Whitewashes and Wrist Bands

15th January 2014

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:

“Australia won the 1st of 5 ODIs v England by 6 wickets, with Aaron Finch hammering 121. The 2nd ODI starts at 11.20pm ECT on Thursday. A few days before the match England players Matt Prior and Stuart Broad were out late and managed to dissuade a suicidal Englishman from jumping off a Sydney Bridge. Reports did not confirm if that man was Alastair Cook.

“A couple of Did You Know, Andrews emerging from the Ashes Test series: Australia fielded the same XI players in all 5 Tests. The last time this was done was by West Indies v Australia in 1990/91. In contrast, England used 18 different players. The only previous time a touring side has used as many was also by WI in South Africa in 1998/9, when they too lost 5-0.

“On the subject of whitewashes, Did You Know, Andrew that there have been sixteen 4-0 or 5-0 whitewashes in Test history – and 25% of those have been in the last 2 years? 50% have been in the last 15 years. Also, Did You Know, Andrew that excluding neutral venues, only 2 out of 41 Tests in 2013 were won by the away side – and both of those were away to Zimbabwe?”

This week’s question: Clyde Walcott would have been 88 this week, but alongside his Test average of 56.68 he also took 11 Test stumpings. Only one West Indian has taken more. Who?

“Sri Lanka won the 2nd Test in the 3-match series to lead 1-0 v Pakistan in UAE. Man of the Match Mahela Jayawardene scored his 32nd Test century.

“West Indies won the last of the 5-match ODI series v New Zealand, scoring their highest ever ODI total, and inflicting upon NZ their 2nd heaviest ever defeat, to finish the series 2-2. One stat for you, Andrew – Did You Know that the opening partnership of 95 between Kieran Powell & Johnson Charles was WI’s first above 50 for that wicket since Charles & Chris Gayle added 115 v Sri Lanka at Kingston last June? Since then, in the next 14 ODIs, the 1st wicket has produced stands of: 13, 14, 25, 1, 2, 13, 20, 26, 0, 14, 20, 5, 0 and 0. That’s 153 runs at an average of 10.92.

“And Did You Know, Andrew that a NZ spectator caught Kieran Powell one-handed in the crowd to earn NZ$100,000? That’s about US$82,500, or BDS$165,000? Since that game WI lost the 1st of 2 T20 internationals. The 2nd, and final game of the tour begins at 2am tonight.

“In the Big Bash League in Australia, the Melbourne Stars are still top with 6 wins out of 6; while last night the Sydney Thunder brought their 19-game losing run to an end. This is not, however, the most successive defeats in T20 cricket – between April 2005 & December 2012 Pakistan’s Quetta Bears lost 27 consecutive games.

“Finally, in Bermuda a woman has pleaded guilty to charges relating to a fight at Bailey’s Bay Cricket Club in the early hours of December 27 2013. The accused admitted she had been drinking that night. Sentencing her, the Senior Magistrate  said: ‘I take it that this is an embarrassment for you standing here in front of me today. At least you should be embarrassed. If you can’t hold your liquor, don’t drink it. Leave it alone. It clouds your judgement and bad decision making affects your whole life ahead of you.’ Yes, not being able to hold your liquor is truly something to be embarrassed about in the Caribbean.”

A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:

“Darren Ganga is 35 today. A regular contributor to this programme, he played 48 Tests and hit 3 centuries; and captained WI in 2 Tests in England in 2007.

“On Thursday another regular contributor to this show, Wayne Daniel is 58. Wayne played in 10 Tests, taking 36 wickets at 25.27. His former opening bowling partner for Middlesex, Mike Selvey described Wayne’s run-up thus: ‘Beginning with a run like a bather first ooo-aahing onto a hot beach, then sprinting through the shallows to sizzle his feet.’

“Friday is the anniversary of the birth of Barbados & West Indies legend Sir Clyde Walcott. Sir Clyde scored 15 hundreds in 44 Tests, including a remarkable 10 in 12 Tests between 1953 & 1955.

“And next Monday is the 46th birthday of Junior Murray who took 102 Test dismissals in 33 Tests between 1993 & 2002. One of Grenada’s few Test cricketers, he scored 101no v NZ at Wellington in 1995.

“One final anniversary – this Thursday also marks 21 years to the day that Australia’s Dean Jones took his life in his hands by insisting Curtly Ambrose remove his white wrist bands in a B&H World Series ODI final, because he claimed it was hindering him seeing the white ball. An angry Curtly did so – and removed 5 Australians for 32 as WI won by 25 runs.”

The answer to this week’s quiz question: Ridley Jacobs – who took 12 stumpings in his Test career.

The Mason & Guests show is broadcast live on Tuesday’s from 6.15-8pm ECT (10.15-midnight GMT)  on Voice of Barbados 92.9fm and can be heard via numerous internet tune-in services.

David Oram

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