Differences between home and away bowling averages

Here, we consider the differences for the 261 players who have bowled at least 2000 balls in home and away/neutral Tests.

The full list of Home average-Away/Neutral average can be seen in this spreadsheet.

sorted home advantage

This is for Tests up to Oct 25, 2019. The 2005 Test involving the ICC XI is not included.

However, you may find it simpler to look at the top 40, whose home average has the greatest positive difference  with the away/neutral average. Or those who derive the greatest advantage from home conditions.

Note that some prominent players do not feature here as they have not bowled 2000 balls in one of the two categories.

Many of the current Pakistani players are not here because they have played few or no Tests at home.

Those with the strongest home advantage:

Bowling-max home advantage

We see that JDP Oram (NZ) followed by CR Woakes (Eng) and MH Miraj (BD) have the greatest home advantage, with Oram having a large lead. The leaders from other countries are  TW Wall (Aus), BC Strang (Zim), SLV Raju (Ind), RL Chase (WI), Abdul Qadir (Pak), BM McMillan (SA) and MDK Perera (SL). Some of them, particularly the spinners such s Miraj, Raju and Qadir are known to have done much better at home.

Those with the weakest home advantage:

Bowling-least home advantage

Some relatively lesser known names at the top, apart from Worrell who was not a regular bowler for most of his Test career. RDB Croft (Eng) leads by a large margin over the next FM Worrell (WI) and PJ Wiseman (NZ). The leaders from other countries are IK Pathan (Ind), GRJ Matthews (Aus), RAS Lakmal (SL), Mushtaq Mohammad (Pak) and AA Donald (SA). We have to go beyond the top 40 to find Shakib Al Hasan (BD) at #90 and PA Strang (Zim) at #120.

Pathan was fortunate to play two away series against the particularly weak teams of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

The median value is -3.36 (NAT Adcock, PH Edwards). This implies that an average bowler would be expected to have a home average about 3 more than his away/neutral average.

Those with a difference near zero are MA Holding (0.10) and HJ Tayfield and Shakib Al Hasan (-0.14). They are among the best bowlers from their countries, and did equally well at home and away.

More about bowling averages

Ever wondered about the average of Test bowling averages?

If we take all Tests up to Oct 25, 2019 and disregarding the Test involving the ICC XI in 2005, and a cutoff of 2000 balls bowled:

There are 613 bowlers fitting this criteria. A full statement:

Bowling averages-final

The bowling averages range from GA Lohmann’s 10.75 to EAR de Silva’s 129.00, which is the only 3-figure bowling average.

The average or mean bowling average is 34.45, which corresponds to that of JE Taylor and KD Mackay.

Looking at other measures of central tendency:

First quartile: 28.24 (SP Jones, RJ Sidebottom, HC Griffith)

Median: 32.92 (BL Cairns, L Amarnath)

Third quartile: 38.59 (AMB Rowan).

We also have the Economy Rate, which ranges from 1.31 runs/over for W Attewell to 4.16 for Shahadat Hossain.

The average is 2.75 (DK Lillee, RM Hogg)

And the Strike Rate, which ranges from 34.10 balls/wicket by GA Lohmann to 291.00 by EAR de Silva. Remember that they have the best and worst bowling averages as well.

We may as well have a closer look at them:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/player/16337.html

http://www.espncricinfo.com/srilanka/content/player/48456.html

The average is 76.10 by Iqbal Qasim.

Next we will take up the difference between home and away bowling averages, as was done for batting averages in a recent post.

 

 

Lies, damn lies and statistics in cricket

It has been said that there are lies, damn lies and statistics. And Test cricket is a good place to check this out.

After the conclusion of the India-South Africa series we ask Statsguru a few questions. The answers will not be what you expect.

Q1: Who is the best opening bowler in Tests in the 2010s?

A1: Consider all those who bowled at No 1 or 2 since 01 Jan 2010 and took at least 50 wickets while doing so, and rank them by their bowling averages.

Opening bowlers since 2010

Didn’t realize it was a spinner, did you?

Q2: OK, something more conventional. Who is India’s best opening bowler of all time?

A2: Consider all Indian bowlers who bowled at No 1 and No 2, and took at least 50 wickets while doing so. Rank them by their bowling averages.

India-opening bowler

Probably you should have seen that coming.

Q3: OK, but wasn’t Kapil Dev India’s greatest all-rounder?

A3: Let us consider all Indians who scored the double of 1000 runs/100 wickets, and rank by them by the difference between their batting average and bowling average. This measure is as good as any other means for ranking all-rounders.

India-allrounder

Well, you should have seen that one coming too.

It is up to you to decide how seriously you take these figures.

 

Cricket odds and ends-4

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This is a follow-up to:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2015/07/18/cricket-odds-and-ends-1/

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/cricket-odds-and-ends-2/

and

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2015/08/12/cricket-odds-and-ends-3/

We now explore some other odds and ends. Today we look at the worst career averages by those who took ten wickets in a match, nine wickets in an innings and so on. Later we consider the best averages by those who never took 10wm, 9wi and so on.

These averages are restricted to those who bowled at least 2000 balls. The figures do not include the Test in progress at Galle, and the ICC XI-Aus Test of 2005.

Best average by those who never took 10 wickets in a match:

W Barnes 15.54 (best 9-81 in match)

G Ulyett    20.40 (7-57)

FR Foster 20.57 (8-70)

Best average by those who never took 9 wickets in an innings:

JJ Ferris    12.70 (best 7-37 in innings), includes matches for Aus and Eng

W Barnes  15.54 (6-28)

W Bates    16.42  (7-28)

Best average by those who never took 8 wickets in an innings:

Exactly the same as the above list for those who never took 9 wickets:

Best average by those who never took 7 wickets in an innings:

W Barnes 15.54 (6-28)

FR Foster 20.57 (6-91)

K Higgs    20.74 (6-91)

Best average by those who never took 6 wickets in an innings:

W Attewell          22.35 (4-42)

Shabbir Ahmed  23.03 (5-48)

SR Clark            23.36 (5-32)

Best average by those who never took 5 wickets in an innings:

W Attewell          22.35 (4-42)

M Hendrick        25.83  (4-28)

WKM Benjamin 27.01   (4-46)

Best average by those who never took 4 wickets in an innings:

WJ Cronje              29.95 (3-14)

M Mbangwa           31.43 (3-23)

JV Coney               35.77  (3-28)

Now we take take up the converse cases, starting with

Worst average by those who took 10 wickets in a match:

GRJ Matthews         48.22  (best 10-249 in match,which was the tied Test of 1986)

C Pringle                  46.30  (11-152)

L Sivaramakrishnan 44.03  (12-181)

Worst average by those who took 9 wickets in an innings:

DE Malcolm              37.09 (9-57)

AA Mailey                 33.91 (9-121)

Abdul Qadir              32.80 (9-56)

Worst average by those who took 8 wickets in an innings:

LC Braund                38.51 (8-81)

L Klusener                37.91 (8-64) which was on debut

DE Malcolm              37.09 (9-56)

Worst average by those who took 7 wickets in an innings:

C Pringle                  46.30 (7-52)

RJ Bright                  41.13 (7-87)

Enamul Haque Jr     40.61 (7-95)

Worst average by those who took 6 wickets in an innings:

Manjural Islam          57.32 (6-81)

Shahadat Hussain    51.81 (6-27)

AM Moir                    50.64 (6-155) on debut

Worst average by those who took 5 wickets in an innings:

Rubel Hossain           75.90 (5-166) current player

DR O’Sullivan            68.00 (5-148)

Manjural Islam           57.32 (6-81)

Worst average by those who took 4 wickets in an innings:

IDK Salisbury              76.95 (4-163)

Rubel Hossain            75.90 (5-166) current player

DR O’Sullivan             68.00 (5-148)

Will be back with more quirky figures soon.