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Differences between a team's batting and bowling average in a series

Travis Basevi

August 24, 2011

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Largest difference between team batting and bowling averages in a series - Tests (qualification: 3 matches)
Team Series Result Mat Runs Wkts R/W Runs Wkts R/W Diff
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2007 SL 3-0 3 1528 16 95.50 1011 60 16.85 78.65
South Africa v New Zealand, 1998/99 SA 1-0 3 1577 16 98.56 1404 44 31.90 66.65
Australia v New Zealand, 1993/94 Aus 2-0 3 1872 23 81.39 1418 53 26.75 54.63
England v India, 1974 Eng 3-0 3 1629 24 67.87 1153 59 19.54 48.33
India v Sri Lanka, 1986/87 India 2-0 3 1527 23 66.39 1098 50 21.96 44.43
Australia v Sri Lanka, 1995/96 Aus 3-0 3 1875 26 72.11 1690 60 28.16 43.94
England v Pakistan, 1962 Eng 4-0 5 2363 36 65.63 2227 96 23.19 42.44
Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, 2001/02 SL 3-0 3 1721 28 61.46 1146 60 19.10 42.36
Pakistan v Australia, 1982/83 Pak 3-0 3 1498 24 62.41 1491 60 24.85 37.56
England v South Africa, 1924 Eng 3-0 5 1846 31 59.54 1846 74 24.94 34.60
India v Sri Lanka, 1993/94 India 3-0 3 1410 26 54.23 1179 60 19.65 34.58
England v India, 2011 Eng 4-0 4 2809 47 59.76 2044 80 25.55 34.21
England v New Zealand, 1965 Eng 3-0 3 1602 28 57.21 1410 59 23.89 33.31
South Africa v West Indies, 2003/04 SA 3-0 4 2962 44 67.31 2621 75 34.94 32.37
India v New Zealand, 1955/56 India 2-0 5 2557 39 65.56 2333 69 33.81 31.75
England v New Zealand, 1962/63 Eng 3-0 3 1416 28 50.57 1153 60 19.21 31.35
India v England, 1992/93 India 3-0 3 1604 28 57.28 1563 60 26.05 31.23
Australia v South Africa, 1949/50 Aus 4-0 5 2710 51 53.13 1991 90 22.12 31.01
India v Australia, 1985/86 drawn 0-0 3 1624 26 62.46 1483 46 32.23 30.22
Australia v England, 1989 Aus 4-0 6 3877 67 57.86 2882 104 27.71 30.15
Pakistan v India, 1978/79 Pak 2-0 3 2079 31 67.06 1813 49 37.00 30.06
Australia v New Zealand, 2004/05 Aus 2-0 3 1686 30 56.20 1402 53 26.45 29.74
West Indies v India, 1958/59 WI 3-0 5 3141 59 53.23 2244 93 24.12 29.10
England v New Zealand, 1931 Eng 1-0 3 1240 22 56.36 1083 39 27.76 28.59
Pakistan v India, 1982/83 Pak 3-0 6 3058 50 61.16 2717 83 32.73 28.42
Australia v India, 1947/48 Aus 4-0 5 2387 50 47.74 1877 96 19.55 28.18
England v West Indies, 1957 Eng 3-0 5 2567 51 50.33 2122 95 22.33 27.99
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1985/86 Pak 2-0 3 1307 25 52.28 1228 50 24.56 27.72
Australia v Pakistan, 2004/05 Aus 3-0 3 1878 37 50.75 1384 60 23.06 27.69
Australia v India, 1999/00 Aus 3-0 3 1845 38 48.55 1239 58 21.36 27.19

Largest difference between team averages without winning the series - Tests (qualification: 3 matches)
Team Series Result Mat Runs Wkts R/W Runs Wkts R/W Diff
India v Australia, 1985/86 drawn 0-0 3 1624 26 62.46 1483 46 32.23 30.22
England v Australia, 1938 drawn 1-1 4 2643 53 49.86 2137 63 33.92 15.94
England v Pakistan, 1954 drawn 1-1 4 1307 43 30.39 1049 67 15.65 14.73
Sri Lanka v India, 2010 drawn 1-1 3 2079 35 59.40 2015 45 44.77 14.62
South Africa v New Zealand, 1963/64 drawn 0-0 3 1356 40 33.90 1132 54 20.96 12.93
Pakistan v India, 1989/90 drawn 0-0 4 2086 39 53.48 2318 57 40.66 12.82
England v New Zealand, 1965/66 drawn 0-0 3 1178 36 32.72 1159 57 20.33 12.38
Australia v New Zealand, 2001/02 drawn 0-0 3 1860 36 51.66 1594 39 40.87 10.79
West Indies v England, 1973/74 drawn 1-1 5 2405 54 44.53 2958 86 34.39 10.14
Australia v New Zealand, 1973/74 drawn 1-1 3 2020 54 37.40 1239 45 27.53 9.87
England v Pakistan, 1968/69 drawn 0-0 3 1340 36 37.22 853 31 27.51 9.70
New Zealand v England, 1987/88 drawn 0-0 3 1461 37 39.48 977 32 30.53 8.95
India v Sri Lanka, 1997/98 drawn 0-0 3 1693 38 44.55 1147 32 35.84 8.70
Australia v South Africa, 1993/94 drawn 1-1 3 1338 40 33.45 1068 43 24.83 8.61
South Africa v India, 2010/11 drawn 1-1 3 1669 44 37.93 1558 53 29.39 8.53
South Africa v England, 2003 drawn 2-2 5 3323 75 44.30 2901 81 35.81 8.49
England v Australia, 1968 drawn 1-1 5 2527 74 34.14 2148 83 25.87 8.26
Australia v India, 1980/81 drawn 1-1 3 1657 47 35.25 1517 56 27.08 8.16
Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka, 1994/95 drawn 0-0 3 1156 27 42.81 1285 37 34.72 8.08
South Africa v Pakistan, 1997/98 drawn 1-1 3 1363 47 29.00 1054 50 21.08 7.92
South Africa v India, 2007/08 drawn 1-1 3 1751 42 41.69 1420 42 33.80 7.88
South Africa v England, 2009/10 drawn 1-1 4 2356 61 38.62 2076 67 30.98 7.63
New Zealand v Pakistan, 2000/01 drawn 1-1 3 1462 35 41.77 1475 43 34.30 7.46
Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2000 drawn 1-1 3 1452 44 33.00 1511 59 25.61 7.38
Australia v India, 1986/87 drawn 0-0 3 1512 27 56.00 1368 28 48.85 7.14
Australia v Pakistan, 1976/77 drawn 1-1 3 1938 51 38.00 1614 52 31.03 6.96
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1990/91 drawn 0-0 3 2093 45 46.51 1793 45 39.84 6.66
Australia v England, 2009 Eng 2-1 5 2886 71 40.64 2869 84 34.15 6.49
England v New Zealand, 1949 drawn 0-0 4 2180 47 46.38 2314 58 39.89 6.48
South Africa v England, 1998 Eng 2-1 5 2299 65 35.36 2611 89 29.33 6.03

Negative difference between team averages and winning the series - Tests
Team Series Result Mat Runs Wkts R/W Runs Wkts R/W Diff
England v Australia, 2009 Eng 2-1 5 2869 84 34.15 2886 71 40.64 -6.49
England v South Africa, 1998 Eng 2-1 5 2611 89 29.33 2299 65 35.36 -6.03
Australia v England, 1891/92 Aus 2-1 3 1280 59 21.69 1384 50 27.68 -5.98
West Indies v England, 2008/09 WI 1-0 5 2454 56 43.82 2825 57 49.56 -5.73
Australia v India, 1977/78 Aus 3-2 5 2761 98 28.17 2918 87 33.54 -5.36
England v Australia, 1894/95 Eng 3-2 5 2399 92 26.07 2822 90 31.35 -5.27
England v Sri Lanka, 2000/01 Eng 2-1 3 1313 53 24.77 1339 45 29.75 -4.98
Pakistan v India, 1986/87 Pak 1-0 5 2313 69 33.52 2362 62 38.09 -4.57
India v England, 1971 India 1-0 3 1193 47 25.38 1582 53 29.84 -4.46
Australia v England, 1902 Aus 2-1 5 1395 72 19.37 1646 70 23.51 -4.13
Pakistan v Zimbabwe, 1994/95 Pak 2-1 3 1282 52 24.65 1246 44 28.31 -3.66
West Indies v Zimbabwe, 2003/04 WI 1-0 2 1151 39 29.51 1188 36 33.00 -3.48
England v Pakistan, 1982 Eng 2-1 3 1541 57 27.03 1429 48 29.77 -2.73
South Africa v England, 1935 SA 1-0 5 2358 71 33.21 2365 66 35.83 -2.62
Pakistan v Australia, 1994/95 Pak 1-0 3 2145 59 36.35 1559 40 38.97 -2.61
New Zealand v England, 1986 NZ 1-0 3 1167 34 34.32 1476 40 36.90 -2.57
Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1995/96 SL 2-1 3 1573 59 26.66 1427 49 29.12 -2.46
Pakistan v West Indies, 1958/59 Pak 2-1 3 994 50 19.88 1108 50 22.16 -2.27
Pakistan v Zimbabwe, 1997/98 Pak 1-0 2 1060 33 32.12 1168 34 34.35 -2.23
Australia v West Indies, 1960/61 Aus 2-1 5 2851 90 31.67 3254 96 33.89 -2.21
England v Australia, 1884 Eng 1-0 3 1085 41 26.46 1107 39 28.38 -1.92
Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1999/00 SL 2-1 3 1520 58 26.20 1684 60 28.06 -1.85
West Indies v Australia, 1964/65 WI 2-1 5 3132 94 33.31 2454 70 35.05 -1.73
India v South Africa, 1996/97 India 2-1 3 1516 57 26.59 1501 53 28.32 -1.72
Australia v Sri Lanka, 1992 Aus 1-0 3 1878 54 34.77 1379 38 36.28 -1.51
South Africa v England, 1909/10 SA 3-2 5 2453 96 25.55 2342 88 26.61 -1.06
India v West Indies, 1970/71 India 1-0 5 2718 68 39.97 3119 77 40.50 -0.53
England v India, 1984/85 Eng 2-1 5 2528 60 42.13 2858 67 42.65 -0.52
South Africa v England, 1965 SA 1-0 3 1686 60 28.10 1457 51 28.56 -0.46
South Africa v England, 1930/31 SA 1-0 5 2313 80 28.91 2142 73 29.34 -0.42

Statistics upto and including:

• Test # 2004: England v India at The Oval, Pataudi Trophy 4th Test, Aug 18-22, 2011
• ODI # 3183: Zimbabwe v Bangladesh at Bulawayo, 5th ODI, Aug 21, 2011
• T20I # 203: Sri Lanka v Australia at Pallekele, 2nd T20I, Aug 8, 2011


Travis Basevi is a cricket statistician and UK Senior Programmer for Cricinfo and other ESPN sports websites

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Travis Basevi Travis first started with Cricinfo during the 1994-95 Ashes, when the staff got bored of publishing his stats and averages contributions. He soon turned it into a full-time job, building Statsguru and the Cricinfo and Scrum content management systems. Along the way he abandoned Australia in preference for living in London, although his sporting allegiances haven't made a similar change beyond a QPR season ticket.
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