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Home and Away Tests Since 2013

HOME ADVANTAGE

In recent years there has been a continuing trend of teams performing better at home than abroad especially in test matches. Table 1 below highlights this fact that barring Zimbabwe, who has had a multitude of issues within their cricket establishment, all other sides have experienced a superior number of wins than losses at home in the last five years.

England leads the way with twenty-four home wins since the start of 2013 and even Bangladesh who have had recent surge in limited overs cricket have translated that form to tests and have recorded five wins against an equal numbers of losses.

The win/loss ratio for India and Australia is staggering to say the least. India has lost just one test during this period which is phenomenal to say the least. Their only defeat came at the hands of the Aussies in the first match of the Border-Gavaskar series at Pune at the start of 2017; the match they lost by 333 runs. However, they turned it around to win the 4-match series 2-1.

Australia is the other team with a terrific home record that includes 20 test wins against only two loses. The two defeats came in back to back matches against the visiting South Africans who went on to win the series 2-1 towards the end of 2016. This remains Australia’s only series defeat during this time period.

New Zealand has also tasted home success and has only lost three matches out of 25 played at home. In Kane Williamson they have found a champion who has lead the team well and has performed at crucial junctures.

Pakistan boasts a decent record during this period with nine home wins. However, their recent record of three losses on the trot (one to the West Indies and two against SL) have somewhat dented their stellar win/loss record at the UAE.

West Indies test cricket is on the rise with the emergence of Shai Hope, Roston Chase and the mercurial Jason Holder. Their ten wins during this period is a testament of their rising fortunes. Bangladesh side has also managed to keep a 1-1 wins/loss ratio and have beaten some big names at home.

 Table 1: Match Win/Loss Record of all teams at HOME in Tests since 1st Jan 2013.

Team

Mat

Won

Lost

Tied

Draw

W/L

England

39

24

10

0

5

2.4

South Africa

32

22

6

0

4

3.7

India

27

21

1

0

5

21.0

Australia

27

20

2

0

5

10.0

New Zealand

25

14

3

0

8

4.7

Sri Lanka

25

14

9

0

2

1.6

Pakistan

18

9

6

0

3

1.5

West Indies

24

10

10

0

4

1.0

Bangladesh

18

5

5

0

8

1.0

Zimbabwe

11

2

8

0

1

0.3

*Pakistan’s matches played at UAE considered as HOME matches

The numbers above clearly reflect in the series wise performances as well as seen in Table 2 below.

Table 2: Series Win/Loss Record of all teams at HOME since 1st Jan 2013.

Team

Series

Won

Lost

Drawn

W/L

South Africa

12

10

2

0

5.0

India

9

9

0

0

New Zealand

11

8

2

1

4.0

England

11

7

1

3

7.0

Australia

8

7

1

0

7.0

Sri Lanka

11

6

4

1

1.5

Pakistan

7

3

1

3

3.0

West Indies

9

3

4

2

0.8

Bangladesh

9

1

3

5

0.3

Zimbabwe

6

0

4

2

*Only Completed series are considered. Eng-Ind ongoing series not included.

India has been a power house at home during the last five years and has won every single one of their nine series. Virat Kohli ascent to test captaincy and their teams superlative performance at home coupled with the fact that visiting sides found failed to adjust to the conditions on offer. Emergence of bowlers like Bhumrah and consistent performances at home by Ashvin and R Jadeja has helped the Indian cause.

England boats seven series wins and the only loss during this time came at the hands of the Srilankans. SL won the 2nd test of the 2-test series in 2014 by taking the final English wicket on the penultimate ball of the match after the last wicket pair of Anderson and Moin Ali had batted valiantly for over 20 overs but fell agonizing short of saving their side from a draw. Heartbreak for the home side!

Pakistan only home loss has also come at the hands of the Srilankans in the series they were expected to win. The two back to back loses came in Sarfaraz’s first two matches as test captain and it was Sarfaraz’s dismissal itself in both matches that came at a crucial time when the home side were pushing on for victory. On the whole, UAE has been their fortress and this series loss in the only loss Pakistan has suffered since adopting UAE as their home venue in 2010.

South Africa has always been tough to beat at home for many years and their ten series wins is a testament to that. Their only two loses have come in two closely fought series against Australia and England where they went down 1-2 on both occasions.

AWAY PERFORMANCE

Shifting the focus to away matches during the same period shows an opposite trend. No team has managed to win more matches than they have lost. Australia, Pakistan and India have decent no. of wins but they still fall short of a 1-1 win/loss record. Australia and Pakistan are the only two sides to register ten or more away wins during this period.

Table 3: Win/Loss Record of all teams in AWAY Tests since 1st Jan 2013

Team

Mat

Won

Lost

Tied

Draw

W/L

Australia

36

11

22

0

3

0.50

Pakistan

27

10

16

0

1

0.63

India

29

9

12

0

8

0.75

South Africa

23

7

10

0

6

0.7

Sri Lanka

30

9

13

0

8

0.69

New Zealand

24

6

13

0

5

0.46

England

32

4

19

0

9

0.21

West Indies

23

3

16

0

4

0.18

Bangladesh

15

2

12

0

1

0.17

Zimbabwe

7

0

7

0

0

*Matches played at UAE included in all team’s AWAY record

Gone are the days when Australia used to roll over oppositions all over the world. They still have a decent awayrecord but their performances in Asia have left a lot to be desired. They have only two wins to shows against 12 loses and have not managed to win any series in Asia in the last five years. In fact, they have lost every series apart from one drawn encounter against Bangladesh.

England have been poor travellers as well with only 4 wins out of 32 matches played. England’s solitary win in Asia has come against Bangladesh in a 1-1 drawn series while they have endured big defeats in UAE and India. Their solitary away series win coming against South Africa in 2015.

Pakistan with ten away wins is 2nd on the list with most wins during this period. Their major wins include a series winning 376 run chase in Srilanka and their first ever series win in the West Indies.

Indian have managed to win one test each in India and South Africa however majority of their wins have comewithin Asia.

South Africa have been among the most consistent sides away from home and have managed to win series notably in Australia, New Zealand and Srilanka. 

Srilanka’s major away win have come against England while most of their other victories have been within Asia.

Bangladesh don’t have much towrite home about in terms of away wins apart from a solitary test win in Srilanka while the West Indies managed to win one test in UAE as their major away achievement.

The series wise results are listed in table 4 below.

Table 4: Series Win/Loss Record of all teams AWAY since 1st Jan 2013.

Team

Series

Won

Lost

Drawn

W/L

Sri Lanka

13

5

6

2

0.8

South Africa

9

4

3

2

1.3

Pakistan

11

4

4

3

1.0

India

9

3

5

1

0.6

Australia

11

3

7

1

0.4

New Zealand

10

2

5

3

0.4

England

9

1

5

3

0.2

West Indies

9

1

8

0

0.1

Bangladesh

8

0

6

2

0.0

Zimbabwe

4

0

4

0

0.0

*Only Completed series are considered. Eng-Ind ongoing series not included.

So what is the reason behind this trend? Are players more used to their own conditions? Are pitches being prepared to suit the home side? Why do the same set of players don’t fare so well when faced with foreign conditions? Is the talent only suited to home conditions?

More on that in part 2 of this analysis.

 

 

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