Flat-track bullies – An addendum

A reader of this statistical organ has written in re. Steven Smith: The myth of the flat-track bully (3 January 2017).

Dear Sirs,

Really interesting, Mr Life. Even if it is a myth, I think there’s a skill in masking being a flat-track bully. Not sure Smith has mastered that yet. Be interested to see David Warner’s stats against these metrics too.

Write, and ye shall receive.

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Warner famously punched Joe Root in the face, so while he may not be a flat-track bully, it’s possible he could be an actual, genuine bully. But he’s probably not that either. El vino did flow, after all. (Credit: Naparazzi)

A perusal of Warner’s statistics showed a more drastic variation in average per country, and made me ponder whether the archetypal big-hitters of the modern game could debunk the debunked myth of flat-track bullydom.

So here are the four batsmen in the history of Test cricket who have played 10+ Tests,  and averaged 35+ with the bat with a strike-rate of greater than 75. One would expect a burly six-hitter to struggle in alien conditions, wouldn’t one?

David Warner

 Tests Runs  Ave.  100  50 
in Australia 33 3,257 59.21 14 9
in England 8 556 37.06 0 6
in India  4 195 24.37 0 2
in New Zealand  2 39 13.00 0 0
in South Africa  3 543 90.50 3 2
in Sri Lanka  3 163 27.16 0 1
in UAE  2 239 59.75 1 1
in West Indies  5 269 26.90 0 2

Virendar Sehwag

 Tests  Runs Ave. 100  50 
in Australia 11 1,031 46.86 2 5
in Bangladesh 4 176 35.20 0 2
in England 6 278 27.80 1 1
in India 52 4,656 54.13 13 19
in New Zealand 5 180 20.00 0 0
in Pakistan 6 732 91.50 2 1
in South Africa 8 382 25.46 1 1
in Sri Lanka 6 692 69.20 3 2
in West Indies 4 357 51.00 1 1
in Zimbabwe 2 102 51.00 0 0

Adam Gilchrist

 Tests  Runs Ave. 100  50 
in Australia 55 2,936 45.87 7 17
in Bangladesh 2 156 78.00 1 0
in England 10 521 40.07 1 2
in India 7 342 28.50 2 0
in New Zealand 6 487 81.16 2 3
in South Africa 6 523 65.37 2 1
in Sri Lanka 4 272 45.33 1 1
in UAE 2 51 25.50 0 0
in West Indies 4 282 70.50 1 2

Shahid Afridi

 Tests  Runs Ave. 100  50 
in Australia 1 58 29.00 0 0
in Bangladesh 1 21 21.00 0 0
in England 3 82 16.40 0 0
in India 5 379 37.90 1 2
in Pakistan 13 841 38.22 2 6
in Sri Lanka 1 14 14.00 0 0
in UAE 1 107 53.50 1 0
in West Indies 2 214 53.50 1 0

The career of a five-day boundary-clearer is certainly more a case of feast and famine than an historic run-getter of Tendulkar’s ilk.

Even Sehwag averaged under 30 in three countries.

EVEN SEHWAG!

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