After a tournament where India’s openers have been supreme, Virat Kohli has no better idea who should make up his World Cup middle order – Ben Jones casts his eye over the data to try and find out.
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India’s victory was built on some stunning bowling with the new ball, something we have come to associate with their opponents. Ben Jones analyses a game decided in the first ten overs.
With England captain Joe Root stepping away from his role at first drop, Ben Jones analyses the case for promoting the star all-rounder. Conventional wisdom is messing with England’s batting order. It forced Joe Root up to number three, because “that’s where the best batsman bats”, despite it being a position he neither suits nor […]
India end the series 4-1 losers, but as Ben Jones writes, the nature of their play today gives them a blueprint for going forward.
The defining narrative of this series has been the contest between Virat Kohli and James Anderson, a contest which ended on Day Four at The Oval. Ben Jones looks back on one of the great sporting rivalries.
On a chaotic, historic day at The Oval, Alastair Cook bowed out in a fairytale manner. Ben Jones looks back at Cook’s innings, and revels in the thrill of a risk-laden finale.
Ravindra Jadeja was the star of the show at The Oval today, and Ben Jones laments the fact that we haven’t seen more of him this summer.
Once again, England’s tail wagged today, and saw their side to a very competitive total. Ben Jones reflects on a series where England’s lower-order has been fundamental to their success.
After a summer where the ball has hooped round corners, Ben Jones reflects on a day when India’s bowlers showed that they can be brilliant without a cloud in the sky.
It was a magnificent final day in Southampton, with England sealing the Test and the series. But as Ben Jones writes, for thirteen deliveries, India dared to dream.
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