Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Ben on...Fleming's final average

I'm sure I read it somewhere. That Fleming retiring with a test average above or below 40 will be the difference between him being remembered as a great batsman or merely a good batsman. Hitting an average of 40 will put Fleming amongst such august names as Sutcliffe, Crowe and Turner, while an average in the high 30s will bracket him with the respectable names of Coney, Astle and Wright.

In the Hamilton test, Fleming's scores of 41 and 66 pushed his average up from 39.73 to 39.89 (though his conversion rate wasn't helped). Assuming he gets 4 more innings and manages no not outs, he'll need exactly 178 runs to nudge his average up to exactly 40.

No pressure Steve.

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