Last Updated on September 17, 2022
Fact checked by: Jesse M Cox
Scoring average is used as a calculation to determine the average score a player makes over a given period of time.
These statistics can be calculated by tournament, match, season or overall career and give a clear indication of how punters and fans can expect a player to perform.
Mostly associated with cricket and golf, scoring average is a term that can also be used in any sport and is a vital component for professional gamblers to dig deep into a specific player’s profile.
It is also useful to the teams, in a bid to put themselves in the best possible position of winning.
The best example of how scoring average is used in sports betting would be to use cricket as the example.
In cricket, a player earns themselves a batting average (also known as scoring average). For example, in Test Match cricket, in which a player will likely be at the crease for two innings, if a batter ends the match with 100 runs in the first innings and 50 in the second, they would end the match with a scoring average of 75 runs – a combined 150 runs divided by two innings at the crease.
This is important information in sports betting as a batsman with a scoring average of 75 is considered more likely to score a century in the next match than a player with a scoring average of 20. That means the punter can make a statistical bet on who to back in the batting markets.
Former Australian cricketer Sir Donald Bradman is widely regarded as the greatest batsman ever and it is easy to see why.
Throughout the course of his test career, Bradman’s scoring average with the bat is 99.94 runs per innings.
When you consider only five other players in the history of the game have averages over 60, the feat becomes even more remarkable.
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