Bowling analysis

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In the sport of cricket, a bowling analysis (sometimes shortened to just analysis, especially in the phrase innings analysis, and also referred to as bowling figures) usually refers to a notation summarising a bowler's performance in terms of overs bowled, how many of those overs are maidens (i.e. with no runs conceded), total runs conceded and number of wickets taken.[1] Bowling analyses are generally given for each innings in cricket scoreboards printed in Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, newspapers and so on, but they are also sometimes quoted for other periods of time, such as a single spell of bowling. Typically, the analysis is given in the following format: Overs – Maidens – Runs conceded – Wickets.

In some cases, overs and maidens are omitted from bowling figures, and are recorded showing 'Wickets/Runs'; for example, 7/15 by Glenn McGrath against Namibia shows he took his 7 wickets for 15 runs.[2]

In Test cricket, the best bowling analysis for a single innings is 10/53 by Jim Laker.[3] The best bowling analysis in an ODI is 8/19 by Chaminda Vaas.[4] The best bowling analysis in a Twenty20 International is 6/8 by Ajantha Mendis.[5] In first-class cricket, the best bowling analysis for a single innings is 10/10 by Hedley Verity.[6]