The outbreak of the coronavirus has affected sporting events across the world. Major sporting events have been cancelled midway or postponed. The most significant one that was due to take place in Japan this summer was the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. International cricket has also not been spared. Several Test, One-Day International and Twenty20 International series being left unfinished and national T20 premier leagues, such as the Pakistan Super League, had to be cut short, while the major Indian Premier League 2020 has been postponed indefinitely. This means that Test cricket for the 2019-20 season is done with, hence, it is now the time to look at how the sides and the cricketers performed in the 25 Test matches played.
Test matches played during the 2019-20 season – a statistical survey
First Test: Visakhapatnam, October 2-6 – India beat South Africa by 203 runs
Last Test: Hagley Oval, Christchurch, February 29-March 2 – New Zealand beat India by seven wickets
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Highest team totals
Lowest team totals
Highest match aggregates
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Lowest match aggregates (drawn Tests not considered)
Biggest victories by innings
Biggest victories by runs
Biggest victories by wickets
Highest individual scores
Note: Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne and Pakistan’s Babar Azam have hit the most 100s in this period – four!
Century in each innings
Century on debut
Longest individual innings (in terms of minutes)
Longest individual innings (in terms of balls faced)
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Fastest individual scores of 50-plus
Slowest individual scores of 50-plus
Best bowling in an innings
Note: Australia’s Nathan Lyon is the only bowler to claim three five-wicket hauls.
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Best bowling in a match
Leading wicket-takers this season
Best all-round performance in a Test match
Best all-rounders this season