>More Tests and the influence of one-day matches combine to re-
>write the records.
>By Rob S***
>Good days, these, for the statistic-lover. At the end of the end-
>less English summer of 1990, one wit fed up with the glut of
>fresh batting milestones observed that the number set over the
>season itself constituted a record. Much the same can be said of
>Test cricket during the Nineties.
>Allan Border, a man with little apparent concept of final cur-
>tains, is nearing 160 caps and 11,500 runs, having taken both
>records from Sunil Gavaskar. Kapil Dev recently supplanted Sir
>Richard Hadlee as the highest wicket-taker of all time. In 1990,
>Graham Gooch totalled 456 runs for the Lord's Test against India,
>while New Zealand's Andrew Jones and Martin Crowe eclipsed all
>partnerships the following winter with their 467 against Sri Lan-
>Brian Lara's achievement now means that six of the eight princi-
>pal individual landmarks have been surpassed in the current de-
>cade. Only Jim Laker's 10 for 53 and 19 for 90 against Australia
>in 1956 survive unscathed.
>The primary reason for the marks of Border and Kapil is, of
>course, opportunity. In the Sixties, 186 Test matches were
>played; in the Eighties, 266. Come the millennium, the Nineties
>will probably have seen 300.
>A more vigorous outlook, though born of necessity, has been simi-
>larly influential. During the Sixties, the last decade before
>waning public interest in the five-day format prompted the reluc-
>tant introduction of the one-day international, 89 Tests were
>left drawn, a fraction under 50 per cent. For the first four
>years of the Nineties, the rate is below 38 per cent.
>Faster scoring, encouraged by the limited-overs game and aided by
>accommodating pitches and the near- extinction of third man, has
>also played a vital part, even if tardy over-rates have changed
>the emphasis of the statisticians from time to balls. Gooch,
>nevertheless, took 10 hours and 27 minutes over his 333 against
>India, some six hours fewer than Hanif Mohammad expended for four
>more runs in 1958, and still had time to tot up another century.
>The 1,603 runs scored all told in that Lord's match came from
>393.3 overs, more than four an over, whereas when Len Hutton made
>his 364 in 1938, England ground along to 903 at barely 2.5 runs
>an over, albeit in the face of a over-rate nudging 120 per day.
>When the West Indies amassed their previous record home score
>against England last month, their 556 runs flowed at more than 60
>per 100 balls. In 16 Ashes series between 1946 and 1975, neither
>England nor Australia managed to average 50 per 100. Good old
>days? What good old days?
>THE EIGHT LEADING INDIVIDUAL TEST RECORDS
>375 BC Lara West Indies v England (Antigua, 1994)
>MOST RUNS IN A TEST
>456 G A Gooch, England v India (Lord's, 1990)
>MOST TEST RUNS
>11,174 A R Border Australia 1978-94
>MOST TEST APPEARANCES
>156 A R Border Australia 1978-94
>467 M D Crowe and A H Jones New Zealand v Sri Lanka (Wellington,
>434 Kapil Dev India 1979-94
>MOST WICKETS IN AN INNINGS
>10-53 J C Laker England v Australia (Old Trafford, 1956)
>MOST WICKETS IN A MATCH
>19-90 J C Laker England v Australia (Old Trafford, 1956)
I guess Gavaskar is still there
Is anybody playing test cricket close to this record ?
This record will also be broken in nineties (SRT / Lara / ....?)
>UMass, Apr 23, 1994
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