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Spinners are successful in NZ


Rajneesh Gupta


New Zealand – a tough place for spinners? Not really!

It is always believed that pacers cannot find a better place than New Zealand. Is there some truth in this theory or it is a myth? Let us examine.
 
The following table gives a break-up of wickets taken by pace bowlers in each country since 2000. As you will see New Zealand is there right on the top. So it is a fact that pacers do enjoy bowling in New Zealand conditions.
 
Pacers in each country since 2000

 
Mts
Wkts
Avg
SR
5WI
10WM
in New Zealand
36
823
29.57
56.4
37
3
in Bangladesh
29
436
29.72
58.0
17
1
in South Africa
51
1295
29.95
56.0
43
6
in West Indies
49
1056
32.72
66.5
38
4
in Zimbabwe
22
434
32.88
64.4
13
2
in England
63
1506
33.28
59.8
48
3
in Sri Lanka
49
698
34.23
64.3
15
2
in Australia
55
1118
35.71
65.5
33
5
in Pakistan
32
562
36.61
66.9
14
1
in India
44
580
38.11
76.2
8
0

 
But, does this make New Zealand a hard place for the spinners?  Not really as the following table suggests. Spinners have conceded nearly 36 runs for each wicket, which is not as bad as one would have thought. That spinners have performed better in New Zealand than in Pakistan should be an eye-opener.
 
Spinners in each country since 2000

 
Mts
Wkts
Avg
SR
5WI
10WM
in Sri Lanka
49
760
30.63
66.9
49
19
in Bangladesh
29
409
31.34
64.2
26
4
in India
44
717
34.48
71.6
42
9
in Zimbabwe
22
195
35.28
76.3
7
3
in New Zealand
36
248
35.96
77.0
10
3
in England
63
409
36.72
72.6
23
6
in Australia
55
544
38.38
70.3
28
4
in Pakistan
32
375
39.41
78.9
14
3
in West Indies
49
381
41.38
88.5
13
0
in South Africa
51
255
42.12
82.4
6
1

 
Delving further into above figures, we came-up with a break-up of spinners of touring countries, which gives a really interesting set of figures. The spinners from Australia, Sri Lanka and England have purchased their wickets at a perfectly acceptable rate. Indian spinners have the lowest average, but number of wickets is too less to draw a conclusion.
 
Overseas spinners in New Zealand since 2000

For
Mts
Wkts
Avg
SR
5WI
10WM
India
4
5
18.80
43.2
0
0
Australia
20
46
24.41
49.6
2
0
Sri Lanka
16
24
28.66
61.3
1
1
England
15
18
33.94
77.8
1
0
South Africa
10
12
37.25
70.8
0
0
West Indies
10
10
40.50
100.9
 
 


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