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Can Joe Root break the record for Test runs in a calendar year?

One was Greg Blewett

Can Joe Root break the record for Test runs in a calendar year?

FansOnly ? Eligibility 50 articles authored or 500 comments posted ?

The ultimate Mark Waugh roast

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition. Our main weapons are fear and surprise.

The ultimate Mark Waugh roast

Ranji, Colin Milburn, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kris Srikkanth, Shahid Afridi, Stan McCabe…

Who are cricket's most destructive swashbucklers?

As long as it doesn’t go on for so long, that it turns into a Boer Waugh

The ultimate Mark Waugh roast

I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it.

Anyway, you started it.

You invaded Poland.

The ultimate Mark Waugh roast

We respect each other’s right to their opinion.

So let’s keep it a Civil Waugh.

The ultimate Mark Waugh roast

And meaningful ones, too

The ultimate Mark Waugh roast

Not forgetting brothers Danny and “You must be the adopted one” Dean (a great sledge by Richard Stobo after beating the bat countless times).

The ultimate Mark Waugh roast

Waugh ! What is it good for ?

The ultimate Mark Waugh roast

We certainly can’t use the nickname “Afghanistan” any more…

The ultimate Mark Waugh roast

Oh matth,

What have you done ?

For many years this website’s football pages have nurtured and fuelled a “code-war.”

Will we now see a “Roar Waugh War” ?

The ultimate Mark Waugh roast

1998/99, the SCG, Day 1
Australia 322 all out at stumps
Mark Waugh (121) and Steve Waugh (96) came together at 3-52 and added 190
Darren Gough took a hat-trick in the penultimate over, as Aus lost 5-3 to end its innings
Attendance was a sellout 42,124, the biggest crowd in Sydney since 1976
Mark Taylor won (or more accurately, Alec Stewart lost) his fifth toss of the series
Aus effectively played 3 spinners in Warne, MacGill and also Colin Miller
Taylor was named Australian of the Year that morning

Only Test cricket can provide days like those

Great (and not-so-great) Ashes moments you probably don't remember

Thanks, DaveJ

Cricket and baseball: Compare and contrast, Part 5 – Tradition and change

Nice piece Stephen,

Good to see a NSW South Coast top-order batsman going well, like Phil Jaques before him.

Maddinson’s 87 would have been a century at most other times. A slow outfield meant just 56 fours were hit during the game, from 774 runs scored. He adjusted by hitting 4 of the match’s 6 sixes.

Could Nic Maddinson's hot form see him be an Ashes bolter this summer?

Hi PR,

I work to a 3,000-word limit, and always get published intact.

Capping is not only legitimate but in fact absolutely imperative when comparing batsmen

I’m a Mark Waugh fan, having watched maybe 70-80 of his innings live at the ground- for Australia, NSW or Bankstown. Highlights at the SCG include his Day 1 tons against SA in 1998 and Eng in 1999, against Allan Donald and Darren Gough respectively, sharing partnerships of 116 and 190 with his brother. But just like say Doug Walters or Stan McCabe, he was a match-winner while still being fallible.

In response to your question I quickly wrote down more than 40 criteria by which to differentiate seemingly-identical raw scores. Perhaps that’s worth an article on its own ! You and other Roarers regularly cite many of them, for example-

1. Status of the match at the time of the innings (eg big lead, following on, or inevitable defeat).
2. Status of the series at the time of the match (eg live match, or dead rubber).
3. Strength of opponent (eg West Indies attack, or Zimbabwe attack).
4. Ground conditions (eg wet pitch in 1902, or Chief Executive’s pitch in 2002).
5. Scoring rate (eg Victor Trumper, or Herbert Sutcliffe).

Those and the many others are valid measures worth applying as multiple, but weighted, criteria. Much like the 8 here were-

Baggy green opening pairs: The best, and why

Capping is not only legitimate but in fact absolutely imperative when comparing batsmen

Hi PR,

Clearly there’s general agreement that while every run ever scored has some meaning, some runs do have far less meaning than others.

However I can think of at least 25 criteria to value raw runs. Basing value retrospectively on match status is just 1 of them.

And in addition, there have been a number of matches where Mark Waugh scored very few runs in a very close loss. Therefore, his lack of runs in them was a major factor in Australia’s eventual defeat. For example-

1993 lost to WI by 1 run, with MW scoring just 26 runs across 2 innings
1994 lost to SA by 5 runs, with MW scoring just 18 runs across 2 innings
1997 lost to Eng by 19 runs, with MW scoring just 20 runs across 2 innings
1999 lost to WI by 1 wicket, with MW scoring just 3 runs across 2 innings
In 27 lost matches, he scored just 1 century, and averaged just 27

Bottom line, he was human. Sometimes he played a match-winning innings that few others could. But at other times, Australia lost a very winnable match after he failed.

Capping is not only legitimate but in fact absolutely imperative when comparing batsmen

Hey PR,

Maybe the fairest way to compare them, is by what they achieved at the same age ?

Comparing Mark and Steve Waugh against Pakistan

Cheers Tigerbill,

Ties in with England earlier cancelling its tour to India and Pakistan.

Fifty years on: Australia versus the Rest of the World, 1971-72

And during the 1970s Australia would have played multiple times against SA, both home and away. Perhaps an additional 4-5 series, each of 3-5 games ?

Especially as one-day tournaments didn’t start filling the calendar until 1979-80, and 3 of the summers featured only a 3-match series against either NZ or Pak.

Fifty years on: Australia versus the Rest of the World, 1971-72

You’re right about the fast bowling DaveJ,

John Snow, Mike Procter, Peter Lever or Bob Willis, even a young Imran Khan, would have come in handy.

Bedi and Intikhab were the team’s leading wicket-takers.
An uncapped Greig opened the bowling in all 5 games.
Sobers took just 9 wickets, and I imagine a lot of his overs were off a longer run.
Peter Pollock arrived only in time for the series’ third Test, and played only 2 games.
Cunis played only 2 games, and missed the last one to travel to the WI.
All-rounder Richard Hutton played 2 games, assume he wasn’t particularly fast.
Asif Masood played only 1 match.

Fifty years on: Australia versus the Rest of the World, 1971-72

Thanks Peter,

Not to mention the Pollocks arriving only in time for the third Test, due to provincial cricket commitments in SA. And Cunis leaving before the last Test, for NZ’s tour to the WI.

Fifty years on: Australia versus the Rest of the World, 1971-72

You’re welcome Your Eminence, and you’re on the right track-

https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/garry-sobers-annihilates-australia-with-a-merciless-254-21568

“Ian Chappell trudged into the rival dressing room that evening. “I head over in his direction to congratulate him … just the two of us are in a quiet corner, and after I pour him a beer, he has a sip and then says, ‘Prue’s left me.’ Prue being his wife who lived in Melbourne in those days. I said: ‘Sobie, if that’s the bloody thing that’s annoying you so much, give me her phone number, and I’ll tell her to get bloody home straight away.’ You know, he just laughed. And it didn’t make any difference — he came out and belted us again.””

Fifty years on: Australia versus the Rest of the World, 1971-72

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