Tests in 2018: Statistical Highlights - Team, Batting and Bowling Records

All the major stats and facts that were recorded by team and players in Tests in 2018.

India ended at the top of Test rankings for 3rd year in a row | Getty Images

2018 was one of the toughest years for batsmen in Test cricket as most of the pitches all over the world were bowler friendly and only five out of forty eight Tests ended in a draw. New Zealand were the Test team of this year as they beat England after 35 years at home and clinched their first series against Pakistan away from home after 49 years.

England too bounced back after disappointing Ashes and New Zealand series to beat India by 4-1 at home and whitewashed Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. Ireland and Afghanistan made their Test debut. Players like Kagiso Rabada, Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Mohammad Abbas etc were outstanding throughout the year. 

All the major stats and facts that were recorded by team and players in Tests in 2018 :

 Team  Mat   Won   Lost   Draw   Tied   %W
 Afghanistan   1  0  1  0  0  0.0
 Australia  10  3  6  1  0  30.0
 Bangladesh   8  3  4  1  0  37.5 
 England  13  8  4  1  0  61.5
 India  14  7  7  0  0  50.0
 Ireland  1  0  1  0  0  0.0
 New Zealand   7  4  1  2  0  57.1
 Pakistan  9  4  4  1  0  44.4
 South Africa  10  6  4  0  0  60.0
 Sri Lanka  12  4  5  3  0  33.3
 West Indies  9  3  5  1  0  33.3
 Zimbabwe  2  1  1  0  0  50.0
 Overall  48  43  43  5  0  89.5

 

- New Zealand won all the Test series they played this year (1-0 vs ENG and 1-0 vs SL at home and 2-1 vs PAK in UAE)

- South Africa won a Test series against Australia at home for the first time since 1969/70.

- England whitewashed Sri Lanka in 3 Tests series in Sri Lanka.

- India won 4 Tests outside Asia this year.

2. Leading run scorers -

 Player  Tests   Inns   NO   Runs   Avg  HS  100   50 
 Virat Kohli   13  24  0  1322  55.08   153    5  5
 Kusal Mendis   12  23  1  1023  46.50  196  3  4
 Joe Root  13  24  1  948  41.21  125  2  6
 Cheteshwar Pujara   13  23  1  837  38.04  132*  3  4
 Jos Buttler  10  18  1  760  44.70  106  1  6
 D Karunaratne  9  17  1  743  46.43  158*  1  7
 Usman Khawaja  10  18  0  732  40.66  171  2  4
 Mominula Haque  8  15  0  673  44.86  176  4  0
 Aiden Markram  10  20  0  672  33.60  152  2  2
 Dean Elgar  10  20  2  661  36.72  141*  1  5

 

- Virat Kohli and Kusal Mendis were the only two players to score more than 1000 Test runs in 2018.

- Virat Kohli also scored more Test hundreds (5) than any other player in 2018.

Virat Kohli scored more than 1000 runs away from home in 2018 | Getty Images

3. Highest individual scores -

264* - Tom Latham vs SL at Wellington

219* - Mushfiqur Rahim vs ZIM at Dhaka

196 - Kusal Mendis vs BAN at Chittagong

176 - Mominul Haque vs SL at Chittagong

176 - Tom Latham vs SL at Chirstchurch

4. Highest batting average (Min 500 runs) -

73.11 - Henry Nicholls

59.81 - Tom Latham

59.18 - Kane Williamson

56.00 - Babar Azam

55.08 - Virat Kohli

5. Most hundreds -

5 - Virat Kohli

4 - Mominul Haque

3 - Henry Nicholls / Kusal Mendis / Cheteshwar Pujara

Kagiso Rabada was the only bowler to pick up more than 50 wickets | Getty Images

6. Leading wicket takers -

 Players  Tests   Inns   Wkts   Avg  SR  BBI  5w   10w 
 Kagiso Rabada   10  20  52  20.07    38.2    6/54    2  1
 Dilruwan Perera  11  21  50  29.32  56.4  6/32  3  1
 Nathan Lyon  10  20  49  34.02  75.3  6/122   2  0
 Jasprit Bumrah  9  18  48  21.02  47.4  6/33  3  0
 Mohammad Shami   12  23  47  26.97  49.0  6/56  2  0
 Pat Cummins  8  16  44  19.97  42.8  6/27  2  0
 James Anderson  12  22  43  22.51  54.6  5/20  1  0
 Taijul Islam  7  13  43  22.97  46.4  6/33  4  1
 Ishant Sharma  11  21  41  21.80   49.0  5/51  1  0
 Mehidy Hasan  8  14  41  22.12  43.7  7/58  4  1

 

7. Best bowling figures in an innings -

9/129 - Keshav Maharaj vs SL at Colombo

8/41 - Yasir Shah vs NZ at Dubai

8/62 - Shanon Gabriel vs SL at Gros Islet

7/58 - Mehidy Hasan vs WI at Dhaka

6/21 - Vernon Philander vs AUS at Johannesburg

8. Best bowling average (Min 25 wickets) -

12.39 - Jason Holder

13.76 - Mohammad Abbas

17.03 - Vernon Philander

19.03 - Tim Southee

19.54 - Shanon Gabriel

19.97 - Pat Cummins

9. Best bowling strike rate (Min 25 wickets) -

27.3 - Jason Holder

30.7 - Shanon Gabriel

36.3 - Mohammad Abbas

37.5 - Akila Dananjaya

38.2 - Kagiso Rabada

10. Most five wickets haul -

4 - Jason Holder / Taijul Islam / Mehidy Hasan

3 - Jasprit Bumrah / Yasir Shah / Dilruwan Perera / Akila Dananjaya / Shanon Gabriel

2 - Pat Cummins / Trent Boult / Tim Southee / Mohammad Shami / Duanne Olivier /

Bilal Asif / Kagiso Rabada / Vernon Philander / Keshav Maharaj / Nathan Lyon


By Jasveer Singh Kharra - 01 Jan, 2019

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