**James Parnell**answered

**What is the use and application of maths in both cricket and baseball?**

Mathematics is used extensively in both these sports.

**Cricket**

- The most obvious (and simplest) example of the application of maths in cricket is in counting the team's runs, individual player's runs, and wickets.
- A batsman's average would involve the application of the mean average.
- The bowler will also have an average, one which requires maths for its calculation.
- Working out the run rate, the average runs per over, and various other individual and team statistics all involve a significant degree of mathematics.
- The most complicated application of maths in cricket is called the Duckworth-Lewis method. This is used to amend a run total if play has been affected by rain.

**Baseball**

- Again, the simplest example of mathematics being used in baseball is in the counting of the number of runs each team or player has scored.
- A batsman's batting average is commonly calculated. This is done by taking the total number of hits and dividing it by the number of bats.
- As for pitchers, their earned run average (ERA) is normally calculated. This statistic is used to calculate how many runs a pitcher is leaked on average every nine innings.
- The sport applies mathematics in many more ways, too!