Numbers Game


Australia's Mr Dependable
Australia's Mr Dependable

After 26 Tests, Josh Hazlewood's bowling stats are remarkably similar to those of Glenn McGrath

The captain who raised his batsmanship
The captain who raised his batsmanship

Among batsmen who have scored at least 2000 ODI runs both as captain and as player, only AB de Villiers has a higher difference in averages than Dhoni

Can Sri Lanka up their game in South Africa?
Can Sri Lanka up their game in South Africa?

Sri Lanka have generally struggled to cope with the pace and seam of South Africa's pitches, but they have an opportunity to make a fresh beginning with a young team

Pakistan's pace problems in Australia
Pakistan's pace problems in Australia

Pakistan's fast bowlers have traditionally been the biggest weapons for their team, but in Australia their numbers aren't so impressive, especially recently

The unstoppable Ellyse Perry
The unstoppable Ellyse Perry

Since the start of 2014, the Australian allrounder has made 17 fifty-plus scores in 23 ODI innings. No other player - male or female - has ever had such an incredible run

The year of the wicketkeeper-batsman
The year of the wicketkeeper-batsman

Led by Jonny Bairstow and Quinton de Kock, wicketkeepers have averaged 40.79 in Tests in 2016, the highest in a calendar year since 1900

Hashim Amla's batting slump
Hashim Amla's batting slump

A batting average of 34.81 in his last 15 Tests means his career average is in danger of dipping below 50 for the first time since the Adelaide Test of 2012

How the failure of Warner-Burns and Smith-Voges has hurt Australia
How the failure of Warner-Burns and Smith-Voges has hurt Australia

The two prolific partnerships have had steep falls this year

Ashwin v Herath v Yasir v Lyon
Ashwin v Herath v Yasir v Lyon

While R Ashwin has the best average among the four, Yasir Shah has been outstanding given the conditions he has bowled in

Is home advantage on the rise?
Is home advantage on the rise?

Home teams have been increasingly dominant in Tests over the last few years, but that trend has been especially visible when Asian teams travel overseas, and non-Asian teams come to Asia

Stu will get you
Stu will get you

Only two England players have won more Man-of-the-Match awards, and only two have taken more Test wickets, than Stuart Broad, whose next Test will be his 100th

Can Bangladesh replicate ODI success in Tests?
Can Bangladesh replicate ODI success in Tests?

Since the 2015 World Cup, Bangladesh have clearly lifted their ODI game against the top teams; now they need to do the same in Tests

The Ashwin phenomenon
The Ashwin phenomenon

Key numbers from Ashwin's outstanding run over the last 15 months, including the margins by which he has outdone his peers, and his stats against top-order batsmen

The ODI run-fest in South Africa
The ODI run-fest in South Africa

Since the start of 2012, the average run rate in ODIs in South Africa is 5.66, which is next only to the rate in India

Outmatched and out-tossed
Outmatched and out-tossed

Over the last 12 months, overseas teams have lost 11 out of 13 Tests in Asia. They have been desperately unlucky with the toss, but have also slipped up in the third and fourth innings

Why Ross Taylor needs to step up
Why Ross Taylor needs to step up

Since the start of 2012, Taylor has a Test average of 55.26, but most of his big scores have come against the weaker attacks of Zimbabwe and West Indies

Underwhelming in Tests, but superb in ODIs
Underwhelming in Tests, but superb in ODIs

Ramnaresh Sarwan finished with a higher career average in ODIs than in Tests, which amply illustrates the format in which he was more comfortable

Why Australia are No. 1 and Pakistan are No. 9
Why Australia are No. 1 and Pakistan are No. 9

The quality of their bowling attacks is a big reason why one team is the top-ranked ODI side, while the other is struggling to qualify directly for the 2019 World Cup

How the ODI rule changes have affected run-scoring
How the ODI rule changes have affected run-scoring

And how England have transformed into a power-hitting one-day side

Duminy's downward spiral
Duminy's downward spiral

The start to JP Duminy's Test career was impressive, but in the last three-and-a-half years he has done little to justify his place in the team