Averages and strike rates in ODI's

Rating batsmen in one-day cricket is difficult because both average and strike rate are important, and it’s not clear how they should be weighted. I can’t see a theoretical solution (multiplying the two measures might be good enough, but it seems arbitrary), and I think that the actual answer will come from simulations. In this post, I show some results from some woefully inaccurate simulations. But hopefully even though the total scores were below what…

"Averages and strike rates in ODI's"

Non-boundary strike rates

Near the end of the discussion here, there’s a comment from me about the changing nature of the way runs are scored in ODI cricket. Most of it, of course, is coming from boundaries, which are much more common today. But it is interesting that there’s been no real changes in the rate of non-boundary scoring since 1990. Here’s a graph showing the yearly overall “non-boundary strike rate”, that is the runs that are actually…

"Non-boundary strike rates"

Bowlers as they get more experienced

There was a comment from Gary Naylor here saying that Monty Panesar should improve on his average of 32 as his career goes on, since he’ll learn more about how to bowl. I’m not convinced. I took all spinners with 149 or more wickets since WWII, and found split their wickets into which Test it was in their careers, so I could find the overall average in debut Tests, second Tests, third Tests, etc. To…

"Bowlers as they get more experienced"