In cricket, it has long been accepted that synergies in batting partnerships are an important aspect in batting performance. This paper investigates the importance of partnerships in Test and one-day cricket by comparing the performance of opening batsmen with their ``synergistic'' partners to the performance of these batsmen with alternative partners. In Test cricket, a bivariate performance statistic based on the strike rate and the batting average is assessed using a nonparametric binomial test procedure. In one-day cricket, a univariate performance statistic based on runs scored relative to resources consumed is assessed using a single sample t-test. Our statistical analyses conclude that synergies in opening partnerships may be considered a sporting myth.
Sri Lankan Journal of Applied Statistics, Volume 13 (2012), p. 87-98
How to Cite:
Valero, J. and Swartz, T.B., 2013. An Investigation of Synergy between Batsmen in Opening Partnerships. Sri Lankan Journal of Applied Statistics, 13, pp.87–98. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljastats.v13i0.5125