Entries by Ben Jones

CricViz Analysis: Jos Buttler v Ben Foakes

Ben Jones analyses a classic keeping debate, with a twist. It is always to easy to make sporting events about stories. It’s a kind crutch to see everything that happens as part of a larger image, as a piece in a bigger puzzle, as something grander than it is. In the mind of the writer, […]

CricViz Analysis: How Excited Can England Get?

Boom, we’re back. In the wake of a second consecutive Test victory that leaves them on the brink of an improbable series win, English optimism is on the rise. Away wins for Joe Root’s team have been a rare thing in the last few years, and two victories in the space of a fortnight has […]

CricViz Analysis: Keshav Maharaj

Ben Jones analyses the work of the South African spinner. They call Port Elizabeth ‘The Friendly City’. Well, Keshav Maharaj does. Ahead of play in PE, many noted the abrasive nature of the surface, and anticipated reverse swing playing a factor. It’s a tough gig reading pitches before a ball has been bowled, and given […]

CricViz Analysis: The Final Ball in Cape Town

Ben Jones looks at a remarkable end to the second Test. This was, from start to finish, a subtle game, with unsubtle reactions. The fury on the opening day as England collapsed again, in the face of good bowling, was exaggerated. We saw it again, with the excitement as South Africa fell away in reply. […]

CricViz Analysis: Dom Sibley

Ben Jones analyses a day when England’s new opener guided them to a dominant position in Cape Town. Dom Sibley, 85 (222). 222. Two two two. It’s not without significance that, on a day when old-fashioned and classical Test batting was back en vogue, the Englishman at the heart of that revival ended on the […]

CricViz Analysis: Indian Quicks’ Historic 2019

Ben Jones analyses the achievements of Umesh, Bumrah, Shami and Ishant. Once again, Virat Kohli’s India have absolutely steamrollered a Test opponent. In the day-night Test in Kolkata, Bangladesh have been swotted aside by an innings and 46 runs, a huge margin of victory which entirely reflects the level of dominance from the home side. […]

CricViz Analysis: The Development of Marnus Labuschagne

Ben Jones looks at how Australia’s No.3 has changed over his first year in Test cricket. Marnus Labuschagne. It’s a name which, in Australian cricket, invites discussion. The peculiarities of a South African name with a Queensland Bull on its chest, of an Australian batsman with a cluster of consonants which don’t typically sit underneath […]

CricViz Analysis: Babar Azam – The Test Batsman

Ben Jones analyses a genius in-waiting. That’s Babar. The sound that a cricket bat makes when striking a cricket ball, when striking it sweetly, is among the most iconic in all of sport. No other game can claim to have a moment, a single sound, as filled with both poetry and quality, both style and […]

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 […]