Cricket

Staggering Test stats from 2018

2018-12-31 09:51
Faf du Plessis (Gallo)

Cape Town - Many will argue with an ever mounting heap of evidence that Test cricket is dying a quick death and T20 is the future.

The ICC Test rankings show a mere 12 countries in the world (out of 195) play the five-day game - and let's be honest, Ireland and Afghanistan don't really count.

But stats at least show that for cricket purists, 2018 was an entertaining Test year.

48 Tests were played in 2018, with 43 producing results.

The only five draws were: 2 due to rain (West Indies v Sri Lanka and New Zealand v Sri Lanka), 2 due to last two wickets saving the Test (New Zealand v England and Australia v Pakistan) and 1 dull batting paradise (Bangladesh v Sri Lanka).

The last calendar year with just five (or fewer) stalemates was all the way back in 1970 - some 48 years ago!

Of the 43 Tests to have produced a result, a staggering 33 (77%) were won by the team batting first and only 10 by the team taking guard second.

And, staggeringly, 27 Tests (63%) finished inside four days - or quicker.

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