Entries by Patrick Noone

CricViz Analysis: Short balls in Perth

The First Test between Australia and New Zealand at Optus Stadium showcased some fine short-pitched bowling. Patrick Noone analyses the role the bouncer played throughout the contest. Short-pitched bowling in Perth is nothing new. The old WACA ground had a well-earned reputation for being one of the fastest, bounciest pitches in world cricket. It was […]

CricViz Analysis: Joe Root

As England suffer heavy defeat in the First Test in Mount Maunganui, Patrick Noone looks at some worrying trends in Joe Root’s recent Test dismissals We need to talk about Joe Root. It was another failure for England’s captain as the tourists lost the First Test in Mount Maunganui, folding to an innings defeat with […]

CricViz Analysis: Mitchell Santner

Patrick Noone analyses the New Zealand all-rounder’s maiden Test ton If Day 3 was a case of England being ground down by New Zealand, Day 4 was little more than the remains of the tourists’ faint hopes of salvaging a win in this Test match being disdainfully cast aside by the ruthless Black Caps. Every […]

CricViz Analysis: BJ Watling

Patrick Noone analyses the New Zealand wicketkeeper’s century The term ‘dark horse’ is a label that follows the New Zealand cricket team to every major tournament they compete in. No matter how many World Cup finals they reach, or how many world class players they produce, there remains the perception that the Black Caps are […]

CricViz Analysis: Tim Southee

Patrick Noone analyses how a familiar foe hurt England again Tim Southee’s participation in this Test was not guaranteed in the build-up to the game. Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry were both vying for selection, but the Black Caps opted for the experience of their senior new ball bowler. After leading the New Zealand attack […]

CricViz Analysis: Glenn Maxwell’s Innings

Patrick Noone looks at how Australia’s number three lit up Adelaide Oval in the first T20I. In cricket, and indeed all sports, there are countless examples of players just fancying it on a certain ground or against a certain opposition. Circumstances which, for whatever reason, bring the best out of a player. For Glenn Maxwell, […]

The Hundred Draft: How the squads shape up

Patrick Noone looks at the make-up of each Hundred team after yesterday’s draft *All ‘Best XI’ lists assume availability for whole squad Trent Rockets Stephen Fleming has assembled a side rich with local talent, as has been his tendency as coach of T20 franchises around the world. Luke Wood, Tom Moores, Matt Carter, Steven Mullaney […]

The Hundred Draft: Five things to look out for

Patrick Noone looks ahead to Sunday’s draft and picks out the key factors that will determine how the eight teams look to build their squads. The importance of Kolpaks With only three overseas players per side allowed, the presence of a number of Kolpak players could make for tempting selections for teams looking to preserve […]