January 28, 2023

Batting average in cricket is one of the easy ways to analyze a player’s past performance in any form of cricket. Batting averages are often used to compare players with each other. The batting average alone can not predict the performance of a batter. Multiple factors need to be considered while measuring the ability of a player.

Batting Average Calculation

A player’s batting average is the total number of runs they have scored divided by the number of times they have been out. So when a player gets out less in a cricket format, the player may accumulate a bigger batting average compared to a different player who got out in all innings with the same matches and had the same runs.

Best Batting Average in Test Cricket

RankBatterTestsInningsNoRunsHigh ScoreAverageTest career dates
1Don Bradman528010699633499.941928–48
2Adam Voges203171485269*61.872015–16
3RG Pollock23414225627460.971963–70
4George Headley224042190270*60.831930–54
5Herbert Sutcliffe54849455519460.731924–35
6Steve Smith8715418816123960.002010–present
7Eddie Paynter20315154024359.231931–39
8Ken Barrington8213115680625658.671955–68
9Everton Weekes48815445520758.611948–58
10Wally Hammond85140167249336*58.451927–47
Top Batting Averages in Test cricket with at least 20 innings
  • The batting average does not depend on the number of matches a player played in their carrier.
  • The batting average tends to be on the lower side for lower-end players
  • A player with a good batting average can be considered a finisher. Usually, a player needs to play long innings to have a better average.
  • The player’s batting average tends to increase if he has an excellent ability to protect his wicket.
  • It is better to consider the batting average separately in each format of cricket.

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