Freddie Wilde uses CricViz data to analyse the head-to-head between Morne Morkel and Alastair Cook.
Morne Morkel has now dismissed Alastair Cook 11 times in Test cricket – more than any other bowler.
|Morkel v Cook||687||11||24.81|
Morkel has always favoured bowling round the wicket to Cook, but before this series he had most success when bowling over the wicket.
|Before Current Series||Over the Wicket||Round the Wicket|
|Average (Wickets)||9.22 (6 wickets)||72.00 (2 wickets)|
A closer look at the head-to-head by series suggests that after a poor start Cook has been improving against Morkel’s over the wicket angle.
|EngvSA Series||Morkel Dismissals of Cook from Over the Wicket|
In the current series Morkel has adjusted his tactics and had success when bowling round the wicket.
|Current Series||Over the Wicket||Round the Wicket|
|Average (Wickets)||- (0 wickets)||19.33 (3 wickets)|
Historically Cook has had success against right arm pace from round the wicket.
|Cook v RA Pace [Career]||Over the Wicket||Round the Wicket|
The critical difference has been Morkel’s length. In this series Morkel has bowled a notably fuller length than he has before and than other right armers have to Cook.
|v Cook from Round the Wicket||Balls 6m or Fuller from Cook's Stumps|
|Morkel Before Current Series||31%|
|RAs to Cook [Career]||32%|
|Morkel in Current Seriees||47%|
The fuller length from Morkel has brought the stumps slightly more into play.
|Morkel v Cook from Round the Wicket||Stumps Percentage|
|Before Current Series||31%|
By bowling fuller and targeting the stumps more often, Morkel has encouraged Cook to play at the ball more often.
|Morkel v Cook from Round the Wicket||Shot|
|Before Current Series||57%|
With Cook’s stumps under threat and his outside edge more in play, Morkel’s threat has been increased by the amount of deviation he has found.
|Morkel v Cook from Round the Wicket||Average Deviation|
|Before Current Series||0.685°|
|Length||Morkel Stumps Bounce Height||Average Stumps Bounce Height [Pace]|
|Back of a Length||110.4cm||95.4cm|
Cook is a great player, hence it is testament to Morkel’s skill that he has not only managed to dominate him from over the wicket but from round the wicket as well.
Freddie Wilde is an analyst at CricViz. @fwildecricket