Entries by Ben Jones

CricViz Analysis: Aaron Finch’s Resurgence

Ben Jones analyses the return to form of the Australian opener. There’s a funny difference in mentality between the cricketing cultures of England and Australia. Eoin Morgan’s England side haven’t lost an ODI series at home since 2015, and have all but swept the board over the last two years, but the default position for […]

IPL CricViz Predictions – Ben Jones

Winner: Sunrisers Hyderabad Just look at that bowling attack. There are so many options, so much variety and skill in that unit, it’s tough to imagine any surface or batting order that could be confident of taking Sunrisers down. In a tournament like the IPL where momentum can only get you so far (because of […]

IPL Season Preview: Sunrisers Hyderabad

Ben Jones previews Sunrisers Hyderabad ahead of the 2019 IPL season. Last Season: Runners-up In 2018, Sunrisers had arguably the most distinctive style of any team in the competition. A bowling-heavy strategy was marked most clearly by their extraordinary defence of 118 against Mumbai Indians, among the best performances in T20 history. Across the competition […]

IPL Season Preview: Rajasthan Royals

Ben Jones previews Rajasthan Royals ahead of IPL 2019. Last season: 4th Last year was defined by the work of Jos Buttler. His promotion to the top of the order was an enormous turning point in the season, as his 428 runs at 9.95rpo as an opener (and an average of 107) almost single-handedly dragged […]

IPL Season Preview: Kings XI Punjab

Ben Jones previews Kings XI Punjab. Last season: 7th 2018 was a year to forget for Kings XI. Whilst KL Rahul and AJ Tye had serious personal success, the rest of the team were not able to back up their good work, as they slumped to second bottom on the ladder following a bright start […]

CricViz Analysis: The IPL’s English Contingent

The 2019 Indian Premier League season is playing host to an entire team’s worth of England-qualified players. Ben Jones casts his eye over the 11 Englishmen about to take to the stage. JOS BUTTLER – Rajasthan Royals Has an Englishman ever had a better IPL than Jos Buttler did in 2018? Even when Ben Stokes […]

CricViz Analysis: Chasing in the PSL

As the Pakistan Super League continues to be dominated by sides batting second, Ben Jones considers some reasons for this ever-increasing trend. In a climate where for numerous reasons cricket has not been top of the agenda, this Pakistan Super League season has been quietly intriguing. On the surface, this may not appear to be […]

CricViz Analysis: The Beauty of Buttler

Ben Jones analyses another dazzling century from England’s white ball star. There’s a moment, just after a batsman has hit a ball in the direction of the boundary, where your eyes are dancing. They are trying to assess the trajectory of the ball, to predict whether it will fall short or fly over the rope, […]

CricViz Analysis: England’s Slower Ball Strategy

Ben Jones analyses the ever-increasing role of the change-down in England’s ODI bowling plans. Slow isn’t a word you often see applied to this England ODI side. Rapid? Sure. Reckless? Often. But slow? Rarely is anything to do with this collection of dashers and chargers labelled as being slow. Yet in one crucial instance, Eoin Morgan’s boys are attracting this label. In the ODI series taking place […]

CricViz Analysis: How Sri Lanka Can Beat Australia

Ben Jones analyses the key areas where the tourists could steal a march on Tim Paine’s side. Sri Lanka arrive in Australia as afterthoughts. That is not a slight against their hosts, who have had more than enough to think about in the last nine months. It’s not a slight against the media, who are […]