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    8/6/4 ball overs- question

    Just wondering whether bowlers stats on runs per over (econ) on cricinfo etc are adjusted to all relate to six ball overs. Anyone know? Can't find anything on it through searching google or cricinfo.


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    Historical number of balls per over in Test cricket

    Since 1979/80, all Test cricket has been played with six balls per over.

    Balls per over
    In England
    1880 to 1888: 4
    1889 to 1899: 5
    1900 to 1938: 6
    1939 to 1945: 8 (though not in the "Victory" Tests)
    1946 to date: 6

    In Australia
    1876/77 to 1887/88: 4
    1891/92 to 1920/21: 6
    1924/25: 8
    1928/29 to 1932/33: 6
    1936/37 to 1978/79: 8
    1979/80 to date: 6

    In South Africa
    1888/89: 4
    1891/92 to 1898/99: 5
    1902/03 to 1935/36: 6
    1938/39 to 1957/58: 8
    1961/62 to date: 6

    In New Zealand
    1929/30 to 1967/68: 6
    1968/69 to 1978/79: 8
    1979/80 to date: 6

    In Pakistan
    1954/55 to 1972/73: 6
    1974/75 to 1977/78: 8
    1978/79 to date: 6

    In India, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates (venue, not host) all Test matches have been played with six ball overs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monk View Post
    Just wondering whether bowlers stats on runs per over (econ) on cricinfo etc are adjusted to all relate to six ball overs. Anyone know? Can't find anything on it through searching google or cricinfo.
    Yes, cricinfo adjusts stats according to number of balls.

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    Economy is calculated as runs per six balls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trichromatic View Post
    Yes, cricinfo adjusts stats according to number of balls.

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    Economy is calculated as runs per six balls.
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    Yes, the 1928-29 and 1932-33 Ashes series were played with six ball overs even though the eight ball over was in use elsewhere in Australia at the time.

    The demise of the eight ball over is an interesting one I think; three countries were using it when I got into cricket in the mid-70s, and they all pretty much dropped it at the same time. Was Packer involved in this at all? Without checking, I would hazard a guess that WSC matches in 1977-79 were played over six balls, and that was what was adopted in the 'reconciliation' season of 1979-80.


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    When I started playing adult cricket in the late 1970s it was in the Palace Shield in North West Lancashire - they used 8 ball overs then, and I think it was a few years before they fell into line with 6

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpski View Post
    Yes, the 1928-29 and 1932-33 Ashes series were played with six ball overs even though the eight ball over was in use elsewhere in Australia at the time.

    The demise of the eight ball over is an interesting one I think; three countries were using it when I got into cricket in the mid-70s, and they all pretty much dropped it at the same time. Was Packer involved in this at all? Without checking, I would hazard a guess that WSC matches in 1977-79 were played over six balls, and that was what was adopted in the 'reconciliation' season of 1979-80.
    Yep; as far as I've always told anyway, Australia went to six ball overs across the board as part of the agreement with Packer, as it allowed for more ad breaks.
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