Younis Khan makes yet another 250
Younis Khan, the Pakistan captain as of 3.50 pm IST on 24 Feb 2009
, is now the 10th player to make multiple scores of 250 or above
. The astounding bit about that list is that Don Bradman, in making 5 scores of 250 or more, hit two sixes while Graeme Smith didn't hit a single six!Pakistan have made nearly ~ 500 so far
and have avoided the follow-on. Since it has been clear for the past couple of days that on that pitch even Pommie Mbangwa & Chris Martin
would have scored in double digits, I tried to find out which country's pitches were the
most batting friendly.
So I took tests from the last 5 years
where the team batting second made 400+ and either had a slim lead (< 50) or were trailing big time (thereby implying that the team that batted first had made something like 550-600). There were a total of 35 instances, out of which 15 were drawn games.
Tests played in England and India contribute 7 instances while Australia and Pakistan have 6 each. The number of tests played in that period
in the 4 countries was 35 (England), 30 (Australia), 27 (India) & 17 (Pakistan). This implies that Pakistan has a much higher frequency (35%) of dull dreary tests where the first innings of both teams result in huge scores. The frequencies for the other countries are India - 26%, England and Australia - 20% each.
I guess over the first couple of days of this test, Pakistan's cricketers (& fans) would have been wondering about the need to play tests because after all, if you if you don't play
, you can't concede 600+!Update
: Sri Lanka's first innings total of 644 is the highest total to have been overtaken in a test. The previous highest was 588, jointly held by South Africa at Antigua in 2005 (Gayle scored a triple
) and Pakistan at Faisalabad in 2006 (Dhoni and Irfan Pathan saving face for India
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