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Thursday, November 18, 2004

NZ - Australia Test Averages against each other 

I'm predicting a loss for us late on the 4th day. All depends on that first innings though. If we bat and knock up 400+ we can do alright. Where are our hundreds going to come from I wonder?

Our batting lineup with experience against the Aussies have only scored 2 centuries against them in 67 digs combined (plus 12 50s).

Their batting lineup has 6 centuries against us from 53 digs (plus 13 50s and 3 more 50s from Warne who fancies himself as an alrounder against us.... wanker).

Aussies Who Have Had A Crack At Us B4

Matthew Hayden 4 tests, 7 inn, 336 runs, ave 48.00
2, 37, 136, 13, 91, 0, 57
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Justin Langer 9 tests, 15 inn, 695 runs, ave 53.46
63, 24, 0, 0, 46, 47, 12, 57, 4, 122*, 104, 18*, 123, 75, 0
3 ducks! Just ignore the 3 centuries in his last 6 at bats v us.
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Rickeeee Pon-ing 6 tests, 9 innings, 370 runs, ave 61.66
26, 73*, 16, 4, 5, 32*, 157*, 31, 26
Only scored more than 32 twice in 9 knocks v NZ
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Damien Marten 7 tests, 12 inn, 410 runs, ave 41.00
1, 74, 17, 36, 78, 17*, 89*, 4, 4, 0, 60, 30
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Adam Gilchrist 6 tests, 10 inn, 404 runs, ave 50.50
7, 59, 3, 75, 0*, 118, 20, 39, 0, 83*
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Warney 15 tests, 17 inn, 442 runs, ave 31.57 (bit high isn't it?!)
22*, 22, 3*, 2, 11, 74*, 21, 36, 14, 7, 12, 7, 10, 22, 70, 90, 10

bowling: 75 wickets, best:6/31, average 25.08 (fuck!)
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Jason Gillespie 3 tests, 3 inn, 21 runs, ave 21.00
20*, 0, 1*

bowling: 11 wickets, best:2/40, ave 28.72
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Michael Kasprowicz 3 tests, 3 inn, 42 runs, ave 21.00
13*, 9, 20

bowling: 6 wickets, best:2/40, ave 38.83
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Glenda McGrath 9 tests, 7 inn, 36 runs, ave 6.00
0, 6, 8, 1, 14, 7, 0*
bowling: 30 wickets, best:5/32, ave 32.56 (now that's crap by his standards)


Keuwees Who Have Had A Crack At The Kangaroo Shaggas

Mark Richardson 3 tests, 5 inn, 152 runs, ave 30.40
26, 57, 30, 9, 30
That won't be good enough this series.
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Matthew Sinclair 6 tests, 11 inn, 141 runs, ave 12.81 (WHAT?!)
8, 6, 4, 0, 19, 24, 3, 23, 23, 2, 29
Wow, he owns the Aussies!!! Average of 12 and top score of 29 in 11 digs.
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Stephen Fleming (mullet) 9 tests, 17 inn, 479 runs, ave 28.17 (uh oh)
91, 0, 10, 4, 0, 0, 21, 8, 16, 60, 30, 2, 0, 57, 71, 105, 4
Do not expect much from this man sick or fit against the green and puke.
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Nathan Astle 9 tests, 17 inn, 608 runs, ave 40.53
12, 14, 12, 19, 22*, 40, 31, 35, 61, 14, 0, 26, 66, 49, 11, 156*, 40

bowling: 268 runs, 2 wickets, ave 134.00
Average of 134. I think it would be fair to say that the Aussie batsman don't cry themselves to sleep at night when thinking of facing him off his 10 yard run up.
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Craig McMillan 9 tests, 17 inn, 514 runs, ave 32.12
54, 0, 54, 23, 2, 41, 6, 78, 1, 0, 79, 30, 45, 23*, 55, 4, 19

bowling: 8 wickets, best:3/57, ave 36.87
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Daniel "ladies man" Vettori 8 tests, 13 inn, 4*, 100 runs, ave 11.11
14, 0, 14*, 1, 3, 15*, 0, 27, 8, 3*, 10*, 2, 3

bowling: 33 wickets, best:7/87, ave 29.33
not bad lad, not bad at all. Good luck on the Gabba pitch though :(

Comments:
Those stats say a fair bit! Interesting that Astle's the only Nzer with a higher average against Australia than career average.

What you're overlooking, though, is we have the surprise weapon of Kyle Mills.....
 
I think these stats are telling, as they show who our class players have been(i.e., those who can perform against classy opposition ... well, classy on the pitch at least). Astle with the bat, Vettori with the ball.

I was a bit surprised to see McMillan with a half-respectable average ... he may be living on past glories against the Ozis though.

They have 5 batsmen with higher averages than our best batsman (Astle), and Warne averages as much with the bat as McMillan, and more than Richardson.

At the Gabba I suspect the trick is bat first, survive the first session (1/70 would be fine), and then make hay while the Queensland sun shines.

I bought a radio to listen in from the office ... having said that Radio Sport had better have some fucking coverage, and I don't want it interrupted constantly for your crap ads, crap news, or crap discussions of crap rugby union. e.g., "Does Tana have a sore thumb?" etc.

One of my complaints with the NZ media is the obsessive, almost entirely uncritical coverage of Union, to the extent that on the hottest day of summer the lead "story" in the sporting press will be some 3rd rate union player might miss the opening game of the Super 12 because he hurt his toe, or dislocated his penis, etc.
 
If we bat first, and are 1/70 at lunch, I'll be extatic.

I'm off to the pub to watch a bit now. I need to be there for 12:30 for the best bit. The Channel 9 song, the beige jacket, and the reassuring sound of the Great Man. "Good morning vieeeeeeewers"

Ah, the start of summer.
 
Batting first and 0/21 so far ... see-moan must be pleased. Haven't heard any rugby "news" on Sports Radio yet either.
 
A duck from Fleming. Way to lead from the front.

That's his 5th duck against Aussie in tests. Now he averages 26.6 against them. Tits on a bull!!!
 
That is a lot of ducks against one side. Isn't it interesting how many good players get done over by Australia; Flem, Lara, Atherton, Cullinin, Hussein.

Having seen it though, I'd have to see he did get a great ball, unlike Richardson who got drawn towards his a bit. Good to see our 2 Aussies fighting back at the moment
 
Lara basically struggled against McGrath and Cullinan against Warne.

Fleming seems to struggle against all of them.
 
2/67 at lunch ... not too far from my hoped-for 1/70, although slight advantage to their Ozis (over our ones).

Anyone else surprised the Ozis didn't play Lee ... NZ has always struggled against genuinely fast bowling ... a certain W. Younis always did very well against us.
 
Just looking at the records of the players you named.

Atherton played a massive number of innigs against the Aussies. 66 in all. averaged 29.68

Hussein averaged 38.56 (more than his full average).

Lara averages 51.45 against aussie and has 8 centuries and 11 50s.

He's had a run of 5 low scores and 4 low scores against them but aside from that he's been a run machine against them.

Cullinan averaged 12.75 against them, so him and Sinclair should get together.

Although Sinclair is on 21* so hopefully he can at least beat his previous best of 29. My prediction is he gets 79.
 
Oops, I had a feeling I might have got it wrong with Hussein.

Lara in Australia would be an interesting figure (especially if you take out the 277)

Sinclair's a great enigma. When in form he just keeps on getting runs, when he's out of touch he is just awful to watch.

Good to see Styris backing himself.
 
I've commented on Sinclair a fair bit in the past. he's just so hit and miss.

He's a bad starter and when he gets in he can make some big runs. But he just never seems to settle at the crease long enough.

Myself and dc_red went to Napier for a one dayer a couple of years ago and he made one of the ugliest 70odds I've ever seen. Just never settled. Basically won the game for us though.

I think if you take out his test hundreds he averages about 20.

We need 300+ just to stay in this test but ideally 400 to give us something to bowl at. 500 would be a dream with this side.

We need a hundred from 2 out of Styris, Sinclair, Astle and McMillan plus some runs from Oram and McCullum and the others chipping in with a few as well.

Asking the impossible?
 
kiss of death there from you see-moan!!!!
 
actually i've just remembered about my cynical call that McMillan would probably be back in the NZ team in 3 weeks to face the aussies becasue of our lack of depth.

And it's turned out to be true.
 

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