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    July 14, 2006

    The difference one innings makes

    Paul Collingwood has just been dismissed for 186 at Lord's against Pakistan.

    Before this test started, his test batting average was 37. In fact, largely as a result of a purple patch early this year when he had four consecutive scores of 96, 80, 134* and 36*, his average went up from 15 at the end of his 4th test to 46 by the end of his 6th test.

    A subsequent reality check and correction ensured that his average slipped to 37, which is in my opinion around 35 more than he actually ought to be averaging in test cricket. Now, as a result of his 186, his test averaged has climbed to nearly 45!

    Feel free to repeat my claim of two and a half years ago that test cricket is going in the wrong direction.

    Oh, and unless England declare pretty soon, Sami, Razzaq and Kaneria are all on the verge of joining Gul with centuries of their own.
    Thus spake Jagadish @ 7:11 pm |
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