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Interesting test batting stat

Discussion in 'Cricket Forum' started by Chip and Chase, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I stumbled across an interesting stat the other day. Based on a minimum of 20 innings, of the top 15 batting averages in test cricket only 2 of the players are modern day players. They are kallis at position 11 and sangakkara at 14.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/282910.html

    There's always a lot made of uncovered pitches back in the old days and the power of modern bats, but it doesn't seem to have had an effect on the relative batting averages between the modern game and the pre-professional era. I can only assume that the standard of bowling has improved markedly over time. Still found it a little surprising though.
     
  2. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    Fitness and fielding has definately improved, whether that has had a big enough impact to skew those figures I'm not sure.
     
  3. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    Also player knowledge.

    new batsman come on the scene and now are scrutinised big time to find any weakness through footage from other games prior to even playing in most countries.
     

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