SA v Aus - Smith top series bat handicap

Cricket - Test Series - 01 Mar 08:00

This is top bat market with a handicap system. Frankly I do not think the numbers are anywhere near big enough.

This is a 4 test series so each batsman is likely to get 8 innings. The other big guns (Warner Amla ABDV are getting between 2.5 and 3 runs an innings on him.

Thats nothing, He averages 72 in 50 odd tests as a specialist batsman. Only AB gets close and that is in part to chunk of not outs from batting at 5 and he averages 51. In that context a handicap of 2-3 runs an innings does not touch the sides.

Even the next bunch (Elgar Khawaja Marsh Bancroft and Du Plesis) are getting between 5 and 7 runs an innings on him, when they averages at least 30 runs an innings less.

Elgar and Bancroft have the problem of opening, and the latter has no test cricket runs at all. Khawaja averages 27 at home. Marsh is 1 good series into a comback and Du Plesis is coming back from Injury.

De Kock is getting the equivalent of 9 runs an innings on him, but 6 is low given the length of SA's tail and his total lack of form

Marsh and Paine are getting 12 runs an innings on him but one averaged 25 in tests before the Ashes, the other has not got a hundred in any form of cricket in years.

Even based on his away stats an average series for Smith would be 500 runs ish he bats in the best place for run making and has a point to prove.

The ones with the biggest handicaps bat to low to get close, and a lot of the ones with the smallest have no form.

He is 2/1 best to be top Aus bat, I think the handicaper has got this wrong, there is Smith and the rest of the world batting wise.

Last time he was here he made a 100 and an 80 in 3 tests.... from number 6.

Smith starts level . Warner Amla ABDV get 25 20 and 20 respectively, Elgar Khawaja Bancroft Faf get 40 40 55 55,

QDK gets 70, Marsh 105 and Paine 115.
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