28 Feb Newsletter – January 2017
Pendulum Cricket Test Match overview:
23 January 2017
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The recent rankings are certainly true for the top three countries. India having only lost 6 matches during the past 4-year cycle. A loss of 17% home and away, truly remarkable consistency and the name of the game.
Consistency has been Australia’s dilemma especially on the sub-continent. The upcoming 4-test away series for them in India will be both challenging and demanding. Statistics are on India’s side but fortune favours the brave, and if Australia can perform like they did recently against Pakistan at home then this will be a series for the purists.
South Africa have been adversely affected by both injury and the Kolpak cricket deals. The undervalued rate of exchange costing them dearly in retaining the best of their cricketers, highlighted with the recent movers of Abbott and Rossouw. Furthermore a young Jennings, son of former mean machine great Ray, featured for England in the latter part of the Indian Series. Another possible ‘Kevin Pietersen’ lost to the England export market, as Andrew Strauss and Matthew Prior.
England are blessed to have played the most Test Matches over the past cycle, 50 up! When they good they good, but losing 8-tests in 2016 meant they dropped to 4thplace. They host South Africa in July-August in a 4-Test decider, the pundits will be out to keep a close eye on this one.
New Zealand and Pakistan have been the real movers, New Zealand climbing steadily but still losing to their old foes Australia, they swop results come the rugby season. Pakistan fell terribly, from been ranked number one late last year to lying 6th currently on the table now questions whether the ranking system was that accurate to have secured them the number one position. It sounds more like a Graeme Smith Twitter vent.
Sri Lanka were on an up after beating Australia 3-nil at home, but seemingly not being the best of travellers they came unstuck in South Africa going down by the same margin. The West Indies have lost 19 of their last 30-Tests, with only 4 wins they may be brilliant in the shorter format of the game but struggle to put two convincing innings together in the same match against amiable opposition.
Bangladesh and Zimbabwe simply need to play more Tests. Zimbabwe’s last test win came against Pakistan in September 2013, Bangladesh who have played 18-Tests have only had one great victory worth mentioning against England in October 2016. Their other 3-wins were all against Zimbabwe.
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