This morning I am watching the Ashes Test Series from Edgbaston, Birmingham. As I watch Australia is at bat. They have 129/8 with 46 overs having been bowled.
My introduction to cricket came via the World Cup One Day International. The scoring seemed to be higher in the limited overs format. After 46 overs, I recall that the runs would be well in excess of 130 runs.
So the questions: How does a Test match differ from limited overs competition? Do the bowlers bowl differently that would account for a lower run rate?
Help a befuddled Yank out.
A Mistress & Her Boi said:
Here is what I have gleaned as I am not a cricket fan, lol. The limited over games are called one-dayers. They can only have 50 overs no more. At the end of the 50 whoever has the highest runs wins so it is more of a fast-paced game and the cricketers are under more pressure to get a high run rate to win the game. A test game such as the Ashes can be played with unlimited overs until they declare a winner. Which is why a test game is slower and over a few days. The winner is usually declared when one side reaches a score between 400-500 runs in a single over. Which is called a ‘sporting declare’. If both teams have a close score such as 450 each for example or the score is really close together between the two teams. Then they “declare” which means the other side has to bat and try to make 400 plus in one over which is pretty hard. I hope that helps. I personally like one-dayers as they are less boring. 😉
The one dayers are definitely easier to follow. This Ashes was the first one for me. I do like the white uniforms over the colored ones.