Monday, 2 January 2017

Calendar years where wickets were lost before any runs scored in Test cricket



In the New Year's Test match in Cape Town between South Africa and Sri Lanka, Stephen Cook was caught behind of Suranga Lakmal before South Africa got off the mark. It was the 13th instance in Test cricket where a year saw a batsman walking back to the pavilion before any runs were scored. Interestingly, the last Test in Port Elizabeth saw the pair of Cook and Dean Elgar becoming just the ninth pair in Test history to register two century stands in the same Test.


Instances of a wicket lost before any run was scored in a calendar year in Tests

Batsman
Team
Bowler
Team
Venue
Date
G Ulyett
Eng
F Spofforth
Aus
MCG
02 Jan 1879
A Rose-Innes
SA
J Briggs
Eng
Port Elizabeth
12 Mar 1889
G Lohmann
Eng
J Willoughby
SA
Port Elizabeth
13 Feb 1896
V Trumper
Aus
S Barnes
Eng
MCG
01 Jan 1902
Jack Ryder
Aus
J Douglas
Eng
MCG
01 Jan 1921
G Hearne
SA
G Macaulay
Eng
Cape Town
01 Jan 1923
ML Jaisimha
Ind
Mahmood Hussain
Pak
Kolkata
01 Jan 1961
S Gavaskar
Ind
D Lillee
Aus
SCG
02 Jan 1981
M Atherton
Eng
A Donald
SA
Cape Town
02 Jan 1996
M Bell
NZ
J Srinath
Ind
Hamilton
02 Jan 1999
P Jacques
Aus
RP Singh
Ind
SCG
02 Jan 2008
G Gambhir
Ind
J Pattinson
Aus
SCG
03 Jan 2012
S Cook
SA
S Lakmal
SL
Cape Town
02 Jan 2017


Out of the 13 instances above, 11 matches started on the respective year whereas two matches began in the preceding year and the batting side lost one of the overnight batsman without adding anything to his tally.

The Tests are:
Aus vs Eng, MCG, 1921
Ind vs Pak, Kolkata, 1961

In the Kolkata Test of 1961, India lost Abbas Ali Baig on the last ball of day's play on Dec 31st 1960 and ML Jaisimha on 1st Jan 1961 without any run being added to the total.

The Test match in 1879 was the only match played the entire year. Later on the same day, Fred Spofforth achieved Test cricket's maiden hat-trick.




Monday, 28 November 2016

Biggest collapses after a hundred-plus opening stand



Pakistan collapsed from 131 without loss to 230 all out in the second Test against New Zealand in Hamilton to lose the match by 138 runs and surrender the series 2-0. Sami Aslam (91) and Azhar Ali (58) put together 131 runs in 60 overs before the rest of the side folded out in the next 32 overs. It was the 22nd instance of team losing their ten wickets for less than 100 runs after a century opening wicket partnership. It was the third such instance in the last month and listed below are the instances:


Runs after opening stand is broken
Opening stand
Team total
Inngs #
Team
Against
Venue
Start date
46
124
170
2
Ind
Eng
Manchester
20-Jul-46
51
107
158
4
NZ
Aus
Auckland
22-Mar-74
64
164
228
3
Zim
WI
Harare
19-Jul-01
64
100
164
4
Eng
Ban
Mirpur
28-Oct-16
73
135
208
1
Pak
NZ
Christchurch
8-Dec-95
75
106
181
1
NZ
Ind
Hyderabad
15-Oct-69
83
153
236
2
Zim
SL
Galle
12-Jan-02
85
121
206
2
Ind
Aus
Delhi
12-Dec-59
86
158
244
3
Aus
SA
Perth
3-Nov-16
88
101
189
3
Eng
SL
Galle
22-Feb-01
89
276
365
1
WI
NZ
Hamilton
16-Dec-99
90
138
228
2
Aus
SL
Galle
22-Sep-99
90
126
226
2
Ban
Eng
Manchester
4-Jun-10
90
126
226
4
Aus
SA
Port Elizabeth
20-Feb-14
93
161
254
3
Ban
NZ
Dunedin
4-Jan-08
93
100
193
3
NZ
Aus
Sydney
22-Nov-85
94
122
216
3
Pak
Eng
Dhaka
19-Jan-62
98
129
227
1
Eng
WI
Kingston
27-Mar-48
98
120
218
2
SL
Ind
Lucknow
18-Jan-94
99
136
235
1
Aus
Ind
Chennai
14-Oct-04
99
129
228
3
SA
Eng
Port Elizabeth
27-Feb-14
99
131
230
4
Pak
NZ
Hamilton
25-Nov-16


* Stuart Carlisle was absent hurt in Zimbabwe's match against West Indies in Harare in 2001

* The only instance of a team losing 10 wickets after a 200+ opening wicket stand was by WI against NZ in Hamilton in 1999.

* Tamim Iqbal is the only opener to feature twice in the list.

* Australia has the most such instances (4) while SA, SL and SL have only one instance each.

* Galle has seen most such collapses - 3 - all by the visiting sides