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The wild statistics behind ‘cult hero’ Scott Boland’s incredible start to Test cricket

The wild statistics behind ‘cult hero’ Scott Boland’s incredible start to Test cricket

Scott Boland is no flash in the pan.

Australia’s cult hero has picked up at the SCG where left off at the MCG and is once again terrorising England’s batsmen.

Boland took 6-7 in the second innings of the Boxing Day Test, finishing with match figures of 7-55 on debut, and at lunch on day three in Sydney he’s 2-0 from four overs.

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In his first 70 balls of Test cricket, Boland went 0-38. In his past 56 deliveries he’s produced figures of 9-17.

The 32-year-old who toiled away in Sheffield Shield for over a decade before getting his chance now has Test average of 6.11.

In just 21 overs, Boland has as many dismissals as England’s leading wicket-taker for the series in Ollie Robinson.

Boland has bowled 55 per cent of his deliveries this series at a good length or better, which is the highest percentage since CricViz set up its database in 2006.

“This is the most accurate bowling we’ve seen in the 15 years since they set it up,” Mark Waugh said on the Fox Cricket commentary.

Australia's Scott Boland (L) reacts after dismissing England's captain Joe Root.Australia's Scott Boland (L) reacts after dismissing England's captain Joe Root.
Australia's Scott Boland (L) reacts after dismissing England's captain Joe Root.Source: AFP

On Friday, Boland clean bowled England opener Zak Crawley (18) though the gate, before dismissing skipper Joe Root for a duck.

“The man who is replacing Merv Hughes as the new cult hero in Australian cricket just went bang,” Shane Warne said on the Fox Cricket commentary.

England are 4-36 at lunch and in all sorts of trouble after Australia finished their first innings at 8d-416.

Boland’s performance has sent the Sydney crowd into raptures and set social media alight.

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