Data shows top 3 batsmen of most teams contribute maximum No. of Run-outs in Test matches. Since 2011 they contributed 32.59 % of 135 Run-outs!.
Why do we see frequent Run-outs ?.
I think either misunderstanding between batsmen (especially if one is a new to the team, and not sure about the calling) or trying to take a very risky run. In both cases the fielding has to be accurate to take advantage of batsmen’s miscommunication.
I find this data quite amazing, because i (one) always associate run-outs with tail end batsmen or a new player(at any bat position).
Alex Doolan is the latest Run-out victim(his data is not included) in Test match, and he is fairly new player in the Australian Test XI. However in this case there was no misunderstanding, but pressure of not scoring runs for some time (both for team and himself), and perhaps he could have been more agile/intent to take that run.
A look at Run-outs in Test matches since 2011.
|Teams||Wkts||Run-outs||Top 3 (Bat order) Run-outs|
|SA||428||18||7 (38.89 %)|
|SL||573||19||2 (10.53 %)|
|WI||524||13||3 (23.08 %)|
All data is updated before the Aus v Pak 1st Test-Oct 2014.