Ben Jones analyses the ongoing battle between the stars of the Indian and Australian sides. Gather round children, and let me tell you the fable of The Goat and The King. Nathan Lyon – The GOAT – is the best spin bowler in the world. Virat Kohli – The King – is the best batsman […]
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Ben Jones analyses a day where Australia fought through the tough times, then threw away the initiative. India’s bowlers will be relieved. At the end of Day One, it appeared briefly that their loose new ball display had cost their side heavily. Inaccurate and down on pace, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah wasted the weapons […]
A lot has been said about the new Perth Stadium. It’s been criticised for being soulless, a homogeneous bowl as far removed from the romance of the WACA as one can imagine. In some respects, it’s a fair assessment – the sheer size of the place makes it almost impossible to fill – but today […]
After an intriguing first day at the new Optus Stadium, Ben Jones analyses India’s new ball bowling, and wonders what could have been. Pitch-hype has generally fallen flat in recent times. One loses track of how often a surface is photographed the day before a Test, green as the outfield, before going on to play […]
Ben Jones analyses the ongoing difficulties of Australian batsman Peter Handscomb. Peter Handscomb is surely on the brink. After another low score, and another scrappy innings, the Australian No.5 looks more and more like a man unable to succeed in Test cricket with his current approach. Today, he fell prey to a classic bit of […]
Ben Jones analyses a day when India followed in Cheteshwar Pujara’s footsteps, and flipped their strategy on its head.
Ben Jones analyses the strategic shift that allowed Ravi Ashwin to dominate on Day Two in Adelaide.
If Australia are going to compete against India in this Test series, they need to stop their captain. Ben Jones looks at the data to find out how they can do it.
In the midst of a red-ball batting crisis, Australia are refusing to turn to the extreme talents of Matthew Renshaw and Glenn Maxwell. Ben Jones considers these decisions, and what they say about Australian cricket in 2018.
On a day when another batting line-up was powerless to resist Mohammad Abbas’ attack, Ben Jones considers the wonder of Pakistan’s late-blooming genius.
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