2015 Test Century Watch #13 – Marlon Samuels

There can only be one suitable picture…

Samuels Salute

Marlon Samuels – 103 v England at St. George’s, Grenada

Well, Marlon, thanks a bunch. 103. When was the last time we had one of those? Oh yes. About five days before you did one. See Jason Holder (#12). So read that post for some of the statistical quirks surround 103s in test cricket, which, when Marlon did it, was the 121st time in test cricket. There have been two 103s closer together, and quite recently (2011). Rahul Dravid made 103 not out on the Saturday, and Matt Prior on the Sunday of the first test at Lord’s. Both were undefeated (I went to Day 5 of that game and got very excited about it – but then I’m not a real fan). On a personal note, this not real fan spent not real money to see a 103 made against England. This one was by Michael Hussey in Perth in 2006. The remainder of that day, when Adam Gilchrist went off, is the stuff of legend (because I missed it, of course….)

So as there were two other tons made in this test, and both were higher scores, the ground record section will be taken then. This leaves me with a Marlon Samuels perspective for the rest of this piece. Wish me luck…

This was Samuels 7th century in tests. Looking at the seven we see something pretty striking. He has a DBTA (Dmitri Big Ton Average, worked out as if you assume the player is on 0 when he makes 100 and then take his batting average from then) of 30.43. Not brilliant, but not disastrous. This is because it is distorted, Ian Bell-like (hmmm) by a massive score against Bangladesh of 260. The fact is that in four of Samuels scores over 100, he hasn’t made it to 110.

This was just Marlon’s second test hundred at a home venue (he has one at Kingston), and was his second against England. He has two test hundreds in South Africa, which really betrays how his talent is not matched by his stats. Not sure how I can work it out on Statsguru, but there have been 12 1/2 years between century #1 and century #7 for Marlon.

Marlon Samuels century came up in 226 balls with 14 x 4.


6 thoughts on “2015 Test Century Watch #13 – Marlon Samuels

  1. SimonH Apr 26, 2015 / 1:36 pm

    Does anyone know more about what happened to his older brother Robert?

    Robert Samuels played just half a dozen or so tests in the late 90s and averaged a respectable 37. He made a century against NZ and over a hundred runs for once out in his last test, a win on a tricky pitch in Perth. Brian Lara famously complained that Samuels had been on the receiving end of “all-day sledging” in that match.

    Samuels never played another test. What happened?


    • LordCanisLupus Apr 26, 2015 / 1:37 pm

      Pontiac or Colonel Blimp are my two “go-to” guys on Caribbean cricket, and maybe they can shed some more light on it.


    • Pontiac Apr 26, 2015 / 4:33 pm

      I only really started paying attention to cricket after 2010 or so, so have no insight to offer. (maybe at all in any case actually!)


  2. Mark Apr 26, 2015 / 2:10 pm

    The salute is the funniest thing I have seen on a cricket field for a long time. And bizarrely it has wound up the English establishment.

    Yesterday on TMS I heard Agnew and Swann interviewing Jeff Duyon. Swann was in awre of the great WI team. But said “you guys were cool, Samules is not cool, he thinks he is cool.”

    What has this man done to so get under the skin of the English clique?


  3. MM Apr 26, 2015 / 2:33 pm

    Marlon will be on my lovelist forever for that salute.

    Eat it, Swann[y].


  4. Burly Apr 26, 2015 / 3:59 pm

    Samuels is on my naughty list for the idiotic way he threw his wicket away after getting to 100, especially after trying to throw it away a minute earlier.


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