Pat Cummins is the no.1 ranked ICC Test bowler after a stunning sequence of performances in whites for the Aussies. He will end 2019 as the highest wicket-taker in Tests with him picking up 59 wickets in 12 Tests (at the end of New Zealand’s first innings) – clocking an impressive average of 19.33 and a strike rate as low as 42.9. Stuart Broad and Mitchell Starc with less than 50 wickets come second and third in the list. But how many LBW victims does Cummins have?
The six lbws of Pat Cummins' Test career
Root: Brisbane, November 2017
Bairstow: Sydney, January 2018
Markram: Port Elizabeth, March 2018
du Plessis: Johannesburg, March 2018
de Kock: Johannesburg, March 2018
Nicholls: Melbourne, December 2019https://t.co/ZNpidYw5Jh#AUSvNZ
— Andrew McGlashan (@andymcg_cricket) December 28, 2019
Cummins’ 2019 has been impressive no doubt, but he also managed to rack up a unique stat when he had Henry Nicholls trapped in front of the wicket as a packed MCG watched. It is that until December 28th in 2019 Cummins had zero LBW dismissals to his name. His last LBW victim was Quinton de Kock which came 635 days back in Johannesburg.
48 of his 59 wickets in the year were caught while 10 others were bowled. Only 1 dismissal is leg before wicket. Of the 139 Test wickets that Pat Cummins has, only six are LBW!
Most consecutive Test wickets without an lbw:
JV Saunders (Aus) 79 1902-08 (his whole career)
PH Edmonds (Eng) 78 1978-86
AA Mallett (Aus) 70 1972-80
EJ Chatfield (NZ) 70 1983-86
PJ Cummins (Aus) 70 2018-19 (ended today)
— Andrew Samson (@AWSStats) December 28, 2019
Three of those came in one series las year against the Proteas. Since then, it has taken Cummins more than one and a half years to record another LBW – going 70 Test wickets without a leg before wicket in the process.