India drew first blood in the Test Series this week despite a moderate contribution from Virat Kohli. However Virat added another impressive stat to his CV recently in the ODI series against the West Indies where, having made 157 not out, he made an eighteenth successive score of 20 or more in ODIs, (passing Matthew Hayden’s run of 17 20+ scores in 2007.) He then extended his run to nineteen with 107 in the next match before finally falling for 16 in Mumbai. Twelve of Virat’s knocks were also over 50, (8×100, 4×50.) Read more
Ben Foakes made a century in his first Test innings last week, and this fitted in nicely with some other analysis we were doing after CricInfo were asked to look at one or two things by their followers.
Four Stokers have made a century on their debut, (in Claire Trafford’s case she arrived on the scene with a score of 213 not out!), and many others have got to three figures in pretty quick time. Read more
A rare – but not unique – piece of history in the first test between Pakistan and Australia recently where the Marsh brothers were both dismissed for a duck in the same innings. Andrew Samson at Test Match Special, and soon after Steven Lynch at CricInfo, looked into how many times this has happened, and there were only seven previous instances: Read more
In last week’s “Ask Steven” section on CricInfo “Irfan” from Pakistan asked:
I noticed that Ajit Agarkar has a Test batting average of 16.79 despite having a century to his name. Is this the lowest Test batting average to include a century? Read more
“Hello from a hot and steamy Dubai!!!” writes Ian Wellman who has used some down-time out there to select and send in his contribution to the Greatest XI series. Ian continues…
Good luck for the coming season for all the teams at Stoke. We at Valley End follow the results closely as you know, and hope that you enjoy further promotions to follow the successes of recent years. Read more
In response to our latest Joe Root/Richie Parrett article, we’ve received the following from Chris Gudgeon…
Firstly a very Happy New Year to all from a snowy Toronto! Love reading the excellent Stoke site and keeping up with the news.
Going on the basis of those that I have had the pleasure of playing with at my time at Stoke here is my stab and a best XI: Read more