Entries by Ben Jones

IPL Season Preview: Kings XI Punjab

Ben Jones previews Kings XI Punjab. Last season: 7th 2018 was a year to forget for Kings XI. Whilst KL Rahul and AJ Tye had serious personal success, the rest of the team were not able to back up their good work, as they slumped to second bottom on the ladder following a bright start […]

CricViz Analysis: The IPL’s English Contingent

The 2019 Indian Premier League season is playing host to an entire team’s worth of England-qualified players. Ben Jones casts his eye over the 11 Englishmen about to take to the stage. JOS BUTTLER – Rajasthan Royals Has an Englishman ever had a better IPL than Jos Buttler did in 2018? Even when Ben Stokes […]

CricViz Analysis: Chasing in the PSL

As the Pakistan Super League continues to be dominated by sides batting second, Ben Jones considers some reasons for this ever-increasing trend. In a climate where for numerous reasons cricket has not been top of the agenda, this Pakistan Super League season has been quietly intriguing. On the surface, this may not appear to be […]

CricViz Analysis: The Beauty of Buttler

Ben Jones analyses another dazzling century from England’s white ball star. There’s a moment, just after a batsman has hit a ball in the direction of the boundary, where your eyes are dancing. They are trying to assess the trajectory of the ball, to predict whether it will fall short or fly over the rope, […]

CricViz Analysis: England’s Slower Ball Strategy

Ben Jones analyses the ever-increasing role of the change-down in England’s ODI bowling plans. Slow isn’t a word you often see applied to this England ODI side. Rapid? Sure. Reckless? Often. But slow? Rarely is anything to do with this collection of dashers and chargers labelled as being slow. Yet in one crucial instance, Eoin Morgan’s boys are attracting this label. In the ODI series taking place […]

CricViz Analysis: How Sri Lanka Can Beat Australia

Ben Jones analyses the key areas where the tourists could steal a march on Tim Paine’s side. Sri Lanka arrive in Australia as afterthoughts. That is not a slight against their hosts, who have had more than enough to think about in the last nine months. It’s not a slight against the media, who are […]

CricViz Analysis: Did MS Dhoni cost India?

On a day when India lost in surprising fashion to Australia, Ben Jones assesses the impact of the Indian keeper’s controversial knock. Obviously, Rishabh Pant should be in this Indian ODI side. It confounds onlookers from around the world that a player of such outrageous talent, a player so closely aligned with what a 2019 white-ball batsman is supposed to look like, is not deemed worthy of a spot in a side with a […]

CricViz Analysis: Who Should Australia Pick?

Ben Jones considers who the Australian selectors should be  calling ahead of the Sri Lanka series. In the coming days, Australia are expected to announce their Test squad for the home series against Sri Lanka. As a series in isolation, it shouldn’t represent the toughest challenge for Tim Paine’s side, but the Tests will be as much about finalising Ashes preparation as they will be about victory in Brisbane […]

CricViz Analysis: Australia’s Century Problem

Ben Jones analyses how Australia’s batsmen are failing to make the most of their starts, and reflects on their lack of centurions. Getting in and getting out. Across all levels of cricket, it’s seen as the greatest crime that a player can commit. Having done the hard work, surviving those first 30 deliveries where you’re getting your eye in and adapting to the conditions, to throw it all away when in the groove is seen almost […]

CricViz Analysis: Cheteshwar Pujara – A Batsman Transformed?

CricViz analyst Ben Jones assesses whether the success of India’s No.3 is due to a technical change, or just their class shining through. Edgbaston, 2018. It’s not quite as evocative as the date which preceded it by 13 years, but for Indian cricket, it could come to be as prestigious a moment. On the 1st of August, India dropped Cheteshwar Pujara. They opted to pick KL Rahul, the swaggering talent of half-fulfilled wonder, […]