Coaches have begun to look beneath the surface of the conventionally quoted statistics to determine player's true value to the team. Andy Flower is in the vanguard of this movement and has an analytic team poring over every detail of players' performance. And cricket has lots and lots of statistics that can be used and computers can record every detail of each event. Runs wickets and balls are merely the start.
in action for Scotland v Lancs 2008
|More runs Mr Christian|
FB looks forward to seeing how the film deals with these important statistics.
- Number of juniors transported per season to away matches (where players are left behind after match points will be deducted)
- Range and quality of biscuits provided for tea
- Number of opposition LBW appeals turned down - additional points can be given for style in this category
- Time (in hours) spent on scorebook and likelihood of total runs for batters and against bowlers being within 10 of each other
- Quality and sincerity of apology following calling skipper for a suicidal single - points can be in direct proportion to expenditure on Koppaberg after the match
- Catches taken - for the avoidance of doubt this does not include catches taken as the ball is returned from keeper to bowler or any catch held, accidentally or otherwise, during pre-match fielding practice
- Volume and enthusiasm of appeals, appeals made following a batsman creaming it through the covers for 4 are discounted as are appeals made while acting as umpire
- Number of references in conversation to Test players of 1960s, expressed as a ratio to the number of claims never to have heard of Daniel Christian