Friday, September 28

What, no run rate?

Looking at the cricket on the BBC News (Ian Bell really does seem to be in good form at the moment, hopefully he'll do as well in Sri Lanka as he did at home against India), and noticed the Twenty20 averages link on the page, which I hadn't looked at before. I have to ask - why isn't scoring rate included? You can't list things the same as in Test matches, as the games are so different - in a Test, a slowly ground out century can be an admirable thing of beauty, while a frantic thrash to thirty followed by getting out is throwing your wicket away, unless you're a tail-end bowler with a declaration looming. In Twenty20, by contrast, a batsman who goes in early, scores 30 off ten balls, then gets out has arguably done his job.

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