TOP 10 TEST BATSMEN WITH HIGHEST AVERAGE AT AWAY VENUE IN 21ST CENTURY: (MIN. 20 AWAY INNINGS)
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Today, we take a look at the Top 10 test batsmen with highest average at away venue in 21st century. Note that we have set the criteria of minimum 20 away innings to come to a reasonable conclusion. It is the toughest challenge for any batsman to perform in unfamiliar, overseas conditions and SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 test batsmen with highest average at away venue in 21st century recognizes those batsmen who have performed with remarkable consistency on foreign soil.
10. ALASTAIR COOK (England) – 51.76
England captain Alistair Cook may have failed to make an impression in the recently concluded Ashes series in Australia, but an impressive away average of 51.76 ensures the England in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 test batsmen with highest average at away venue in 21st century.
9. SHIVNARINE CHANDERPAUL (WI) – 52.86
Shivanrine Chanderpaul displayed battling instincts and willpower to forge crucial knocks to merely delay the defeat against India at Kolkata and Mumbai alike, and went on to score his 29th test century in New Zealand in December, which was also his 17th unbeaten test ton. Class!
8. DARREN BRAVO (West Indies) – 53.67
The comparisons of this young, stylish left-handed batsman with the great Brian Lara are obvious – that gorgeous flick of the wrist and those range of strokes that Lara played in this prime are unbelievably similar to Darren Bravo. With an away average of 53.67, Darren Bravo takes the 8th place in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 test batsmen with highest average at away venue in 21st century.
7. GRAEME SMITH (SA) – 53.93
Graeme Smith‘s average away from home is far better than the 49 he averages overall in tests – an indication of his comfort levels on all sorts of pitches and conditions. Smith effortlessly managed to draw a line between the two facets of the game – captaincy and batting, and earns the 7th spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 test batsmen with highest average at away venue in 21st century.
6. AB DE VILLIERS (SA) – 54.72
AB de Villiers holds the record for the most fifties (or fifty-plus scores) in consecutive test matches when he scored a half-century in the 2nd test against Australia at Port Elizabeth, the record was only broken this week when he missed out on 43 in the 4th innings of the 3rd test at Cape Town. But his consistency on home and away conditions speaks volumes of his stature in international cricket.
5. SACHIN TENDULKAR (India) – 54.88
Can there ever be a list of test batsmen without the master blaster from India? Sachin Tendulkar‘s average of 54.88 is even more remarkable when you put it into perspective that the man made his debut 25 years back, and simply had the answers to everything the game of cricket threw at him, without ever being found wanting with his technique and consistency.
4. STEVE WAUGH (Australia) – 54.95
Steve Waugh endured a difficult start into International cricket and it took him 26 test matches and two disappointing dismissals in the nineties before he notched up his first century at Headingley in 1989. The very next test, he was smashing the ball through all corners of Lords’ to reach another test ton! An away average of 54.95 sees Waugh in 4th place in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 test batsmen with highest average at away venue in 21st century.
3. JACQUES KALLIS (SA) – 55.06
Age, inconsistency, lack of form aren’t usually terms one associates with his great cricketer from South Africa. Jacques Kallis has a proven track record around the world and an average of 55.06 on foreign soil sees the recently retired legend take a podium spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 test batsmen with highest average at away venue in 21st century.
2. HASHIM AMLA (South Africa) – 56.06
Hashim Amla‘s highest ever score of 311 came in a crushing demolition job of the English bowling at Oval in 2012 and 11 of his 21 test centuries have come on foreign soil with 4 in India itself. As good a test record away from home as you could hope for!
1. ANDY FLOWER (Zimbabwe) – 60.30
The only Zimbabwean batsman of true test quality in all kinds of conditions with an average of 60.30 outside Zimbabwe. For a period of about two years from the start of 2000 he was so phenomenally consistent that he has no rival as the best player in Zimbabwe’s history. Andy Flower takes the No.1 spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 test batsmen with highest average at away venue in 21st century.