South Africa v Australia, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 4th day

Australia's fastest century opening stand

Stats highlights from the fourth day in Cape Town, which was dominated by David Warner and Australia's fast bowlers

S Rajesh

March 4, 2014

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David Warner cuts for four, South Africa v Australia, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 4th day, March 4, 2014
David Warner has made four of the six fastest 100-plus scores by an Australian opener in Tests © Getty Images
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  • David Warner's series aggregate of 543 is the third highest by an Australian in series of three or fewer Tests. Michael Clarke's 576 in the home series against South Africa in 2012-13 is the highest, followed by Matthew Hayden's 549 in India in 2000-01. It is also the second best in a three-Test series between Australia and South Africa.

  • Warner's twin hundreds in this match is the 20th instance of an Australian doing so in Tests, and the eighth by an Australian opener. Ricky Ponting achieved it three times, while Allan Border, Greg Chappell and Hayden did it twice, making Warner the 15th Australian to score hundreds in each innings.

  • Australia scored 303 runs in 58 overs in their second innings, a run rate of 5.22. It's their second highest run rate in a Test innings in which they've faced at least 50 overs. Their best is 5.80, also against South Africa, but in 1902. Against the same opposition in Adelaide in 2012, they scored 550 in 107.2 overs, a rate of 5.12, which is their third-best. Six of their top nine such efforts, and ten out of their top 20, have been against South Africa.

  • Warner's strike rate in his innings of 145 was 92.94 (145 off 156). It is the fifth-highest strike rate for a 100-plus score by an Australian opener in Tests (in matches in which the balls-faced data is available). Warner is a prominent name in this list, featuring four times in the top six.

  • The opening partnership of 123 between Warner and Chris Rogers came off just 20.2 overs, with the batsmen scoring at a run rate of 6.04 runs per over. It is the highest run rate for a century partnership by an Australian opening pair (in matches in which balls-faced data is available). The next best also involves Warner, when he added 214 off 233 balls with Ed Cowan against India in Perth in 2012, a run rate of 5.51 per over.

  • Ryan Harris became the 24th Australian fast bowler to take 100 or more Test wickets, but in terms of averages he is at No. 5 in that group, next only to Charlie Turner, Alan Davidson, Glenn McGrath and Keith Miller. Harris' 100 wickets have so far cost him 23.02 runs each, 0.01 better than Ray Lindwall, while Dennis Lillee had a career average of 23.92.

  • South Africa have already batted 41 overs on the fourth day and potentially have to play another 98 on the final day. If they do play all those overs and survive, they will come very close to the record number of overs batted by a team in the fourth innings in Cape Town. South Africa faced 142.2 against New Zealand in 1962, though they lost the Test, while England played 141 in 2010 and barely held on to a draw, finishing on 296 for 9.

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Posted by Meety on (March 5, 2014, 7:36 GMT)

"Ryan Harris became the 24th Australian fast bowler to take 100 or more Test wickets, but in terms of averages he is at No. 5 in that group, next only to Charlie Turner, Alan Davidson, Glenn McGrath and Keith Miller. Harris' 100 wickets have so far cost him 23.02 runs each, 0.01 better than Ray Lindwall, while Dennis Lillee had a career average of 23.92." WOW! That is pretty rarified air. Its not like Harris has dined out on Bangladesh or Zimbabwe batsmen to achieve this either, (hasn't played them). 50% of his Tests are v England, & 25% of his Tests are v India & SA. It cant even be said that he has exploited home turf as 14 of his 24 tests have been away from & his stats are similar home & away. All of this is way better than his FC ave of 28.5 (with Tests removed).

Posted by Romanticstud on (March 5, 2014, 6:14 GMT)

Graeme Smith's series average of 7.5 is the 4th lowest in a series of 3 or more tests with 6 innings or more batted since 2000 ... Marvin Atapattu from Sri Lanka leads the way with 6.83 in 2000 in South Africa ...Then Mohammad Hafeez from Pakistan with 7.16 in South Africa ... M Horne from New Zealand is 3rd with 7.33 in New Zealand (the only one of the top 4 not in South Africa) but it involved Australia ... Neil McKenzie is the second South African on the list at 9 against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in 2000 ... 3rd is Ashwell Prince with 13.85 against England in South Africa ... Of the top 10 Australian bowlers have claimed 4 ... South Africa has claimed 2 ... Sri-Lanka 2 ...West Indies and England 1 each ... and 3 of them have been in South Africa ... West Indies 2 ... Sri Lanka 2 ... Australia, New Zealand and England once each ...

Posted by Romanticstud on (March 5, 2014, 5:44 GMT)

How we could do with Kallis right now ... like he did in Durban against the Indians ...

Posted by HenryPorter on (March 4, 2014, 23:35 GMT)

For me the most amazing stat is that SA's bowlers have finished for the series and Duminy has better figures than both Philander & Morkel. No 5 wicket hauls for any of the SA bowlers in the whole series, too.

Posted by lyoung on (March 4, 2014, 23:01 GMT)

Those 142.2 overs faced in 1962 were 8-ball overs as well.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 20:17 GMT)

Yeah my bad, 30 it is, overtiredness crept in.

Posted by Beertjie on (March 4, 2014, 19:30 GMT)

I watched that game featuring that "record number of overs batted by a team in the fourth innings in Cape Town. South Africa faced 142.2 against New Zealand in 1962". Brave effort by Roy McLean scoring his last test century (113). Spinners usually play big roles in winning games on the last day at Newlands. Not sure this year, though!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:43 GMT)

@zar after 30 he meant.The bowlers mentioned are above 30

Posted by Zat. on (March 4, 2014, 18:14 GMT)

Um, Keith, Harris was born in 1979. He's 34...

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

Harris also became the 4th bowler in test history (after Grimmett, Doshi and Ajmal) to take his first 100 after turning 40

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