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Old December 22, 2004, 06:19 AM
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TESTS

Batting

Averages

With two Tests still to be played Steve Harmison (14.50), Douglas Hondo (16.00), Glenn McGrath (16.00), Jason Gillespie (16.50) and Harbhajan Singh (17.22) all have better Test averages than Shaun Pollock (14.41) who has been often cited as the best all-rounder in the world.

Out of the players with top 10 Test highest averages for 2004, three of them are Zimbabwean. Stuart Carlisle - 97.00, Sean Ervine - 80.00 and Heath Streak - 68.00.

Adam Gilchrist (average: 37.57) is the fifth best Test batsman-wicket keeper. Behind Kumar Sangakkara (55.70), Parthiv Patel (43.62) and Brendon McCullum (38.06).

Matthew Hayden (average: 42.32) is the 10th best Test opening batsman. Ahead of him are Herschelle Gibbs (63.63), Virender Sehwag (63.38), Andrew Strauss (57.85), Justin Langer (57.04), Sanath Jayasuria (56.50), Chris Gayle (54.04), Graeme Smith (50.38), Marvan Attapattu (48.30) and Gautam Gambhir (43.85).

Centuries

So far, out of all the current captains only Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly have not scored a Test century in 2004. Habibul Bashar has 1, Michael Vaughan 3, Stephen Fleming 2, Inzamam-ul-Haq 2, Graeme Smith 2, Marvan Attapattu 4, Brian Lara 3.

Both England and South Africa have had eight centurions in 2004, whilst Australia and the West Indies are in joint second with 7 apiece. Perhaps most surprsingly, both Pakistan and Bangladesh have had the same amount of century makers this year - 4.

Strike Rates

3 out of the top 5 players with the best strike rates (and 400+ Test runs) are openers. Chris Cairns (SR: 86.52) and Adam Gilchrist (74.15) lead the way, followed by Virender Sehwag (73.61), Chris Gayle (71.24) and Sanath Jayasuria (70.01).

Whilst on the subject on strike rates, England fastest scorer is not Andrew Flintoff (68.57), but in fact the man with the best S/R in the world (and 100+ runs), Steve Harmison (90.62).
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