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Andy Zaltzman Column: Bowlers dominate modernist batsmen

The sight of the cash registers was common to England's batsmen in the Caribbean

England climbed out of the rubble of her drums against the West Indies in Barbados and Antigua and scored a face victory in St. Lucia, which was not completely hollow, but certainly not of any importance.

Her late recognition among the bats has been instrumental in ensuring that when a ball with your name flies from the bowler to you, there is no absolute obligation to try to scrub your name off the ball with the edge of your hopelessly slipping bat.

Mark Wood's pyrotechnic Five-For was the only real, certifiable positive in the series for England – he had as many wickets as eight in the four previous tests he had taken since 2016 – and they at least avoided scarring. 0 whitewash

Nonetheless, this series was a major failure for England against a West Indies team that played their best cricket of the millennium.

The rise of the fast bowler

Kagiso Rabada, the fast bowler from South Africa, scored 52 wickets in 2018, averaging 20.07

The batsmen struggles in the relevant phase of the series added to the recent trend of Bowler's dominance in Test Cricket.

In the series, the bowlers of the two teams together had an average of 26.1.

Since the beginning of 2018, nine series of three or more games have been played, and bowlers have averaged less than 30 games in total. In this millennium, the Bowlers were on average only 23% of these series under 30 years old.

The collective headline average of the two teams' first innings of 19.9 was the eighth worst in test history (out of 500 series of three or more games).

England contributed with impressive consistency to this statistic – the average of the first innings of 16.4 was the second worst in 225 test series with at least three tests. The 38.6 West Indian attack's first innings strike rate was the best of any team against England (in part before the fearsome, bone-chipping West India tempo attack of 1985-86).

Overall, the test takers' collective average of test cricket since early 2018 is 19% below the value for 2001-2017 (27.6, compared to 34.0), while pacemakers are down 23% (25.4 vs. 33.1) and the spinners have declined by 13% (31.1 from 35.5).

The improvement was particularly notable during the first 20 nights of innings, when the pacemakers were on average 29% more effective (24.7 vs. 34.9), demonstrating how high-level strokes since the beginning of last year were trying to get the news without throwing a brick on your TV – not impossible, but more difficult than before.

How the rankings confirm that

The world's bowling championship scores further underscore the difficulties experienced by test bats today (just as these rankings are calculated is one of the best-kept secrets of the known universe.) It is rumored that a dodgy sub-committee of the Bilderberg Group Involved is 100 Warlocks, an escaped scientist, and an infinite number of walruses that reside in a fake volcano near the Antarctic, but they provide a reliable indicator of form and contextualized performance.

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