Average (Batting and Bowling)

The success of batsmen or bowlers' performance over a period of time is generally accepted to be judged on their average. Batsmen want to achieve a high batting average, bowlers a low bowling one.

A batting average - the average number of runs scored per innings - is worked out by dividing the total number of runs scored by a batsman either in a particular type of cricket (Test Matches, first-class matches, leagues, etc) or in a series, or in a career, by the number of his completed innings. So, a batsman who played 25 Test Matches scoring 1510 runs and was dismissed 37 times would have a Test batting average of 40.81 (1510 divided by 37 = 40.81).

A bowling average - the average number of runs conceded per wicket taken - is calculated by dividing the number of runs scored off the bowler's bowling by the number of wickets taken by it. So a bowler who plays in a five-Test series, conceding 554 runs but taking 22 wickets would have an average for that series of 25.18 (554 divided by 22 = 25.18).