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Jimmy Neesham’s average of 277.00: Highest average achieved by a New Zealand batsman

James Neesham scored 107 in New Zealand's first innings against the West Indies © Getty Images (File photo)
James Neesham scored 107 in New Zealand’s first innings against the West Indies © Getty Images (File photo)

Jimmy Neesham, during his century knock against West Indies reached an average of 277.00 before he was dismissed. His average is the highest achieved by a New Zealand batsman. Bharath Seervi provides a statistical analysis on highest averages achieved in Test cricket.

Having scored back-to-back centuries in his first two Tests, Jimmy Neesham has written his name into record books by reaching an average of 277.00 in his career. Neesham had scored 33 and 137 not out in his debut Test against India at Wellington in February earlier this year.

Thus he averaged 170.00 before his second Test which was against West Indies at Kingston. Batting at No 6, he added another 107 runs to his tally before being dismissed. Hence his average reached 277.00 before he walked back to the pavilion.

Neesham’s batting average of 277.00 is the highest achieved by any New Zealand batsman at any point in Test career. He overcame Hamish Marshall, who was averaging 255.00 before he was dismissed in the first inning of his third Test. The table below lists the highest batting averages achieved by the Kiwi batsmen.

Highest batting average achieved by any New Zealand batsman:

Batsman Avg Scores Period
Jimmy Neesham 277 33, 137*, 107 2014
Hamish Marshall 255 40*, 69, 146 2000-2005
Mathew Sinclair 222 214, 8 1999-2000
Hamish Rutherford 194 171, 23 2013
Tim McIntosh 194 34, 24*, 136 2008

The batting average achieved by Neesham is the ninth highest average achieved by any player in a Test career. The highest average achieved by a player in his Test career is 336 by Lawrence Rowe who had scored 214, 100 not out and 22 runs in his first three Test innings. There are four others who managed to pull up their average above 300. Below is the table listing the highest averages in Test career.

Highest batting average achieved by a player in Test career:

Batsman Team Avg Scores Period
Lawrence Rowe West Indies 336 214, 100*, 22 1972
David Lloyd England 308 46, 214*, 48 1974
Tip Foster England 306 287, 19 1903
Jacques Rudolph South Africa 303 222*, 71 2003
Ian Bell England 303 70, 65*, 162*, 6 2004
Rohit Sharma India 302 177, 111*, 14 2013
Frank Worrell West Indies 294 97, 28*, 131*, 38 1948
Faf du Plessis South Africa 293 78, 110*, 78*, 27 2012
Jimmy Neesham New Zealand 277 33, 137*, 107 2014
Yasir Hameed Pakistan 275 170, 105 2003

With  Neesham setting up a new record for New Zealand, below is the list of highest averages achieved by a batsman for each Test team.

Highest averaged achieved by batsmen for each Test team:

Batsman Team Avg Scores Period
Shaun Marsh Australia 222 141, 81 2011
Aminul Islam Bangladesh 151 145, 6 2000
David Lloyd England 308 46, 214*, 48 1974
Rohit Sharma India 302 177, 111*, 14 2013
Jimmy Neesham New Zealand 277 33, 137*, 107 2014
Yasir Hameed Pakistan 275 170, 105 2003
Brendan Kuruppu Sri Lanka 223 201*, 19, 3 1987-1988
Jacques Rudolph South Africa 303 222*, 71 2003
Lawrence Rowe West Indies 336 214, 100*, 22 1972
Dave Houghton Zimbabwe 198 121, 41*, 36 1992

 

(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)

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