Entries by Ben Jones

CricViz Analysis: How Australia Retained the Ashes

Ben Jones analyses the key ways Justin Langer’s side came out on top. Australia have retained the Ashes. For the first time since 2001, the Australian Test side will return home with the urn in their possession. Victory in Manchester took them to an unassailable 2-1 lead with just the final match to go. So […]

CricViz Analysis: Pat Cummins to Joe Root

Ben Jones analyses the moment of the day. It’s been quite windy in Manchester this week. Debris has blown across the field pretty regularly, from the party stand to the old pavilion, debris ranging from bin-bags to beach balls. Through a blend of miracles and meteorology, England have clung on in this Ashes series until […]

CricViz Analysis: Cummins and Hazlewood

For every ‘Fab Four’, there’s a Lennon and McCartney. Australia’s attack has, over the last few years, been a relatively stable affair. The established quartet of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon were the backbone of the side, even as batsmen came and went with relative frequency. It’s rare a bowling unit […]

CricViz Analysis: Steve Smith’s Double Century

Ben Jones analyses the latest epic in the Australian’s canon. And so, he rolls on, increasingly seeming like nothing can stop him. Ban him, he returns. Hit him, he comes back. Yesterday, England all but dismissed him, before the reprieve from Leach’s no-ball. Even when they get him out, Steve Smith keeps batting. For England, […]

CricViz Analysis: Joe Denly

Ben Jones analyses the troubles of the England batsman. Today was never going to be easy for Joe Denly. In the field for two (intermittent) days, watching Steve Smith pile up run after idiosyncratic run, and was asked to go out and face a Tricky Little Session just before the close. Australia’s attack was fresh, […]

CricViz Analysis: Stuart Broad v David Warner

Ben Jones analyses the battle between two top class competitors. It’s a relatively select and elite group of players who’ve appeared in each of the last five Ashes series; James Anderson, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Nathan Lyon, Steve Smith, Stuart Broad, and David Warner. To be involved in such a high profile series for such […]

CricViz Analysis: Joe Root’s Conversion Issues

Ben Jones analyses the England skipper’s problem with converting 50s into 100s. Joe Root is an all-time England great. Only two Englishman to have made as many Test runs as him can boast a superior average – those two batsmen are Wally Hammond and Len Hutton. Esteemed companions, if ever there were. So why doesn’t […]

CricViz Analysis: Using Reviews

Ben Jones analyses how Test teams use their reviews. It was one of a few moments which defined the climax to the Headingley Test. Nathan Lyon, down on his haunches, imploring the umpire to give Ben Stokes out, the Englishman struck on the pad by a spinning, drifting delivery, plumb in front. Lyon’s hands waved, […]

CricViz Analysis: Jofra Archer’s Five-fer

Ben Jones analyses another big day for the young quick. Lord’s was the set-up, Leeds was the punchline. Some, bizarrely, watched Jofra Archer’s performance in the Second Test and saw only a relatively barren wickets column. All those bouncers, all that pace, was just for show, with no substance behind it. Well, the first day […]

CricViz Analysis: Luck

Ben Jones analyses a day of mixed fortunes. “You make your own luck”. “I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” “The more I practice, the luckier I get”. There are lots of quotes about luck. They’re mostly nonsense. *** Today was a strange day in Leeds. The opening two sessions of this third Test […]