Bowling Average Calculator

Created by Luis Hoyos
Reviewed by Hanna Pamuła, PhD candidate and Steven Wooding
Last updated: Jan 28, 2022

With this bowling average calculator, you'll evaluate your cricket performance or your favorite player's bowling skills. The main objective of the fielding team in this sport is to minimize the number of runs scored by the batting team. To achieve this goal, bowlers are a fundamental part. Due to the importance of bowling in this sport, some cricket statistical measures of how well bowlers perform exist. Bowling average is one the most important ones.

⚠️ Using only the term "bowling average" may be confusing. In this article, we're talking about the statistic used in cricket🏏 and not in bowling sport🎳. We'll mainly use "bowling average" instead of "cricket bowling average" for practical purposes.

Do you have an interest in knowing how to calculate the bowling average in cricket on your own? Do you want to have an idea of what is a good bowling average?

We believe our bowling average calculator can help you to answer these questions and calculate this metric quickly and reliably, so you get a sense of the performance of yourself or your favorite player.

What is bowling average?

Bowling average is a measure of the performance of a cricket bowler. It compares the runs conceded by a bowler to the wickets taken by himself.

The lower this number is, the better the performance of the player.

How to calculate bowling average in cricket with this calculator?

To use this calculator, all you need to do is:

  1. Take the total number of runs the bowler conceded.
  2. The total number of wickets the bowler took.
  3. Input these numbers in the calculator, and our tool will assess the bowler's performance in a flash using the following formula:
  bowling average=runs concededwickets taken\quad\ \ \footnotesize \text{bowling average}=\frac{\text{runs conceded}}{\text{wickets taken}}

Common bowling average values

The bowling average of a cricket bowler is usually between 20 and 50. The following is a frequent interpretation of the findings that can give you an idea of what is a good bowling average:

  • Under 20: extraordinary bowling skills
  • 20 to 25: excellent bowling skills
  • 25 to 30: good bowling skills
  • 30 to 35: average bowling skills
  • 35 to 40: below average bowling skills
  • Above 40: minimal bowling skills

A higher bowling average doesn't mean we're in front of a bad player, but it suggests that this cricketer is selected more probably for batting roles.

The best test cricket bowling average 🧐🧐🧐
To have an idea of how extraordinary a bowling average under 20 is, the lowest test cricket bowling average (for players who bowled at least 600 balls in the test cricket modality) is 10.74. It belongs to the English cricketer George Lohman.

Some other helpful cricket statistics and tools

There are more cricket statistics beyond bowling average. We have developed calculators we think can be valuable for you, no matter you're a professional or amateur cricket player (or simply a fan):

  • Batting Average: this is the equivalent statistic in batting. It compares the total number of runs the batsman scored to the overall number of times the batsman was out. Contrary to what we'd encounter with the bowling average calculator, a higher batting average indicates better performance.
  • Net Run Rate: another cricket statistic used in performance assessment. Unlike bowling and batting averages, net run rate measures team's performance instead of individual performance.
  • Duckworth Lewis: this calculator will help you decide which cricket team won a match if it can't be completed. It can also help the batting team set a target score if the match is interrupted and a second part is left.
  • Cricket Follow-On: a calculator used for strategy purposes that will help you determine whether you should force your opponent to bat again or keep the traditional sequence. "Follow-on" is a critical decision assigned to the captain, so it would be a good idea you make efforts to become the leader of your team and have the opportunity to use this great calculator.


How to calculate bowling average in cricket?

Divide the number of runs the bowler conceded by the number of wickets he took. With this procedure, calculating the bowling average in cricket becomes an easy task.

What is a good bowling average?

They usually consider that a bowling average under 30 is a good result in cricket.

What is the importance of bowling average and other cricket statistics?

These cricket statistics objectively try to predict the performance of a player or team in a future game. Although they help predict others' performance, you can also use them to assess your cricket skills and improve them in time.

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