Andy Zaltzman

Stand-up comedian; writer


Cookie, Jimmy, Rooty, Ravi: thanks for the stats, lads
Cookie, Jimmy, Rooty, Ravi: thanks for the stats, lads

What was The Oval Test all about? Numbers, of course

Sam Curran is the eighth wonder of the world
Sam Curran is the eighth wonder of the world

Statuesque stats from Southampton for y'all pleasure

How England's batsmen fought valiantly to avoid scoring 30 at Trent Bridge
How England's batsmen fought valiantly to avoid scoring 30 at Trent Bridge

England may have lost the third Test to India, but they won the hearts of stats fans everywhere

Will Chris Woakes beat Jimmy Anderson to become UK prime minister?
Will Chris Woakes beat Jimmy Anderson to become UK prime minister?

Imran Khan might be the gold standard, but he has two England challengers coming up the ranks

Please God, no dead rubbers, no broken fast bowlers, no lost overs
Please God, no dead rubbers, no broken fast bowlers, no lost overs

A five-Test series between England and India - so much can happen, or not

How much greyer was Dhoni's beard at the end of the England ODI series than at the start?
How much greyer was Dhoni's beard at the end of the England ODI series than at the start?

A round-up of the stats that matter from the three matches

The England v India T20I series we needed (heck, deserved)
The England v India T20I series we needed (heck, deserved)

It had great batting, great wristspin, golden-duck stumpings, and a catch of planetary proportions

Twenty-five stats about the number 25
Twenty-five stats about the number 25

To, you know, mark 25 years of ESPNcricinfo

The slowpokes who became superstars
The slowpokes who became superstars

Six cricketers whose careers went from morose or middling to magnificent

An even contest between bat and ball is best. Ball dominating bat is second
An even contest between bat and ball is best. Ball dominating bat is second

Stats from South Africa v India: record-low scores, pretty 40s, and a keeper's dream

Why this was a vastly disappointing Ashes series
Why this was a vastly disappointing Ashes series

Mostly because it lacked a competent England side

England never ever lose eight away Test matches on the trot
England never ever lose eight away Test matches on the trot

Also, not everything in the '60s was sexy

Pat Cummins is a village cricketer
Pat Cummins is a village cricketer

That and other vital learnings from the Perth Test

Being obliterated abroad: it's an English tradition
Being obliterated abroad: it's an English tradition

Also, Moeen Ali won't be England's saviour. You heard it here first

Can't select, can't umpire, can't unsee
Can't select, can't umpire, can't unsee

Horrible Ashes moments that don't let you sleep at night. Or in the day

Why England are destined to win the Ashes
Why England are destined to win the Ashes

They took care to not permit Starc or Cummins to get a four-for in Brisbane, that's why

An eleven for fielding heaven
An eleven for fielding heaven

Can bat (sort of), can bowl (kind of), but boy can this side field

The Confectionery Stall stat-vent calendar, week three
The Confectionery Stall stat-vent calendar, week three

More stats that'll make you wonder how you did without them for so long. Starring a glittering cast of Kohli, Cook, Ashwin and others

The Confectionery Stall stat-vent calendar, week two
The Confectionery Stall stat-vent calendar, week two

Parthiv Patel's opening feat, Adil Rashid's crucial next two Tests, and England's horrendous conversion rate from 80 to 100 all feature on this week's list of must-know stats

The Ashwin, Jadeja, Yadav stat you must tell everyone
The Ashwin, Jadeja, Yadav stat you must tell everyone

And six other delightful numbers from Mohali, Hamilton and elsewhere to keep you going this week