Entries by Ben Jones

CricViz Analysis: Which Batsmen Should England Pick?

Ben Jones analyses the cases of England’s Ashes potentials. England announce their squad for the Ashes today at 11am. They do so off the back of a World Cup victory and a dramatic yet ultimately comfortable win over Ireland at Lord’s, but there is no sense of gathering momentum. England got away with this performance, […]

CricViz Analysis: Jonny Bairstow

Ben Jones analyses what’s going on with Bairstow’s Test method. Life is about sacrifice. It’s about looking at what you have, what you want to have, and understanding what you need to give up in order to achieve it.  English cricket feels like it’s made something of a sacrifice in the last few weeks. All […]

CricViz Analysis: Why Did England Collapse?

Ben Jones analyses another distressing day for English Test batsmen. Why does this keep happening?  Why do England keep collapsing? Why do England, a country with a surplus of white ball talent and a drought of red ball equivalents, fall so hard, so fast, so frequently? Why do England keep cracking open? They have been […]

CricViz Analysis: Jason Roy’s Test Selection

Ben Jones analyses the most eye-catching of England’s Test selections. Jason Roy will open the batting for England in a Test match this week. It’s a selection which has the potential to excite and enthral the newly engaged British cricketing public, but which also has the potential to end with a whimper. England have gambled […]

CricViz Analysis: The MS Dhoni Question

Ben Jones analyses the delicate situation regarding an Indian legend. MS Dhoni has always done things a little differently. Most geniuses do. Often in sport, the ability of the true innovators is not to execute old plans better than those who’ve gone before them, but to spot a different way to play. Why leap higher […]

CricViz Analysis: Where the Final Will be Won

Ben Jones analyses the key head-to-heads for Sunday’s clash. This has been a tournament where the performance of the top order in the first innings has been enormously influential. In games where the side batting first has won, their opening partnership have averaged 71.17; in games where they have lost, it’s averaged 16.93. Scores have […]

CricViz Analysis: Adil Rashid’s Googly

Ben Jones analyses a ball that defined a World Cup. A brief confession – I always wanted to be a leg-spinner. I wasn’t great, I grew at the wrong time, and was too easily frightened off by aggressive batsmen, but I wanted it badly. There was enough promise that at 12 years old, I was […]

CricViz Analysis: Chris Woakes

Ben Jones analyses a fantastic opening spell. It was a day where everything came full circle. England were embarrassed in 2015, blown to smithereens by side after side as they collapsed and fell out of the tournament. They sat in their hotel rooms and watched Australia charge on to another world title. Today, they knocked […]

CricViz Analysis: The Failure of India’s Strategy

Ben Jones analyses the passage which turned the game From the last World Cup, to yesterday, nobody lost fewer wickets against the new ball than India. Their whole strategy was set-up so that, even in the worst case scenario, they wouldn’t lose a fatal amount of wickets in the first 10 overs. No side in […]

CricViz Analysis: Jadeja’s Redemption

Ben Jones analyses a knock for the ages. Ravindra Jadeja walked up to the border between history, and just another day. He placed his hand on the glass. Nothing gave. *** When Ravindra Jadeja arrived at the crease today, the score was 92-6. India were in the mire. Their chances with WinViz were 3%. Just […]