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Stats Analysis

Quinton de Kock, the ton machine

Stats highlights from the fifth ODI between Australia and South Africa, in Sydney

Bishen Jeswant
Bishen Jeswant
Shane Watson stroked 82 off 93 balls, Australia v South Africa, 5th ODI, Sydney, November 23, 2014

Shane Watson scored 82 runs in this game, and 83 runs from six previous innings in 2014  •  Getty Images

4-1 Australia's margin of victory in this series. The previous bilateral ODI series between these countries in Australia, in 2009, was also decided by the same margin, but in favour of South Africa on that occasion.
1 Number of times that Australia have beaten South Africa in a bilateral ODI series at home; this is the first. There have been two previous series'; South Africa won in 2009, while the series was drawn in 2000. Australia have beaten South Africa in a couple of bilateral ODI series in South Africa.
6 Number of ODI centuries for Quinton de Kock. Six is also the number of South African players who have scored more ODI hundreds than de Kock.
4 Number of wicketkeepers who have scored more ODI hundreds than de Kock - Kumar Sangakkara (17), Adam Gilchrist (16), AB de Villiers (9) and MS Dhoni (9). De Kock, with his sixth ODI century in this game, overtook Kamran Akmal (5), to go sole fifth on this list.
5.8 Number of matches per century for de Kock in ODIs. This is the best matches-per-hundred ratio for any of the 71 batsmen who have scored more than five ODI hundreds. Next on the list is Hashim Amla, who scores a hundred every 6.1 games (17 hundreds in 103 matches).
1 Number of batsmen who had scored as many hundreds as de Kock at the age of 21 - Upul Tharanga. With six hundreds each, de Kock and Tharanga hold the joint record for the most hundreds at this age.* Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for the most hundreds at the age of 22, eight, followed by Virat Kohli with seven. De Kock has them both well within his sights.
63 Runs scored by Farhaan Behardien in this game, his highest ODI score. He had made only one fifty in his 15 previous games, 58 against Pakistan in 2013. His strike rate during that innings was 70.7. In this innings, Behardien was striking at 153.7.
83 Number of runs that Shane Watson had scored, at an average of 13.8, from six previous ODI innings in 2014. He scored 82 runs in this match, taking his average up to a slightly less embarrassing 23.6 for the year.
*15.00GMT, November 23: The article had earlier stated that Quinton de Kock is third on the list for most hundreds at 21.

Bishen Jeswant is a stats sub editor at ESPNCricinfo. @bishen_jeswant