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James Anderson and Glenn McGrath: A Statistical Analysis

Adesh Kothari
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3.65K   //    29 Aug 2018, 17:46 IST

Australia v England - Fifth Test: Day 3
Anderson has 557 wickets, just six fewer than the retired McGrath ahead of the fourth Test against India, which starts on Thursday.

As James Anderson nears the record for most wickets by a fast bowler in Test match cricket, people have started comparing him with the legendary, Glenn McGrath.

While, we can compare the numbers, It won't be fair to compare these two players as they played majority of their matches in completely different eras. In fact, the only time these two played in the same era was between Anderson's debut in May, 2003 and Mcgrath's retirement in Jan, 2007.

So, having said that, let's find out how these two players' numbers stack up against each other under different circumstances.

To make the analysis more fruitful, we have analysed them under 4 situations viz., Overall performance, Ashes performance, Overlap period performance and Generic performance.


#1: Overall Performance


A- Overall Record


Glenn
Glenn Mcgrath vs James Anderson- Overall Comparison

Glenn McGrath:

Mcgrath made his debut against New Zealand on the bouncy turf of Perth in the year 1993. His debut was a decent one as he took 2 wickets in the first innings including the important one of Mark Greatbatch.

When we look at Mcgrath's overall performance, it looks outstanding. He has taken 563 wickets in 243 innings at a superb average of 21.6 and a good strike rate of 52.9. His consistency looks amazing at 42.8%.

Overall, he has 11 Man-of-the-Match awards, 5 Man-of-the-Series awards and 29 five-wicket hauls to his name.

James Anderson:

James Anderson had a dream debut against Zimbabwe in 2003 as he took a five-wicket haul at his favorite venue, Lord's.

Overall, he has a good record with 557* wickets in 263 innings at a good average of 26.9 and a good strike rate of 55.9.

He has 8 Man-of-the-Match awards, 5 Man-of-the-Series awards and 26 five-wicket hauls to his name. His consistency is just average at 33.5%.

B- Performance in South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia

It is important to breakdown these stats into different situations, hence, let's find out how these two performed when playing in South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia.


Glenn Mcgrath vs James Anderson- Overall Comparison
Glenn Mcgrath vs James Anderson in South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia

As we can see, both have taken their maximum number of wickets playing in these 4 pace friendly conditions.

Mcgrath once again looks lethal with his performances with a better average, a better strike rate and a better consistency.

It is seen that the performance of these two players in these countries reflects their overall performance too.

C- Performance in Other Countries


Glenn Mcgrath and James Anderson in SENA Countries
Glenn Mcgrath and James Anderson in Other Countries

This is where the things gets interestingly poor for Anderson. His average increases from 26.6 to 28.4 and his strike rate too increases from 54.4 to 64.4. Overall in countries other than South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia, he has taken only 2 five-wicket haul out of his 26 overall.

However, he has a Man-of-the-series award to his name. Something which McGrath doesn't have in these conditions.

McGrath on the other hand maintains his record in other countries too. His average, strike rate and consistency are all at par with his overall performance.

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Adesh Kothari
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Hey Guys, This is my attempt to bring you guys something which is not obvious and easily available. I put my heart and soul in every blog that i come up with. I hope you guys like it. P.S: I refrain to post opinion articles.
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