Top-10 Most Consistently Productive Batsmen in Test cricket – The Restricted Ranking Analysis

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published February 22, 2016

Rohan Kanhai, arguably the most consistent batsmen in Test cricket history. He failed to score 20 runs or more in only eight [[8) of his 79 Tests. But was he as prolific as his counterparts? ©PA Photos

A GOD OF CONSISTENCY: Rohan Kanhai, arguably the most underrated and the most consistent batsmen in Test cricket history, failed to accumulate 20 runs or more in only eight (8) of his 79 Tests. Remarkable consistency but was he as prolific as his counterparts?
© PA Photos

In evaluating consistency in Test cricket, the sky is the limit as to the parameters to use and how to evaluate them. Over the years, cricket analysts have relied objectively on statistical parameters – batting average and standard deviation – for their evaluations while the average fan looks subjectively at how often his favourite batsman scores meaningful runs, including hundreds and fifties.

Both positions are juxtaposed; however, I attempted to capture the tenets of the cricket analyst and the average cricket fan in a top-10 list of the most consistently productive batsmen in Test cricket. Continue reading

Much Ado about Mankading

By Zaheer E. Clarke

 Published February 7, 2016

West Indies vs Zimbabwe in Chittagong

West Indies beats Zimbabwe during the under-19 Cricket World Cup to advance to the quarterfinals. Zimbabwe lost their final wicket via mankading (Photo credit: International Cricket Council)

“Absolutely disgraceful behaviour!”, “Unbelievable!”, “West Indies should be embarrassed!”, were some of the comments proffered by former players, New Zealand’s Stephen Fleming, Australia’s Darren Lehmann and England’s Eoin Morgan, after the Under-19 World Cup Match between West Indies and Zimbabwe came to an unusual halt.

Last week Tuesday, with Zimbabwe three runs away from a victory over the West Indies, Continue reading

Should Ambrose be sacked?

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published February 1, 2016

Republished February 9, 2016, in the Jamaica Observer

Steve Waugh RIchie Richardson Curtly Ambrose

Curtly Ambrose, the player, is often described as “the most lethal bowler of his generation”, “the quiet assassin”, “ruthless” and even “terrifying”.

Sir Curtly Ambrose is among the all-time bowlers in Test cricket. When cricket pundits are compiling their all-time XI teams, he is always one of those featured to start alongside other bowling legends like Malcolm Marshall, Wasim Akram, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, and others.

Ambrose – the player – was ruthless, deadly and feared. His mere presence on the field or the sight of him running towards you with a leather ball in hand, had many batsmen’s knees knocking, hearts fluttering, and hands limp, in fear. Nevertheless, great past players don’t necessarily translate into great coaches. And it would seem that might be the case for Ambrose. Continue reading