Cricket fans adore statistics. For most of you, the sport itself is just a convenient means of generating data. Numbers are your true love.
Here are some.
- Gary Ballance (Yorkshire) – 1,251
- Wayne Madsen (Derbyshire) – 1,221
- Sam Robson (Middlesex) – 1,180
Best batting averages (at least 10 innings)
- Ed Joyce (Sussex) – 65.76
- Gary Ballance – 62.55
- Chris Woakes (Warwickshire) – 58.18
- Graham Onions (Durham) – 70
- Steve Magoffin (Sussex) – 63
- Tim Murtagh (Middlesex) – 60
Best bowling averages (at least 20 wickets)
- Graham Onions – 18.45
- Ryan Sidebottom (Yorkshire) – 20.30
- Tim Murtagh – 20.40
And a nod to Usman Arshad of Durham for his 16 wickets at 15.56 as well.
Ballance was the only batsman to hit five hundreds; Nottinghamshire’s Michael Lumb managed four. Graham Onions was the only bowler to take five five-fors; Ollie Raynor and Chris Jordan both managed four.
The more metrics you consider, the more the season appears to revolve around just two men. The other names may change, but Graham Onions and Gary Ballance appear on every list.
England’s Ashes squad now makes both more and less sense.