## The average batting average of all test players

### The average batting average of all test players

It was mentioned in another thread that the batting average of all test
players combined was about 35, I would like to know if this is true as I
have a gut feeling that it should be lower. There must be a lot more bunnies
like McGrath pulling the average down than batsmen averaging over 50 pulling
it up. If it is true I would love a link to see how they worked it out.

### The average batting average of all test players

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> It was mentioned in another thread that the batting average of all test
> players combined was about 35, I would like to know if this is true as I
> have a gut feeling that it should be lower. There must be a lot more bunnies
> like McGrath pulling the average down than batsmen averaging over 50 pulling
> it up. If it is true I would love a link to see how they worked it out.

I think the figures are under dispute.
Moby claims 35.
deep point claims 29, positions 1-6 being 36/37.

To me, without having tried the calculation, 29 looks more like it.

Higgsy

### The average batting average of all test players

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> > It was mentioned in another thread that the batting average of all test
> > players combined was about 35, I would like to know if this is true as I
> > have a gut feeling that it should be lower. There must be a lot more
bunnies
> > like McGrath pulling the average down than batsmen averaging over 50
pulling
> > it up. If it is true I would love a link to see how they worked it out.

> I think the figures are under dispute.
> Moby claims 35.
> deep point claims 29, positions 1-6 being 36/37.

> To me, without having tried the calculation, 29 looks more like it.

> Higgsy

so has the calculation been done or not, if it has been done I'd love to see
the link. If you had a calculator how would you do the sum?

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### The average batting average of all test players

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> > > It was mentioned in another thread that the batting average of all test
> > > players combined was about 35, I would like to know if this is true as I
> > > have a gut feeling that it should be lower. There must be a lot more
> bunnies
> > > like McGrath pulling the average down than batsmen averaging over 50
> pulling
> > > it up. If it is true I would love a link to see how they worked it out.

> > > thanks in advance

> > I think the figures are under dispute.
> > Moby claims 35.
> > deep point claims 29, positions 1-6 being 36/37.

> > To me, without having tried the calculation, 29 looks more like it.

> > Higgsy

> so has the calculation been done or not, if it has been done I'd love to see
> the link. If you had a calculator how would you do the sum?

I thought dp had done it

Higgsy

### The average batting average of all test players

Quote:

> It was mentioned in another thread that the batting average of all
> test players combined was about 35, I would like to know if this is
> true as I have a gut feeling that it should be lower. There must be a
> lot more bunnies like McGrath pulling the average down than batsmen
> averaging over 50 pulling it up. If it is true I would love a link to
> see how they worked it out.

Sounds a bit high to me. Let's take these stats for the current Australian
team, which I'm guessing probably has the highest average:

Based on all matches up to and including
Test # 1620: Pakistan v Australia at Sharjah, 3rd Test, 19/10/2002
(includes M Waugh and Macgill)

1. Now adding up all the averages (414.2) and dividing by the number of
players (13), I get:

31.86.

2. Weighting it by the number of innnings played (for no good reason) - when
I sum the total of the individual averages multiplied by the respective
player's total innings (40949.94) then divide it by the total number of
innings (1121), I get:

36.52

So in other words, because the Australian batsmen are more experienced than
the bowlers, the weighted average is higher. The first figure is probably
more relevant.

Sam

### The average batting average of all test players

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> > > > It was mentioned in another thread that the batting average of all
test
> > > > players combined was about 35, I would like to know if this is true
as I
> > > > have a gut feeling that it should be lower. There must be a lot more
> > bunnies
> > > > like McGrath pulling the average down than batsmen averaging over 50
> > pulling
> > > > it up. If it is true I would love a link to see how they worked it
out.

> > > > thanks in advance

> > > I think the figures are under dispute.
> > > Moby claims 35.
> > > deep point claims 29, positions 1-6 being 36/37.

> > > To me, without having tried the calculation, 29 looks more like it.

> > > Higgsy

> > so has the calculation been done or not, if it has been done I'd love to
see
> > the link. If you had a calculator how would you do the sum?

> I thought dp had done it

> Higgsy

### The average batting average of all test players

Quote:

> > > > It was mentioned in another thread that the batting average of all
test
> > > > players combined was about 35, I would like to know if this is true
as I
> > > > have a gut feeling that it should be lower. There must be a lot more
> > bunnies
> > > > like McGrath pulling the average down than batsmen averaging over 50
> > pulling
> > > > it up. If it is true I would love a link to see how they worked it
out.

> > > > thanks in advance

> > > I think the figures are under dispute.
> > > Moby claims 35.
> > > deep point claims 29, positions 1-6 being 36/37.

> > > To me, without having tried the calculation, 29 looks more like it.

> > > Higgsy

> > so has the calculation been done or not, if it has been done I'd love to
see
> > the link. If you had a calculator how would you do the sum?

> I thought dp had done it

excellent and the link is or the reference is:- What? I'd actually like some
facts and figures.

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> Higgsy

### The average batting average of all test players

Quote:
> It was mentioned in another thread that the batting average of all test
> players combined was about 35, I would like to know if this is true as I
> have a gut feeling that it should be lower. There must be a lot more
bunnies
> like McGrath pulling the average down than batsmen averaging over 50
pulling
> it up. If it is true I would love a link to see how they worked it out.

But you see, guys like McGrath dont get to bat much. So when you calculate
the over all average
using the formula : total runs scored/total wickets , people like McGrath
contribute very less to both
the denominator and the numerator (and hence dont have much of an effect on
the final outcome).

### The average batting average of all test players

Quote:
> It was mentioned in another thread that the batting average of all test
> players combined was about 35, I would like to know if this is true as I
> have a gut feeling that it should be lower. There must be a lot more
bunnies
> like McGrath pulling the average down than batsmen averaging over 50
pulling
> it up. If it is true I would love a link to see how they worked it out.

While I thank everyone for there answers on what it may be surely there is a

### The average batting average of all test players

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> While I thank everyone for there answers on what it may be surely
> must have done it?

Given the Australian team's success over the last few years I would assume
it would have the highest average or pretty close to it. Thus you'd have to
deduce the average of all players would be less than that of the Australian
team, that is: < 31.86

I could work out the average across the board in the same way, by combining
all the current teams, and dropping each table into Excel, but to be honest
I don't know that I could be ***ed. If you're that interested why not do it
yourself. You know how to use Excel, right?

Sam

### The average batting average of all test players

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> Did you read my post?

> Given the Australian team's success over the last few years I would assume
> it would have the highest average or pretty close to it. Thus you'd have
to
> deduce the average of all players would be less than that of the
Australian
> team, that is: < 31.86

Dude, your method of calculating the average batting average is WRONG.
You can not add the averages like you're doing. Just think about it, and
you'll get what I'm trying to say.

### The average batting average of all test players

Quote:

> > It was mentioned in another thread that the batting average of all
> > test players combined was about 35, I would like to know if this is
> > true as I have a gut feeling that it should be lower. There must be a
> > lot more bunnies like McGrath pulling the average down than batsmen
> > averaging over 50 pulling it up. If it is true I would love a link to
> > see how they worked it out.

> Sounds a bit high to me. Let's take these stats for the current Australian
> team, which I'm guessing probably has the highest average:

Quote:

> Based on all matches up to and including
> Test # 1620: Pakistan v Australia at Sharjah, 3rd Test, 19/10/2002
> (includes M Waugh and Macgill)

> 1. Now adding up all the averages (414.2) and dividing by the number of
> players (13), I get:

>  31.86.

> 2. Weighting it by the number of innnings played (for no good reason) -
when
> I sum the total of the individual averages multiplied by the respective
> player's total innings (40949.94) then divide it by the total number of
> innings (1121), I get:

> 36.52

You dont multiply and divide by the total innings, you multiply and divide
by the total number of times the
players have been out. There is a difference. If a player has played 100
tests, but been out in just 60 times
(a tailender probably who didnt get to bat a lot of times), then you wanna
multiply and divide by 60 and not 100.
And thats why the averages of the top order batsman weigh more than the
averages of the tailenders.

### The average batting average of all test players

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> > While I thank everyone for there answers on what it may be surely
> > must have done it?

> Did you read my post?

Yes!! did you read my question I want the average for all test players over
all time for batting

### The average batting average of all test players

The average of all averages should be equal to the average team score,
which currently stands at 32.9 (running average over the past few years)
Quote:

>>>It was mentioned in another thread that the batting average of all test
>>>players combined was about 35, I would like to know if this is true as I
>>>have a gut feeling that it should be lower. There must be a lot more

> bunnies

>>>like McGrath pulling the average down than batsmen averaging over 50

> pulling

>>>it up. If it is true I would love a link to see how they worked it out.

>>I think the figures are under dispute.
>>Moby claims 35.
>>deep point claims 29, positions 1-6 being 36/37.

>>To me, without having tried the calculation, 29 looks more like it.

>>Higgsy

> so has the calculation been done or not, if it has been done I'd love to see
> the link. If you had a calculator how would you do the sum?

### The average batting average of all test players

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> The average of all averages should be equal to the average team score,
> which currently stands at 32.9 (running average over the past few years)

OK I think I agree with that now what is it for all test players in all
tests