West Indies v Australia 2nd Test 2002/03 - Statistical Highlights
by Rajneesh Gupta
- David Bernard and Carton Baugh were making their Test debut for West Indies. They became 248th and 249th player to appear for West Indies in a Test. Baugh also became 23rd player to don gloves for the West Indies.
- Australia’s first innings total (576-4d) was their seventh highest against the West Indies. It was also the highest by any side against West Indies in West Indies since England’s 593 at St.John’s in 1993-94.
- Ricky Ponting (206) became 31st Australian to score a multiple hundred (on 54th occasion). His previous highest was 197 against Pakistan at Perth in 1999-00.
- Ponting’s innings was the second highest by an Australian in West Indies. It just failed to beat Bill Lawry’s 210 at Bridgetown in 1964-65.
- The 315 run-partnership between Ponting and Darren Lehmann is the highest for Australia for third wicket against all countries. This obliterates the previous record stand of 295 between Neil Harvey and CC McDonald also against West Indies at Kingston in 1954-55.
- The pair just failed to better the 323 run-partnership between Pakistan’s Aamir Sohail and Inzamam-ul-Haq at Rawalpindi in 1997-98, which still remains the highest ever for the third wicket against West Indies.
- Adam Gilchrist (101*) scored his eighth hundred as specialist wicketkeeper in his 41st Test. With this equalled England’s Les Ames’ tally of hundreds as ‘keeper. Now only Zimbabwean Andy Flower, with 12 hundreds, is ahead of Gilchrist.
- Brian Lara (91) made his fifth score in nineties. With this he equalled Gary Sobers’ tally for West Indies. Now only Alvin Kallicharran (8), Rohan Kanhai (6) and Gordon Greenidge (6) have more scores in nineties than Lara for West Indies.
- Mervyn Dillon added one more spot (read duck) to his already blotted batting career. He has now aggregated 25 ducks in only 58 Test innings.
- Stuart MacGill completed his 100 Test wickets when he had Baugh hit-wicket in the first innings. He became 31st Australian to do so. By taking only 21 Tests to achieve this milestone, he became the fourth fastest among Australians after Clarrie Grimmett (17), Charlie Turner (17) and Bill O’Reilly (20).
- Baugh became 21st West Indian (on 24th occasion) to be dismissed ‘hit wicket’. Joe Solomon, Deryck Murray and Brian Lara have suffered this fate on two occasions each.
- Devon Smith became fifth West Indian opener to bag a pair in a Test after CA Roach, Gordon Greenidge, Adrian Griffith and Chris Gayle. Overall this was the 59th time that a West Indian batsman suffered this fate.
- Brian Lara (122) scored his 20th century in 92nd Test. He became third West Indian after Gary Sobers (26) and Viv Richards (24) and 20th batsman in Test history to do so.
- Lara has now aggregated 2286 runs in 25 matches against Australia which makes him the leading run-scorer for West Indies against Australia. He moved ahead of Viv Richards who had a run-aggregate of 2266 from 34 Tests.
- The 25 byes conceded by Gilchrist in second innings are the third most by an Australian. Wally Grout had conceded 31 byes against Pakistan at Lahore in 1959-60 .Before that W Carkeek had conceded 30 byes against South Africa at Nottingham in 1912.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Rajneesh Gupta)