5 Sep / 2017(478)…Test batting: Staying and batting deep into innings

“Bat a while” – The usual mantra from Australian captain to his players, especially in sub-continent. If a player is able to bat whole session than he can be credited as a decent Test batsman. It is a good benchmark irrespective of their batting position. On average 30 overs are bowled in one session.

In the ongoing series these batsmen stayed at the crease for more than 30 overs in first test match.

For Bangladesh : Tamim Iqbal (twice), Shakib Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim

For Australia Matt Renshaw, Ashton Agar, David Warner, and Steve Smith.

Keeping this mind – I took the liberty of analysing Australia’s Test performance in last 19 years(Oct ’98 onwards) with comparison to their performance in sub-continent in same period.

We start with David Warner’s batting performance in each phase. In sub continent he batted in 29 Inns  and 6 times(including 1st test in Bangladesh) he was dismissed inside the 3rd over but also batted beyond the 30th over in 7 innings. Overall he has batted in 121 Inns in which 35 he batted beyond 30th over and 19 times was dismissed inside 3rd over

 

(0-10) (011-20) (021-30) (031-40) (041-50) (051-60) (061-70) (071-80) (081-90) (091-100)
Balls 1136 705 521 258 111 70 62 34 35 14
Runs 979 531 401 220 98 47 56 33 44 9
Wkts 22 9 10 6 3 0 0 1 0 1
Scoring shots 378 262 207 112 47 25 35 19 22 3

 

 

 

Here is the list of comparison for all players who played Test Cricket for Australia since Oct 1998(Min.qualification 500 runs). To simplify my analysis i have segregated indicators in various graphics. The data includes test matches played in sub-continent, home, away, and neutral venues. 

 

R Ponting Clarke M Hayden J Langer M Hussey A Gilchrist Warner S Smith S Waugh S Katich D Martyn Watson Haddin M Waugh M Slater Rogers S Warne D Lehman Khawaja P Hughes Voges S Marsh A Symonds B Lee M Johnson M North J Gillespie Cowan Starc Siddle P Jaques Wade M Burns M Taylor G Blewett Lyon M Marsh Johnson Handscomb Renshaw B Hodge
Inn 299 229 191 193 158 191 131 110 130 111 119 118 132 100 74 50 155 52 48 52 40 46 52 152 102 42 123 36 72 123 22 42 26 16 30 136 42 44 18 18 12
Avg 53.61 49.11 52.94 46.69 51.53 47.61 46.76 59.51 54.23 45.03 48.68 35.2 32.99 39.59 38.95 42.87 19.43 44.77 44.31 32.66 61.88 36 40.61 20.15 21.97 35.48 19.57 34.59 24.81 14.27 47.47 29.27 37.96 58.64 29.54 11.98 21.74 22.72 46.07 39.8 55.89
Balls/wkt 89.65 87.82 87 84.47 102.78 58.03 60.52 104.97 107.79 91.22 93.31 66.92 56.43 78.14 72.71 84.72 29.68 73.62 81.95 60.98 111.13 80.59 62.67 38.04 37.5 73.7 60.84 77 35.86 31.1 87.47 60.6 64.13 127.21 89.04 26.81 41.52 39.17 89.43 91.73 107.22
Scoring rate/ 100 balls 29.98 28.11 29.31 26.95 25.93 36.68 32.03 25.89 25.47 24.77 25.85 24.15 27.67 24.91 25.53 20.67 30.39 30.27 24.12 24.74 18.9 20.82 30.5 23.62 25.96 24.42 15.67 22.32 28.79 22.24 28.58 25.96 22.64 23.81 17.69 19.24 23.15 23.15 27.56 20.86 25.91
Lesser scoring shots/ 100 balls 22.82 21.88 21.24 19.96 20.07 25.16 25.29 22.29 19.39 18.85 19.47 17.16 20.26 19.02 18.86 15.75 21.65 22.64 21.4 17.38 19.27 16.62 22.34 16.25 18.04 18.34 11.45 16.56 22.37 17.07 22.44 20.85 18.03 19.2 14.93 14.07 18.18 18.84 21.57 15.55 19.48
Boundary rate/ 100 balls 7.16 6.61 8.08 7 5.86 11.52 10.18 6.66 6.08 5.92 6.38 7.27 7.46 5.89 6.68 6.78 8.75 7.63 5.94 7.36 5.96 4.84 8.16 7.37 7.92 6.09 4.22 5.76 8.95 5.21 6.14 5.12 7.93 4.6 2.76 5.89 6.92 7.83 5.99 5.31 6.42

 

 

Role-play : Here is a comparison of role-play for Australia in sub-continent(on left) against all performance. 

The indicators used here are : – 

1) % of partnerships runs/team Runs

2) % of overs at the crease/team overs 

3)  % > 30 overs @ crease

4) % < 3 overs @crease

 

R Ponting M Hayden Clarke M Hussey S Smith J Langer D Martyn Warner A Gilchrist S Katich D Lehman
%partnership runs 25.35 32.45 22.76 37.55 42.32 21.39 32.6 24.79 16.7 29.8 23.57
% overs @crease 25.22 29.68 22.53 37.21 41.3 21.23 33.87 19.88 14.67 29.83 21.25
% > 30 overs @ crease 31.25 28.95 20 40.91 45.83 21.05 40.91 20.69 20 40.91 31.25
% < 3 overs @crease 14.58 10.53 10 4.55 8.33 10.53 22.73 20.69 33.33 0 18.75

 

Batting Order: A comparison in sub-continent(on left) using primary indicators. 

I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X XI
Inns 441 441 441 441 441 441 441 441 441 441 440
Avg 43.3 48.45 49.1 41.61 54.09 36.13 37.4 19.99 20.08 13.73 11.59
Balls/Wkt 79.09 83.77 85.79 80.27 100.39 68.31 60.9 34.2 39.45 27.95 25.96
Scoring rate/100 balls 25.29 27.07 27.46 25.72 26.68 26.33 29.13 26.45 23.27 22.66 19.82
lesser SS/100 balls 18.45 20.59 21.69 20.22 20.62 20.31 21.51 19.09 17.09 16.98 14.64
Boundary rate/100 balls 7.3 7.27 6.96 5.89 6.45 6.3 7.86 7.74 6.64 6.08 5.6

All data is updated at end of 1st Test match at Mirpur.

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