It’s been a few years since I wrote this, noting the sharp decline in the no-ball rate in ODI’s since the start of Twenty20. The trends don’t appear to be a blip, as we now have three more years of data to look at, and the evidence is pretty solid: The drop-off is also quite visible, though not as dramatic, in Tests: In less than a week, my almost month-long holiday from work will be…"Update on no-ball rates"
The ACS seems to have settled on a list of ‘great’ matches from the 18th century, starting from 1772, considered equivalent to first-class for statistical purposes. CricketArchive now lists these matches as first-class, starting with Hampshire v England. If any of the few remaining readers that I have were here three years ago, they might remember a series of posts on 19th-century first-class cricket in England. The biggest challenge was estimating bowling averages for the…"18th century statistics"
Probably. But the ability to get off the mark seems to be determined by how good a batsman is overall. There is of course variation between batsmen in the percentage of ducks they make, but no more than would be expected by random chance. The starting point is to work out what the relationship is between a batsman’s average and the percentage of innings that are ducks. (Ideally I would exclude scores of nought not-out…"Are some batsmen nervous starters?"