Statistical summary of Tests in 2014-Part 4-Bowling

Continuing our survey of 2014 with a wrap-up of bowling performances:

We start with bowling averages. As usual, a cut off (1500 balls) is used. This is followed by tables for economy rates and strike rates. All those who have bowled at least 1500 balls are covered.

Best average-minimum 1500 balls

Anderson and Johnson lead the way while M. Shami is at the tail.

Now for the economy rate:

Best economy rate-minimum 1500 balls

Saeed Ajmal’s last few tests before his ban put him in top place, while Benn and Southee are somewhat behind. The last places go to Craig and Shami.

Strike rates:

Best strike rate-minimum 1500 balls

Johnson and Anderson again at the top, but this time Ajmal and Lyon at the bottom.

It now remains to analyze the best innings bowling where at least 4 wickets were taken. It would have been to take another cutoff such as 60 balls bowled, but Statsguru does not seem to work properly with this. Possibly a bug which needs to be corrected.

First the bowling averages: (only up to 10.00 in an innings, which is why you don’t see some good performances such as Herath’s 9-for and I. Sharma’s 7-for here).

Best innings bowling average-min 4 wickets

Broad and Southee are at No 1 and 3 while C. Jordan makes a short spell count for No 2.

Now for economy rates: (only up to 2.00)

Best innings economy rate-min 4 wickets

Here Herath clearly leads while the next (Southee) is far behind.

Strike rates up to 25.00:

Best innings strike rate-min 4 wickets

Here again C. Jordan is lucky with a short spell. Steyn and Harris somewhat expectedly are next. If you consider a minimum of 60 balls then Taijul and Broad are at the top.

Hope you are finding this interesting (and not too drawn out). The end is not quite in sight-there is still fielding and wicketkeeping, all-round performances and team totals to come over the next few days.

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