15 Nov / 2015(354)…Factory that produces leaders.

 Australia is a nation that has factories manufacturing successive leaders.

We all say we adapt and change according to time, but there are few who have the ability to enforce and manufacture change. Steve Waugh is one of rarest leaders who manufactured change. In sports he is one of few captains who took his team/players beyond everyone’s expectation.

 Here is a list of all Australian Test captains from 1998-99 till Ashes 2015

Leaders

Period

S Waugh

1999-2004

R Ponting

2004-2011

M Clarke

2011-2015

A Gilchrist

2000-2004

S Smith

2015

S Watson

2013

 

 

 

Table 2- Batting/Bowling – primary indicators(under various captains)

 

Australia Test cricket

 Batting Indicators

Bowling Indicators

(1999-2015)

Avg   

Balls/wkt

r/o

Avg   

Balls/wkt

(Strike rate)

r/o

Steve Waugh

43.17

70.58

3.67

27.45

54.11

3.05

Ricky Ponting

40.49

68.99

3.53

30.45

56.57

3.23

M Clarke

35.66

61.95

3.46

30.09

57.29

3.16

Adam Gilchrist

34.59

61.16

3.40

25.77

52.82

2.94

S Smith

48.04

70.64

4.08

37.70

70.28

3.22

Watson

21.30

47.60

2.69

30.71

43.57

4.24

Total

39.69

67.14

3.55

29.43

56.04

3.16

 

 

 

Table 3- Margin of success rate of various Australian Test captains from 1999-2015

 

 

 

Success

Big margin of win(>100 runs, > 7 wickets, Inns win, >1 day remaining)

Big lead in win games

Leaders

Tests

success

>100 runs

>7 wkts

Inns wins

A day or more to spare

>100

>200

S Waugh

57

41(71.93%)

8(14.04%)

11(19.30%)

14(24.56%)

21(36.84%)

34(59.65%)

22(38.60%)

R Ponting

77

48(62.34)

22(28.57%)

10(12.99%)

7(9.09%)

18(23.38%)

28(36.36%)

19(24.68%)

M Clarke

47

24(51.06)

12(25.53%)

3(6.38%)

4(8.51%)

14(29.79%)

19(40.43%)

8(17.02%)

A Gilchrist

6

4(66.67)

3(50.00%)

0.00%

0.00%

2(33.33%)

3(50.00%)

2(33.33%)

S Smith

3

1(33.33)

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

1(33.33%)

0.00%

0.00%

S Watson

1

0.00

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Total

191

118

46(24.08%)

25(13.09%)

26(13.61%)

58(30.37%)

88(46.07%)

52(27.23%)

 

 

A country that has factories producing leaders – that factory is sport, a rich history of leaders. It has produced success in all sport and at all levels in every generation.  I thought to compare the Great West Indies team led by Clive Lloyd with Great Australian team led by Steve Waugh.  

Here is snap shot of margin of success for both leaders  

What is the interesting in the above table is under Lloyd’s leadership West Indies won more games with huge margins which was provided with huge lead (>200). On the other end, Waugh’s leadership saw Australia with maximum inning wins, and Test match getting over inside 4 or less days. Along with this Steve Waugh’s Team holds the record of 16 successive Test win, which no team has ever achieved in any sport.

 

The other leaders that were extremely successful for Australia and West Indies.

 

 

2 Responses to (354)…Factory that produces leaders.

  1. Naveen says:

    Well and detailed comparison. And, we should not forget about it’s a matter of team’s strength also.

    • admin says:

      Thank you,
      Never overlooking the fact that cricket is a team sport, and like other team sport a captain is as good as his team. They sure had some brilliant players in this group!.
      However this article is just an overview snapshot on captains and their success in Test cricket, and not its players and their performance.

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