West Indies waste the second new ball

CricViz analyses how West Indies made poor use of the second new ball on day four at Headingley. 

At the lunch interval on day four at Headingley England were 251 for 4 in their second innings, leading the West Indies by 82 runs. WinViz reflected the finely balanced state of the match with England at 35%, West Indies at 34% and the draw at 31%. The first hour after lunch was therefore a critical one. With the second new ball due the West Indies had a great opportunity to force their way back into the match. They failed to take that chance.

Ten overs after taking the second new ball England’s WinViz had increased by 17% to 52% while West Indies’ had plummeted by 23% to just 11%.

Ball-tracking analysis shows how that happened with the West Indies fast bowlers unable to bowl with much control, conceding 49 runs and not taking any wickets. 

The beehive above shows how the West Indies rarely threatened England’s stumps and did not force them to play nearly enough, wasting the precious second new ball. Roach’s beehive is particularly damning with only one ball going onto hit the stumps and only three in the corridor outside off stump.

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