Meet the purists’ hero – the South African cricket aficionado who has solved the conundrum of who is winning.
Since the first Test Match in 1877, proclamations on who is winning after each session, innings or day have been based on little more than assumption – a frustrating truth for experienced commentators who have followed the purist’s game for over a century.
Enter the game changer.
South African cricket enthusiast and obsessive puzzle-solver, Alistair McDonald, considered the problem from a mathematical perspective. After SA’s loss to Australia in the 3rd Test Match at the SCG in 2006, McDonald was tipped off to a solution. (SA Captain, Graeme Smith, declared both innings and SA still went on to lose by 8 wickets.)
Over the next few years, McDonald developed the “Pendulum Cricket” method, and discovered
100% accuracy, 100% of the time.
McDonald explains: “Test Match Cricket is comprised of three elements: time, wickets and runs. Time and wickets remain constant, while the third element, runs, is variable. Pendulum Cricket is able to bring together the progressive elements, session by session, innings by innings, and day by day to accurately report on who’s winning at any point of a test match.”
So let’s start with what we know.
Test match cricket is played over 5 days with a maximum of 90 overs per day, providing a maximum of 450 overs in a match. However, because overs are deducted during the change of innings, it is unlikely that the maximum overs allocation is ever reached.
Ten wickets make up each innings, with 2 innings awarded to each team: the maximum number of wickets in the 5 day game being 40.
This makes Test Match Cricket enticing to the cricket purist, as the batsmen get two bites at the cherry!
But runs are the conundrum. From the onset, this element does not remain constant.
“That is what had to be accounted for,” explains McDonald, “and pure maths provides the answer.”
This is the game-changer test cricket has been waiting for. Determined to give back to the game, and his fellow fans, McDonald has designed an Android app to make the Pendulum Cricket method accessible to everyone.
Finally we can know who is leading a test match at any stage of the game – after each run, wicket, session, innings and day.
What’s more, the app is free for download on Google Play!
Get it now and you too can know who’s winning a Test Match by which way the Pendulum is swinging!
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