I caught up with a young cricketer/cricket writer called Marc Ellison for a drink the other day and he reckoned he had a bunch of random statistics rattling around in his head. And he was right. So here they are, direct from the keyboard of the editor for twenty20.co.nz to you, with a few comments from the Sideline Slogger lobbed in as well.
1. Brendon McCullum should open, but never be padding up to face the first ball. He averages 38.85 when opening at the non-striker's end, as opposed to 25.80 when facing the first delivery of the innings.
2. James Franklin averages a Don B-esque 95.00 in World Cups – during his only World Cup, the excruciatingly prolonged 2007 event in the West Indies, he was only dismissed once with a highest score of 34 not out and a heart-warming strike rate of 98.
3. In New Zealand, Ross Taylor averages a highly respectable 45.26 in 41 matches, at a strike rate of 86.25. He is less impressive as a tourist, however, returning just 29.88 when he is away from Kiwi pitches.
4. Scott Styris has scored two of his four ODI hundreds in World Cups against Sri Lanka. He made 141 off 125 balls in Bloemfontein in 2003 and 111 not out at St Georges in 2007, meaning he has a freakish average of 144.50 against the Lankans in World Cups. But against Australia and India (15.00) and, terrifyingly, Ireland (10.00) and Zimbabwe, things are not looking quite so pretty on the World Cup batting average front.
5. Jesse Ryder is our talisman - he averages 50.10 in matches (11) that New Zealand has gone on to win. He averages less than half that - 24.38 to be precise - in matches we have gone on to lose. The cult hero is a significant figure in the team on multiple fronts.
6. In 42 innings, Martin Guptill has made between 30 and 49 on 10 occasions, as well as scoring 50 or more on 10 occasions. In 2010, he averaged a paltry 22.81, but 2011 has started with all sorts of hissing and roaring as he hunts that second (official) ODI ton.
7. In Asia, Kyle Mills has taken 66 wickets in 43 matches at an average of 22.34, that's well below his career average 26.47.
8. The man destined to be on the receiving end of aviation jokes for years to come, Tim Southee, averages 27.85 in matches where he bowled the first over, and a much poorer 47.20 when bowling the second over.
9. As the fifth bowler in an innings, Jacob Oram averages an insanely low 17.27, with 11 wickets in six matches at an RPO of 4.45.
10. Among spinners who have picked up at least 200 ODI wickets, Daniel Vettori’s economy rate of 4.13 is second only to Muttiah Muralitharan’s 3.92. On the overall Kiwi list he is still behind the four Princes of Miserliness: Hadlee, Chatfield, Larsen and Cairns.
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