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Consecutive fifties and highest batting average as captain

Written by Muhammad Asim on July 18th, 2006   (477 views)

Day 5 Statistical Highlights

* With his second fifty-plus score of the match, Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul-Haq created a new world record of most consecutive fifties by a batsman against a country. A run-stretch from the Old Trafford Test in 2001, Inzi has now gone nine successive innings (114, 85, 53, 72, 109, 100*, 97, 69, 56*) against England with atleast a half-century in each one of them. This broke the 22-year old record of eight fifties on trot by West Indian Clive Lloyd against England from June 1980 to June 1984. Interestingly, all of Lloyd’s scores were as captain while Inzamam’s seven of the nine scores were registered while he was leading the Pakistan side. So, Lloyd still holds the record of most consecutive fifty-plus scores by a captain against England. See Tables 1 & 2. 

* Salman Butt became only the fourth Pakistani batsman for the fifth time to be dismissed on the very first ball of an innings. See Table 3. 

* Pakistan have now gone 10 Tests without losing one. Their last defeat was against West Indies at Bridgetown in May 2005 when they were drubbed by 276 runs. Since then they have played 10 Tests won 5, drew 5. See Table 4. 

* At the end of the Lord’s Test, Inzamam now has a Test batting average of 61.72 as captain. Among captains who have scored atleast 1000 or more in Test cricket this is now the third best among all after Don Bradman’s incredible 101.52 and Ricky Ponting’s 63.21. Against England as captain (with 500 runs or more), Inzi betters Bradman with an average of 111.2. See Tables 5 & 6.  * Inzamam’s twin scores of fifty plus in the Lord’s Test makes him only the second man after Alan Border to have 11 or more twin-fifties in a match. Border had scored fifty in both innings of the match on 13 occasions while Inzi has now registered 11 such instances. See Table 7. 

* Inzamam’s twin scores of fifty plus in the Lord’s Test makes him only the second man after Alan Border to have 11 or more twin-fifties in a match. Border had scored fifty in both innings of the match on 13 occasions while Inzi has now registered 11 such instances.  

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