Are averages starting to creak?
Everyone knows what a good average is for Test cricketers, and every club player knows what a good average is for their league. It's a simple number that is faithfully updated by the scorer every year.
And it's getting less relevant every year too. Or it certainly is if you want to do more than look good on paper. Unfortunately the game, to paraphrase Brian Clough, is played on grass.
Batsmen with a good average are not always match winners. To find out if you are performing well, you need to delve deeper. Professional baseball has known this for years. The film Moneyball was about breaking free of the tradition of stats for great success. The IPL has picked up the baseball and run even further with it: entire companies are dedicated to statistics like "pressure zones".
It's all high falutin' stuff. How do we make it simple and relevant to your level?
Try these easy stats:
There are a few others that also work at youth and club level without a great effort, so pick what works for you and make it a competition between players to improve their new averages.
Suddenly the guy who "plays for the red inker" is playing for his team, while everyone else is competing like mad in stats that really matter.
As Kevin Bacon might say, "no brainer".
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