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Old 24th March 2008, 15:35   #141
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Sidebottom is also on course to have the second highest number of wickets by an England bowler in a three match series. He currently has 23, so it's not possible for him to overtake G.A. Lohmann's 35 wickets from 3 matches in 1895/6, but he could get past C. Blythe's 26 in 1907. He could also supersede some wicket hauls from longer series.

I've probably jinxed him now.
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Old 26th March 2008, 01:26   #142
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Old 30th March 2008, 12:33   #143
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Well, Sidebottom may not have smashed any series records re wickets taken v. all other teams, but he has a consolation prize: his 24 wickets bring him level with Underwood and Botham in wickets in a 3 match series v. New Zealand. But those records were for test matches in England. Sidebottom beats Darren Gough (19) for no. of wickets in a 3 match series v. NZ in New Zealand.

Another record which I heard in passing and haven't checked out exactly is that during the series Ian Bell became the youngest England player after David Gower to reach 2500 test runs. However, I suspect that Alastair Cook, with 2100 runs already and still only 23 will surpass both, probably this summer.
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Well, Sidebottom may not have smashed any series records re wickets taken v. all other teams, but he has a consolation prize: his 24 wickets bring him level with Underwood and Botham in wickets in a 3 match series v. New Zealand. But those records were for test matches in England. Sidebottom beats Darren Gough (19) for no. of wickets in a 3 match series v. NZ in New Zealand.

Another record which I heard in passing and haven't checked out exactly is that during the series Ian Bell became the youngest England player after David Gower to reach 2500 test runs. However, I suspect that Alastair Cook, with 2100 runs already and still only 23 will surpass both, probably this summer.
it's strange how Cook has managed that, bieng an inconsistant batsman with technical flaws and a limited range of strokes. He's nothing like as good as David Gower was. Do you have any info on the relative number of tests they have played.
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it's strange how Cook has managed that, bieng an inconsistant batsman with technical flaws and a limited range of strokes. He's nothing like as good as David Gower was. Do you have any info on the relative number of tests they have played.
David Gower - incidentally it is his birthday today, 1st April - passed 2500 runs in his 63rd innings and 38th test match at the age of 24 yrs and about 9 months.

Ian Bell passed 2500 runs in his 66th innings and 36th test match at the age of 25 yrs and 11 and a half months.

Cook has played 51 innings and 27 matches and needs nearly 400 more runs to pass 2500 runs. He's currently 23 yrs and 98 days old. It's funny how he is now described as having technical flaws and a limited range of strokes. With his early success his limited range was described in terms of Cook knowing his game and sticking to the strokes which worked for him.
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In 6 Tests Steyn has 41 wickets at 14.31. He is the leading wicket taker in 2008. I doubt if anyone will pass him.

England will probably have a nice tail waiting for him.
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It's funny how he is now described as having technical flaws and a limited range of strokes. With his early success his limited range was described in terms of Cook knowing his game and sticking to the strokes which worked for him.
I think that stands for most batsman doesn't it, apart from the ones that don't have any technical flaws and there aren't many.
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In 6 Tests Steyn has 41 wickets at 14.31. He is the leading wicket taker in 2008. I doubt if anyone will pass him.

England will probably have a nice tail waiting for him.
An especially amazing effort to have got those figures despite having to play on that flat deck in the first test against India. Is he the best bowler in the world yet? Ah, I see that we await the update.
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An especially amazing effort to have got those figures despite having to play on that flat deck in the first test against India. Is he the best bowler in the world yet? Ah, I see that we await the update.
He has the best average of bowlers still playing 21.41, Murali 21.85, Clark 21.88 and the best strike rate 35.60. He still has to play against Australia.

His bowling is top order 31.6%, middle order 33.3% and tail 35%. Compared to someone like McGrath 40%, 34%, 25% or Vaas 41.6%, 35.1%, 23.3% Steyn's figures are helped by his tail end bowling. The only other bowler I could find who was the same was Wasim Akram 31.9%, 33.1%, 35%.
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He's level first now, ranking wise. I think Murali will have slipped back a little after this test and Steyn obviously had a good one.
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Eng v. New Zealand 1st test Lord's 15-19 May 2008

Strauss and Cook have at last recorded their first opening partnership century.
121. And as I type Cook is out.

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Eng v. New Zealand 1st test Lord's 15-19 May 2008

Vaughan's century is his sixth at Lord's and he has now levelled Gooch's record for the most centuries at the ground. That includes players from all nations.

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Old 18th May 2008, 19:02   #153
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Vettori has his first five-fer against England
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Vaughan's century is his sixth at Lord's and he has now levelled Gooch's record for the most centuries at the ground. That includes players from all nations.
That's pretty impressive, isn't it? Gooch needed many more innings to get the same number of tons too. Vaughan also now has a conversion rate of precisely 50% with 18 tons and 18 unconverted fifties.
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Eng v. New Zealand 2nd test Old Trafford 23-27 May 2008

In the second innings, Monty Panesar passed 100 test wickets in his 28th match and 49th innings. Currently 101 wkts @ 31.78.

Harmison got there in his 23rd match, Darren Gough and Angus Fraser in their 25th, and Matthew Hoggard in his 29th. Others who reached the landmark in their 28th match were Caddick and Dominic Cork.

James Anderson has never made a duck in his test career after 35 innings. (Ighols mentioned this in the match thread but I had already thought of it!). He is 9th equal in the list of players who have never got out for nought, the record being held by AB de Villiers with 71 innings. Other players have played more innings before they made a duck, Geraint Jones being a well-known example among England players.

As the end of Anderson's test career is predicted after every match he plays, it remains to be seen if he will ever extend or break this record.

Which leads us on to another stat about Anderson. He is currently 5th in the list of bowlers with the worst economy rate, with 3.84. The bowlers above him are:
Shahadat Hossain (Ban) 4.23
FH Edwards (WI) 4.05
RP Singh (India) 4.02
SL Malinga (SL) 3.86
Coincidentally, or not, all these bowlers are between 30th and 40th in the ICC bowling rankings.

Michael Vaughan appeared on the field wearing his England cap. Unfortunately I can't give the date when he last wore it but I thought it a sufficiently unusual occurrence to warrant a mention on here.

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Monty's best test figures also, n'est pas?
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Monty's best test figures also, n'est pas?
Ah, oui. 6/37. Good spot. Well, best innings figures, not best match figures.
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Leading Test wicket takers so far for 2008

Steyn - 7 Tests - 44 wickets
Sidebottom - 5 - 34 wickets
Martin - 7* - 26 wickets
Vettori -7* - 24 wickets
Harbhajan - 5 - 24 wickets
Lee - 4*- 21 wickets
Ntini 7 - 21 wickets
Panesar - 5 - 20 wickets
Mills 6* - 19 wickets
Anderson - 4 - 18 wickets
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Sidebottom averaging nearly seven wickets a match this year, just brilliant. Would probably be ahead of Steyn if he'd played the same amount of tests.
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Leading England Test match run scorers (players still playing) -

11. Trescothick - 5825
14. Vaughan 5663
25. Butcher 4288
27. Strauss 3726
31. Hick 3383
32. Pietersen 3354
38. Flintoff 3331
37. Bell 2591
41. Collingwood 2457
45. Ramprakash 2350
49. Cook 2238

Wicket takers

6. Hoggard 248
8. Caddick 234
9. Gough 229
10. Harmison 208
13. Flintoff 190
27. Cork 131
39. Panesar 101
50. Anderson 80
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