THE STATISTICIAN, Whenever a game is on, more often than not the first question we ask is “What’s the Score?”, it’s so simple these days to get the score with all the technological advances, that we rarely ask ourselves how these scores are getting updated? Who is behind keeping the score and statics of the game? The people updating and keeping the score of a game are as important to the game as the 22 players on the field, without a scorer…well there would be no score to report, Today I have the pleasure to feature a man who turned his love for numbers and cricket into a career, a man who has compiled a massive data of international cricket stats and scores, today on Cricktalk20 we talk to International scorer and statistician from Australia Mr Adam Morehouse.
Hi Adam, tell us a little bit about yourself?
I live in Canberra, the capital city of Australia. I’m married with four kids and work as an IT Administrator. I’m currently the statistician for Cricket ACT, Cricket NSW, Sydney Cricket Association, the Australian Country Cricket Championships as well as for my cricket club Ginninderra. I have also been scoring since 1997/98 in Canberra and Sydney as well as for my cricket club.
How long have you been a cricket statistician?
Officially I’ve been a cricket statistician since 1996 when I took over doing the statistics for Cricket ACT but have been doing it as a hobby for much longer since I was a kid. So officially about 24 years but as a hobby for over 30 years.
What made you become a cricket statistician?
I’ve always loved cricket but was never a very good cricketer. I’ve loved numbers as well and I was always copying down the scorecards off the tv and trying to score matches off the radio. Also, I always loved reading the end of season annuals which I would buy religiously. I started building a database of matches in my teens and started adding to it gradually. I moved to Canberra to start a university degree in Sports Administration and was doing some work experience with Cricket ACT. They needed someone to do the statistics for them and the rest is history. One contract led to another and to another!
You have been doing scoring in international cricket, is that a lot of pressure?
Yes and no is the short answer. It is a lot of pressure in one way when it is a big match and you get asked a lot of questions from the media but I have been doing it a number of years so it has become second nature to me. Scoring is about getting into a routine during the match and that is the same whether it is club cricket or international cricket. It is also working well with your fellow scorer. You have all the information at your fingertips, so in that way, it isn’t a lot of pressure. I was told by my scorer mentor just before I made my Test debut as a scorer, it’s still the same match being played, just a bigger cherry. It’s still the same game played by 22 players whether it’s club cricket or international cricket.
You recently released a database that includes all First-Class, List A & T20 matches played in India how did you compile that?
It’s all part of my database of cricket matches which I have created. My databases now cover nearly 180,000 matches ranging from club cricket to international cricket. It includes all international cricket matches played, all List A and T20 cricket matches played around the world as well as all First-Class matches except for Sri Lanka (which I should finish by halfway through this year) and England which I have completed back to 1979. The databases I have available for sale are parts of my database which allow for other statisticians and interested people access to the databases I have created.
How does one become a cricket statistician & scorer?
If you want to become a cricket scorer, the best way is to volunteer to score for your local side. Clubs are always on the lookout for scorers and scoring club cricket is the best way to hone your craft. Always lookout for opportunities to score at a higher level, either at a higher grade or at any representative level that is available in your local area. That way you get your name known and who knows where you end up. I started scoring for my local club and six years later I was scoring a Test Match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Again, think locally as a statistician. Volunteer to do the stats for your local club if you are interested in statistics or build up a database of matches in an appropriate statistics based piece of software. You never know where you will end up with them.
How would you define success?
Success to me is just doing something that you are satisfied with. Whether it is in your personal life or professional life, success is about making you and those close to you happy. Always be prepared to change your goals for what is success. Life doesn’t always work out the way you plan it but roll with the changes and look for little successes that come your way.
Thank you for your time and the candid interview you did with us, wishing all the best in the future mate.
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