WHEN PACE MATTERS IN TEST BATTING

The five highest Strike Rate Impact performances (in an innings context) in Test history.

THE HIGHEST IMPACT BATTING PERFORMANCE IN TEST HISTORY

Ian Botham came out to bat (at 87 for 5) and made 50 in 54 balls but England was still cleaned up for 174 (in response to Australia's 401) and followed-on. Botham came out again at 105 for 5 (England still trailed by 122) and smashed an unbeaten 149 in 148 balls, helping England to 356. Set 130 to win, Australia collapsed for 111. The series was levelled at 1-1.

SHANE WARNE OR MUTTIAH MURALITHARAN – THE GREATER TEST SPINNER?

Shubhartho Ghosh -compressed

Muralitharan’s numbers get a boost from playing a majority of his Tests at home. He picked up 493 wickets at 19.56 apiece. His average drops to 28 outside Sri Lanka.

 

Nikhil Narain

Muralitharan is the highest impact bowler in home conditions in the history of Test cricket. One tends to romanticize an English fast bowler doing well in England but look down upon the performances of spinners in conditions suited to slow bowling?