Much coverage was given to the coincidence of Alistair Cook and Michael Clarke, opposing captains, each playing their 100th Test in Perth and, rightly, their remarkably similar records were widely lauded.
Currently, their respective numbers are:-
Cook 8047 runs, Av. 46.5, 25 tons
Clarke 8019 runs, Av. 51.4, 26 tons
Meanwhile, on Fox at night and well “off-Broadway” (Abu Dhabi in fact), we watched this week as Younis Khan notched up another magnificent century against Sri Lanka. Khan’s feats seem largely unheralded here, despite his at times controversial and always difficult circumstances. At present, his Test figures read:-
Khan (87 Tests) 7263 runs, Av. 51.87, 23 tons
It is true that, despite being a statisticians playground, numbers don’t tell the whole story in cricket. There are so many variables – weather, pitch, opposition, state of the game….
…but nevertheless some blokes just don’t get their “dues”.
I’m happy to rate The Ashes skippers as top shelf, but keen to hear of those who might also be deserving of more kudos.