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Old 09-10-2019, 06:05 PM
penultima thule is offline
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Originally Posted by Cicero View Post
S... regarding if batting has become that much easier.
While we are on that theme:

From Cricinfo statsguru I took the match result of each Test played since 1930 and calculated the average runs per wicket (= average partnership or batting average)

For those of you inclined, past the figures in the four tables below into Excel and generate a graph of the batting average for winning, losing and drawn/tied Tests per decade.

Quite remarkable consistency given the changes in breadth, depth and conditions of the game

In precis, the Test batting average for the period is 32.6 (hence the batting meme, hit 350 and smile)
Batting average for teams that won is 40.1
Batting average in drawn/tied Tests is also 40.1
Batting average in lost Tests is 22.5

The gap between the average for Tests won and lost is 17.6 runs per wicket, which is 350 runs per match.
From 1950 to current that superior batting differential has been in a quite tight range of from 14.6 to 19.9.

Won
1930 41.2
1940 48.6
1950 35.6
1960 37.6
1970 37.8
1980 37.6
1990 37.8
2000 43.5
2010 41.6

Drawn/Tied
1930 39.9
1940 39.5
1950 36.2
1960 36.5
1970 39.5
1980 40.0
1990 39.5
2000 44.7
2010 42.6

Lost
1930 20.8
1940 23.4
1950 19.5
1960 23.0
1970 22.5
1980 21.5
1990 22.0
2000 23.7
2010 23.1

Total
1930 32.7
1940 35.8
1950 28.6
1960 32.3
1970 32.8
1980 32.6
1990 31.6
2000 34.2
2010 32.6