England’s probing start

CricViz analyses how James Anderson and Stuart Broad bowled excellently in the first hour of day five. 

On day four West Indies showed how not to bowl with the new ball; on day five England showed the opposite.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad both made the West Indies batsmen play at the ball, beating edges and finding the edges in the process.

Comparing Anderson and Broad’s new ball spells in the series until now with today shows how they much more they made the batsmen play.

BowlerNo Shot % in Opening Spells in SeriesNo Shot % Today
Anderson34%25%
Broad44%16%

Despite making the batsmen play Anderson and Broad were only able to take one wicket between them—excluding the run out of Kyle Hope. It could, and should, of course have been one more: had Alastair Cook or Broad held onto the chances offered by Kraigg Brathwaite England’s attack leaders would have two wickets to show for their excellent efforts on the fifth morning.

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