Statistical Analysis: South Africa’s Test squad v England

Statistical highlights from the announcement of South Africa’s Test squad for their three match series v England. 

Full Squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Dean Elgar, Heino Kuhn, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Duanne Olivier, Andile Phehlukwayo, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada.

In: Heino Kuhn, Aiden Markram, Andile Phehlukwayo.

Out: Stephen Cook, Wayne Parnell, Dane Piedt, Heinrich Klaasen.

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The number of uncapped players named in the squad: Kuhn, Markram and Phehlukwayo.

The number of players in South Africa’s squad who have played fewer than 10 Tests: the three uncapped players and Maharaj, Morris, Olivier and de Bruyn.

12 The number of players in South Africa’s 16-man squad who have never played Test cricket in England: Bavuma, de Bruyn, de Kock, du Plessis, Elgar, Kuhn, Maharaj, Markram, Morris, Olivier, Phehlukwayo and Rabada.

The number of frontline spin bowlers in the squad: Maharaj. South Africa’s other spin option, Piedt, has not been selected, leaving Duminy as the second spinner.

The number of left-arm pace bowlers in South Africa’s squad after Parnell was dropped.

8.14 Cook’s Test batting average in 2017, from seven innings. Cook, who made his Test debut in January 2016 against England, scored three hundreds in his first seven Tests but has since struggled for form and has been dropped from the squad for this series.

26.76 Cook’s first-class batting average in the 2017 county season – he has been playing for Durham in the Division Two of the County Championship.

320 The number of runs scored by Kuhn in two matches for South Africa A against England Lions on the current tour, including two hundreds – one of them an unbeaten 200.

13th and 10th The positions of Kuhn and Markram in the 2016/17 Sunfoil Series run-charts with 527 and 565 runs respectively.

49 The number of runs scored by Klaasen across his four most recent innings for South Africa A v England Lions. He scored 103 in the first tour match but since managed 5, 1, 0 and 43 and has been edged out as the second wicket-keeper by Kuhn.

The number of Tests played by Parnell, out of a possible 64, since his debut in January 2010.

6-89 Parnell’s match figures in his most recent Test match, against Sri Lanka in January – they are the best match figures of his career.

4.30 Parnell’s economy rate across his five Tests; the highest by any South African pace bowler to play five Tests and bowl more than 100 deliveries.

42.28 Phehlukwayo’s bowling average in the 2016/17 Sunfoil Series – he did not once take more than two wickets in an innings.

19 Phehlukwayo’s highest score in the 2016/17 Sunfoil Series – he averaged 10.20 runs per dismissal.

52 The number of wickets taken by Olivier in the 2016/17 Sunfoil Series, the most by any bowler in the competition – he did so at an average of 18.13.

71 The number of first-class wickets taken by South African Test pace bowler Kyle Abbott (36) and off spin bowler Simon Harmer (35) in county cricket this season. Both players have signed Kolpak deals with Hampshire and Essex respectively and are unavailable for international selection.

The free CricViz app for iOS and Android will be providing live coverage of the England v South Africa Test series. 

 

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