# How have first-innings numbers influenced the course of Tests?

Some teams have gone on to lose despite scoring big and others have bounced back from scores of as low as 45 to clinch wins

**Grd_6Y**: If six or more Tests have been played on the ground in the six years prior to the current Test, the average Runs per Wicket (RpW) for these Tests multiplied by 10 is determined to be the FIT. A total of 712 Tests fall under this category.

**Grd_10Y**: If fewer than six Tests have been played on the ground during the six years prior to the current Test, the period under consideration is extended to ten years. If six or more Tests have been played on the ground during these ten years, the average RpW for these Tests multiplied by 10 is determined to be the FIT. A total of 698 Tests fall under this category.

**Cty_6Y**: If fewer than six Tests have been played on the ground during the ten years previous to the Test in question, the scope of locations under consideration is extended to the entire country in which the ground is located. If ten or more Tests have been played in the country during the six years previous, the average RpW for these Tests multiplied by 10 is determined to be the FIT; 733 Tests fall under this category.

**Cty_10Y**: If fewer than ten Tests have been played in the country in the six years previous, the period under consideration is extended to ten years. If ten or more Tests have been played in the country during these ten years, the average RpW for these Tests multiplied by 10 is determined to be the FIT; 136 Tests fall under this category.

**Period_Ave**: This leaves us with 197 Tests for which there is no valid data even considering the entire country and covering a period of ten years. This could be due to the sparseness of Test cricket at the start of its history, the start of a team's playing career, World War I, World War II, the apartheid-era isolation of South Africa, blanking off of Pakistan home Tests for a few years, Zimbabwe being off the radar for six years, and so on. For these Tests, the average RpW for the appropriate period multiplied by 10 is used as the FIT.

- New Zealand: 43 matches and 10 wins (23%)
- Zimbabwe: 24 matches and 2 wins (8%)
- Bangladesh: 44 matches and 2 wins (5%)
- All three teams together - 13%
- Other teams: 396 matches and 162 wins (41%)

- New Zealand: 48 matches and 22 wins (46%)
- Zimbabwe: 16 matches and 4 wins (25%)
- Bangladesh: 34 matches and 9 wins (26%)
- All three teams together - 36%
- Other teams: 391 matches and 196 wins (50%)

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Anantha Narayanan has written for ESPNcricinfo and CastrolCricket and worked with a number of companies on their cricket performance ratings-related systems