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    how come wicketkeepers average so low?

    in batting in ODIS i mean, i mean so many times they stay not out and many times they save the m

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    Because even with a load of 11*s all it takes is a few 3s and your average plummetts.

    Batting in the lower-order (wicketkeeping is nouwt to do with it) is not an average-friendly thing, especially given the propensity to brainless batting we often see.
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    A) Not all of them avergae so low
    B) It's because they have to be a wicket keeper as well generaly meaning they won't be as good a batsman

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    I don't know, why do strike bowlers average so low?
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    I don't know, why do strike bowlers average so low?
    Actually, Sami's a strike bowler and he averages more than you're average legendary batsman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    I don't know, why do strike bowlers average so low?
    Not all of them do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Armadillo View Post
    Actually, Sami's a strike bowler and he averages more than you're average legendary batsman.
    ss is an average legendary batsman?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Armadillo View Post
    Actually, Sami's a strike bowler and he averages more than you're average legendary batsman.
    Very good

    Sami averages (47.87) more with the ball than eg Boycott did with the bat (47.72)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Not all of them do.
    Obviously, but we're speaking on average, which is what he OP was also talking about.

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    Well... not neccessarily... the only definition of a "strike bowler" is one who bowls best in short spells. There are all sorts of bowlers of that nature with high bowling-averages.

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    Why wicketkeepers average so low? Maybe they're not that good with the bat.

    As Ian Botham said once (and many agree), the emergence of Adam Gilchrist has led to many teams to find an answer, and in the process they end up picking misfits, opening the batting with wicketkeepers or using batsmen to keep wickets. That question "Why do strike bowlers average so low" is quite valid. You can have four or five strike (and stock) bowlers, but only one wicketkeeper.
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    It's been happening since long before Gilchrist.

    The day of the non-batting (or not-much-batting - even the likes of David Bairstow, Paul Downton et al were picked for their batting) wicketkeeper was done in the late '80s, early '90s.

    The last wicketkeeper I can think of with no real pretensions as a batsman was David Williams, and he didn't last long.



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