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    December 28, 2006

    Meaningless stat of the day

    When Andrew Strauss, Warne's 700th "test" wicket, was asked how he felt to be #700, he said:
    I think there are probably 699 other guys who felt pretty bad after getting out to Shane Warne and I'm no different today.
    When I read that quote, I knew he was obviously wrong. There couldn't have been 699 other players who got out to Warne in test cricket, given Warne'd dismissed several players multiple times.

    So here's the list of those who've taken 400 test wickets and dismissed at least 200 batsmen.
    BowlerCount
    Murali270
    Kumble243
    Warne236
    McGrath216
    Wasim Akram205
    It does seem highly unlikely to me that Warne can get ahead of Kumble, especially since Warne seems to have dismissed every member of the current England team out at least once! England can help Warne get to #2 by getting the Academy side to play at Sydney rather than the main team. They can't do worse, I suppose!

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    6 sledge(s):

    I would love to see Australia inflict the quickest defeat on England in the last test, rather than a heavy defeat. We have had many heavy defeats in the last decade or so, but not too many quick ones.
    How about a defeat in a day and a half? That would be amazing to watch

    By Anonymous Ramki (28-Dec-2006, 9:35:00 PM)  

    Come on Ramki. How do the TV companies and the cricket grounds earn their money then? As it is they've lost out on two days play at the MCG! I'm sure the folks from Cricket Australia, Channel 9 and the NSW Cricket Association/SCG authorities are telling the Aussies to go easy and play all five days.

    I mean, I pity someone like McGrath. When he got out for a duck today, he'd never have probably realized that he wouldn't be batting again, just as Bradman didn't bat again in his final test after being bowled for a duck by Eric Hollies!

    By Blogger Jagadish (29-Dec-2006, 12:41:00 AM)  

    but certainly gdm wudn't be stranded on 99.94!

    By Blogger Ganesh (29-Dec-2006, 12:38:00 PM)  

    Yes. But he could have got 9 more runs to get 650. Btw he has 50 not outs. Bob Willis had 55. Is Willis still the record holder for the most not outs?

    By Blogger Jagadish (29-Dec-2006, 4:47:00 PM)  

    ahh - those are cool stats. Is it because asutralia have a tendency to play england so much more often than any other side?

    By Blogger omarhaq (03-Jan-2007, 10:47:00 PM)  

    omar: I can't see a connection. Perhaps its just the volume of wickets. If you take something like 500 wickets, you're bound to have those many batsmen on your list!

    By Blogger Jagadish (05-Jan-2007, 12:22:00 AM)  


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