Numbers Game


The spin test resumes for Australia
The spin test resumes for Australia

Australia's recent record in Asia is poor, while Bangladesh's fortunes have been on the rise recently. The two-Test series could well be a tight contest

West Indies' freefall in England
West Indies' freefall in England

Through the 1970s and '80s, West Indies had a 15-0 win-loss record in Tests in England, but since 2000 England have been just as dominant

Was Morne Morkel unlucky in the England Tests?
Was Morne Morkel unlucky in the England Tests?

The common consensus is that Morne Morkel deserved more than 19 wickets in the four Tests in England. A look at ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball stats throws more light on the matter

South Africa's opening pairs' struggle against the top pace attacks
South Africa's opening pairs' struggle against the top pace attacks

South Africa's opening partnership has been a huge concern for them recently, and their numbers look especially poor against high-quality pace attacks

Why Philander remains South Africa's go-to bowler
Why Philander remains South Africa's go-to bowler

Despite other bowlers' ability to bowl quicker or swing the ball more, Vernon Philander has remained South Africa's most bankable bowler in Tests

Does Sri Lanka remain a tough country for openers?
Does Sri Lanka remain a tough country for openers?

From 2011 to 2016, the average opening stand in Tests in Sri Lanka was the lowest among all countries. However, there has been a bit of a revival in 2017

Moeen and Stokes highlight England's all-round strength
Moeen and Stokes highlight England's all-round strength

The Lord's Test against South Africa was another fine illustration of how well England have been served by their lower middle order, with both bat and ball

The closest rivalries in Test cricket
The closest rivalries in Test cricket

Since South Africa's readmission, few match-ups have been as closely fought as the one between England and South Africa

Quinton de Kock's outstanding Test run
Quinton de Kock's outstanding Test run

The South African wicketkeeper has consistently been among the runs over the last 18 months, and he will be key to the team's fortunes in the Test series in England

Has the extra outfielder affected scoring rates in the last ten?
Has the extra outfielder affected scoring rates in the last ten?

A comparison of the numbers in the last ten overs of ODIs before and after the rule change which allows an extra fielder outside the circle in the last ten overs

The best bowling pairs in a season
The best bowling pairs in a season

Ashwin and Jadeja took 153 wickets in the 13 Tests they played in 2016-17. A look at other bowling pairs who excelled in a season

How good has Umesh Yadav got?
How good has Umesh Yadav got?

In the last 18 months, the Indian fast bowler has made significant strides, and the most impressive aspect has been his improved control

Nathan Lyon's second-innings problems in Asia
Nathan Lyon's second-innings problems in Asia

Nathan Lyon's performance in the Bengaluru Test underscored his tendency to perform well in the first innings in Asia, but fade away in the second

Outstanding in ODIs, mediocre in Tests
Outstanding in ODIs, mediocre in Tests

Martin Guptill makes big hundreds for fun in ODIs, but in Tests he has struggled to make an impact despite having played almost 50 matches

Mr Inconsistents
Mr Inconsistents

There is no doubting the batting talent of Shaun Marsh and KL Rahul, but both have been plagued by inconsistency in their Test careers so far

Should Australia be so reliant on spin in India?
Should Australia be so reliant on spin in India?

Their slow bowlers have struggled in Asia over the last nine years, while their fast bowlers have done much better. They may have missed a trick with their selection

What do Warner and du Plessis have in common?
What do Warner and du Plessis have in common?

Their ODI careers have been remarkably similar so far, and over the last couple of years both have reached new highs in the format

Bumrah's T20I exploits
Bumrah's T20I exploits

His outstanding numbers in T20Is, especially in the slog overs, means that a vital component of India's bowling problem has been addressed

No target tall enough
No target tall enough

The new fielding regulations in ODIs may well have forced teams to adopt a strategy that's more likely to succeed in tall chases

The curious case of Shakib Al Hasan
The curious case of Shakib Al Hasan

His Test stats as batsman and bowler compare favourably with some of the best allrounders, which is why his second-innings dismissal in Wellington is all the more puzzling