November 28, 2007

New Zealand miss the Bond factor

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



New Zealand have lost only two Tests with Shane Bond in the XI © Getty Images

Winning a Test series in South Africa, unless you're Australia, has proved a daunting task. Since their readmission to international cricket in 1992, South Africa have lost only four of 27 series at home. On their current tour of South Africa, New Zealand's task got tougher when they lost Shane Bond to injury midway through the first Test. Without him they have fared poorly in the past and it was no different this time; they lost in Johannesburg by 358 runs, and by an innings and 58 runs in Centurion. This week we look at how a player's presence or absence has affected the performance of a team.

Bond has missed more Tests than he has played because of an injury-filled career, but of the 17 that he has played, New Zealand have won nine , drawn six, and lost only two, which includes the recent Johannesburg defeat during which he sustained his most recent injury. The only other defeat was against Sri Lanka in Wellington in 2006. Without Bond, New Zealand's Test record is extremely poor; they've played 27, won six and lost 13.

Bond's record is comparable to that of another legendary New Zealand fast bowler. Richard Hadlee did not miss nearly as many Tests as Bond but New Zealand did not win a single Test out of the 14 (drew eight, lost six) that he missed during his career. Of Hadlee's 86 Tests, New Zealand won 22 and lost 28.

Best record by a player for a team compared to matches missed for that team - Tests (qualification: 10 matches played, 10 matches missed)
Player Span P W D L Car% Missed W D L Miss% Diff
JM Brearley (Eng) 1976-1981 39 21 12 6 77.7 19 1 10 8 11.1 66.66
RK Chauhan (India) 1993-1998 21 12 9 0 100.0 18 3 9 6 33.3 66.66
RH Spooner (Eng) 1905-1912 10 5 5 0 100.0 26 10 2 14 41.6 58.33
BH Pairaudeau (WI) 1953-1957 13 5 6 2 71.4 10 1 3 6 14.2 57.14
DM Jones (Aus) 1984-1992 52 19 24 8 69.6 24 3 8 13 18.7 50.89
CEL Ambrose (WI) 1988-2000 98 44 28 26 62.8 10 1 2 7 12.5 50.35
SE Bond (NZ) 2001-2007 17 9 6 2 81.8 27 6 8 13 31.5 50.23
GA Bartlett (NZ) 1961-1968 10 3 4 3 50.0 21 0 10 11 0.0 50.00
IVA Richards (WI) 1974-1991 121 63 39 19 76.8 18 2 11 5 28.5 48.25
SB Joshi (India) 1996-2000 15 6 6 3 66.6 26 3 11 12 20.0 46.66
RJ Hadlee (NZ) 1973-1990 86 22 36 28 44.0 14 0 8 6 0.0 44.00
JV Coney (NZ) 1974-1987 52 17 22 13 56.6 21 2 6 13 13.3 43.33
P Lever (Eng) 1970-1975 17 6 10 1 85.7 36 9 15 12 42.8 42.85
CH Lloyd (WI) 1966-1985 110 43 45 22 66.1 18 1 14 3 25.0 41.15
RIC Holder (WI) 1997-1999 11 3 6 2 60.0 11 2 1 8 20.0 40.00
GS Chappell (Aus) 1970-1984 87 38 30 19 66.6 33 7 7 19 26.9 39.74
DAJ Holford (WI) 1966-1977 24 8 14 2 80.0 50 13 18 19 40.6 39.37

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Mike Brearley wasn't a match-winning batsman - he averaged 22.88 - but England's record in matches which he didn't play in illustrates how valuable he, and his captaincy, were to the team. England won 21 out of 39 Tests with Brearley in the team, and only one out of 19 without him.

The presence of two Indian spinners, Rajesh Chauhan and Sunil Joshi, in the table above is because they've played most of their Tests at home and were omitted from touring squads, at a time when India had an appalling overseas record. Joshi played nine of his 15 Tests at home, and of his six overseas Tests one was in Bangladesh and four were on extremely flat, draw-inducing, West Indian pitches in 1996-97. Chauhan holds the record for having played the most Tests - 21 - without ever having lost one. Sixteen of those were played in India while four of his five overseas Tests were in Sri Lanka.

Sanjay Manjrekar features high among players whose teams have lost more matches with them in the XI, and won more without them, for exactly the opposite reason. India have won only seven, drawn 17, and lost 13 of Manjrekar's 37 Tests of which 27 were away from home. Thirteen of the 17 Tests that Manjrekar missed were at home and India lost only one of them.

Worst record by a player for a team compared to matches missed for that team - Tests (qualification: 10 matches played, 10 matches missed)
Player Span P W D L Car% Missed W D L Miss% Diff
Asif Masood (Pak) 1969-1977 16 0 11 5 0.0 12 3 8 1 75.0 -74.99
Mohammad Nazir (Pak) 1969-1983 14 0 11 3 0.0 68 20 32 16 55.5 -55.55
SV Manjrekar (India) 1987-1996 37 7 17 13 35.0 17 9 7 1 90.0 -54.99
AIC Dodemaide (Aus) 1987-1992 10 1 6 3 25.0 32 16 12 4 80.0 -54.99
Sikander Bakht (Pak) 1976-1983 26 5 10 11 31.2 25 11 12 2 84.6 -53.36
NAM McLean (WI) 1998-2001 19 1 5 13 7.1 15 8 1 6 57.1 -49.99
EJ Gray (NZ) 1983-1988 10 1 4 5 16.6 28 9 14 5 64.2 -47.61
RS Kalpage (SL) 1993-1999 11 0 5 6 0.0 34 10 13 11 47.6 -47.61
H Strudwick (Eng) 1910-1926 28 8 6 14 36.3 23 13 7 3 81.2 -44.88
BK Kunderan (India) 1960-1967 18 0 11 7 0.0 18 4 9 5 44.4 -44.44
Ghulam Ahmed (India) 1948-1959 22 3 9 10 23.0 16 2 13 1 66.6 -43.58
CS Martin (NZ) 2000-2007 35 9 9 17 34.6 18 7 9 2 77.7 -43.16
Aamer Malik (Pak) 1987-1994 14 1 11 2 33.3 31 16 10 5 76.1 -42.85
CB Llewellyn (SA) 1896-1912 15 1 2 12 7.6 16 7 2 7 50.0 -42.30
WE Russell (Eng) 1961-1967 10 1 6 3 25.0 54 18 27 9 66.6 -41.66

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In one-day internationals, Australia's success-rate falls from nearly 75% to below 50% when Ricky Ponting isn't playing. Australia have won 205 out of 284 ODIs with Ponting and lost 29 out of 58 without him.

Best record by a player for a team compared to matches missed for that team - ODIs (qualification: 20 matches played, 20 matches missed)
Player Span P W T L Car% Missed W T L Miss% Diff
Mashrafe Mortaza (Ban) 2001-2007 67 29 0 38 43.2 50 4 0 44 8.3 34.95
AH Jones (NZ) 1987-1995 87 40 1 45 47.0 33 5 0 26 16.1 30.96
TM Chappell (Aus) 1980-1983 20 13 0 6 68.4 40 14 0 23 37.8 30.58
SB Smith (Aus) 1983-1985 28 14 1 10 58.0 20 5 0 13 27.7 30.22
Zaheer Abbas (Pak) 1974-1985 62 30 0 29 50.8 26 6 0 19 24.0 26.84
RT Ponting (Aus) 1995-2007 284 205 5 68 74.6 58 27 0 29 48.2 26.42
CWJ Athey (Eng) 1980-1988 31 22 0 9 70.9 69 32 0 37 46.3 24.59
S Madan Lal (India) 1974-1987 67 34 0 29 53.9 48 14 0 33 29.7 24.18
Abdur Razzak (Ban) 2004-2007 52 26 0 26 50.0 23 6 0 17 26.0 23.91
Akram Raza (Pak) 1989-1995 49 37 1 11 76.5 78 38 4 34 52.6 23.89
KJ Hughes (Aus) 1977-1985 97 45 1 45 50.0 24 6 0 16 27.2 22.72
BB McCullum (NZ) 2002-2007 115 62 0 49 55.8 26 8 0 16 33.3 22.52
WW Davis (WI) 1983-1988 35 31 0 3 91.1 69 47 1 21 68.8 22.33
JE Taylor (WI) 2003-2007 35 21 0 14 60.0 59 20 0 33 37.7 22.26
GP Thorpe (Eng) 1993-2002 82 43 1 36 54.3 52 17 0 35 32.6 21.68

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Former New Zealand batsman Andrew Jones had a modest one-day record: 87 matches with an average of 35, with 25 fifties and no hundreds. Perhaps the only record he holds is scoring six consecutive half-centuries, which is second to Javed Miandad's streak of nine fifties. During Jones' career, New Zealand won 40 out of 87 matches that he played, but won only five out of 33 when he didn't.

Worst record by a player for a team compared to matches missed for that team - ODIs (qualification: 20 matches played, 20 matches missed)
Player Span P W T L Car% Missed W T L Miss% Diff
Tapash Baisya (Ban) 2002-2007 56 7 0 48 12.7 47 25 0 21 54.3 -41.62
TJ Zoehrer (Aus) 1986-1994 22 8 0 14 36.3 126 85 2 37 69.3 -32.99
Tushar Imran (Ban) 2001-2007 39 3 0 35 7.8 79 30 0 48 38.4 -30.56
Qasim Umar (Pak) 1983-1987 31 10 0 19 34.4 35 20 0 13 60.6 -26.12
J Mubarak (SL) 2002-2007 28 10 0 18 35.7 115 67 1 43 60.8 -25.09
RA Smith (Eng) 1988-1996 71 27 1 40 40.4 20 13 0 7 65.0 -24.55
BM Laird (Aus) 1979-1982 23 8 0 15 34.7 23 13 0 9 59.0 -24.30
W Larkins (Eng) 1979-1991 25 7 0 16 30.4 120 65 1 54 54.5 -24.14
JA Rudolph (SA) 2003-2006 43 21 0 20 51.2 23 15 1 5 73.8 -22.59
BA Young (NZ) 1990-1999 74 20 2 47 30.4 85 43 2 38 53.0 -22.57
Mohammad Hafeez (Pak) 2003-2007 48 21 0 26 44.6 63 41 0 20 67.2 -22.53
GF Labrooy (SL) 1986-1992 44 6 0 38 13.6 26 9 0 16 36.0 -22.36
AO Suji (Kenya) 1996-2007 56 14 0 41 25.4 36 17 0 19 47.2 -21.76
RC Russell (Eng) 1987-1998 40 13 0 25 34.2 93 49 2 40 54.9 -20.73
OA Shah (Eng) 2001-2007 31 10 0 21 32.2 125 62 2 55 52.9 -20.68

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Note: The percentage figures have been calculated by leaving out draws and no-results, and counting ties as half a win.

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