CricViz reviews the third ODI between England and Australia in Nottingham.
Hales destroys the seamers
Alex Hales’ 147 was based largely around a strong legside game. He scored 65% of his runs on that side of the ground (up from his career average of 55%), including nine fours and five sixes. As the graphic shows, he was happy to take on the short ball – his 13 pull shots brought him 35 runs.
Hales was particularly devastating against the seam bowlers, scoring 114 off the 66 deliveries he faced, including 17 of his 21 boundaries (13 fours, 4 sixes). That gave him a boundary percentage of 25.75%, the highest he has ever recorded in an ODI innings against seamers.
On his way to 139, Jonny Bairstow attacked 72% of the balls he faced. That is by far the highest percentage of attacking shots he has played in an ODI innings (minimum 50 balls), surpassing the previous highest of 59% that he recorded against New Zealand at Christchurch in March.
As well as Bairstow batted, Australia’s seamers bowled poorly to him, only hitting the stumps with five deliveries. Bairstow’s average against balls hitting the stumps from seamers is 49, compared to 55 against balls missing the stumps, so Australia perhaps missed a trick by not targeting that area.
To emphasise how good a pitch this was for batting, England were able to score at 11.33 runs per over against balls pitching 8m or from the batsman’s stumps. That’s the highest run rate ever recorded against balls of that length in an innings where at least 60 short balls have been bowled. To balls pitching on a good length (between 6m and 8m), England were only able to score at 7.13 runs per over.
It has been a curious series for Aaron Finch. He opened at the Oval before being dropped down to number five for the next two matches, with many believing the reason to be that he is more adept at facing spin than some of Australia’s other batsmen. However, the numbers do not back up this theory, particularly in this series. Finch has faced just 13 balls from spinners, scoring 10 runs and he has been dismissed by a spinner in each of his three innings in this series (twice by Rashid, once by Moeen).