Kane Williamson was awarded 'Man of the Series' for emerging the top run-getter in the series (396) © Getty Images
Kane Williamson was awarded ‘Man of the Series’ for emerging the top run-getter in the series (396) © Getty Images

The five-match ODI series between New Zealand and England was a record galore! Bharath Seervi highlights the various records that were broken in this series.

The lowest first innings total was 283. The average first innings total was 348. Three of the five matches were won by teams batting second. All these are enough to mark this as a series of runs, runs and only runs. The series ended with the highest aggregate runs among all 5-match ODI series in history. It also had the best run rate, most fifties and joint-most centuries. READ: England have decoded ODI batting but bowling remains suspect

Series aggregates: England vs New Zealand ODIs

A whopping 3,151 runs were scored at a run rate of 7.15 and batsmen had a strike rate of 113.8. The average runs per wicket was 41.46 with 7 centuries, 17 more fifties and six ducks. There were 314 fours and 76 sixes. The highest score by a batsman in the series was 129.

For bowlers, there was not much of relief. No one took any five-wicket hauls. There were three four-wicket hauls with best figures were 4 for 35.

Runs Wickets RPO SR Ave 100s 50s Ducks 4s 6s HS 5WIs BBI
3,151 76 7.15 113.8 41.46 7 17 6 314 76 129 0 4/35

Let’s see where this series stands in various parameters amongst the previous five-match ODI series. READ: New Zealand’s bowling woes continue to mar batting brilliance

Highest run-rate in a five-match bilateral ODI series

Run rate Teams Host Season
7.15 England vs New Zealand England 2015
6.62 New Zealand vs India New Zealand 2008-09
6.43 India vs Sri Lanka India 2009-10
6.14 South Africa vs West Indies South Africa 2014-15
6.06 Pakistan vs India Pakistan 2003-04

–          This is the only 5-match ODI series with a run rate of more than 7. Only one more series (irrespective of number of matches) had bettered this — 7.50 between England and Scotland in the one-off match series in 2014. READ: New Zealand bowlers have to get their act together against England

–          The only other series in England which had run rate of more than 6 was the one between Sri Lanka and England in 2006 with a run rate of 6.01.

Most aggregate runs in a 5-match bilateral ODI series

Runs Teams Host Season
3,151 England vs New Zealand England 2015
2,963 Pakistan vs India Pakistan 2003-04
2,860 England vs Sri Lanka England 2006
2,822 India vs Sri Lanka India 2014-15
2,813 New Zealand vs India India 2013-14

–          This was the only series were more than 3,000 runs were scored (including extras). It is also the only series were more than 3,000 runs were scored with bat (excluding extras) — 3,016. India vs Pakistan in 2003-04 and India vs New Zealand in 2013-14 had 2,700. READ: Highest ODI totals after losing wicket on the first ball of the match

–          The highest aggregate of runs in any bilateral ODI series is 3,755 between West Indies and India in India in 2002-03. It was a 7 -match series.

Highest runs per wicket in a 5-match bilateral ODI series

RPW Teams Host Season
46.87 India vs Sri Lanka India 2009-10
44.16 New Zealand vs India New Zealand 2008-09
41.74 Zimbabwe vs Pakistan Zimbabwe 2002-03
41.46 England vs New Zealand England 2015
40.29 West Indies vs Pakistan West Indies 1987-88

–          3,151 runs were scored by 76 wickets in this series, the average being 41.46.

–          The previous highest in a 5-match series in England was 40.28 in England vs Sri Lanka in 2006.

Highest batting strike rate in a 5-match bilateral ODI series

S/R Teams Host Season
113.89 England vs New Zealand England 2015
104.13 New Zealand vs India New Zealand 2008-09
101.38 India vs Sri Lanka India 2009-10
95.69 South Africa vs West Indies South Africa 2014-15
95.45 India vs Sri Lanka India 2014-15

–          The strike rate of 113.9 is the highest among all bilateral ODIs series with 2 or more matches.

–          Two India vs Sri Lanka series feature in the top five.

–          The previous best in a series in England was 94.54 between India and England in 2011.

Most centuries by batsmen in a 5-match bilateral ODI series

100s Teams Host Season
7 England vs Sri Lanka England 2006
7 India vs Sri Lanka India 2009-10
7 South Africa vs Zimbabwe South Africa 2010-11
7 India vs Sri Lanka India 2014-15
7 England vs New Zealand England 2015

–          The most centuries in any bilateral ODI series was 9 in India vs Australia in India in 2013-14. READ: England’s belated ODI embrace

Most fifties by batsmen in a 5-match bilateral ODI series

50s Teams Host Season
24 England vs New Zealand England 2015
22 Zimbabwe vs Pakistan Zimbabwe 2002-03
21 Pakistan vs India Pakistan 2005-06
21 New Zealand vs India India 2013-14
20 Sri Lanka vs India Sri Lanka 2012

–          The series also set new records with 25 fifty partnerships.

Most 50+ run partnerships in a five-match bilateral ODI series

50+ stands Teams Host Season
25 England vs New Zealand England 2015
22 Pakistan vs India India 2003-04
21 West Indies vs Australia West Indies 1994-95
21 Australia vs England England 2013-14
21 New Zealand vs India New Zealand 2013-14

Most century partnerships in a five-match bilateral ODI series

100+ stands Teams Host Season
9 Zimbabwe vs Pakistan Zimbabwe 2002-03
9 India vs Sri Lanka India 2009-10
9 India vs Sri Lanka India 2014-15
8 Pakistan vs India Pakistan 2005-06
8 Sri Lanka vs India Sri Lanka 2012
8 England vs New Zealand England 2015

As seen in the above tables, most of the batting records were broken in the series. Will the same continue in further ODI series in England involving the New England side? Let’s wait and watch! READ: England out-New Zealand the Black Caps

(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 @SeerviBharath and on Facebook here)