5 players with the worst 50 to 100 conversion of all time in Tests
These men were not able to take big starts all the way.
One of the most important aspects of Test cricket is building on a score after getting a start. Once a batsman gets set, he needs to make a big score in order to help his team set up a good total.
However, there are some players who get a half-century often but aren’t able to convert those to hundreds.
These are some popular players who have been consistent throughout their career but haven’t been able to convert their starts. Star players like Brendon McCullum, Joe Root and Chris Gayle have found it tough to convert those 50+ scores into hundreds regularly.
Let’s find out which 5 players have the worst conversion rate.
Note: Criteria is a minimum of 10 hundreds
(All statistics accurate as of 30th November 2017)
#5 Bob Simpson – 27.03%
Bob Simpson was one of the few players whose career lasted for over twenty years. Making his debut in 1957 against South Africa in Johannesburg, Simpson scored a solid 60 in his maiden outing. He was a regular member of the Australian squad in the late 1950s and 1960s.
Simpson often got starts but couldn’t convert them into big scores. In fact, he scored his first hundred (which he converted into a triple ton) in his 30th Test. Till then he had crossed the 50-run mark 15 times but had thrown it away every time he got to the landmark.
When he drew curtains on his 62-match Test career, he ended up with 27 half-centuries and 10 hundreds which puts him at #5 on the list of the worst conversion rate (27.03%). However, he is still regarded as one of the best Australian openers of all time.