1124-Juan Valero

The Importance of Partnerships in Cricket

In cricket, it has long been accepted that synergy in a batting partnership is an important aspect in batting performance. This paper investigates the importance of partnerships in various forms of cricket by comparing the performance of opening batsmen with their “synergistic” partners, to the performance of these batsmen with alternative partners. Our statistical analyses conclude that the importance of partnerships may be considered a sporting myth.

Keywords: cricket, duckworth-lewis, sporting myths