Statistical Quirks Discovered Whilst Trawling Cricinfo Player Profile Pages Over the Years


Nathan Hauritz

Australian twirler Nathan Hauritz finished his career with 63 Test wickets and a matching tally in ODIs.

Does anybody have a higher matching pair?

Michael Carberry

Former England opening bat Michael Carberry’s career best batting stats are as follows:

First Class: 300 not out

List A: 150 not out

T20: 100 not out

Neat, very neat!

Paul Harris

South African spinner Paul Harris’ Test career began and ended as follows…

Test debut: South Africa vs. India, Cape Town, January 2nd-6th 2007

Last Test: South Africa vs. India, Cape Town, January 2nd-6th 2011


Napoleon Einstein

Not so much a statistical quirk but his name alone merits a mention.

To be fair, in regards to his statistics, he did score 92 on List A debut but only ever played one more List A match and one T20.

Greg Loveridge

New Zealand leg-spinner Greg Loveridge holds a place in the hearts of many cricket tragics the world over. On Test debut against Zimbabwe in Hamilton, he retired hurt on four not out, didn’t bowl and never played again.

A First Class bowling average of 53.23 didn’t exactly scream “Recall!”.

Mohammad Sami

There are players with worse Test bowling averages than Pakistan’s Mohammad Sami…

But to win 36 caps with a bowling average of 52.74 is mightily impressive!

Disclaimer: There’s probably some far more interesting stats that I’ve previously stumbled upon only to forget about and admittedly there’s some recycled material in here!

Paul Harris: Freaky!


Former South Africa spin bowler Paul Harris played 37 Tests for the republic and averaged a spin high quality threshold 37 with the ball, well, 37.87 to be precise. That’s the least freaky thing about his Test career however. Take a look at his profile page on Cricinfo and see if you notice something… something freaky!

That’s right. He made his Test debut for South Africa (Obviously) vs. India in Cape Town from 2nd January to 6th January 2007 and played his final Test for South Africa (Obviously) vs. India in Cape Town from 2nd January to 6th January exactly (Exactly!) four years later in 2011!

Paul Harris ladies and gentlemen, or Freaky Harris as he shall now be known. In the words of Flight of the Conchords “I (He) told you I was freaky, freaky!!!)