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Old December 28, 2004, 06:42 AM
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Rich Hudson


Economy Rates

Shivnarine Chanderpaul is the only bowler not to concede a run in 2004
after bowling a solitary maiden against England. Of those who have
bowled over 40 overs, Heath Streak's 1.52 is the best, whilst Sanath
Jayasuria (2.32) is the most miserly bowler with over 100 overs bowled
in 2004.

Brett Lee is the most expensive bowler in 2004 (of those who have
bowled more than one over), with an economy rate of 5.32 from 51.5
overs. Pakistan's Imran Farhat is second with 5.07 (30.1 ovs).
Jermaine Lawson is the most expensive to have bowled 100+ overs


Out of the players with top 10 Test best averages for 2004, four of
them are Zimbabwean. Heath Streak (12.60) is second, Andy Blignaut
(17.00) is fourth, Ray Price (20.00) is sixth and Travis Friend
(20.00) is seventh. Between them they took 19 wickets before their
contracts were cancelled by the ZCU.

Meanwhile, another Zimbabwean, this time their captain/wicket-keeper,
Tatenda Taibu has a better average (27.00) than Shoaib Akhtar (28.23)
and Chaminda Vaas (28.65). West Indies part time leg spinner,
Ramnaresh Sarwan (29.71) joins Taibu in having a better average than
Shaun Pollock (30.60), Matthew Hoggard (30.88) and Daniel Vettori

Glenn McGrath is the only bowler with over 10 wickets to average under
20 (42 wkts @ 18.42). At the other end of the spectrum, Tareq Aziz is
set to finish the year with the highest bowling average (261.00) and
of those who have bowled over 100 overs, Ajit Agarkar's 204.00 is the


The West Indies have had 21 centuries scored against them in 2004,
this is the joint record with India in 1983. Herschelle Gibbs got the
bowling with 142 in January whilst Graham Thorpe (114) scored the 21st
and final in August. Michael Vaughan was the only player to score
three centuries against them, whilst Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs,
Graham Thorpe, Andrew Flintoff and Marcus Trescothick recorded two

Of those bowlers who have not recorded a wicket in 2004, Zimbabwe's
Tawanda Mupariwa conceded the most runs (136), closely followed by
Simon Katich (135). Nathan Bracken bowled the most overs without
taking a wicket, 45 in total.

Matthew Hoggard has taken the most wickets without taking a 5-for (42)
followed by Shaun Pollock (38), although both still have one game to
correct this. Irfan Pathan and Chris Martin are the only seam bowlers
to achieve a 10-for this year, whilst seven spin bowlers have,
including Upul Chandana who still manages to average 40.40.

South Africa and the West Indies have used most bowlers this year –
19. This number includes only three who do not take their bowling
particularly seriously – Gary Kirsten, Neil McKenzie (both SA) and
Sylvester Joseph (WI). England have used the least, just 10, whilst
the rest have vary between 12 and 17.
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