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The strange world of batting averages…

By David Herman  

Here’s a curious anomaly. If you look at the top ten bowling averages there are quite a few familiar names: Anderson (at the top), Harmison (3rd) and Hoggard (#7). Tremlett and Monty Panesar don’t come so high but they’re in the top 35. But the batsmen: not one England regular in the top 20. Andrew Strauss comes highest (23rd) at 47.03, but Vaughan, Pietersen, Ian Bell? Nowhere to be seen. Of course, they played fewer county games because of test commitments so they weren’t able to fill their boots around the counties. But, still, we are talking averages not aggregates,…

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