Monday 3 March 2014 

Leading Batting Stats

Most Runs

Pakistan have three batsman in the leading 10 run scorers since Sri Lanka 2012, with Mohammed Hafeez, Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad all in the list; some might argue this to be no huge revelation taking into account they have played the most matches.

England (Alex Hales & Michael Lumb), New Zealand (Brendon McCullum & Martin Guptil) and Sri Lanka (Kushal Perera & Sangakkara) can each boast two on the top 10 list, whilst England have four in the top 20; a return which can only be equalled by Pakistan.

The West Indies have just a single player in the top 20 (Lendl Simmons), however star performer Chris Gayle has played minimal international cricket during this period.

Highest Strike Rates

The most startling aspect regarding the top twenty strike rates of those players who scored at least 150 runs is that England can claim seven, with Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler and Hales in the top 0.

Australia are the only other side to have more than two in the top ten, with Aaron Finch and George Bailey ranked at second and fifth. New Zealand are the only side without a player in the top 10 and although they have four in the top twenty, of those Hamish Rutherford will not be in Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka, India, South Africa and West Indies can each only claim one batsmen in the top 20 list. India can at least vaunt Yuvraj Singh who is number one in the list, whilst the Windies have been forced to leave out the number three - Kieron Pollard.

Batting – Predicted Top Seven

Based on purely a predicted batting line-up Australia enjoy the highest average strike rate of 140, New Zealand are not far behind with 138.4.The Australians able to ascertain four players with a strike rates of over 140 (Finch, Bailey, Shane Watson & Glenn Maxwell), the Kiwis figure is falsely enhanced by a limited sample of games for a couple of their players.

Surprisingly considering their recent record Sri Lanka possess the lowest with just 123.2, that said there are only 2.5 runs between them; India, South Africa and West Indies.

There is little to choose between the combined averages, with everyone bar Pakistan and West Indies averaging between 27.2 runs and 29.1 runs per batsman, of which New Zealand come out on top. In contrast the Windies average just 23.1 runs per batsman and Pakistan 24.4

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