Broom & Co. Complete Clean Sweep!


New Zealand have completed a 3-0 whitewash in their Nelson based ODI series against Bangladesh thanks again in no small part to Neil Broom. Having struck a maiden ODI ton in the second match of the series on wednesday, the Otago batsman fell agonisingly short of registering back-to-back same ground centuries by falling for a run-a-ball 97. After six years in the international wilderness, in the course of just three innings Broom’s ever ascending batting average has rocketed from a paltry 17.52 to a half decent 26.71 and likewise his strike rate has also gone up nearly a whole ten runs.

Broom will also replace Martin Guptill for the T20Is following the opening bat’s injury picked up during the third match.

International Duck Watch!


There were duckless days in both Test matches being played today but one for either side in the sole ODI.

New Zealand’s opening batsman Martin Guptill was out to the fourth delivery of the match and later in the day Bangladesh’s Taskin Ahmed joined Guppers in Duck club as the hosts assumed an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.

In other news from the second ODI in Nelson…

The All-Rounder Index


Cricket is a sport that brings with it endless statistics but endless isn’t enough for Silly Point.

Introducing the All-Rounder Index.

Career runs ÷ Career wickets = ARI

E.g. Jason Holder’s All-Rounder Index in Tests is:

801 ÷ 31 = 25.84

This means that for every wicket Jason Holder claims in Test cricket he himself scores 25.84 runs.

By contrast Australia’s Mitchell Starc’s Test ARI is as follows:

839 ÷ 129 = 6.50

But what does this mean and which player is better?

Here are some more past and present player’s Test ARI in descending order:

Martin Guptill: 2586 ÷ 8 = 323.25

Mark Butcher: 4288 ÷ 15 = 285.87

Steven Smith: 4311 ÷ 17 = 253.59

Shahid Afridi: 1716 ÷ 48 = 35.75

Graeme Cremer: 411 ÷ 37 = 11.11

Ajit Agarkar: 571 ÷ 58 = 9.84

Zafar Ansari: 49 ÷ 5 = 9.80 (Which coincidentally is his batting average!)

Chaminda Vaas: 3089 ÷ 355 = 8.70

Liam Plunkett: 238 ÷ 41 = 5.80

Chris Martin: 123 ÷ 233 = 0.53

Is Martin Guptill a better cricketer than Steven Smith or Chaminda Vaas?

Was Mark Butcher of more value to his team than Shahid Afridi or Chris Martin?

Is Martin Guptill’s Test ARI of 323.25 better than Chris Martin’s 0.53 or is Martin’s (That’s Chris’) lower number better?

Answers on a postcard please!

Greedy Guptill!


Congratulations to New Zealand opening batsman Martin Guptill. During the course of his innings of 114 off 102 deliveries (10 fours, 6 sixes) in the first ODI against Australia in Sydney earlier today, the right-handed-batsman went past 5000 career ODI runs at an impressive average of 42.95. Unfortunately for Guptill and his teammates his efforts were in vain as Australia ran out winners by 68 runs.

Auckland ace Guptill was recently dropped from the Black Caps Test squad (See previous post: Guptill Gone)

… but he continues to churn out the runs at ODI level. Guptill only recently turned thirty so could yet have another few thousand ODI runs in him.

Guptill Gone!


New Zealand have dropped opening batsman Martin Guptill from their Test squad for the upcoming visit of Pakistan. Guptill will kick himself for having being run out when on 72 in New Zealand’s last Test against India as a fourth Test match century would surely have saved him from the axe. The thirty-year-old made scores of 56 and 128 not out in his most recent First Class turn out for Auckland but it wasn’t enough to save him from international omission. Guptill averages 42.35 with the bat in ODIs and 34.73 in T20Is. In the longest form of the game however and having had plenty of opportunities (47 Tests) Guptill’s average is 29.38 and that simply isn’t good enough to hold down a spot opening the batting in the Test arena. Guptill will be replaced in the squad by his domestic opening partner Jeet Raval. Guptill actually outscored Raval (84 and 19) in their last First Class match but 5156 First Class runs at 43.69 including fourteen centuries are the sort of numbers that the New Zealand selectors could no longer ignore. Raval was on the tour to India but didn’t make the final XI.

Todd Astle also returns to the frame for New Zealand and Colin de Grandhomme, capped in both limited overs formats earns a Test call-up too. Mark Craig and Mitchell Santner are amongst those injured for New Zealand whilst Jeetan Patel and Ish Sodhi are amongst the others to miss out for the Black Caps.