Some say batsmen should play for themself as it would help his team to score big and bat deep. However I do not agree to the point if his team is losing control of the situation in a match. I believe a batsman should understand his role-play(all format and all batting position) and try to accumulate runs with his partners to achieve team’s goal…and for this.
- If he is consuming more balls to get off the mark.So be it.
- if he has to sacrifice by throwing his wicket. So be it.
- bat the whole day. So be it.
- Attacking specific or every type of bowling. So be it.
- Losing his wicket trying to increase the run-rate. So be it.
However his partner needs to be aware of all this, so that he along with his partner can navigate his team to their goal.
In saying this many a times we see a batsmen enjoying each other’s company, and they start playing their natural game(defense or attack). They are at ease with particular partner, and they flourish as the inning progresses. It’s a human thing.
The selectors are mindful of this fact, hence they always look for players whose work ethics is amicable with the team’s culture.
Below table displays Australia’s batting in last 18 test matches. The list only includes(excluded bowlers) specialist batsmen who are playing the first test match at WACA.
These stats displays batsmen’s runs distribution with each of his partner. E.g David Warner has scored 1531 runs in last 18 tests, out of which 320 was scored by Usman Khawaja was his partner. Along with runs i have added balls faced and primary indicators (avg, st.rate, scoring rate and boundary rate).
Table 1 – David Warner.
It seems from the currently playing XI, Warner has scored maximum runs(320) with Usman Khawaja – and same is the case with Khawaja (see Khawaja’s table)
|Warner||Runs||Balls||Wkts||Avg||St.Rate||Scoring rate||Singles||Boundary rate|
Table 2 – Sean Marsh
Interestingly most of his runs came when Voges was his partner, suggesting in recent times he was batting in the middle order.
|S Marsh||Runs||Balls||Wkts||Avg||St.Rate||Scoring rate||Singles||Boundary rate|
Table 3 – Usman Khawaja
Uzzie recently has been either opening or coming at No.3. Either ways most of his runs came when he was batting with Warner.
|Khawaja||Runs||Balls||Wkts||Avg||St.Rate||Scoring rate||Singles||Boundary rate|
Table 4 –Steve Smith
Smith who bats at No.4 scores most of his runs when Voges is batting at other end.
|S Smith||Runs||Balls||Wkts||Avg||St.Rate||Scoring rate||Singles||Boundary rate|
Table 5 – Adam Voges
Similar to Smith, Voges too has scored most of his runs Steve was his partner
|Voges||Runs||Balls||Wkts||Avg||St.Rate||Scoring rate||Singles||Boundary rate|
Table 6 – Mitchell Marsh
Batting lower down the order has its own drawback, but what is heartening to see with Mitch’s table is, he can bat for long period of time with a top order batsman.
|M Marsh||Runs||Balls||Wkts||Avg||St.Rate||Scoring rate||Singles||Boundary rate|
Table 7 – Peter Nevill
With every test match Nevill is maturing as a batsman.
|Nevill||Runs||Balls||Wkts||Avg||St.Rate||Scoring rate||Singles||Boundary rate|
All data updated till end of 3rd Test in Sri Lanka.