Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Records fall at Headingley as Mitchell, Blundell again defies England

Mitchell-Blundell has put together 724 runs in six innings in England. ©AFP

England has had a humbling tour for the World Test Champions so far, the two players who have stood out are Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell. The former was also not a definite starter at the start of the tour and played at Lord’s only because Henry Nicholls tested COVID-positive in the lead-up to the first Test.

The pairing have pulled viewers out of precarious situations several times in the series and put them in pole position to lose the plot from there again. Mitchell went on to score a notable number of centuries in each of the three matches and his series figures are among the greatest as far as the history of New Zealand Test cricket is concerned.

Michelle-Blundell makes this series stand out

Partnerships In out Michelle Blundell ings place
15 4/12 5/27 13 14 1 lords
195 4/56 5/251 108 96 3 lords
236 4/169 5/405 190 106 1 Nottingham
45 4/131 5/176 62 24 3 Nottingham
120 5/123 6/243 109 55 1 Leeds
113 5/161 6/274 56 88* 3 Leeds

A look at the records Mitchell broke as a pair together in the series.

538 runs Mitchell in the series makes him only the seventh player from New Zealand to score more than 500 runs in a Test series. Mitchell has the most number of runs by a New Zealand batsman in a series in the last 50 years since Glenn Turner scored 672 runs in the Caribbean in 1972.

Mitchell also happens to be the third New Zealand batsman (and the first to do so from home) to score three centuries in a series, after Andrew Jones against Sri Lanka in 1991 and Ross Taylor against the West Indies in 2013.

Most runs in a Test series for New Zealand

player against weather mat Run average 100s/50s
Glenn Turner YK 1971/72 5 672 96.00 2/2
Burt Sutcliffe India 1955/56 5 611 87.28 2/1
john reed Feather 1961/62 5 546 60.66 1/4
Daryl Mitchell England 2022 3 538 107.60 3/2
Brendon McCullum India 2013/14 2 535 133.75 2/0
Bevan Congdon YK 1971/72 5 531 88.50 2/3
Andrew Jones number 1990/91 3 513 102.60 3/1
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5 Mitchell became the first player from New Zealand to score fifty or more runs in five consecutive innings. He started the series with 13 runs in the first innings at Lord’s and followed it up with scores of 108, 190, 62*, 109 and 56 in his subsequent innings. Nine other New Zealand players have previously scored 50+ runs in four consecutive innings, with Bevan Congdon having done so twice.

3 Only three players have scored more runs in a series of three or fewer Tests than Mitchell’s 538 batting at number five or below. Doug Walters scored 623 runs against West Indies in 1969, Michael Clarke 576 against South Africa in 2012 and Andy Flower scored 540 runs in just two Tests against India in 2000.

9 Mitchell became the ninth player (and the first to pull it off) in every match of a series of three or more Tests. Mitchell became the fifth player after Mark Burgess, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson and Tom Latham to score centuries in three consecutive Tests.

Centuries in every Test of the series

player 100s mat against host weather
Ken Barrington 3 3 Clean England 1967
Shoaib Mohammad 3 3 New Zealand Clean 1990/91
Matthew Hayden 3 3 Feather Out of 2001/02
Jacques Kallis 4 4 YK Feather 2003/04
Mohammad Yusuf 4 3 YK Clean 2006/07
Ross Taylor 3 3 YK New Zealand 2013/14
steven smith 4 4 ind Out of 2014/15
Virat Kohli 3 3 number ind 2017/18
Daryl Mitchell 3 3 England England 2022

Records broken by Mitchell-Blundell duo in series

4 Mitchell and Blundell became the fifth pair to score four or more centuries in the same series and the second pair to do so in a three-match series, after Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf, against India in 2006. The New Zealand pairing was the first three in a series by Andrew Jones and Shane Thomson against Sri Lanka at home in 1990/91.

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Most 100+ partnerships in a chain

couple against weather ings 100s hs
De Boon – M Waugh England 1993 6 5 175
Jay Hobbs – H Sutcliffe Out of 1924/25 9 4 283
V Hazare – R Modi YK 1948/49 6 4 156
Yunus Khan – Mohammad Yusuf ind 2005/06 4 4 319
Dee Michele – T. Blundell England 2022 6 4 236

1 Mitchell and Blundell are the only pair from New Zealand to have scored more than 600 runs in a series. His tally of 724 runs in six innings is farthest, surpassing 552 runs by Andrew Jones and Martin Crowe – 467 of whom in a partnership – came against Sri Lanka at home in 1991.

Highest partnership runs for New Zealand in a series

couple against weather ings Run 100s/50s
Dee Michele – T. Blundell England 2022 6 724 4/0
A Jones – M Crow number 1990/91 2 467 1/1
G Turner – T Jarvis YK 1971/72 5 542 1/2
K Williamson – H Nichols Clean 2020/21 2 502 2/0

724 partnership runs The fifth wicket by Mitchell and Blundell or the latter is the highest total by a pair in a series. He defeated 723 runs by Carl Hooper and Shivnarine Chanderpaul in five Test matches against India in 2022. Overall, the pair of Mitchell and Blundell accounted for almost 38% of all runs scored by the visitors in the three Tests.

2 Mitchell and Blundell were the second pair to have a partnership of more than 100 in each Test innings for the sixth wicket or later when they scored 120 and 113 in the final Test at Leeds. He emulated Gus Logie and Jeff Dujon, who scored 130 and 131 for the sixth wicket against England at Lord’s in 1988.

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