Jan 9, 2011

Batting and Bowling performance in Ashes 2010 - 2011

English cricket is strong once again. And it is great to see that (after all they invented the gentleman's game).

In a sharp contrast to previous tours of Australia, England outplayed Australia on their home ground in the recently concluded Ashes 2010-11 series (see performance comparison of 2010-11 and 2006-07 series below).

English wins in 2010-11 were convincing and Aussies must be heart broken. This series loss might be the last nail in Ricky Ponting's coffin. His leadership and batting woes continue... Ponting's performance in this series was similar to Collingwood's, who decided to retire from Test cricket. Will Ponting do the same?

Ponting was the best batsman in 2006-07 with an average of 64, and this year Cook is the best batsman with an average of twice that! (see batting charts below). Hats off to Cook's performance. His elegance and patience is a blessing for English cricket.

In Chris Tremlett, England has found a fantastic bowler. England didn't miss a heart beat with Stuart Broad's injury. Tremlett, Anderson and Bresnan more than filled that gap by bowling exceptionally well. England and South Africa clearly have the best fast bowling units now.  

I'm looking forward to India's tour to England this summer. 



Compare 2010-11 Ashes series with England's previous Ashes tour to Australia in 2006-07. In 2010-11, English cricketers (pink) dominated the top-right corners of batting/bowling performance charts, whereas in 2006-07 Australia (yellow) dominated the top-right section of these charts.








9 comments:

  1. AWESOME POST. LOVE IT. THX 4 COMPARING THE 2 SERIES. WHERE DID U GET THE DATA?

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  2. nice post, good to see English cricket on a high. Indeed, England shot Australia out.
    --Pakistan fan

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  3. I'd also love to know where the data comes from, this would make a great dynamic bubble chart (with enough test data)

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  4. Opta released the data for Ashes 2010-11 and I got the data for previous series from online cricket sites...

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  5. what are the dotted lines? Are they contours of something?

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  6. Yes, the dotted lines are contours to show best players, who are in the outermost contour (top right)

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  7. OK, what is the functional form of the contours, ie. what function produces the dotted lines? Thanks.

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  8. I used the code below to add contour in the chart:

    x <- -8:-1
    contour(outer(x, x), method = "edge", vfont = c("sans serif", "plain"), drawlabels = FALSE, axes = FALSE, frame.plot = F, lty=2)

    # Type ?contour in R console for more examples

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  9. Got it, thanks. At first I thought the contours were a function of the actual data in the plot.

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