Cricket, the ultimate numbers game
Mathematics is rather important in one-day cricket, says Steve James, writing in the Daily Telegraph. Just ask the captains who were at at the chaotic England domestic Twenty20 Finals Day in Edgbaston last week or the South Africa team from the 2003 World Cup ...
Recently I chanced upon a county team's crib sheet for a Twenty20 match. The statistical detail was mind-boggling. There were figures for everything from the 'dot ball limit' at a certain ground to the overall number of boundaries usually required to win there, setting such targets as scoring a minimum of seven boundaries in the first six overs.
Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo