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Vijay's Blogs: Series Victories for Australia and South Africa
by Vijay Jeedigunta
Jan 14, 2007

The New Year did not change the fortunes of England and India as they both lost the final match of their test series without giving any fight whatsoever. At least England can have a sigh of huge relief that next time when they try to regain Ashes, their chief tormentors Shane Warne and Glen McGrath will not be around and Justin Langer will not be there to annoy them with his long standing partnership with Matthew Hayden. They all played their part in the final test match. Warne top scored for Australia in their first innings, McGrath took a wicket with the last ball he bowled in test cricket and Justin Langer was there when Hayden hit the winning runs as Australia registered their historic fifth win of the five match Ashes series. Ricky Ponting fulfilled his dream of thrashing England 5-0 and thereby becoming only the second captain in Ashes history to handover a whitewash to their arch rivals. Warwick Armstrong led Australia for the first ever whitewash 86 years back. Though England was recovering from the War at that time they did have a much better team under JWHT Douglas than Flintoff's army.

India's loss was even more embarrassing as they won the first test after bowling out South Africa for a paltry 84 and then went on to lose the next two test matches. Their defeat marks the eighth instance of a team losing a three test series after winning the first test. Last time it happened India was on the other side of the table as they won that 2000-01 test series destroying the 'final frontier' dream of Steve Waugh. Not only was the test series against South Africa turned out to be a total embarrassment for India but also the batting of Sachin Tendulkar, who for a while batted in such a fashion even the likes of Chetan Chauhan, Yahspal Sharma and Parveen Amre may have felt very annoyed.

Following are some of the statistical highlights of the first two test matches of the year 2007:

England's 5-0 whitewash is only the second whitewash in Ashes history, they being at the receiving end in the prior whitewash too. Warwick Armstrong led Australians in 1920-21 inflicted the first one. In all there are nine 5-0 series victories in test history, England having the dubious distinction of being the sufferer on no less than four different occasions. They lost two back to back test series by 5-0 margin at the hands of Viv Richards’ mighty West Indians in mid eighties. Following is the list of all nine 5-0 whitewashes in Test history.

England in Australia 1920/21
Australia beat South Africa in Australia 1931/32
England beat India in England 1959
West Indies beat India in West Indies 1961/62
West Indies beat England in England 1984
West Indies beat England in West Indies 1985/86
South Africa beat West Indies in South Africa 1998/99
Australia beat West Indies in Australia 2000/01
Australia beat England in Australia 2006/07

2007 Ashes saw four of the key members of the dominant Australian teams of the last fifteen years announcing their retirements from the test cricket. Each of them is undoubtedly a hall of fame cricketer in his own right. Of course, the Giants of the Australian bowling attacks for the past one and half decades, Warne and McGrath, who accounted for 1271 wickets during their combined test careers, will be impossible to be replaced anytime soon. Following table lists the test career figures of the four Aussies Shane Warne, Glen McGrath, Justin Langer & Damien Martyn.













Player

Warne, Shane Keith

McGrath, Glen Donald

Langer, Justin Lee

Martyn, Damien Richard

Matches

145

124

105

67

innings

199

138

182

109

Not Out

17

51

12

14

Runs

3154

641

7696

4406

H.S

99

61

250

165

Bat.Average

17.33

7.37

45.27

46.38

100s

0

0

23

13

50s

12

1

30

23

0s

34

35

11

7

90s

2

0

2

3

Catches

125

38

73

36

Overs

6784

4874.4

1

58

Mdns

1761

1471

0

16

Runs

17995

12186

3

168

Wickets

708

563

0

2

Best

8 for 71

8 for 24

0 for 3

1 for 0

5WI

37

29

0

0

10WM

10

3

0

0

Bow.Average

25.42

21.64

N/A

84

S.Rate

57.49

51.95

N/A

174

E.Rate

2.65

2.5

N/A

2.9

Test Debut

vs India at Sydney 1991/92

vs New Zealand at Perth 1993/94

vs West Indies at Adelaide 1992/93

vs West Indies at Brisbane 1992/93

Last Test

vs England at Sydney 2006/07

vs England at Sydney 2006/07

vs England at Sydney 2006/07

vs England at Adelaide 2006/07



An interesting record that both Shane Warne and Glen McGrath holds in test cricket is that they are the only two bowlers in test cricket to have dismissed 100 or more batsmen for a duck.

Glenn McGrath took his tally of test victims to 157 from 30 tests against England. Only Shane Warne (195 in 36), Dennis Lillee (167 in 29) and Curtly Ambrose (164 in 34) have taken more wickets against them. Warne’s tally is the most by any bowler against a single Test opposition. He also has the most wickets by any bowler against New Zealand (103) and South Africa (130). He has the highest number of wickets by any bowler against West Indies, with 110 victims.

Warne also leaves the test cricket scene with more victories (92) than any other player in history. He is one of the 15 cricketers in history to have figured in 50 or more test wins. As shown in the following list, this particular category is dominated by Australians, with no less than 11 players , three of them still playing.

Player

Mat

Runs

HS

BatAv

100

50

Wkts

Best

BowlAv

5w

Ct

St

Warne SK

92

1830

86

18.30

0

8

510

8 for 71

22.47

27

86

0

SR Waugh

86

6460

200

69.46

25

25

31

5 for 28

29.25

1

65

0

McGrath GD

84

432

61

7.85

0

1

414

8 for 24

19.19

18

27

0

RT Ponting*

78

6909

257

65.80

26

25

2

1 for 0

62.00

0

96

0

ME Waugh

72

4794

153*

48.91

15

28

23

3 for 40

47.52

0

117

0

JL Langer

70

5229

250

48.41

15

19

-

-

-

-

58

0

AC Gilchrist*

69

4199

204*

55.98

14

22

-

-

-

-

278

31

ML Hayden*

64

5652

380

57.09

21

19

0

-

-

0

92

0

IVA Richards

63

4300

291

52.43

12

22

9

2 for 24

63.11

0

69

0

DL Haynes

60

4041

167

45.92

10

20

-

-

-

-

36

0

CG Greenindge

57

4653

226

54.74

14

18

0

-

-

0

63

0

IA Healy

55

2135

161*

33.35

2

11

-

-

-

-

202

17

MA Taylor

52

3812

219

45.92

11

22

-

-

-

-

101

0

CA Walsh

52

345

30*

8.21

0

0

239

7 for 37

19.72

10

12

0

AR Border

50

3186

200*

51.38

5

23

18

6 for 46

21.11

1

66

0



Following table lists all the active players who are closer to figuring in 50 test victories.

Player

Mat

Runs

HS

BatAv

100s

50

Wkts

Best

BowlAv

5w

Ct

St

MV Boucher

48

1697

125

32.63

2

11

-

-

-

-

207

9

Inzamam-ul-Haq

48

4597

329

77.91

17

19

-

-

-

-

40

0

JH Kallis

47

3653

177

60.88

11

20

120

6 for 54

23.40

3

62

0

SM Pollock

47

1388

111

31.54

1

4

214

6 for 30

18.20

9

41

0

B Lee

46

685

64

18.51

0

2

174

5 for 30

29.25

5

14

0

DR Martyn

44

3054

161

54.53

10

16

2

1 for 0

41.50

0

27

0



**Damien Martyn’s name included in this table , though he is retired from test cricket , just to show how vital his contribution was for the Aussies. He figured in as many as 44 test wins missing the chance to be among the cricketers with 50 or more test wins by just six victories. It is also worthwhile noting the fact that last 69 Aussie wins came while John Buchanan coached them. He too coached his last test match as he already announced that he will be stepping down from his position at the end of the World Cup 2007. What a coching career he had, He started his stint with 15 consecutive test wins in 1999 and finished his phenomenal job with 12 straight wins winning 69 of the 90 tests he guided the Kangaroos.

The greatest bowing combination of all-time, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne played a Test together for the first time 13 years back, against New Zealand at Perth. There was no indication then of what a deadly combination they were going to become. McGrath, making his debut, finished with 3 for 142, while Warne toiled very hard for 40 overs claiming just a solitary wicket in the drawn game. Since then, in the 104 Tests that the two have played together, they accounted for 1001 wickets with Warne claiming 513 and McGrath 488, Australia have won 71 of those matches and have lost just 16. That’s a hallmark of match winning performers.

With a wicket with the last ball in test cricket , Glen McGrath becomes the 16th Australian and 101st cricketer to have claimed a wicket with the last delivery he bowled in test cricket. 30 Englishmen, 16 South Africans, 8 West Indians, 10 New Zealanders, 7 Indians, 5 Pakistanis, 6 Sri Lankans, 2 Zimbabweans and 1 Bangladeshi have all played their last test and claimed a wicket with their final delivery in test cricket.

Player

Victim

Vs

Venue

Series

Test Seq

CTB Turner

H Philipson

Eng

Sydney

1894-95

t0045

H Trumble

EG Arnold

Eng

Melbourne

1903-04

t0082

JV Saunders

SF Barnes

Eng

Sydney

1907-08

t0100

GR Hazlitt

H Dean

Eng

The Oval

1912

t0129

RB Minnett

SF Barnes

Eng

The Oval

1912

t0129

AA Mailey

H Strudwick

Eng

The Oval

1926

t0167

PM Hornibrook

WR Hammond

Eng

The Oval

1930

t0198

LE Nagel

Nawab of Pataudi Sr

Eng

Sydney

1932-33

t0220

LJ Johnson

PK Sen

Ind

Melbourne

1947-48

t0295

CL McCool

MG Melle

SAf

Port Elizabeth

1949-50

t0322

AK Davidson

AC Smith

Eng

Sydney

1962-63

t0537

DK Lillee

Sarfraz Nawaz

Pak

Sydney

1983-84

t0974

DW Hookes+

NS Yadav

Ind

Adelaide

1985-86

t1032

TM Alderman

AL Logie

WI

St John's

1990-91

t1170

AIC Dodemaide

SD Anurasiri

SL

Moratuwa

1992-93

t1196

GD McGrath

JM Anderson

Eng

Sydney

2006-07

t1827



Note : Cricketers who have still not announced their retirement and have claimed a wicket with the last ball they bowled as of today are not included while considering for this statistic. Some of the players took a wicket with the last ball they bowled in test but not necessarily in their final test. David Hookes’ was such a case for Australia.

For the first time in test cricket more than fifty percent of the wickets fallen in a completed test match involved a wicket keeper. As many as fifteen of the 30 wickets that fell in this match were claimed by Wicket Keepers with Adam Gilchrist accounting for nine of them and Chris Read six. The previous best was 15 out of 32 in the test match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Hamilton in 1990/91. Kiwi glovesman Ian Smith dismissed eight batsmen behind the wickets and Hasan Tilakaratne claimed seven victims for Sri Lanka.

Of the 96 wickets that fell in the 5-test series, Australia’s strike bowlers Stuart Clark (26 @ 17.04), Shane Warne (23 @ 30.35), Glen McGrath (21 @ 23.95) and Brett Lee (20 @ 33.20) accounted for as many as 90 and Andrew Symonds chipped in with 2 important wickets at a crucial time. Remaining 4 were run-outs. This is the first time that four bolwers claimed 20 or more wickets in a 5-test series and only second time in test history that four bowlers could claim 20 or more wickets in any test series. The only time It happened prior to this was when CEL Ambrose(21), KCG Benjamin(23), IR Bishop(27) and CA Walsh(26) took 97 wickets amongst them against England in England in 1995 in 6-test drawn series.

Chris Read for the 3rd time in his career claimed 6 victims behind the wickets thus joining Mark Boucher of South Africa as the only wicket keepers to have done so in test cricket.

Test #1827 India in South Africa 2006-07(3rd Test) at Newlands, Cape Town.

When India bowled out South Africa for a paltry 84 and registered a thumping victory in the first test, their first in South Africa, no one would have bet against them that they would lose the series by 2-1 margin. But as South Africa came out of their overconfident and complacent nature of dealing with the underdogs India, their batsmen coped the Indian attack much better and their bowlers made sure that none of the Indian statwarts get settled and score big. The final result of 2-1 which is only the eighth time that a side registered a come-from-behind series victory kept their record of not losing a test series to India. Following is the list of all come-from-behind wins in a 3-test series.

England against Australin in England 1888
South Africa against New Zealand in South Africa 1994/95
Pakistan against Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe 1994/95
Sri Lanka against Pakistan in Pakistan 1995/96
Sri Lanka against New Zealand in Sri Lanka 1998/99
England against Sri Lanka in in Sri Lanka 2000/01
India against Australia in India 2000/01
South Africa against India in South Africa 2006/07

Note :The first Ashes series was won by IFW Bligh's XI in Australia 1882/83 2-1 margin after losing the first test in three test series. However one more test was arranged after England won the series which was won by Australia , hence the series was not considered for the statistical point of view.

While scoring the twin half centuries (94 & 55) South Africa’s Graeme Smith crossed the 4000 run mark in test cricket. He is 97th cricketer to do so and joins four other South Africa batsmen to aggregate 4000 or more runs in test cricket.

Player

Country

Tests

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

100s

50s

Avg

S/R

Border, A R

Australia

156

265

44

11174

205

27

63

50.56

40.98

Kallis, J H*

South Africa

105

177

28

8176

*189

24

41

54.87

42.80

Kirsten, G

South Africa

101

176

15

7289

275

21

34

45.27

43.35

Gibbs, H H*

South Africa

83

142

8

5865

228

14

24

43.77

50.37

Cullinan, D J

South Africa

70

115

12

4554

*275

14

20

44.21

48.93

Smith, G C*

South Africa

52

91

5

4119

277

11

17

47.90

59.97



When Jacques Kallis caught Wasim Jaffer of the bowling off Dale Steyn, he took his hundredth test catch. His victims also include 4 catches he took while playing for ICC World XI at Sydney in October 2005. Following is the list of all cricketers who have taken 100 or more catches in test cricket excluding wicket keepers.

Player

Country

Career

Tests

Catches

Waugh, M E

Australia

1991-2002

128

181

Lara, B C*

West Indies

1990-

131

164

Fleming, S P*

New Zealand

1994-

104

159

Taylor, M A

Australia

1989-1999

104

157

Border, A R

Australia

1978-1994

156

156

Dravid, R *

India

1996-

107

147

Warne, S K*

Australia

1992-

145

125

Ponting, R T*

Australia

1995-

110

124

Chappell, G S

Australia

1970-1984

87

122

Richards, I V A

West Indies

1974-1991

121

122

Botham, I T

England

1977-1992

102

120

Cowdrey, M C

England

1954-1975

114

120

Hayden, M L*

Australia

1994-

89

118

Hooper, C L

West Indies

1987-2002

102

115

Jayawardene, D P M*

Sri Lanka

1997-

85

113

Waugh, S R

Australia

1985-2004

168

112

Hammond, W R

England

1927-1947

85

110

Simpson, R B

Australia

1957-1978

62

110

Sobers, G S A

West Indies

1954-1974

93

109

Gavaskar, S M

India

1971-1987

125

108

Azharuddin, M

India

1984-2000

99

105

Chappell, I M

Australia

1964-1980

75

105

Thorpe, G P

England

1993-2005

100

105

Gooch, G A

England

1975-1995

118

103

Kallis, J H*

South Africa

1995-

105

103



Wasim Jaffer, while hitting the third century of his test career became the 49th Indian and 428th cricketer in test history to have aggregated 1000 or more runs in a test career. At the end of the third test his record reads as :

Player

Country

Tests

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

100s

50s

Avg

S/R

Jaffer, W*

India

17

32

0

1068

212

3

6

33.38

45.43

 
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