While batting and bowling have had quantifiable numbers associated with them, in order to help judge success or failure, fielding has remained untouched until very recently. Jonathan Liew from The Telegraph looks at how England are using a similar model as CricViz to monitor fielders’ performance.
Phil Oliver runs the stats company CricViz, which provides advanced data analysis to fans and broadcasters using a model Leamon helped develop. He believes that the next step is wearable technology, that would allow player’s movements to be tracked to the nearest pixel. Used in conjunction with a Hawkeye-style ball-tracking tool, it would allow us to settle debates that can now only be conjectured. Was that a genuine chance, or just out of his reach? Could the fielder have got to that ball quicker? And who really is the best fielder in the world? (According to CricViz data, Ben Stokes was the most effective fielder at last year’s World T20 by some distance.)