4 Mar / 2018(511)…South Africa batting needs makeover

In previous post http://allthatcricket.com/510-2/ we reflected low test scores in South Africa. In last 6 home tests only twice host went past 400 mark, and their overall batting average is at modest 33.76 runs/wkt. Their run rate and boundary rate are satisfactory(see table below)


Here is a statistical analysis of their last 6 test matches played at home(3 series)

Recent test match performance for South Africans

South Africa have been relying heavily on their new opening pair of Markram and Elgar. Along with them Amla is amongst runs. They are the only batters to post centuries(2 each) in these 6 tests.   Interestingly both experienced Fa Du Plessis and De Villiers are not in great form in this period.

Despite injury to their premier fast bowler (Dale Steyn) SA bowling has looked balanced.
His absence has not effected the line-up and performance. It still is threatening and are still able to dismiss teams for low scores (320 being the highest score in last 6 tests). Currently Rabada is their leading wicket taker, and Philander is their striker bowler. They are ably supported by experienced Morkel and improved reliable spinner Maharaj. There also great talent in Ngidi and Phehlukwayo as support back-up bowlers.
The last 2 columns in below table is actual data.(>30 plus overs at crease and dismissed inside 3 overs)

Role play – sum of partnerships/team scores
Crease – sum of overs at crease/team overs
30+ : batting for >30 overs/inns
< 3 : batted less than 3 overs


Here is link to Australia latest test performance.

(498)…70th Ashes(2017)

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