2017: A Year in Random Cricket Stats

Test Cricket


In 2017, David Warner became the closest batsman to ever fall short of 1000+ runs in a calendar year. Warner scored 997 runs. The previous record holder was AB de Villiers in 2010, with 996 runs.


India, on their tour of Sri Lanka now have the second highest lowest score in a completed innings for a 3+ test series (completed innings being one in which the team is either bowled out or declared nine wickets down), 492. The record is 532 by South Africa at home against West Indies in 2003/04.


For the first time ever in Test cricket, India bowled a team (Sri Lanka) out on home soil with every wicket falling to seam (scorecard).

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Steve Smith is first batsman to score 1000+ runs at 70+ for 4 consecutive years:

2014: 1146 @ 81.85

2015: 1474 @ 73.70

2016: 1079 @ 71.93

2017: 1305 @ 76.76


In 2017, the 5th wicket partnership in Tests was the highest averaging partnership.


Trent Boult has the highest average differential in 2017: 68 runs at 68.00, 27 wickets at 24.77.

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Jimmy Neesham and Younis Khan have the joint highest catches per innings for non-keepers (5 catches in 4 innings and 10 in 8 respectively). The next highest are: Ben Stokes (16 in 14) and Steve Smith (21 in 20, also most catches total). AB de Villiers’ 8 dismissals (all catches) in 2 innings is best for keepers. Paine (18 catches and 1 stumping in 7 innings) is second and Quinton de Cock (45 catches and 5 stumpings in 22 innings, most dismissals total) is third.


Bruce Oxenford has officiated the most games (10 as on-field umpire and 5 as TV umpire).


England have won the most tosses this year, 8/11. Sri Lanka are second with 7/13, whilst Pakistan won only 1/6.

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New Zealand won all 3 matches in which they won the toss. Their record when they lost the toss was 1 win, 1 loss, 2 drawn.


The only ton on debut of the year came from number 8 (Tom Blundell, 107* vs West Indies). This is taken out of 56 innings from debutants who batted at number 8 or above.

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6 debutants took more than 2 wickets in either innings. Only Roland-Jones of these 6 took more than 2 in both innings. There were 24 debutants in total who bowled.


Aiden Markram (South Africa) became only the 2nd ever Test player to have a palindromic surname, after Rangy Nanan (West Indies). Nanan played his only Test in 1980.




Of those batsmen to have scored at least 100 runs in T20Is in 2017, Mohammad Nabi had the highest strike rate (209 runs at a SR of 175.63), followed by Stuart Thompson (104 @ 173.33).


Colin Munro hit two seperate T20I centuries each with 7 fours and 7 sixes during 2017 (101 v BAN and 109* v IND).

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Roelof van der Merwe hit the fastest T20I innings of 20+ to not contain a 6 in the year (35* off 15 with 6 fours 0 sixes vs Oman).


The top three slowest innings of the year to contain no fours but at least one 6 all came in the same game (Asghar Stanikzai’s 9(12) 0 fours 1 six, Marlon Samuels’ 22(26) 0 fours 2 sixes, Gulbadin Naib’s 12(14) 0 fours 1 six). The game was West Indies v Afghanistan at Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis.




Of bowlers to take at least 10 ODI wickets in 2017, the lowest bowling average was Zahoor Khan (17@10.11 for UAE) followed by Rashid Khan (43@10.44 for AFG)

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Matthew Cross of Scotland achieved the second highest dismissals per innings in ODIs: 14 catches and 2 stumpings in 8 innings.


England won only 5 tosses from 20 in ODIs, Zimbabwe just 2 from 12 (the worst percentage), while Sri Lanka won 18 from 29 (the most tosses won). Afghanistan won 12 from 16. Pakistan won 4 from 18 (continuing their toss woes from Tests).


Across all international cricket in 2017, Aiden Markram had an average differential of 73.70 (446 runs at 89.20, 2 wickets at 15.50).


This article was published with help from The Cricket Walrus (@cricketwalrus). Follow the hyperlink to see their Twitter account.

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