Evaluating batsmen's scores in test cricket

G. D I Barr*, R. Van Den Honert

*Corresponding author for this work

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Run accumulation by a batsman in test or first-class cricket is modelled by means of a Simple Geometric Distribution, and batting performance examined in (batting average, batting consistency) space. A statistic for adjusting the batting average for consistency, or what we term the Geometric Coefficient in this context, is proposed as an appropriate adjustment factor to incorporate a measure of a batsman's consistency into his batting average. Two sets of data, one pie-WWII and one current, are examined in this framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-183
Number of pages15
JournalSouth African Statistical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Batting average
  • Consistency-adjusted average
  • Cricket
  • Geometric coefficient
  • Geometric distribution

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