2013 has been an interesting cricketing year so far- with clear domination in test and ODI cricket. Let us have a look at the record of the 8 Test-playing nations this year in all formats of the game, and evaluate their performances:
Played 5, Won 5.
The South African test team is the no. 1 ranked side in the world, and rightly so. Under Kirsten’s watchful eyes, this side have reached the summit after taking over from an inconsistent English side, and never let go. The two unfortunate teams to have toured South Africa early this year were New Zealand and Pakistan. South Africa defeated NZ 2-0 and Pakistan 3-0. No remorse was shown.
They are keenly awaiting a rejuvenated young Indian side in November for a 3-test series that will test their abilities to the maximum.
Played 13, Won 6, Lost 6, Tied 1
As they head to Sri Lanka for a Test and ODI series this month, their performance in the limited overs form has raised many questions over their temperament and ability of AB De Villiers as Captain. They crashed out to England in the Champions Trophy semis without a fight, after scraping through with a tie against the Windies. One of the wins in 2013 included an associate Netherland side. Their 2-1 loss at home to NZ was the low point, and their 3-2 win over Pakistan was unconvincing.
Played 6, Won 1, Lost 5
Their sole win came against a fighting Zimbabwe side, as they continued their never-ending string of defeats to other teams (WI and SL).
Played 6, Won 2, Lost 3, Draw 1
An impressive 3-2 home series win against WI in December 2012 was followed by an impressive 1-1 draw in Sri Lanka. But their 2-1 loss to Zimbabwe nullified everything.
Played 7, Won 2, Lost 5
One of the few teams that don’t believe in drawing tests anymore and are admired for their ability to always achieve a result. That hasn’t worked in their favour this year with a record whitewash in India (4-0) after a promising 3-0 win over Sri Lanka at home. Their 5-match losing streak looks ominous, with a loss in the first Ashes test too.
Played 13, Won 8, Lost 4, Draw 1
Majority of those wins came in a 5-0 whitewash of West Indies at home. A disappointing 2-2 to Sri Lanka was followed by a disastrous Champions Trophy where they lost two of their 3 group stage games as defending champions.
Played 7, Won 0, Lost 4, Draw 3
They continue to be a poor test side, coming mighty close against England at home during a 0-0 (3) draw- their best result of the year. They lost 2-0 away to South Africa and England.
Played 14, Won 5, Lost 6, Draw 2
Two Away series wins to strong teams like SA and England were interspersed with a winless 5-match ODI series against Sri Lanka and a disappointing CT campaign followed- where they failed to go past the group stages.
Played 4, Won 4
The Border-Gavaskar Series. Enough said. A far cry from the 4-0 thrashing Down Under last year.
Played 17, Won 12, Lost 5
Their series defeat to arch rivals Pakistan at the beginning of the year was followed by a hot winning streak (3-2 against England), A Champions Trophy win without losing a game and a triseries win after losing their first 2 games. Arguably the ODI team of the year so far.
Played 2, Won 1, Draw 1
Their only series was against Bangladesh this year, as they prepare to host the no. 1 ranked Test side this month.
ODIs- 17, Won 8, Lost 7, Draw 2
An up and down year for the World Cup finalists. Another ICC semi-final ended in defeat against India, followed by a triseries defeat final against India again. Before that, a disappointing 1-1 to Bangladesh was preceded by a decent 2-2 Down Under.
Played 2, Won 2
A series against Zimbabwe.
Played 15, Won 6, Lost 9
Arguably the worst ODI team of the year with a 5-0 ODI loss to Australia, followed by group stage exits at CT and Triseries. 3 of those 6 wins came against Zimbabwe.
Played 3, Lost 3
A whitewash to South Africa is no disgrace, but they are the weakest batting side in Test Cricket.
Played 16, Won 6, Lost 8, Draw 2
Two of their 6 wins came against Ireland and Scotland. A disappointing year for the Asian Champions with no win in the Champions Trophy group stages after a 3-2 loss to SA away. Their only bright spot came at the beginning beating rivals India in India (2-1).
Played 6, Won 3, Draw 3
A 2-0 series against NZ, after a disappointing face-saving 0-0 in NZ. Leading 1-0 in the Ashes for a decent year so far.
Played 13, Won 6, Lost 7
Two consecutive series losses to India and NZ were followed by a runners-up CT campaign that they should have ideally won.