.478
IR Bell (Eng) 2004-2007 29 1421 59.20 6 23 484 22.00 0 37.208
WH Ponsford (Aus) 1924-1934 29 1710 61.07 7 19 412 25.75 0 35.321
ED Weekes (WI) 1948-1958 48 3429 71.43 14 33 1026 36.64 1 34.794
BC Broad (Eng) 1984-1989 25 1336 53.43 6 19 325 19.11 0 34.322
AL Hassett (Aus) 1938-1953 43 2435 57.97 9 26 638 26.58 1 31.392
TT Samaraweera (SL) 2001-2006 38 1724 52.24 5 20 365 21.47 0 30.771
Zaheer Abbas (Pak) 1969-1985 77 3977 56.01 11 47 1085 25.83 1 30.180
FMM Worrell (WI) 1948-1963 51 2843 61.80 9 36 1017 31.78 0 30.023
SR Waugh (Aus) 1985-2004 166 8558 60.69 30 94 2369 32.45 2 28.242
CC McDonald (Aus) 1952-1961 47 2380 50.63 5 36 727 22.71 0 27.919
WA Brown (Aus) 1934-1948 22 1204 57.33 3 13 388 29.84 1 27.487

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Virender Sehwag is another batsman who has sparkled in the first innings and fizzled out in the second. All of his 12 Test hundreds have come first up, giving him an average of nearly 65. But he has only four fifties to show for in 35 second innings, in which he averages only 24.40.

Don Bradman's average of 104.50 in the second innings - compared to 98 in the first - is the highest second-innings average among all batsmen. Michael Hussey is second with 80.50 in the second innings.

Brett Lee has scored all three of his fifties in the first innings but still averages a handy 41 in the second. Lee has had to bat only 13 times in the second innings out of 44 Tests - a sign of Australia's dominance - and his five most recent scores are 26 not out, 3, 32, 24 not out and 29.

Biggest difference in batting average in the second innings over the first innings - Tests (qualification: 10 innings in each)
Player Span Inns1 Runs Ave 100 Inns2 Runs Ave 100 Diff
KS Ranjitsinhji (Eng) 1896-1902 15 499 33.26 1 11 490 70.00 1 -36.733
Yuvraj Singh (India) 2003-2006 18 433 24.05 1 11 397 56.71 1 -32.658
Shoaib Malik (Pak) 2001-2006 17 466 27.41 0 12 475 59.37 1 -31.963
KC Bland (SA) 1961-1966 21 776 36.95 1 18 893 68.69 2 -31.739
A Bacher (SA) 1965-1970 12 234 19.50 0 10 445 49.44 0 -29.944
H Masakadza (Zim) 2001-2005 15 202 13.46 0 15 583 41.64 1 -28.176
Hanumant Singh (India) 1964-1969 14 297 21.21 1 10 389 48.62 0 -27.410
WW Armstrong (Aus) 1902-1921 49 1268 28.17 1 35 1595 55.00 5 -26.822
RB McCosker (Aus) 1975-1980 25 737 29.48 1 21 885 55.31 3 -25.832
FCM Alexander (WI) 1957-1961 23 450 21.42 0 15 511 46.45 1 -25.025
PM Pollock (SA) 1961-1970 27 367 16.68 0 14 240 40.00 0 -23.318
B Lee (Aus) 1999-2007 52 810 18.00 0 13 288 41.14 0 -23.142
JDB Robertson (Eng) 1947-1952 11 404 36.72 0 10 477 59.62 2 -22.897
GC White (SA) 1906-1912 17 319 19.93 0 14 553 42.53 2 -22.600
BF Butcher (WI) 1958-1969 44 1428 34.00 3 34 1676 55.86 4 -21.866

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An average of 41 is respectable while batting second in one-day internationals. However, given Hussey's incredible one-day record, his average while batting first - 1491 runs at nearly 65 - is a whopping 23 runs more than his second-innings average, making him second in our table below.

Biggest difference in batting average in the first innings over the second innings - ODIs (qualification: 10 innings in each)
Player Span Inns1 Runs Ave 100 Inns2 Runs Ave 100 Diff
RA Smith (Eng) 1989-1996 37 1764 49.00 4 33 655 25.19 0 23.807
MEK Hussey (Aus) 2005-2007 39 1491 64.82 2 15 335 41.87 0 22.951
GN Yallop (Aus) 1979-1984 13 510 51.00 0 14 313 28.45 0 22.545
LE Plunkett (Eng) 2005-2007 13 174 34.79 0 11 121 13.44 0 21.355
BM McMillan (SA) 1991-1998 30 630 33.15 1 22 211 12.41 0 20.746
CS Pandit (India) 1986-1992 11 167 33.40 0 12 123 13.66 0 19.733
N Boje (Afr/SA) 1995-2005 34 886 36.91 2 37 528 18.20 0 18.709
RS Morton (WI) 2002-2007 15 512 42.66 1 20 474 24.94 1 17.719
RL Taylor (NZ) 2006-2007 10 393 43.66 1 12 313 26.08 1 17.583
VVS Laxman (India) 1998-2006 45 1649 38.34 6 38 689 20.87 0 17.470
DJ Callaghan (SA) 1992-2000 14 338 33.79 1 11 155 17.22 0 16.577
D Ganga (WI) 2001-2006 19 594 33.00 0 15 249 16.60 0 16.400
Yasir Hameed (Pak) 2003-2007 31 1354 45.13 3 22 645 29.31 0 15.815
GB Hogg (Aus) 1996-2007 43 581 26.40 0 15 124 11.27 0 15.136
GM Wood (Aus) 1979-1989 41 1456 40.44 3 36 763 25.43 0 15.011

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Netherlands' Ryan ten Doeschate has the highest average among batsmen who've batted at least ten times in ODI run-chases. He averages nearly 83 batting second with four fifties and a century in ten innings, including 57 and 70 not out against South Africa and Scotland during the 2007 World Cup.

Sunil Gavaskar's Test average was close to 51 in both the first and second innings but, in one-day internationals, he was more successful while chasing a target. His only ODI century came while chasing 221 against New Zealand in the 1987 World Cup, and he averaged a shade under 49 in the second innings - nearly 25 runs more than his first-innings average of 24.22.

Biggest difference in batting average in the second innings over the first innings - ODIs (qualification: 10 innings in each)
Player Span Inns1 Runs Ave 100 Inns2 Runs Ave 100 Diff
BM Laird (Aus) 1979-1982 10 142 14.19 0 13 452 45.20 1 -31.000
SFAF Bacchus (WI) 1978-1983 13 180 13.84 0 13 432 43.20 0 -29.353
AI Kallicharran (WI) 1973-1981 17 413 25.81 0 11 413 51.62 0 -25.812
SM Gavaskar (India) 1974-1987 54 1187 24.22 0 48 1905 48.84 1 -24.621
A Bagai (Can) 2003-2007 15 264 18.85 0 15 509 42.41 2 -23.559
SM Katich (Aus) 2004-2006 28 755 29.03 0 14 569 51.72 1 -22.688
SK Raina (India) 2005-2007 15 281 18.73 0 13 331 41.37 0 -22.641
KD Walters (Aus) 1972-1981 13 220 20.00 0 11 293 41.85 0 -21.857
MJ Clarke (Aus) 2003-2007 65 2105 39.71 0 33 1224 61.20 2 -21.483
CJ Tavare (Eng) 1982-1984 15 288 19.19 0 13 432 39.27 0 -20.072
HJH Marshall (NZ) 2003-2007 28 479 17.74 0 34 975 37.50 1 -19.759
NC Johnson (Zim) 1998-2000 29 852 29.37 1 19 827 48.64 3 -19.267
RG de Alwis (SL) 1983-1988 12 143 13.00 0 15 258 32.25 0 -19.250
T Mishra (Kenya) 2006-2007 15 387 25.80 0 11 311 44.42 0 -18.628
V Sibanda (Zim) 2003-2007 24 357 14.87 1 26 800 33.33 0 -18.458
PK Amre (India) 1991-1994 20 250 14.70 0 10 263 32.87 0 -18.169

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

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