Saturday, 24 November 2012

A week of centuries

With lots of time and cricket left in both the tests Mumbai,  and Adelaide, it is possible that there will be more hundreds to consider.  And with Sri Lanka and New Zealand also gearing up at Colombo, there is further opportunity.  Only at Kuhlna in Bangladesh is another century less likely as W Indies are well on top.

Why is FB wittering on about this?  Because he suspects that more test centuries have been scored in the week beginning 18 November 2012 than at any time in history, at least homo sapiens began to walk upright.

Alastair Cook - 168
Abul Hasan - 113
David Warner - 119
Michael Clarke - 230
Mike Hussey - 103
Darren Bravo - 127
Marvin Samuels 260
Siv Chanderapaul 150*
Chetswar Pujara 135
Graeme Smith 122

10 centuries in all.  (12 if you count the doubles as 2)

Both the Adelaide and Kuhlna tests have had 4 centuries so far - so it is unlikely that the record of 8 hundreds in a match scored between West Indies and South Africa at St Johns Antigua in April 2005 will be beaten.  In that match there were four centurions on either side, but Chris Gayle scored 317 so you could say there were 10 hundreds in all.

Australia and Pakistan share the record of hundreds in an innings which stands at 5.  Australia did it against W Indies in 1955 (Neil Harvey got 204 so................), and Pakistan against Bangladesh in 2001.

The number of centuries in a single week may be a record, it is certainly a statistic of some interest.  But the real record that might be being broken is the number of test matches being played wholly or partly at the same time.  too much cricket?  There are a few footsore bowlers who may think so.

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