CRICKET BY NUMBERS
The number of days between Australia’s two most recent Test match victories in India. A 342-run victory at Nagpur in October, 2004 – a win that secured Australia’s first Test series win in India for 35 years - and their resounding triumph at Pune this week.
Hats off. Really. Whatever was going on with that pitch, however badly India’s batsman played against the spin. You can’t argue against a 333-run win in India, against a team who were unbeaten in 19 Tests have not lost a series on home soil since 2012.
It was all about one man, Steve O’Keefe, (although Mitchell Starc’s 61 in the first innings and skipper Steven Smith’s century in the second, should be noted) whose 12 for 70 represents the best match figures ever by a visiting spinner in India.
He was awfully neat about the whole performance too, taking 6 for 35 in both innings.
O’Keefe - who has played five Test matches, the first coming in 2014 - has never played more than one Test in a series. That unwanted statistic will surely come to an end when the second Test begins at Bangalore.
AB de Villiers’ ODI runs, which he has scored at average of 54.47, with a strike rate nudging just over a run a ball (100.14).
De Villiers reached the milestone in the third ODI against New Zealand at Wellington. With four of the five-match series played, de Villiers has scored 239 runs at 119.50 (37*, 45, 85, 72*).
Fastest batsman to 9,000 ODI runs:
The number of innings Virat Kohli went without registering a duck prior to his dismissal by Mitchell Starc in the first innings at Pune. 44 innings since Kohli last left the crease without troubling the scorer’s pencil.
It was only his third duck in Test cricket, his first since August 2014, where he was removed by Jimmy Anderson at Old Trafford.
Rahkeem Cornwall's height.
RRS Cornwall. That sounds like one of Her Majesty’s fleet – which is fitting as there’s a strong chance this vessel-sized behemoth would show up on a naval ship’s sonar.
This is in no way a jibe at his expense. I’m impressed. Without wanting to drag in an oft-cited cliché from our soccering neighbours, Rahkeem appears remarkably agile for a sizeable gent. His frame is reminiscent of an NFL offensive lineman, an imposing yet deceptively moveable unit that would blitz you over a 40-yard sprint. (That last bit may be highly erroneous).
England came up against Cornwall in their second warm-up match where he produced 59 from 61 deliveries, including three maximums, before bowling 10 overs, taking one wicket for 39.
Cornwall - who plays for the Leeward Islands - is not in the West Indies' ODI squad, but his presence is difficult to ignore.
Liam Livingstone’s scores in England Lions’ second unofficial Test against Sri Lanka A.
Livingstone’s back-to-back centuries made him only the second batsman – alongside Kevin Pietersen – to record a hundred in both innings of a first-class Lions match.
23-year-old Livingstone scored 815 runs at an average of 50.94 for Lancashire last summer, scoring two hundreds.
Guptill’s gargantuan knock.
New Zealand and South Africa have been trading blows in the southern hemisphere and Guptill landed a few of his own at Hamilton. Guptill unleashed an unbeaten 180 from 138 deliveries to tie the five-match ODI series at 2-2.
Guptill’s knock included 11 sixes – the same number he scored on his way to 237* in the 2015 World Cup quarter-final against West Indies.
To date, Guptill has scored 5,410 ODI runs, with a highest score of 237*, at an average of 43.98.