17th December 2013
Around the World in 2 – a few occasional off-breaks
Each week for Mason & Guests I compile and broadcast a brief summary of cricket events outside the Caribbean, with a few “Did You Know, Andrew?” facts thrown in. Here’s this week’s round-up:
“The 3rd ODI between South Africa and India was abandoned as a draw due to rain – but not before Quinton de Kock scored his third century of the series. Did You Know, Andrew de Kock is only the 5th man to score 3 successive ODI hundreds, the others being Zaheer Abbas, Saeed Anwar, Herschelle Gibbs and AB de Villiers? SA won the ODI series 2-0, and the 1st of 2 Tests begins tomorrow in Johannesburg.”
This week’s question: who scored West Indies’ 1st Test century v New Zealand?
“Pakistan and Sri Lanka drew their brief T20 series 1-1 in UAE. Shahid Afridi became the 1st man to complete 1,000 runs and take 50 wickets in T20 internationals. The 1st of 5 ODIs also begins tomorrow.
“Australia have regained the Ashes after a 3rd successive thumping of England. Australia won by 150 runs having set England 504 to win. Did You Know, Andrew this is the first time ever a side has set over 500 to win in 3 successive matches? The match was the 100th Test for both captains, Michael Clarke and Alastair Cook, Cook being the youngest ever to reach this figure. Cook was bowled first ball in the 2nd innings. Did You Know, Andrew that this was not only Cook’s first ever Test golden duck, but the only golden duck bagged by a man in his 100th Test? Both Cook and Clarke were recently named in the ICC’s Test team of the year, though oddly Cook not Clarke was named as captain. No surprise that the ICC are out of touch – also in that side were Michael Hussey (who retired a year ago) and Chetshwar Pujara was put down to open the batting – but usually bats at no. 3. As well as winning the Ashes, Michael Clarke was named the ICC’s player of the year, and Test cricketer of the year.
“A couple of other Ashes stats: Kevin Pietersen became the 5th Englishman to reach 8,000 Test runs, and Did You Know, Andrew that George Bailey equalled the record for the most runs in an over in a Test Match? He hit a tired Jimmy Anderson for 4,6,2,4,6,6 – 28 in a single over. Perhaps not surprising that Anderson is fatigued – he and Graeme Swann have bowled more balls in Test cricket in the last 3 years than anyone else. The Australia bowlers were fresh and incisive – though Mark Taylor may’ve been a little over-excited by the 40 degree heat in Perth when he compared Ryan Harris to Malcolm Marshall. The 4th of the 5 Tests is in Melbourne on Boxing Day.
“Finally, a few stats from West Indies’ 2nd Test v New Zealand: Kieran Powell completed 1,000 Test runs – but he’s now failed to make 50 in any of his last 13 Test innings since his hundred in each innings v Bangladesh. Marlon Samuels played his 50th Test – and he’s just 25 short of 3,000 Test runs. NZ made WI follow on for only the third time in a Test. The first time was in 1999, and the second of course a fortnight ago. WI have now lost 3 of their last 4 Tests by an innings. The omens weren’t good after the team had a fearful flight from Dunedin to Wellington. Otis Gibson described it as ‘scary’ and ‘terrifying’, while Darren Sammy admitted he was ‘screaming like my daughter.’ Things didn’t get better for Sammy. He achieved the rare feat of bagging a pair, scoring nought twice on the same day of a Test Match. Shannon Gabriel emulated his captain, also completing a pair on day 3. His scores in the series so far are: 0, 0no, 0, and 0 to go alongside his 2 wickets at 125 apiece. And Did You Know, Andrew that in WI’s 1st innings the last 4 batsmen were all dismissed for 0 – the first time this has happened in WI’s Test history? The 3rd Test at Hamilton begins tomorrow at 5.30pm ECT.
A final Did You Know, Andrew: 21 years ago today Phil Simmons recorded the most economical 10 over spell in ODI history. His 10-8-3-4 helped WI to a 144 run win over Pakistan.”
The answer to this week’s quiz question: Jeff Stollmeyer – in Auckland in 1952. His opening partner Allan Rae had earlier been bowled for 99.
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