World Cup Day 1 Statistical Stuff

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.


10 thoughts on “World Cup Day 1 Statistical Stuff

    • LordCanisLupus Feb 15, 2015 / 12:51 am

      I may sound peevish, but I didn’t really find that funny. What I will say is the next time we have this lot with our feet on their throats, don’t feel sorry for them, don’t feel worried that they might be waning. They are damn good at producing talent, they will not be down for long, and they have that killer instinct we seem to fear.

      I may not like them, but I admire what they do.


      • SimonH Feb 15, 2015 / 1:23 am

        Liebke’s very much on the right side of issues like the Big Three, WC contraction and KP. I guess parts of this could seem triumphalist but I didn’t read it that way. He’s more Dave Tickner than Malcolm Conn or James Brayshaw.

        However with this little sleep I could well be completely wrong!


  1. SimonH Feb 15, 2015 / 10:10 am

    Broad’s explanation of the death bowling:

    “So what about our death bowling? Well, the talk at the MCG is that you have to try to make the batsmen hit square because it’s 64 metres straight and 84 metres wide. The guidance here is that it is best to stay on the short side.
    Here’s a stat for you. South Africa are the best in the world at death bowling and they go at an average of 5.8 runs as compared with our 8.0 in the last 10 overs. So what’s making them better? The world average is 30 to 40 per cent yorkers in those last overs in the modern game and what’s South Africa’s percentage? 12 per cent. They bowl length outside off-stump.
    In Adelaide the plan will be to get the ball full and straight because it’s longer straight than wide. If the Aussies had bowled first in this game they would have bowled short, no doubt…. It’s tough whatever you do, but we have to have a think because we can’t keep leaking 80, 90, 100 in the last 10 overs”.

    Reads like cobblers straight from the laptop to me.

    And generally:

    “This team has something about them….We’re tight as a group. Everyone is together. We will find our way”.

    Perhaps cricket matches can be decided by “tightness as a group” rather than stuff like runs and wickets?


    • Tom Feb 15, 2015 / 11:22 am

      “They bowl length outside off-stump.”

      Isn’t the answer right there? Don’t bowl slow long-hops.


    • Pontiac Feb 15, 2015 / 4:42 pm

      It seems a bit unrealistic to me for Ravi Bopara to be in there with a 10 crore ($160K, £105K) reserve – that’s the same as Darren Sammy, who while maybe being on the same basic talent level as Bopara has actually done a few things in T20 and IPL. I wonder if this is something to do with the county contract where it isn’t worth going if they’re not getting paid that kind of money.


      • Rooto Feb 15, 2015 / 7:54 pm

        I seem to remember Notts allowing Lumb, Hales and Patel to enter last year on condition that they were rated top-priced – thereby all but guaranteeing that they wouldn’t be picked up. Freedom of contract, but with fool’s gold handcuffs.


  2. Rohan Feb 15, 2015 / 10:17 pm

    Enjoyed those stats, always interesting to read. All this talk off big scores (300+) being the norm in ODIs these days and our inability to secure these totals, got me thinking. So I did some very simple digging and this is what I found out (apologies if this has been covered before). If we look at highest ODI innings scores on ESPN (they count them from 350 upwards on their main stats table) there are 73 innings at 350 or better in ODI history. Out of those 73 innings England have 2! One came in 1992 and one in 2005 against Bangladesh. If we look at other top tier nations, the evidence is damning. Australia have 12 of the 73, South Africa have 16 of the 73, India 21 of the 73 and New Zealand 10 of the 73 (Sri Lanka, Pakistan and West Indies have the same as England or a couple more).

    Today on SKY David Lloyd said this World Cup already has a pattern, bat first, rack em up 300+ and challenge the other team to try and get em! Anyway, the stats indicate that any team playing England, who get close to 350 (as Australia did) pretty much (barring a miracle) guarantee themselves a victory. Shame Moore’s laptop gang can’t work this out……..


    • d'Arthez Feb 16, 2015 / 10:40 am

      England’s highest successful chase is 306/5, in Karachi 2000. They have lost once making 320 (needing about 30 from the last over to get to 330), and tied another 338/8 against India in the 2011 WC – needing 59 from 48, with 8 wickets left). How England messed that up is is still a slight mystery to me.

      Forget making 350 against England. Making 300-ish is more likely than not to be sufficient against England. Either they struggle up front and never will come close, or their death over batting will let them hopelessly down.

      Even when batting first, England made it to 300+ just 27 times (out of 300+ games), with a W/L ratio of just 2.25. With the exception of West Indies (3.3 – who nowadays seem to be playing without a bowling attack worthy of such a description) and England, no other major team has a worse W/L ratio than India (6.5). In other words, England do struggle to defend 300+ when they bat first. Since bowling is usually not the weakest bit for England, it suggests they are batting on highways when they do get there.

      Most other teams seem to score 300+ in about 15-20% of their games. While English conditions may play a part in that, the same applies to say Pakistan (in the UAE 220 can be very competitive), Zimbabwe etc.


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