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Innovations in the Davis Test Match Database


The database represents a quantum leap in the published information of Test cricket, especially for matches prior to 1999. Major aims include bringing knowledge

 of older matches up to modern standards, and presenting the extended match data in the most user-friendly format possible.


An innovative Test match scorecard has been designed (well, some years ago) with the aim to convey detailed match information in a format that is easier to read.

 Innings are presented in sequence with each innings spread across the page with batting, partnerships, and bowling side-by-side. The Fall of Wicket section, in particular,

is extended, with each partnership specified and the batsmen involved named.


Each Test is introduced with a day-by-day table that lays out daily events in a readable format.


The format recognises that most computer screens are wider than they are tall, by presenting each innings across the page.


The files also include extra pages

·      Covering page for each series, with new data such as playing hours

·      Averages

·      Session-by-session scores for all Tests

·      Extra detail on all individual scores of 50 or more


It is intended to post ball-by-ball files for about two-thirds of pre-1999 Tests, once a suitable format is established.


The following is a selected list of data in the Davis database that is either not available or only partially available in other sources.


Individual Innings

·      Batting times for over 99% of all innings

·      Balls faced for over 88% of all innings

·      Boundary counts for over 96% of Test innings

·      Batting times and/or balls faced for all innings over 50 (more than 12,000 innings)

·      Times/BF to 100 for over 99% of all centuries

·      Times/BF to 50 for over 90% of all fifties.

·      Run out credits to fieldsmen for over 91% of run outs.

·      Batting order for opening batsmen corrected for many innings.



·      No balls and wides for individual bowlers for many hundreds of Tests

·      Six-hits conceded

·      Full bowler names

·      Second innings bowling order corrected for nearly all Tests

·      Overs with 20 or more runs described.



·      All partnerships given specifically, not just Fall of Wicket.

·      Times  and/or balls for over 95% of partnerships including all century partnerships

·      Batsmen identified for each Fall of Wicket, with numerous corrections to ‘official’ data.

·      Score of not out batsmen at FoW for 80% of Tests.



·      Playing hours specified

·      Balls per over

·      New ball availability

·      Match Performance Summary: a single table giving Test-by-Test performance by every player at a glance.


Team Innings

·      Times for over 99% of all team innings

·      Scoring rate and over rate for nearly all innings.

·      Close match finishes specified.


Daily play

·      Number of runs and wickets for all Test match days.

·      Number of overs for over 95% of all Test match days

·      Day of week identified for all Test days.

·      Session-by-session scores for vast majority of Test days.

·      Attendance figures for over 3,000 Test days or whole matches.

·      Stumps scores include some corrections to ‘official’ data



·      Individual batsman scoring rates on a series-by-series basis, where known.

·      Handedness of players noted, and bowling style

·      Extensive Test numbering table (number of Home Tests, Away Tests, Head-to-Head etc)



·      Number of Tests for each player noted.

·      Last Test for players noted.

·      12th man named where known (thousands identified)

·      Batsman hitting winning run.



Charles Davis 2012