Entries by Ben Jones

CricViz Analysis: Babar and Virat – One and The Other

Ben Jones looks at the similarities and differences between two T20 stars. Babar Azam and Virat Kohli are the same. They stand together as two of the best batsmen in the world. They are two men brought together by their utter brilliance with a bat in hand. They define their sides, one with a captains’ armband, […]

CricViz Analysis: Where Should Buttler Bat?

Ben Jones analyses where the Rajasthan Royals opener should bat in England’s order. How do you stop Jos? Well, here’s a scenario for you. You’re a bowling captain in a T20 match. It’s the final over, and the batting side need 12 to win. You have your pick of whichever seam bowler in the world […]

CricViz Analysis: Mark Wood’s Speed

Ben Jones analyses the work of England’s tearaway. There’s no point messing around here. This is a piece about speed, and in keeping with the subject matter, let’s cut to the quick. Mark Wood is fast. Seriously fast. Historically fast. His average speed on England’s 2019/20 tour of South Africa was 140.88kph. That is the […]

CricViz Analysis: Jos Buttler v Ben Foakes

Ben Jones analyses a classic keeping debate, with a twist. It is always 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, of […]

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 […]