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Best averages by batting position

Travis Basevi

October 11, 2005

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Best Test averages by batting position

Opener (minimum 20 innings)
Player Span Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50
H Sutcliffe (Eng) 1924-1935 83 4522 194 61.10 16 23
GC Smith (SAf) 2002-2005 59 3209 277 58.34 11 10
V Sehwag (India) 2002-2005 52 2847 309 56.93 9 7
B Mitchell (SAf) 1929-1949 48 2390 189* 56.90 7 12
L Hutton (Eng) 1937-1955 131 6721 364 56.47 19 31


Position 3 (minimum 20 innings)
Player Span Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50
DG Bradman (Aust) 1930-1948 56 5078 334 103.63 20 10
KF Barrington (Eng) 1960-1967 40 2626 172 77.23 13 7
WR Hammond (Eng) 1928-1937 52 3440 336* 74.78 14 4
GA Headley (WI) 1930-1948 32 2064 270* 71.17 10 4
RT Ponting (Aust) 1996-2005 90 4916 257 63.02 16 17


Position 4 (minimum 20 innings)
Player Span Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50
JH Kallis (SAf) 2000-2005 62 3824 177 78.04 13 20
GS Sobers (WI) 1957-1969 24 1530 226 63.75 6 4
ED Weekes (WI) 1948-1958 57 3372 207 63.62 11 17
RG Pollock (SAf) 1963-1970 37 2065 274 62.57 7 8
SR Tendulkar (India) 1992-2005 157 8251 248* 59.78 29 32


Position 5 (minimum 20 innings)
Player Span Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50
FMM Worrell (WI) 1948-1962 23 1189 197* 59.45 3 9
CL Walcott (WI) 1948-1960 31 1599 125 59.22 5 9
GS Sobers (WI) 1955-1974 37 1895 178* 59.21 7 8
DCS Compton (Eng) 1939-1957 22 968 147 56.94 3 3
SR Waugh (Aust) 1985-2004 142 6754 200 56.28 24 29


Position 6 (minimum 20 innings)
Player Span Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50
S Chanderpaul (WI) 1994-2004 37 1989 140 66.29 6 14
Imran Khan (Pak) 1974-1992 23 928 118 61.86 2 6
Saleem Malik (Pak) 1982-1999 36 1591 119* 56.82 4 8
GS Sobers (WI) 1955-1974 57 2614 174 53.34 8 11
AR Border (Aust) 1978-1994 63 2556 153 52.16 6 17


Position 7 (minimum 20 innings)
Player Span Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50
BM McMillan (SAf) 1992-1998 23 1051 113 58.38 1 10
AC Gilchrist (Aust) 1999-2005 79 3377 204* 51.16 11 13
HP Tillakaratne (SL) 1989-2004 22 701 136* 50.07 1 4
GRJ Matthews (Aust) 1984-1993 33 1317 128 45.41 3 10
CL Cairns (NZ) 1992-2004 40 1761 158 44.02 4 11


Position 8 (minimum 20 innings)
Player Span Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50
DL Vettori (NZ) 1997-2005 21 631 127 37.11 1 3
PR Reiffel (Aust) 1993-1998 24 560 79* 35.00 0 5
MV Boucher (SAf) 1998-2005 34 914 122* 33.85 2 5
N Kapil Dev (India) 1978-1993 58 1777 116 33.52 2 11
PA Strang (Zimb) 1995-2000 23 534 106* 33.37 1 1


Position 9 (minimum 20 innings)
Player Span Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50
SM Pollock (SAf) 1995-2005 20 534 111 41.07 2 1
KD Ghavri (India) 1975-1981 22 377 86 31.41 0 1
N Boje (SAf) 2000-2005 25 553 76 29.10 0 2
IDS Smith (NZ) 1981-1992 36 797 173 28.46 1 1
JJ Kelly (Aust) 1896-1905 21 321 46* 26.75 0 0


Position 10 (minimum 20 innings)
Player Span Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50
PM Pollock (SAf) 1964-1970 20 292 41 22.46 0 0
FS Trueman (Eng) 1953-1965 26 400 39* 21.05 0 0
DK Lillee (Aust) 1971-1983 30 381 73* 19.05 0 1
SK Warne (Aust) 1992-1998 21 303 37 18.93 0 0
SB Doull (NZ) 1993-2000 26 355 46 17.75 0 0


Position 11 (minimum 20 innings)
Player Span Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50
DL Underwood (Eng) 1966-1981 27 182 45* 18.19 0 0
WA Johnston (Aust) 1947-1955 33 159 28 14.45 0 0
JR Thomson (Aust) 1974-1985 24 201 24* 14.35 0 0
JB Statham (Eng) 1951-1965 46 348 36* 13.91 0 0
AA Donald (SAf) 1992-2002 32 204 32 13.59 0 0

Best ODI averages by batting position


Opener (minimum 20 innings)
Player Span Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50
HH Dippenaar (Afr/SAf) 1999-2005 24 1091 123 54.54 2 10
GM Turner (NZ) 1973-1983 29 1197 171* 49.87 3 7
SR Tendulkar (India) 1994-2005 238 10839 186* 48.82 35 51
BC Lara (WI) 1992-2004 51 2166 153 47.08 5 15
CG Greenidge (WI) 1975-1991 120 4993 133* 45.39 11 31


Position 3 (minimum 20 innings)
Player Span Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50
IVA Richards (WI) 1976-1986 51 2418 153* 57.57 5 15
Yousuf Youhana (Asia/Pak) 2000-2005 43 1988 141* 55.22 5 13
SC Ganguly (Asia/India) 1996-2005 30 1356 112* 52.15 3 9
BC Lara (WI) 1992-2005 103 4349 169 45.77 12 25
Zaheer Abbas (Pak) 1974-1985 47 2009 123 45.65 6 9


Position 4 (minimum 20 innings)
Player Span Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50
MG Bevan (Aust) 1994-2004 53 2265 108* 59.60 3 17
HH Dippenaar (SAf) 2000-2004 20 866 89 57.73 0 8
RR Sarwan (WI) 2001-2004 36 1383 104* 55.32 2 7
DC Boon (Aust) 1990-1995 35 1255 98* 54.56 0 9
A Jadeja (India) 1996-2000 29 1008 103* 53.05 2 6


Position 5 (minimum 20 innings)
Player Span Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50
JH Kallis (SAf) 1996-2004 20 738 113* 52.71 2 6
A Flintoff (Eng) 2002-2005 31 1188 123 49.50 3 8
S Chanderpaul (WI) 1995-2005 51 1664 92* 42.66 0 11
NH Fairbrother (Eng) 1987-1999 45 1302 81* 42.00 0 11
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Asia/Pak) 1992-2005 86 2925 85 41.78 0 25


Position 6 (minimum 20 innings)
Player Span Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50
MG Bevan (Aust) 1994-2004 87 3006 102* 56.71 1 23
RP Arnold (SL) 1999-2005 51 1631 91* 52.61 0 14
WJ Cronje (SAf) 1992-2000 45 1235 87* 42.58 0 7
L Klusener (SAf) 1999-2004 22 494 49 41.16 0 0
Younis Khan (Pak) 2000-2005 24 788 90 39.39 0 7


Position 7 (minimum 20 innings)
Player Span Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50
M Kaif (India) 2002-2005 26 596 111* 33.11 1 2
CZ Harris (NZ) 1990-2004 104 2130 63* 31.32 0 9
Abdul Razzaq (Asia/Pak) 1999-2005 66 1512 89 30.85 0 7
HH Streak (Zimb) 1996-2005 40 864 68 30.85 0 4
HP Tillakaratne (SL) 1986-1998 29 594 100 29.69 1 1


Position 8 (minimum 20 innings)
Player Span Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50
L Klusener (SAf) 1997-2004 36 1056 83 58.66 0 7
CZ Harris (NZ) 1996-2004 23 519 77* 39.92 0 2
HDPK Dharmasena (SL) 1994-2003 42 719 69* 29.95 0 4
HH Streak (Zimb) 1994-2005 58 1147 79* 29.41 0 7
RS Kalpage (SL) 1992-1999 25 292 44* 26.54 0 0


Position 9 (minimum 20 innings)
Player Span Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50
Abdul Qadir (Pak) 1983-1989 21 168 41* 24.00 0 0
B Lee (Aust) 2000-2005 31 408 51* 21.47 0 1
GR Larsen (NZ) 1990-1999 37 389 37 19.44 0 0
HH Streak (Afr/Zimb) 1993-2005 30 347 45 19.27 0 0
N Boje (Afr/SAf) 1996-2005 28 307 33 19.18 0 0


Position 10 (minimum 20 innings)
Player Span Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50
Z Khan (India) 2000-2005 26 253 33* 19.46 0 0
MC Snedden (NZ) 1980-1990 21 190 40 13.57 0 0
DL Vettori (ICC/NZ) 1997-2005 28 217 29* 13.56 0 0
Waqar Younis (Pak) 1989-2003 63 478 37 11.11 0 0
Saqlain Mushtaq (Pak) 1995-2003 37 222 29 11.09 0 0


Position 11 (minimum 20 innings)
Player Span Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50
EJ Chatfield (NZ) 1979-1988 44 106 19* 13.25 0 0
Aaqib Javed (Pak) 1988-1998 34 116 17 9.66 0 0
BP Patterson (WI) 1987-1993 20 44 13* 8.80 0 0
Shoaib Akhtar (ICC/Pak) 1999-2005 34 103 43 8.58 0 0
A Nehra (Asia/India) 2001-2005 25 84 24 7.63 0 0


Statistics upto and including:
* Test # 1767: Zimbabwe v India at Harare, 2nd Test, Sep 20-22, 2005
* ODI # 2284: Australia v ICC World XI at Melbourne (DS), ICC Super Series ODIs 3rd Match, Oct 9, 2005


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