Statistical Analysis: England’s Test Squad Announcement

Statistical highlights ahead of the announcement of England’s squad for the first Test v South Africa.

66.70 Alastair Cook’s batting average in the County Championship this season. He has scored 667 runs in ten innings, including three hundreds. 

17.15 Haseeb Hameed’s first class batting average this season. He has scored 223 runs in 15 innings, with four ducks.

640 The number of balls faced by Hameed in 15 first-class innings this season, exactly the same number of balls he faced in his six Test innings v India.

2 The number of County Championship matches played by Jos Buttler since the end of the 2014 season, in which he has scored 45 runs across four innings.

112 Keaton Jennings’ score in his debut Test innings v India in December. Jennings has a Test average of 41.75 from four innings.

98.55 Gary Ballance’s first-class average in 2017. He has scored 887 runs in 12 innings.

862 First-class runs scored by Mark Stoneman in 2017, making him the top run-scoring opening batsman in the country.

82.12 Dawid Malan’s List A average when playing for England Lions. He has scored 657 runs in 11 innings at a strike rate of 100.15. His first-class average this season is 44.25.

76.28 Sam Robson’s first-class average in 2017 – he as scored 534 runs from seven innings this season.

2 The number of England’s seven frontline seamers who have not faced injury problems in the last month: James Anderson (groin), Jake Ball (knee), Stuart Broad (foot), Ben Stokes (knee) and Chris Woakes (side strain) have all battled injuries while Steven Finn and Mark Wood have not. Ball and Woakes have already been ruled out of the first Test.

14 Wickets taken by Woakes in two Test matches at Lord’s (v Sri Lanka and Pakistan), giving him an average of 10.00 runs per wicket.

228.00 Ball’s average balls per wicket in Test cricket. He has taken one wicket in 456 deliveries across three Tests. His balls per wicket in first-class matches at Lord’s is better but is still triple figures at 100.80 with five wickets in 504 deliveries.

40.07 Finn’s bowling average in first-class cricket this season. Finn’s most recent performance, 0 for 85 in 21 overs (ER 4.04) came against former England captain Cook, who scored 190.

1 The number of first-class matches played by Liam Plunkett this season – a three-day match for England Lions against South Africa this week.

43 Wickets taken by Jamie Porter in first-class cricket this season, making him the second leading wicket-taker in the country. Porter took 6 for 105 against South Africa A for England Lions earlier this month.

167 The number of Division One wickets taken by Toby Roland-Jones since the start of the 2015 season; only two pace bowlers—Jack Brooks (198) and Chris Rushworth (179)—have taken more in the same period.

53.20 Balls per wicket by leg spin bowlers in Test matches at Lord’s since the start of 2010 – the lowest by any bowler-type at the venue in that period and the lowest leg spin balls per wicket at any venue in England in that period.

1993 The last time England selected two frontline spin bowlers for a Test at Lord’s. In the second Ashes Test in 1993, England selected Phil Tufnell and Peter Such.

0 The number of Tests that Adil Rashid has played in England. All ten of his appearances have come in Asia (two v Bangladesh and five v India) or the Middle East (three v Pakistan). In Rashid’s most recent first-class match he took 0 for 107 from 16 overs (ER 6.68).

5 The number of first-class matches played by Mason Crane this season. He has taken 11 wickets at an average of 43.18 runs per wicket.

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