CricViz Analysis: Scotland v England

CricViz analyst Patrick Noone looks at the standout numbers from a historic day in Edinburgh.

Coetzer Lays the Platform

Scotland’s captain set the tone for the home side with an eye-catching innings of 58. Coetzer attacked 41% of the balls he faced against the seamers, a figure that is actually lower than his career average (47%). Despite that, Coetzer struck 23% of the balls he faced from the quicks for four or six, well up from his career average of 15%, emphasising how good both his shot selection and shot execution were throughout his 49-ball innings.

Coetzer’s preferred method of attack was to step outside leg stump and hit through the off-side. 67% of his runs came through cover and mid-off and seven of the ten drives he struck went to the boundary (five fours, two sixes).

Rashid’s Length

Scotland were sweeping England’s spinners with aplomb; 41 runs came from the 21 sweeps that were played. Adil Rashid’s attempt to negate that shot against him was to drag his length back, almost as far as he’s ever done. Only once in his ODI career has he bowled a shorter average length than today as he preferred to bowl into the surface, recognising as well that the lack of turn on offer would not give him any assistance.

England’s Perfect Powerplay

With the bat, England’s first ten overs could hardly have gone better. They raced to 107-0 with Roy and Bairstow attacking a combined 47.5% of the balls they faced. Scotland only attacked 26% in their Powerplay, yet played false shots to 21% of those deliveries. Conversely, England only played a false shot to 10% of the balls they faced with the only play and miss coming from a wide down the leg-side. The visitors also hit more boundaries in the first ten overs (12 fours, 5 sixes) than they had in any other ODI innings since 1999.

Scotland’s Short Balls

Scotland’s seamers made the mistake in that Powerplay of bowling too many short deliveries. In the first ten overs, 37% of their deliveries were short and England scored at 9.69 runs per over against those balls with Bairstow, in particular, enjoying that length as he smashed 13 runs from the five short balls he faced. However, between overs 11-40, when Scotland bowled themselves back into the game, the home side used the short ball more judiciously, only bowling 25% of their deliveries short but were rewarded with three wickets from those balls during the middle phase.

Patrick Noone is an analyst at CricViz. 

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