I have the fortune of being able to support two cricket teams, India (where I spent the first half of my life) and England (where I’m spending the second). That means I follow a lot of cricket. [And when the two countries meet, I’m not conflicted. The Tebbit Test has me supporting India when they play England. ]
So when it comes to playing against Australia, I’m doubly privileged. Two sets of Ashes to watch, the original ones and the new ones. At least that’s how it felt to me. I really felt that India-Australia had reached “Ashes” status over the last decade or so, that the Border-Gavaskar Trophy was competed for as passionately as the Urn.
I wondered whether it was just me, or whether the statistics would bear me out. Here’s the summary of Australia versus Everyone Else over the last ten years:
Versus England: Played 25 Won 17 Lost 5 Drawn 3 Win-Loss 3.40
Versus West Indies: Played 16 Won 13 Lost 3 Drawn 0 Win-Loss 4.33
Versus Pakistan: Played 12 Won 10 Lost 0 Drawn 2 Win-Loss —–
Versus South Africa: Played 13 Won 10 Lost 1 Drawn 2 Win-Loss 10.00
Versus New Zealand: Played 11 Won 7 Lost 0 Drawn 12 Win-Loss —–
Versus India: Played 20 Won 10 Lost 7 Drawn 3 Win-Loss 1.42
Now if you bear in mind that those statistics include the recent Sydney Test, you get an idea of just how competitive the match is. I hope that everyone has learnt from the last two Tests, and that in the end cricket won.
Just thought the cricket-mad amongst you would be interested in these figures.