Is Cape Town more suited to the pace than Centurion and Johannesburg?

Statistics analysis

In the last five tests in Cape Town, the fast bowlers have averaged 22.95 wicket races, the best among South African venues

23-5 South Africa record of wins and losses in Newlands since their readmission to international cricket. Their win-loss ratio of 4.6 is second behind Centurion (21-3) among local venues where they have played at least six Tests. Since 2010, they have a 9-2 record here. However, the last time they played a test here, in January 2020, South Africa was beaten by 189 races by England. Their only other loss during that time came in 2014, when Australia beat them by 245 races.
0 Tests won by India in Cape Town – they lost three Tests and drew two. The last time they played here, in 2018, India lost a low scoring game by 72 points. However, the Indian hitters scored four hundred here, the highest for them in any South African place. Sachin Tendulkar has two, while Wasim Jaffer and Mohammad Azharuddin have scored one each.
22.95 Wicket run average for fast bowlers in last five tests in Cape Town, 2017-2020. This includes tests against Sri Lanka, India, Australia, Pakistan and England. Among the 25 sites that have hosted at least five Tests since June 1, 2016, only two other sites have had better averages for the pace: Saint Lucia and Jamaica. This means that Cape Town was the best suited to the rhythm of all South African sites over the past five years, slightly ahead of Johannesburg (23.45) and Centurion (23.69).

38.52 Average wicket races for fast bowlers in the previous six tests in Cape Town from 2012 to 2016. During this period, when South Africa hosted England, the West Indies, Australia, Pakistan, the New Zealand and Sri Lanka, Newlands was the slowest. friendly among South African sites. The strike rate for rhythm bowlers during this period was 69.8 balls per wicket; in the last five tests it has risen to 43.6.

32.70 Average pace bowlers in the eight first-class games played at Newlands since the last test match there in January 2020. The fast bowlers have taken 130 wickets in those games, while the spinners have caught 85 wickets at 34, 40.

21.54 Kagiso Rabada’s bowling average in the tests in Cape Town. He’s taken 35 wickets in six matches here; it was only in Centurion that he more counters (42 out of six). In his last five tests in Cape Town, Rabada took 31 wickets at 16.83.
50.57 Average of Dean Elgar’s test in Cape Town. He has scored more points here than in any other place.
287 The average total of the first rounds in the last five Tests at Newlands. The teams that strike first have won four times and have lost only once in that span. The only team to lose was Pakistan, who scored 177 in their opening innings and lost by nine wickets.

S Rajesh is ESPNcricinfo’s Statistics Editor. @rajeshstats

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