Mar 302014
 
T-20: Malinga Talks About Today Match

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Mar 222014
 
Battle of swashbucklers as India face WI
DHAKA: Saturday started off being a cloudy, humid day in the capital of Bangladesh and near the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium there were storm clouds brewing in the horizon.

It’s not yet time for kaalbaisakhi, the north westerly showers that usually are accompanied by strong winds in the summers, but perhaps word has gone around in the heavens that T20 cricket’s hit man, Chris Gayle, is in town.

West Indies, the defending champions of the ICC World T20, are all set to kick off their campaign against India, a team they have never lost to in the tournament. One hopes the weather forecast for thunderstorms will be proved wrong, for it could be another cracker of a match.

India don’t have a good record against West Indies in T20, but their performance against Pakistan, especially the way their spinners bowled on Friday night, should give them reason of hope against arguably the most dangerous and balanced outfit in this tournament.

Darren Sammy’s boys won both their warm-up games against England and Sri Lanka convincingly and India could have another testing time in the field curbing the likes of the Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Lendl Simmons and skipper Darren Sammy.

It will be interesting to see if Indian skipper MS Dhoni once again opens the bowling with offie R Ashwin and asks him to bowl round the wicket. It’s a tactic that worked against Pakistan on Friday. Ashwin has had success against Gayle bowling that line and has dismissed him cheaply, most notably in the IPL final in 2011.

West Indies, though, have other stars who can trouble India. Offie Sunil Narine and Ravi Rampaul are proven T20 performers. Left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie, who they haven’t faced a lot of, is another. The Jamaican pacer was one of the stars of the inaugural Caribbean Premier League. Santokie gets a lot of his wickets either bowled or leg-before and on the slow, low surfaces that the Sher-e-Bangla usually dishes out, he could be a handful.

While Santokie is an unknown commodity, the same can’t be said about other players. The teams know each other almost too well thanks to the IPL. Chris Gayle, Ravi Rampaul and Virat Kohli play for the Royal Challengers. Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja form the core of the Chennai Super Kings. Dwayne Smith and Rohit Sharma have shared the dressing room for Mumbai Indians and Darren Sammy, Shikhar Dhawan and Amit Mishra almost helped Sunrisers Hyderabad qualify for the final. There is very little that is secret between the players.

Suresh Raina hit the nail on the head when he said, “We know their players inside out and what kind of gameplan they may employ and how dangerous they can be. Similarly, they also know that our team has good fast bowlers and good spinners. Whoever loses focus will lose the battle.”

Key clashes

Kohli vs Narine

Virat Kohli has started the tournament on a bright note, slamming a half-century against England in the warm-up tie and then hitting an unbeaten 36 against Pakistan in the opener. It will be interesting to see how Kohli deals with Windies’ best bet in these conditions — Sunil Narine. A super player of spin pitted against a mystery spinner. This one should be a cracker.

Ashwin vs Gayle

He has been inconsistent of late, but if Chris Gayle does get up on the right side of the bed, India can kiss their chances goodbye. Skipper MS Dhoni has decided to open the bowling with R Ashwin in this event, which means the offie will face the formidable task of keeping Gayle quiet in the initial overs.

Dhoni vs Bravo

There is a lot that has happened around Dhoni recently but on the field, he continues to remain calm. The best finisher in the game is pitted this time against his Chennai Super Kings teammate Dwayne Bravo, one of the best all-rounders in the game. Both will be well aware of each others’ strengths. Let’s see who has a bigger impact this time around.

Feb 282014
 
Lumb ton in vain

By Rob Barnett

Michael Lumb became the second England batsman to make a century on one-day international debut but it was not enough for victory in the first of three format games with West Indies.

The 34-year-old left-hander, filling in for the injured Alex Hales and rested regular openers Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, progressed serenely to three figures midway through England’s pursuit of 270 and therefore matched Dennis Amiss’ feat in 1972.

Lumb shared a first-wicket stand of 96 with fellow ODI debutant Moeen Ali, who fell to Dwayne Smith for 44 shortly before Luke Wright went cheaply to Darren Sammy. Ravi Rampaul eventually accounted for Lumb on 106, making Stuart Broad’s side 180 for three from 37 overs.

Michael Lumb follows Dennis Amiss in scoring a hundred on one-day international debut. However, it could not stop West Indies winning

That proved to be the first of four wickets in six overs, two of which went to economical spinner Sunil Narine and included Joe Root for 37, leaving Ravi Bopara – playing his 100th ODI – and Tim Bresnan with too much to do as the Windies prevailed by 15 runs.

Contrasting hundred partnerships, both involving captain Dwayne Bravo, had lifted the hosts to an imposing 269 for six at Antigua’s Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

Recovering from 45 for four, Lendl Simmons and Bravo were pedestrian in raising a fifty stand but accelerated somewhat towards three figures. Bravo’s brutal alliance alongside Sammy was stark in contrast. The experienced sixth-wicket duo hit England’s attack to all parts while adding 116 in 10 overs.

The only bowlers to escape punishment were spinners James Tredwell, who was particularly impressive in returning 1-23 from 10 overs, and international debutant Moeen.

They had each struck once in leaving West Indies four down early on after Broad had chosen to bowl first in his maiden ODI as skipper. Bresnan made three breakthroughs, including Simmons for 65 and Sammy for a 36-ball 61, but Bravo was unbeaten on 87.

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Post-Match Presentation

9.49pm – Windies captain Dwayne Bravo is man of the match for his unbeaten 87 not out and 10 reasonable overs.

He said of his victors: “Congratulations to the entire team. Words can’t explain how they performed today.”

England skipper Stuart Broad said: “Up to 40 overs (of the chase) we were fantastic.”

On Michael Lumb’s ton, he added: “Lumby’s hundred on debut is a huge achievement for him and everyone is delighted for him.”

England Innings

9.31pm – WEST INDIES WIN BY 15 RUNS! ENGLAND 254/6; Bopara 23, Bresnan 14 – Rampaul completes the job as the hosts draw first blood in the three ODIs. The next game is on Sunday at the same venue.

9.27pm – The captain steps up to the plate again to leave England needing 22 from the last over.

9.24pm – Aside from two leg-side wides, Rampaul otherwise holds his nerve and it’s 29 from 12.

9.18pm – A tight over from Dwayne Bravo leaves the equation 37 off 18. Some big hitting is needed from Bopara and Bresnan.

9.13pm – Bresnan tickles Narine for a fine leg-side four, leaving 42 wanted from 24.

9.08pm – With Ravi Bopara and Tim Bresnan at the crease, the former playing in his 100th ODI, England need 50 from 30 balls.

8.59pm – WICKET! Buttler c Holder b Dwayne Bravo 13; Eng 211/6 – Buttler miscues Dwayne Bravo’s slower ball for a catch at mid-off, meaning the tourists require 59 from seven overs.

8.53pm – WICKET! Root c Ramdin b Narine 37; Eng 205/5 – Root clips Rampaul to the square-leg rope via a Dwayne Smith misfield and Jos Buttler reverse-sweeps Narine for four, but Root goes for a conventional sweep and gloves to wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.

8.42pm – WICKET! Stokes b Narine 5; Eng 192/4 – After Root deposits Rampaul for a one-bounce four over midwicket, Ben Stokes walks across his stumps and Narine clips his leg pole. The batting powerplay yields 21 for two.

8.30pm – WICKET! Lumb c Dwayne Bravo b Rampaul 106; Eng 180/3 – Rampaul surprises Lumb with a short slower ball and the batsman can only chip to cover. England need 90 from 13 overs.

8.21pm – England need 99 from the last 15 overs, at which point the batting powerplay is forced.

8.19pm – HUNDRED! Lumb (109b 7×4 2×6) – The left-hander nudges Sammy for a quick single to cover, becoming the second England batsman to make a century on ODI debut.

8.15pm – Slowing as he nears three figures, Lumb creeps to 99. Meanwhile, bowler Sammy is struggling with what appears to be a back problem.

8.06pm – Lumb moves tantalisingly on to 97 when drinks are taken.

7.51am – Lumb strikes three fours in as many overs in the third man region to race towards 90 and keep England needing around a run a ball to win. The 31st over starts with the tourists’ 150 arriving and ends with a fifty partnership for Lumb and Root.

7.42pm – CHANCE! – Lumb plays Sammy to midwicket, who throws at the non-striker’s stumps and would have run out Root with a direct hit.

7.37pm – Joe Root, who registered a ton in Tuesday’s warm-up game, joins Lumb in the middle and England progress to 116 for two from 25 overs.

7.25pm – WICKET! Wright c Dwayne Bravo b Sammy 1; Eng 106/2 – Luke Wright, who faced nine deliveries, tamely pulls to midwicket as a second scalp goes in four overs.

7.14pm – WICKET! Moeen c Narine b Smith 44; Eng 96/1 – The left-hander gets a leading edge and holes out to long-on, ending an excellent opening stand of 96. Lumb under-edges the next ball for four to raise England’s hundred.

7.12pm – FIFTY! Lumb (58b 3×4 2×6) – Lumb becomes the 20th England batsman to make a half-century in his first ODI.

7.07pm – Narine and Darren Sammy string together three tight overs to check England’s momentum. The tourists are still comfortably ahead of where West Indies were at this stage.

6.52pm – DROPPED CHANCE! – Moeen, on 36, cuts Bravo aerially towards point where Dwayne Smith dives to his left but cannot hold a tough opportunity. At the end of the over England are 81 without loss from 15.

6.46pm – Lumb near enough repeats the shot that brought him a maximum off Bravo, this time getting it finer for four.

6.32pm – REVIEW! – Lumb is given out lbw to Rampaul, but immediately reviews knowing he inside-edged onto his back pad. He therefore survives and England keep their review. The tourists reach 53 for none after the compulsory powerplay and Lumb then upper-cuts Dwayne Bravo for a six that landed on the rope.

6.28pm – Lumb and Moeen raise a fifty partnership in the over that Sunil Narine’s spin is introduced.

6.16pm – Lumb, who has played and missed a bit, connects emphatically with a Holder ball for six over long-on. He then takes Rampaul for consecutive leg-side fours.

6.08pm – Moeen picks up a trio of fours, advancing to hit Rampaul aerially through cover before straight-driving and pulling Holder. That’s an impressive statement in his first senior international knock.

5.51pm – REVIEW! – Jason Holder opens the bowling to Michael Lumb, who is being partnered by fellow one-day international debutant Moeen Ali, and is struck high on the front pad. West Indies use their sole review but the ball was going over the stumps so Lumb survives. Ravi Rampaul also starts with a tight over.

West Indies Innings

5.07pm – WICKET & END OF INNINGS! Sammy c Broad b Bresnan 61; WEST INDIES 269/6; Bravo 87 – Sammy chips to cover at the end of an over worth 14. He and Bravo have batted brilliantly in a partnership of 116 that has transformed the hosts’ innings.

5.05pm – FIFTY! Sammy (33b 4×4 4×6) – The burly right-hander belts Bresnan into the stands to bring up his milestone.

5.02pm – CENTURY PARTNERSHIP! – Jordan concedes 21 from the innings’ penultimate over, including a Bravo six over point from a no-ball. This rapid stand has realised three figures in just 56 deliveries.

4.50pm – After two fours – the latter from Sammy’s inside-edge taking the Windies to 200 – come in a Bresnan over worth 16, Sammy smacks Root for two straightish maximums in a set of six costing 23.

4.38pm – FIFTY! Bravo (74b 3×4 0x6) – A captain’s half-century arrives via two through midwicket off Root. Bravo deservedly gets warm applause for his milestone.

4.35pm – With minimum of effort Sammy smites Jordan for six over long-on, which upsets the seamer’s rhythm as he bowls three consecutive off-side wides later in the over.

4.28pm – Darren Sammy announces himself by whacking Broad for four past mid-on before Bravo flicks to the fine-leg boundary later in the over, which is followed by a tight one from Root.

 

4.14pm – WICKET! Simmons c Moeen b Bresnan 65; WI 153/5 – From the penultimate ball of the powerplay Simmons slices Bresnan tamely towards cover and Moeen moves from extra-cover to take a comfortable catch. The fifth-wicket stand was worth 108 and the powerplay 41.

4.09pm – CENTURY PARTNERSHIP! – Simmons uppishly cuts Broad to the boundary to register an alliance with Bravo in the second half of which the Windies have significantly accelerated.

4pm – FIFTY! Simmons (81b 4×4 0x6) – Having driven Moeen past mid-off for four, the right-hander delicately sweeps the spinner for two to raise a patient half-century in an over that yields 10 runs. In the next over Simmons and Bravo profit from width outside off stump with a four each off Jordan.

3.47pm – Simmons flicks Bresnan to the fine-leg rope soon before the batting powerplay is enforced. With Simmons and Bravo set, the Windies need to exploit this.

3.35pm – Much like buses, two boundaries come in quick succession as Simmons cuts Moeen through backward point. The next over sees Simmons and Bravo share a pedestrian fifty partnership that has spanned 16 overs. In the next, West Indies reach three figures.

3.24pm – Excitement in Antigua! Bravo cover-drives Jordan for the first boundary in almost 13 overs shortly before the hosts reach 87 for four with 20 to go.

 

3.15pm – The stranglehold remains in place thanks to a combination of a close field and economical bowling from Tredwell, who has got through nine overs, and Jordan.

3pm – Bresnan and Tredwell continue to keep it tight in the middle overs. Jordan the gets his first bowl today – in place of Bresnan.

2.46pm – Following Bresnan’s maiden to home captain Dwayne Bravo, Simmons raises West Indies’ fifty with a single in the 19th over. Slow scoring is often the norm in the Caribbean, but England are restricting their opponents well here.

2.33pm – WICKET! Bravo lbw Moeen 2; WI 45/4 – It gets better for England as Moeen traps left-handed Bravo in front. The batsman reviewed but the ball was heading for middle and leg when it struck him on the front foot. In the next over Simmons cuts Tredwell for four.

2.27pm – Tredwell delivers a maiden to Lendl Simmons and Moeen Ali’s first international over is a tidy one with just two runs to Darren Bravo coming off it.

2.16pm – WICKET! Edwards b Bresnan 10; WI 40/3 – It’s two wickets in as many overs when Edwards plays on to a full delivery via his pad. This is a dream start for England.

2.11pm – WICKET! Smith c Buttler b Tredwell 24; WI 38/2 – A double bowling change works for England when Smith inside-edges James Tredwell onto his pad and the ball loops towards a vacant short-leg region where wicketkeeper Jos Buttler snaffles the chance. It was initially given not-out but the tourists review and replays show a clear edge.

2.07pm – Bresnan replaces Broad and is soon driven for four past mid-on by Kirk Edwards in the last over of the powerplay, after which West Indies are 36 for one.

1.57pm – Smith pulls Broad past short fine-leg to the boundary for the Windies’ first runs in 22 balls. Later in the over he edges another four between the slips and gully.

1.52pm – WICKET! Powell c Jordan b Root 5; WI 19/1 – The pressure tells as the left-hander drives on the up and Chris Jordan, fielding at short extra-cover, dives low to his right to hold a stunning one-handed catch. That was quite brilliant from Jordan, who could have chosen to play for West Indies instead of England. Root completes a wicket-maiden.

1.47pm – Broad and Root keep the Windies in check, the latter with a maiden to Powell. Broad follows up with a runless over of his own.

1.38pm – Stuart Broad takes the second over and Smith, often a big hitter, elegantly pushes the paceman through extra-cover for four. Root continues and, after Tim Bresnan’s misfield at point spurns a chance to run out Powell at the non-striker’s end, Smith launches the bowler for a mighty straight six.

1.30pm – Part-time spinner Joe Root surprisingly opens the bowling, with Dwayne Smith facing and Kieran Powell at the other end. The over costs just two.

Pre-Play News

1.22pm – While waiting for the action to start, why not read and watch Broad’s thoughts ahead of the series?

1.17pm – West Indies, who are missing Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard through injury, line up as follows: Dwayne Smith, Kieran Powell, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo (captain), Denesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul.

1.04pm – ENGLAND WIN THE TOSS AND BOWL – Stuart Broad, England’s Twenty20 skipper who is captain for the first time in an ODI today, calls correctly. Lumb and Moeen are in for Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan, who respectively have thigh and knee problems.

12.50pm – Michael Lumb and Moeen Ali have been handed their ODI caps, meaning they will make their format debuts today.

12.40pm – The toss is coming up in 20 minutes and the game is due to start at 1.30pm. Stay here for match previews and news from the middle.

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Jan 082014
 
WI destroy NZ by 203 runs to draw series

Kirk Edwards and Dwayne Bravo’s centuries helped West Indies crush New Zealand by 203 runs to level series 2-2

WI destroy NZ by 204 runs to draw series (© AFP)

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The West Indies racked up their highest-ever limited overs total to crush New Zealand by 203 runs in the fifth one-day international on Wednesday, and draw the series 2-2.

Kirk Edwards and Dwayne Bravo both notched centuries as the West Indies flayed New Zealand’s attack to reach 363 for four, before Nikita Miller dominated with the ball to skittle the Black Caps for 160.

The mammoth total was the highest ever posted by the West Indies in a 50-over match, surpassing the previous mark of 360 set against Sri Lanka in 1987.

Edwards and Dwayne Bravo came together at 143-3 and put on 211 runs, with Edwards finishing unbeaten on 123, his maiden ODI century. Skipper Bravo was dismissed shortly before the end of the innings for 106.

Opener Kieran Powell had launched a blistering assault at the start of the innings, smashing 73 runs off just 44 balls with 12 fours and two sixes.

He plundered 18 off a single Mitchell McClenaghan over, with one lucky spectator winning NZ$100,000 ($83,000) from a beer sponsor by catching one of his sixes one-handed.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum brought on his brother Nathan to try to stem the runs and the tactic paid off almost immediately when Powell was out lbw for 73, trying to sweep.

Fellow opener Johnson Charles was run out for 31 when Nathan McCullum sent the stumps flying with a direct hit as the batsman attempted a quick single and Lendl Simmons followed soon after, caught by Kane Williamson.

Bravo came to the crease and steadied the innings with Edwards, who smashed a six to notch his half century.

The West Indies bludgeoned 117 off the last 10 overs, with Bravo out trying to smash Williamson out of the ground.

New Zealand made a disastrous start, slumping to 65 for five after just 15 overs through a combination of rash shots and a much-improved West Indian attack.

The Black Caps openers went cheaply, with Martin Guptill out lbw for six and dangerman Jesse Ryder (17) scooping the ball skyward going for a slog.

Brendon McCullum failed to stop the rot coming in the middle order, offering Johnson Charles a simple catch when he charged down the wicket to a seemingly innocuous delivery from Nikita Miller, who finished with figures of four for 45.

A luckless Luke Ronchi dismissed himself for 15 when he dislodged the bails with his foot as he squared up for a shot, in a sign nothing was going the Black Caps’ way.

Jan 072014
 
Ramdin asks WI batsmen, fielders to step up
Three catches were dropped off Jason Holder's bowling, New Zealand v West Indies, 4th ODI, Nelson, January 4, 2014

Denesh Ramdin said Jason Holder needed more support © Getty Images
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Denesh Ramdin has urged the West Indies batsmen and fielders to step up their game if they are to level the ODI series in New Zealand. West Indies go into the fifth and final match in Hamilton trailing 1-2 and needing a win to save face in a rain-affected series that has been rough on the visitors.

“Our fielding was not up to standard in the last game,” Ramdin said. “We’re usually a good fielding unit but we ended up giving away too many chances. The first 25 overs were good but in the second 25, we gave away chances and runs.”

Ramdin also pointed out that the top five batsmen need to do better than their recent stagnant performances to set a proper foundation whether chasing or batting first. “It’s no secret that our batting has failed us recently against India and New Zealand. Hopefully, our top five will come out and get some runs on the board or lead a good chase. I believe they can finish this (series) on a good note. We’re looking to give a good showing. It’s been a long time for us away from home and we’re looking forward to going home but we want to end on a high note and improve. We haven’t batted well at all except for a few bright spots here and there.”

Ramdin referred to West Indies’ depleted squad which had left them short of experience as a key factor in their showing against New Zealand. Ramdin said that the absence of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Kemar Roach and the subsequent blows to Darren Bravo, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels and now, Ravi Rampaul, took a severe toll on the unit. “The injuries haven’t been good for us. Now we have new guys coming in for selection. We’ll do better in the Twenty20s and if this game is shortened, we will be ready. We know New Zealand are clicking in all aspects of the game.”

He added that more support needed to be provided to Jason Holder, who he dubbed as their best bowler in the series. Ramdin felt Tino Best and Sunil Narine would be effective as long as the fielders stuck to plans. He bemoaned how their fundamentals such as backing up and simple catching pegged them back in the last couple of ODIs.

West Indies had lost the third Test in Hamilton earlier on the tour and Ramdin said the pitch was similar to the Test one. “The grass is greener and there’s something for the bowlers, with the two new balls. Once the batters get past that, they should get some runs. It’s frustrating with the weather. It’s much more cold than we’re accustomed to but we want to take this match down to wire and get a full 50 in.”

On the mood in the camp, Ramdin said, “It’s difficult but Bravo (Dwayne) has been motivating us in bringing a relaxed atmosphere to the dressing room so that we play our natural Caribbean style of cricket. It’s tough so far but we have the belief despite not getting much success in New Zealand. Our respectability is on the line. We have a lot of cricket back in the Caribbean waiting on us so right now, we need to rally around each other.”

Ramdin also brushed aside notions that West Indies were too reliant on T20 success recently. When asked if ODIs and Test cricket still appealed, he responded, “We enjoy playing these long formats but just haven’t been getting the results. It’s not a dying breed of cricket as many say. These are good challenges and the ultimate for cricketers. West Indies have players who are suitable for all formats.

“On the state of our cricket, it is important we keep working hard at the senior, U-15 and U-19 levels. We have to put on a show versus England back home and then there’s the 50-over World Cup next year. I can see New Zealand being a dark horse as the co-host but we, as a team, will take it one step at a time, win some matches and gain confidence, especially with the T20 title defence in Bangladesh this year.”

Dec 122013
 
Boult six-for flattens WI for 193

West Indies 193 (Samuels 60, Edwards 55, Boult 6-40) and 0 for 0 (f/o) trail New Zealand 441 by 248 runs
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Trent Boult appeals unsuccessfully for the wicket of Kirk Edwards, New Zealand v West Indies, 2nd Test, Wellington, 2nd day, December 12, 2013

Trent Boult claimed his best figures of 6 for 40 © Getty Images
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West Indies managed another spectacular and depressingly familiar collapse on the third morning in Wellington, losing their last six wickets in 35 deliveries to crumble to 193. Five of those six wickets were taken by Trent Boult, who put on an exhibition of fast, accurate inswing bowling. Four of Boult’s five victims on the day were right-hand batsmen who insisted on driving at the original line despite the copious movement. Boult ended with his best figures of 6 for 40, his final four wickets coming in just six balls. Despite the frustration of Dunedin, Brendon McCullum enforced the follow-on again, New Zealand having sent down just 49.5 overs in the first innings, and only 12.5 this morning.

More to follow …

Dec 122013
 
Black Caps near top of test big-hitters list

It’s been a long time since the Black Caps or any of the players sat atop any test cricket rankings of importance.

But a couple of big-hitters are sitting close to the surprising record of being the best six-hitter in the game.

Trent Boult and Tim Southee sit second and fourth respectively on the list, complied by stats guru Ric Finlay.

Only recent Ashes debutant George Bailey sits above Boult, who added to his tally at the Basin Reserve yesterday with a couple of big sixes against the West Indies.

The No. 11 took his career tally to 253 runs with 14 sixes, just shy of Bailey’s ratio but more impressive given he’s a tail-ender.

Finlay reports that the record of Tim Southee is even more astounding.

In his 28th Test, the 25-year-old has made 216 of his 752 runs in 36 mighty blows.

This puts Southee comfortably ahead of sloggers Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul of Pakistan, who sit either side of West Indian Michael Holding on the six-slugging list of cricketers with a minimum of 500 Test runs.

Highest ratio: sixes to runs

■ George Bailey (Aus) 33.3% (90 runs 5 sixes)

■ Trent Boult (NZ) 33.2% (253, 14)

■ Jim Smith (Eng) 29.4% (102, 5)

■ TimSouthee (NZ) 28.7% (752, 36)

■ Sylvester Clarke (WI) 27.9% (172, 8)

■ Shoaib Akhtar (Pak) 24.3% (544, 22)

■ Michael Holding (WI) 21.7% (910, 33)

■ UmarGul (Pak) 20.8% (577, 20)

■ Mohammad Rafique (Bang) 19.3% (1059, 34)

– © Fairfax NZ News

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