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Test Matches at McLean Park


Rajneesh Gupta


India will be playing their only second Test at Napier’s McLean Park. Their only other appearance was way back in February 1990, which was a drawn affair. The only survival from that game is Sachin Tendulkar, who was on the way to become the youngest player to score a Test hundred, but was caught by John Wright (off Danny Morrison) just when he was 12 runs away from the three-figure mark. 

Summary of results

 
Mts
Won
Lost
Drawn
New Zealand
7
0
2
5
India
1
0
0
1

Among all Test venues in New Zealand, Napier is the most batsman’s friendly. In all Tests played on the New Zealand soil since 2000, the runs per wicket ratio is the highest at Napier.
 
What is intriguing is the fact that the Napier pitch tends to assist the batsman more and more as the match progresses. In fact the runs per wicket ratio is the highest in the fourth innings of the match when it should help the bowlers most!
 
Runs per wicket ratio at Napier

 
1st Inns
2nd Inns
3rd Inns
4th Inns
Runs / wicket
40.50
34.57
40.00
43.87

Most batsman-friendly venues in New Zealand
(since 2000)

Avg runs/ wkt
Ground
For NZ
vs NZ
39.16
McLean Park,Napier
36.16
42.41
35.67
AMI Stadium,Christchurch
32.71
39.23
30.32
Basin Reserve,Wellington
31.64
29.17
30.21
Seddon Park,Hamilton
33.32
27.37
28.98
University Oval, Dunedin
35.00
24.36
28.74
Eden Park, Auckland
27.05
30.49

 
There is hardly anything for the bowlers in the McLean Park’s docile track, that’s why both pacers and spinners have struggled here. Still the pacers’ performance has been better than the spinners – both in terms of runs per wicket and balls per wicket. Spinners, though, have enjoyed better economy here.
 
Pace v Spin at Napier
(since 2000)

 
Wkts
Avg
SR
Runs/Over
Pace
70
37.73
66.93
3.38
Spin
33
42.91
95.27
2.70

Most successful NZ bowlers at Napier

Bowler
Mts
Wkts
Avg
SR
5W
Iain O'Brien
1
7
23.57
42.86
1
Jeetan Patel
2
10
29.20
71.90
1
Chris Martin
3
8
38.25
69.00
0
James Franklin
3
7
45.14
69.14
0
Daniel Vettori
3
8
47.75
109.50
0

Most successful NZ batsmen at Napier

Batsman
Mts
Runs
Avg
100s
50s
Jesse Ryder
1
116
116.00
0
2
Tim McIntosh
1
139
69.50
1
0
Daniel Flynn
1
90
45.00
0
1
Brendon McCullum
4
207
34.50
0
1
Ross Taylor
2
126
31.50
0
1


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