Entries by Ben Jones

CricViz Analysis: The MS Dhoni Question

Ben Jones analyses the delicate situation regarding an Indian legend. MS Dhoni has always done things a little differently. Most geniuses do. Often in sport, the ability of the true innovators is not to execute old plans better than those who’ve gone before them, but to spot a different way to play. Why leap higher […]

CricViz Analysis: Where the Final Will be Won

Ben Jones analyses the key head-to-heads for Sunday’s clash. This has been a tournament where the performance of the top order in the first innings has been enormously influential. In games where the side batting first has won, their opening partnership have averaged 71.17; in games where they have lost, it’s averaged 16.93. Scores have […]

CricViz Analysis: Adil Rashid’s Googly

Ben Jones analyses a ball that defined a World Cup. A brief confession – I always wanted to be a leg-spinner. I wasn’t great, I grew at the wrong time, and was too easily frightened off by aggressive batsmen, but I wanted it badly. There was enough promise that at 12 years old, I was […]

CricViz Analysis: Chris Woakes

Ben Jones analyses a fantastic opening spell. It was a day where everything came full circle. England were embarrassed in 2015, blown to smithereens by side after side as they collapsed and fell out of the tournament. They sat in their hotel rooms and watched Australia charge on to another world title. Today, they knocked […]

CricViz Analysis: The Failure of India’s Strategy

Ben Jones analyses the passage which turned the game From the last World Cup, to yesterday, nobody lost fewer wickets against the new ball than India. Their whole strategy was set-up so that, even in the worst case scenario, they wouldn’t lose a fatal amount of wickets in the first 10 overs. No side in […]

CricViz Analysis: Jadeja’s Redemption

Ben Jones analyses a knock for the ages. Ravindra Jadeja walked up to the border between history, and just another day. He placed his hand on the glass. Nothing gave. *** When Ravindra Jadeja arrived at the crease today, the score was 92-6. India were in the mire. Their chances with WinViz were 3%. Just […]

CricViz Analysis: How does Rohit Sharma do it?

Ben Jones analyses a remarkable run of form from the Indian opener. Rohit Sharma’s performance at this World Cup has been colossal. In just eight innings, he’s amassed 647 runs, runs of the highest class and elegance, against all the attacks the world can offer. On the biggest stage of all, he has delivered as […]

CricViz Analysis: Faf and Rassie

Ben Jones analyses two important innings for South Africa. South Africa’s World Cup campaign is over. It was over a while ago. This match, for the Proteas, wasn’t about what happens in the next week. Like the best sport, it represented far more than simply what was happening on this given day; for South African […]

CricViz Analysis: England’s Do-Or-Die

Between the click of the light / And the start of the dream. ‘No Cars Go’ – Arcade Fire *** England could be all but out of the World Cup by the end of today. They could be out of their home tournament, the first they have hosted in 20 years, before the knockout stages have […]

CricViz Analysis: Shakib Al Hasan – World Cup MVP

Ben Jones analyses one of the great World Cup campaigns. Bangladesh aren’t a one man band. They’re an orchestra. Everyone knows their job, their role, everyone has their moment to shine and their chance to step up. Everyone matters. But an orchestra needs a conductor. Even if you just look at his work with the […]