Entries by Ben Jones

CricViz Analysis: How does Rohit Sharma do it?

Ben Jones analyses a remarkable run of form from the Indian opener. Rohit Sharma’s performance at this World Cup has been colossal. In just eight innings, he’s amassed 647 runs, runs of the highest class and elegance, against all the attacks the world can offer. On the biggest stage of all, he has delivered as […]

CricViz Analysis: Faf and Rassie

Ben Jones analyses two important innings for South Africa. South Africa’s World Cup campaign is over. It was over a while ago. This match, for the Proteas, wasn’t about what happens in the next week. Like the best sport, it represented far more than simply what was happening on this given day; for South African […]

CricViz Analysis: England’s Do-Or-Die

Between the click of the light / And the start of the dream. ‘No Cars Go’ – Arcade Fire *** England could be all but out of the World Cup by the end of today. They could be out of their home tournament, the first they have hosted in 20 years, before the knockout stages have […]

CricViz Analysis: Shakib Al Hasan – World Cup MVP

Ben Jones analyses one of the great World Cup campaigns. Bangladesh aren’t a one man band. They’re an orchestra. Everyone knows their job, their role, everyone has their moment to shine and their chance to step up. Everyone matters. But an orchestra needs a conductor. Even if you just look at his work with the […]

CricViz Analysis: Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow

Ben Jones analyses England’s opening pair. At some point, it came to be known as a “Meet Cute”. That moment in a film where the two prettiest people on the poster accidentally reach for the same ‘Belle and Sebastian’ record, or drop the same JD Salinger book outside the university library. The two protagonists in […]

CricViz Analysis: Jasprit Bumrah

Ben Jones analyses another remarkable day for the Indian seamer. Play that. There was a moment today, where Jasprit Bumrah bowled a ball so good to Ben Stokes, that it made you stop. It made you catch your breath. It made you consider what a death delivery was supposed to be. Was it supposed to […]

CricViz Analysis: How England can beat India

CricViz analysts Freddie Wilde, Patrick Noone, and Ben Jones examine where Eoin Morgan’s side can get ahead. CricViz Analysis: How England can beat India England need to stay calm. Over the past four years, Eoin Morgan has made a lot about England’s approach to the game being a “brand” of cricket, or to use a […]

CricViz Analysis: Babar Azam’s Century

Ben Jones analyses the knock of the tournament from a Pakistan star. Trust Babar Azam. Pakistan needed a hero today. It might not have looked like it by the end, as they won by an apparently comfortable six wickets. It might not have felt like it when they had the ball in hand, and New […]

CricViz Analysis: Mitchell Starc’s Yorker

Ben Jones analyses a modern-day classic. Bowled, Mitch. Everything is worse than it used to be, you know. The modern day greats aren’t quite as great as those of the 90s, the 80s, the 70s. Sure, Virat Kohli’s a great ODI batsman, but he’s doing it in era of the bat dominating ball. If Viv […]

CricViz Analysis: The Lord’s Pitch

Ben Jones looks at what England and Australia can expect tomorrow. ‘The Home of Cricket’ isn’t the best name for Lord’s. A home should be somewhere where you feel comfortable, where you feel able to relax – for good or for bad, Lord’s is not relaxing. It’s a place as awash with tradition and ceremony […]