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Stats Analysis

West Indies strong on spin, weak on batting

Stats preview of the Test series between West Indies and Australia

Bishen Jeswant
Bishen Jeswant
02-Jun-2015
Vasbert Drakes and Omari Banks celebrate the win, West Indies v Australia, 4th Test, St John's, Antigua, 5th day, May 13, 2003

All three of West Indies' Test wins against Australia since 1998 have come in home games  •  Hamish Blair/Getty Images

3 Number of times West Indies have beaten Australia in a Test match since 1998, all at home. In the same period, West Indies played 11 Tests in Australia, losing ten and drawing the other. West Indies were whitewashed in two of the three Test series in Australia (in 2000 and 2005) but did not suffer this fate a single time in four home series against their opponents.
West Indies' record against Australia in Tests since 1998
Host country Mat Won Lost Draw Loss %
 West Indies  14  3  9  2  64.29
 Australia  11  0  10  1  90.91
47.9 Batting strike rate in Test matches played in the West Indies over the last 10 years, the lowest for any Test nation. The only other countries where batsmen scored at a strike rate of less than 50 in this period were Zimbabwe and UAE.
31.6 Bowling average of spinners in the West Indies over the last five years, the best among Test nations. Spinners have taken almost 15 wickets per match in the West Indies in this period, the most in any country outside Asia. They have also taken 15 five-wicket hauls in the West Indies over this period, again the most outside Asia.
Spin bowling in various countries over the last five years
Host Country Mat Wkts Ave Econ SR 5 10 Wkts/mat
 West Indies  23  311  31.59  2.86  66.0  15  3  13.5
 Zimbabwe  8  106  31.83  2.82  67.5  3  1  13.3
 India  20  385  31.85  2.90  65.7  24  4  19.3
 U.A.E  18  302  34.64  2.85  72.9  13  2  16.8
 Sri Lanka  22  356  34.87  2.93  71.3  24  5  16.2
 England  36  254  37.74  3.20  70.6  11  1  7.1
 Bangladesh  15  281  39.87  3.28  72.8  16  1  18.7
 South Africa  21  137  40.20  3.14  76.5  5  1  6.5
 Australia  26  168  48.98  3.41  85.9  5  1  6.5
 New Zealand  16  86  49.27  2.80  105.5  1  0  5.4
28.7 Batting average of West Indies' players at home over the last five years, the poorest for any top-eight team at home. Their batsmen average 30.02 in away Tests over the same period. West Indies are the only team whose batsmen, over the last five years, have a better average and strike in away Tests.
Team-wise batting - Home and away - last five years
Team Mat (H) Ave (H) SR (H) Mat (A) Ave (A) SR (A) Avg diff SR diff
 Australia  26  39.17  58.51  26  28.81  49.84  10.36  8.67
 Bangladesh  15  33.56  53.58  8  24.84  48.51  8.72  5.07
 England  34  37.59  52.43  25  30.63  47.34  6.96  5.09
 India  20  40.50  55.41  30  28.40  50.24  12.1  5.17
 New Zealand  16  36.06  52.65  26  27.75  49.40  8.31  3.25
 Pakistan  NA  NA  NA  43  32.67  47.79  NA  NA
 South Africa  21  37.64  54.40  19  41.50  48.95  -3.86  5.45
 Sri Lanka  22  36.33  50.28  21  31.70  48.48  4.63  1.80
 West Indies  23  28.71  47.27  21  30.02  51.12  -1.31  -3.85
 Zimbabwe  8  27.48  43.72  6  18.44  46.75  9.04  -3.03
3 West Indies batsmen who have scored 1500 Test runs over the last five years, the fewest for any top-eight nation. They are Shivnarine Chanderpaul (3198), Darren Bravo (2548) and Marlon Samuels (2068). Chanderpaul is not playing the first Test. Seven Australia batsmen have scored more than 1500 runs in this period, the second-best for any team after India (8).