The previous incarnation of this blog had Century Watch. So let’s go through some of this for the Cricket World Cup.
Aaron Finch – 135 at Melbourne
The 185th ODI hundred by an Australian, and the first score of 135 in ODI cricket by an Australian. The third highest ODI score by an Australian at the MCG. 27th highest overall by an Aussie.
In terms of the World Cup, this is the 23rd century by an Aussie in the competition, the fifth highest overall, and the second by an Australian at that venue. The other century was made by David Boon (100) v West Indies in 1992. It is the highest World Cup score at the MCG and the third hundred overall (Boon and Rameez Raja (102), both against the West Indies).
This was the second highest individual innings against England in the World Cup, trailing Viv Richards who made 138* in the 1979 World Cup Final. Somewhat surprisingly this was only the 9th century against England in the World Cup.
98 and all that
James Taylor’s 98* was the second instance of a man being undefeated on that score at the end of an innings in the World Cup. The other was Kenyan Collins Obuya against Australia in Bangalore in 2011. Two players have been dismissed on 98 in the World Cup – Sachin Tendulkar and Tatenda Taibu are the others. England have four scores of 98 in ODI cricket. Trott scored an unbeaten 98 in Mohali in 2011 against India (not the World Cup), while Andrew Strauss and Owais Shah have been dismissed on that number, the latter in a Champions Trophy game.
Australia’s 342 is currently the 16th best score in World Cup cricket. It is the highest against England, beating the 338 India made against them in Bangalore in 2011. Australia have four scores higher than 342, with the record being 377/6 against South Africa in St. Kitts in 2007. New Zealand’s 331 is the equal 25th best score in the World Cup and their equal 3rd best total, but the best against a full test nation in the World Cup. Their record is 363/5 against Canada at Gros Islet in 2007.
World Cup Hat-tricks…
Steven Finn’s was the 8th hat-trick in World Cup cricket. There’s a whole article on them. It’s the sort a statto loves.