Entries by Ben Jones

CricViz Analysis: Why England Don’t Have Any Sixes

Ben Jones analyses the structural issues hampering England’s T20 side. In 12 months time, England will begin their T20 World Cup campaign. Broadly, they are in good shape. They have numerous excellent opening options, from Bairstow, Roy and Buttler, to Hales, Vince and Banton. They have all-rounders, spin options, guys who can swing the ball […]

CricViz Analysis: Steve Smith in T20 Cricket

Ben Jones analyses whether or not the red ball genius should be in the T20 side. After a year in which ODIs and Tests have each had their moment in the spotlight, attentions around the world have begun to turn to T20. The World Cup for the shortest international format is now only a year […]

CricViz Analysis: Rohit Sharma

Ben Jones analyses a fantastic series performance for the Indian opener. Rohit Sharma is in a very good moment. Three centuries in his four innings against South Africa, recording an astonishing average of 132.25 over the series, is a seriously impressive return for a player who started the home summer with plenty to prove in […]

CricViz Analysis: The Hundred Draft – Strategic Preview

Ben Jones casts his eye over who needs what in Sunday’s draft. Trent Rockets Draft Position: 1st Red Ball Player: Joe Root Local Icons: Alex Hales, Harry Gurney Coach: Stephen Fleming Priorities: Middle order batsmen, Powerplay bowlers, spin bowlers The clue is in the name for the Trent Rockets – their home ground is going […]

CricViz Analysis: Virat Kohli, Double-Centurion

Ben Jones looks at why the Indian captain has such an ability to double up. Virat Kohli is a double-century making machine. In the last Test against South Africa in Pune, the Indian captain built a near flawless 254* (336) to anchor the first innings, as the hosts progressed to a near insurmountable 601-5d. It was, […]

CricViz Analysis: Mohammed Shami in the Second Innings

Ben Jones analyses the Indian seamer, and his excellent second innings record. India claimed another emphatic home win in Visakhapatnam today, after twin centuries from Rohit Sharma were too much for South Africa to handle. A wonderful first-innings partnership from Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock gave the Proteas hope that maybe they would be […]

CricViz Analysis: Rishabh Pant v Wriddhiman Saha

Ben Jones analyses a textbook philosophical keeper battle. This morning, India announced their XI for the first Test against South Africa, which starts tomorrow in Visakhapatnam. Whilst the return of Rohit Sharma to the top of the order was arguably the most headline grabbing choice from the Indian selectors, that decision was announced well in […]

CricViz Analysis: How Can South Africa Compete in India?

Ben Jones looks at the potential opportunities for the Proteas. India’s home record is terrifying for visiting teams. Of the last 30 Test matches they have played in India, they have lost just one; of their last 50, they have lost just four. Home conditions as clearly defined as India’s (high-scoring and flat, slowly breaking […]

CricViz Analysis: India’s T20 World Cup Preparation

Ben Jones looks at how India are starting to focus on next years tournament. India’s T20 series against South Africa wasn’t all they needed it to be, in more ways than one. The rain throughout the first scheduled match reduced the series down to just two matches, limiting the opportunity for the selectors to shuffle […]

CricViz Analysis: What is a Dom Sibley?

Ben Jones analyses how selection works in the current English game. 1548 red ball runs in a single season, at an average of 64.50, all while opening the batting in Division One of the County Championship. They are appealing numbers, an irrefutable case to open the batting for England in Tests, at a time when […]