Entries by Patrick Noone

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 […]

CricViz Analysis: Joe Denly

Patrick Noone looks at how England’s opener adjusted his approach to succeed on Day 3 at The Oval. To say Joe Denly got into the England Test team through the back door would be something of an understatement. This time two years ago, it appeared that the nine ODIs and five T20Is he played in […]

CricViz Analysis: Jofra Archer

Patrick Noone analyses a superb display of fast bowling on Day 2 at The Oval. It seems to remarkable to think that it is still two days short of a month since Jofra Archer bowled his first ball in Test match cricket. He’s packed quite a lot into those four matches and 29 days. Since […]

CricViz Analysis: Joe Root’s innings

Patrick Noone looks at the England captain’s 57 as his conversion woes continued on Day 1 at The Oval. Joe Root in full flow remains one of the most aesthetically pleasing sights in cricket. Those back foot punches as he rides the bounce, sweetly timed to the boundary as runs come effortlessly off the middle […]

CricViz Analysis: Nathan Lyon

Patrick Noone looks at how Nathan Lyon spun Australia to victory at Edgbaston. For a spinner, the fourth innings of a Test match is something of a double-edged sword. Particularly in turning conditions, there is an expectation that the spinner will step up and win the game for the team bowling second, using conditions to […]

CricViz Analysis: Matthew Wade’s century

Patrick Noone looks at how Matthew Wade showed England he’s more than just Australia’s mongrel spirit animal. Matthew Wade’s latest crack at Test cricket has already been more successful than his previous one. Back in 2016, Wade was one of the beneficiaries of the selectorial carnage that followed Australia being bowled out for 85 by […]

CricViz Analyis: Moeen Ali

Patrick Noone looks at England’s mercurial all-rounder, whose batting reached a new low at Edgbaston on Day three. Moeen Ali’s batting is falling off a cliff. If it hasn’t already fallen as far as it possibly can fall, it can’t have much further to go. Today’s innings was his fourth duck from the eight innings […]

CricViz Analysis: Unlucky Australia lack Starc’s spark

Patrick Noone looks at what Australia were lacking on a day of ‘what might have beens’ for the tourists The selection of Australia’s bowling attack was the subject of much scrutiny before the Ashes began. Pat Cummins, the number one bowler in the world according to the ICC rankings, was always going to play. As […]

CricViz Analysis: Broad’s opening spell

It was Steve Smith’s day as the Ashes got underway at Edgbaston, but not before Stuart Broad showed a glimpse of what might have been for England. It seems remarkable to think that there were some calls for Stuart Broad to be dropped for this Test match. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, of course, but […]