Deep dive into Mark Waugh’s ultimate heroic Test performance

Snatching a guaranteed win in the first two Tests of the 2001-02 home series against New Zealand due to inclement weather, Australia looked on the barrel of a very embarrassing series defeat when lower-ranked spectators scored 534 after first use. Perth determines a very good batting surface.

Australia struggled to avoid the follow-on and eventually managed to do so behind the very famous 99 runs of lower order batsman Shane Warne.

Even after the full run of the first four days, New Zealand players and fans sweated (abundantly) throughout the final day more than the Australians.

Going into the final day, Australia chased a very unlikely 440 theoretically for 2 for 69, and the assumption is that they will undoubtedly struggle to survive outside the day to draw. The Australians, however, did not see it that way. Hayden went on to score 57 off 130 balls, and Mark Waugh lasted until 195, 4th out of 86 off 158 balls.

When Damien Martin was out for 30, Adam Gilchrist joined captain Steve Waugh and the rush to win was still on.

In the captain’s anchor role, and Gilly running 50 off almost one ball, Australia needed 101 more runs off 79 balls, and 5 wickets still standing. Then Flickr ran out… but continued to chase, eventually closing the shutters and closing the shop when Shane Warne, the highest scorer in the first innings, was also run out, getting 85, with 65 balls left, but now only three Tailandars to support Gilchrist. The rest.

In a Test in which one side finished with just 59 runs from victory, the other by just three wickets, each single run of Australia in both innings held the highest standard. Australia were in crisis from the start of their first innings until their last day of counter-attack, in which case any batsman got any delivery which resulted in no wickets.

Let’s take a look at how Test master Mark Waugh performed better in both innings than his six batting teammates, as well as on this occasion, first innings savior Shane Warne.

The most important innings for Australia in this match was Warne’s 99, Mark’s 86 and Gilchrist’s 83 unbeaten, so it must have been a real team effort rather than a lone hand.

However, throughout both innings, Mark scored a maximum of 128, making Australia an equal 40 plus 2 in rear guard action in the first innings and then scoring the most in the second innings as well as starting the first attack on the last day to be one of the all-time greats behind the win.

In scoring 18.5% of Australia’s runs off the bat, he faced 17% delivery from Australian batsmen throughout their two innings in this special Test match. He outscored other Australian batsmen, including Warne, by an average of 1.72 in the match, and an average of 1.76 exploited the delivery of more potential wickets than his teammates.

A complete table of decimal fractions of the mark above the equivalents is shown in A and B below.

Table A – Runs throughout both innings

Shane Warne 1.17
Damien Martin 1.42
Adam Gilchrist 1.54
Steve Waugh 1.71
Justin Langer 1.71
Matthew Hayden 2.25
Ricky Ponting 2.25

Table B – Face the ball throughout both innings

Damien Martin 1.11
Steve Waugh 1.28
Shane Warne 1.29
Justin Langer 1.32
Matthew Hayden 1.88
Adam Gilchrist 1.95
Ricky Ponting 3.46

Tables C and D below show that Mark is the only Australian batsman to score more than 30 runs in both innings.

Table C – Personal highest score in a match

Shane Warne 99
Mark Waugh 86
Adam Gilchrist 83
Justin Langer 75
Steve Waugh 67
Damien Martin 60
Matthew Hayden 57
Ricky Ponting 31

Table D – Personal lowest score in a match

Mark Waugh 42
Damien Martin 30
Ricky Ponting 26
Shane Warne 10
Steve Waugh 8
Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Justin Langer 0

In both innings of 59 runs, Mark Waugh’s strike rate was higher than 55.6 which represents the flat average strike rate of seven other Australian batsmen.

Ponting (90.5), Gilchrist (74.1) and Warne (64.5) position 8, 8, 8 and 2, among the other seven with high match strike rate; 3, 7, 3, and equals 8; And 2, 4, 1, and 4 in the table, respectively, compared to Mark 1, 1, 2, and 1.

In the end, the combination of run scoring and scoring speed became the previous champion Roar By both Renato Carini and me: Since this is a stand-alone Test, it will be based on the total rather than the average, with 50 remaining as equal strike rate in Test cricket. The match fusions are shown in Table E below.

Table E – Fusion throughout both innings

Mark Waugh 151
Shane Warne 140.6
Adam Gilchrist 123
Ricky Ponting 103.2
Damien Martin 72.2
Justin Langer 6.2
Steve Waugh 66.2
Matthew Hayden 56

Table F shows two different hypothetical effects:

1. How Steve, Martin, Hayden or Langer would have dramatically improved Australia’s chances of winning if they faced the same number of deliveries throughout both innings, but would have scored at the same overall match strike rate as Mark, i.e., 59 and.

2. How could Australia’s aspirations for victory have really improved if both Warne and Ponting had to score just 32 extra deliveries at the same strike rate in both innings combined.
Table F.

Match runs with 32 more balls facing at the same strike rate Victory goal deficit in time call (59 in real case) Match run scoring at Mark’s strike rate Steve Waugh wins run / ball (101 off 79 balls in real event) Run / ball to win Warne’s farewell (75 off 65 balls in the real event) New Fusion (Mark 151)
Shane Warne 130 34 n / a n / a n / a 157.7
Ricky Ponting 86 n / a n / a 49 of 25 n / a 155.7
Adam Gilchrist n / a n / a n / a n / a n / a 149.8
Damien Martin n / a n / a 116 79 off 75 59 of 65 136.9
Steve Waugh n / a n / a 100 79 off 76 65 off 60 118
Justin Langer n / a n / a 97 79 of 79 65 off 63 114.5
Matthew Hayden n / a n / a 68 90 of 79 74 of 65 80

The reason Ponting or Warne had 32 more deliveries in their respective innings was when Australia finally saved Gilchrist after chasing the fall of the 7th wicket of Warne’s innings (and the last one of the match). Telander Jason Gillespie picked up 41 of the remaining 75 deliveries in the match.

If Ponting or Warne had faced an additional 32 deliveries, Gillespie would not have needed to bat, and the strike with Gilchrist could have been more evenly divided on the 32-33 line.

In this case, Gilchrist would have been able to run at the same strike rate when Warne was run out, at which point he (Gilchrist) had scored 60 off about 70 balls. This adjustment leaves Gilchrist with a personal score of 87 off 101 balls with an unbeaten 87 if and when there is still (only) goal constraint with Australia.

Mark Waugh from Australia

Mark Waugh (Shawn Garnesworthy / Getty Images)

In the end, if Ponting, Gilchrist and Warne all ran just like them, but Hayden, Langer, Martin and Steve Australia faced the same number of deliveries in the second innings and all four ran at the same 54.4 strike rate. Mark would have finished his 86th, Australia would have, mathematically, just eight runs behind the win. The reason for the luxury of sending Brett Lee to replace Jason Gillespie after Warne’s dismissal in Australia, and the number of deliveries that Gillespie made (24), Lee faced the same number of deliveries, but also scored the same strike rate of 54.4. This is not a very real reason to increase Gilchrist’s strike rate substantially as the winning finish line is good and in real terms.

However, if the same four batsmen (Hayden, Langer, Steve and Martin) had both managed Mark’s overall strike rate throughout the 59 innings, with all the other batsmen and tailenders including Mark scoring just like them, Australia would have already won. The match at Canter was almost exactly the time when Warne was run out late on the last day, that is, with about 11 overs left.

The different scenarios centered around the previous table F do not represent a hypothetical alternative history, but are mathematically driven to show how much Mark Waugh surpassed the rest of his batting peers in a crucial Test match where Australia made almost huge history. The only one on his team who has come close to matching him significantly is a Telander who played the innings of his life.

Although his best performances were mostly against Ashes cricket, as well as against top-tier teams in the Test match cricketing community of his time, at times Mark had to build something special against the smaller and weaker teams of his era, such as New Zealand. . Here in Perth, already at the top of the hill at 36:30, he performed extensively, when it was most important, the current generation has recently reached or is approaching the peaks of Langer 31, Hayden 30, Martin 30, Gilchrist 30 and Ponting 27. , Not to mention her equally on Hill Twin (obviously the same age as her).

Consistent with the previous, last paragraph, there was little attempt to stay 72 unbeaten out of a total of 214 (next best scores 46 and 17) to start the series on home soil against the same opposition about 20 months ago. In the long white cloud, Mark was stuck four times in his Test career due to the team being properly bowled out.

The winning margin in that match was only 72 runs.

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