The month long previews of #ausvsa and #indveng continue…
Yesterday, I mentioned how few draws there seemed to be in Australia. And that assumption proved to be correct:
As you can see, only Bangladesh has had fewer test matches end in draws. Australia is a full 16 points behind the average and 27 points behind the hosts of our other big test series this fall/winter, India.
Looking at the grounds involved in #ausvsa and #indveng gives us the same conclusion:
Now, what is the single biggest cause of draws? Why, rain, of course.
(Well, some might say teams that refuse to attack or bad pitches, but rain is really the only measurable quality in this equation).
I thought about doing average rainfall for each test nation, but with India and others being such massive countries, the numbers just would have not made sense.
So I made this chart:
Interesting that Perth receives over 300 mm more in rain every year than Adelaide does, yet there are more draws at the latter ground. And Ahmedabad receives less rain than Perth yet over half of the matches played there have ended in draws. (Small sample size, admittedly.) The comparison between Mumbai and Kolkata is interesting, as well: fewer draws in Mumbai, despite receiving more rain per year.
Conclusions? Australia really does have far fewer draws than other test nations, but that has less to do with rain, and probably more to do with their century of dominance, their attacking nature, and their lively pitches.
What does this say in way of a preview of our two series this fall? Not much that you didn’t already know: results in Australia, draws in India.