The English batting by the numbers (so far)

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    The first two Tests at the Gabba and Adelaide have both been sporting spectacles, the intensity and balance of the second Test leading into Day 5 brought an aura that had been missed in recent times.

    But how did the teams go by numbers?

    English batting
    The English have contributed to most of the questionable batting over the last two games, here’s how they fared statistically.

    Alastair Cook is off to a shaky start of this Ashes tour, tipped to be one of the defining players of the English side, he has underperformed, to say the least. In fact, he is the only English top seven batsman to not pass 100 cumulative runs.

    62 runs – avg. of 15.5 – s/r 36.5 – high score of 37

    Mark Stoneman
    Looking to solidify a place in the top order of the three lions, Stoneman passed 50 once so far and failed to capitalise further, emphasised in two other scores in the 20s and 30s. Yet he still sits third place in England’s total runs scored.

    134 runs – avg. of 33.5 – s/r 41 – high score of 53

    James Vince
    The highlight of James Vince’s batting came in the first innings of the first Test at the Gabba, where he scored Englands highest score so far, 83 on a questionable Gabba wicket. However, he has failed to pass 15 since and has only scored a further two otherwise (twice) leaving him with an average that equates to half a run lower than his age.

    102 runs – avg. of 25.5 – s/r 45.3 – high score of 83

    Joe Root
    The English captain has failed to put his comparatively low 50-100 conversion rate talk to bed, that being said, he is technically still leading from the front, by four runs. To give him credit though, he has increased his average from 27.4 since his last tour of Australia.

    142 runs – avg. of 33.5 – s/r 41 – high score of 67

    Joe Root

    (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

    Dawid Malan
    Flying relatively under the radar and rightly so, Dawid Malan’s first tour down under hasn’t gone as planned as of yet. That being said he trails only his captain in total runs amassed so far.

    138 runs – avg. of 27 – s/r 37 – high score of 56

    Moeen Ali
    Ali’s elevation up the order to #6 has come with mixed results, his two digs in Brisbane providing a headache for the Aussies (40 and 38). However, when faced with a more traditional Australian wicket at Adelaide, he failed to pass 25, granted getting caught and bowled by Lyon was a bit unlucky.

    105 runs – avg. of 26.25 – s/r 45.8 – high score of 40

    Jonathan Bairstow
    Although Bairstow was entering the series with an average of over 40. His joint third highest average for the English side is severely underwhelming. With two scores above the 30s he follows in the footsteps of his teammates in not continuing on to a big score.

    108 runs – avg. of 27 – s/r 49 – high score of 42

    Chris Woakes
    Relied on to make the bulk of the runs for the English tail, he is yet to do so. With this series bringing down his career average by three runs so far with still 60 per cent of the series to go, he will need to score some runs to keep his ‘allrounder’ status alive.

    58 runs – avg. of 19 – s/r 44 – high score of 36

    Craig Overton
    Having only played one Test so far his averages may be deceiving, yet the Englishman can still scavage hope that Overton may save a lower order collapse in the future after an innings top score of 41*.

    48 runs – avg. of 48 – s/r 48 – high score of 41*

    Jake Ball
    After being dropped following the first Test, Ball’s hopes of a call up fall on an injury of one of the other quicks after Overton’s success with the bat and ball.

    15 runs – avg. of 7.5 – s/r 93 – high score of 14

    Stuart Broad
    Australia’s nemesis coming into the series, Broad’s relatively unimpressive record with the bat, especially as a tail-ender in Australia, proved to be an accurate measurement of what he will provide.

    25 runs – avg. of 8 – s/r 43 – high score of 20

    England's Stuart Broad and Joe Root appeal unsuccessfully

    (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    James Anderson
    Although his 5-for-43 in the second Test was something to behold, providing a masterclass in how to bowl under lights. The English king of swing has kept his crown safe for the #11 spot, with three naughts and two not outs.

    5 runs – avg. of 5 – s/r 38 – high score of 5.

    Will it be possible for the English to pull their head in, knuckle down and show the same fight they did in the later stages of Adelaide, or will they roll over, wither and feel the force of the fast bowler cartel and their buddy the GOAT? History suggests the latter.

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    • Roar Rookie

      December 7th 2017 @ 8:58am
      Maxwell Charlesworth said | December 7th 2017 @ 8:58am | ! Report

      Just a quick mention. Mucked up the title. Should be Englands batting by the numbers (So far). Tried to get it fixed but apparently it didn’t work. Sorry

    • December 7th 2017 @ 9:24am
      jameswm said | December 7th 2017 @ 9:24am | ! Report

      Not impressive numbers. Overton has the highest average…

    • Roar Guru

      December 7th 2017 @ 9:28am
      Ryan H said | December 7th 2017 @ 9:28am | ! Report

      Nicely written! Definitely need more from Cook and Bairstow who are experienced batsmen that should be leading from the front with the bat, not struggling like they are. Stoneman has looked promising enough, he’s getting the starts and facing a lot of balls, yet not quite able to go on with it. Vince kicked off the series in great fashion yet has hardly scored a run since – he seems to keep getting out the same way too nicking behind the wicket; I read during the week that 8 or 9 of his past 10 test dismissals have been caught behind the wicket. Malan is somewhat similar to Stoneman, has shown fight and an ability to dig in but aside from that first 50 hasn’t really carried on with it.

      Very much a bits and pieces batting performance so far and it’s letting them down greatly.

    • December 7th 2017 @ 1:01pm
      Pope Paul VII said | December 7th 2017 @ 1:01pm | ! Report

      Cook is cooked. If England had another opener he’d be gone or trying his luck in the middle order.

      • December 7th 2017 @ 3:48pm
        Linphoma said | December 7th 2017 @ 3:48pm | ! Report

        Agreed, but never discount the former champion getting up one last hurrah. I don’t think it ever dawned on England management that Cook was not going to be the rock at the top and Stoneman partnering him. They never had a Plan B for their openers.
        Last tour, look what that did for Michael Carberry’s Test career. What’s the bet even after a disastrous tour we never hear from MS again and AC lingers on!

        • December 7th 2017 @ 5:17pm
          Pope Paul VII said | December 7th 2017 @ 5:17pm | ! Report

          For love of the game if he got some runs it wouldn’t bother me but yes he just plods along gloomily leaving a trail of bemused former opening partners.

    • December 7th 2017 @ 1:02pm
      Pope Paul VII said | December 7th 2017 @ 1:02pm | ! Report

      Also Ali is Lyon’s bunny and that’s putting it kindly.

      • December 7th 2017 @ 1:43pm
        jameswm said | December 7th 2017 @ 1:43pm | ! Report

        Maybe that one’s slipped under the radar. Everyone goes on about how Ussie can’t play spin.

        Here is now Moeen Ali has got out tso far this series.

        LBW to Lyon
        Stumped Paine, bowled Lyon
        C & B Lyon
        LBW Lyon

        Hadn’t noticed, wow.

        Bairstow has got out 3/4 to Starc
        Caught behind Cummins
        Caught 1st slip Starc
        C & B Starc
        Bowled Starc

        Aussie bowlers
        Starc 14 wickets
        Hazlewood 7 wickets
        Cummins 7 wickets
        Lyon 11 wickets + the runout

        • December 7th 2017 @ 3:51pm
          Linphoma said | December 7th 2017 @ 3:51pm | ! Report

          Say James, what was the spread of wickets like for Johnson, Harris, Siddle and Lyon at the same stage last tour?
          Quickly thumbing my way to Cricinfo historic records…..

          • Roar Rookie

            December 8th 2017 @ 11:03pm
            Maxwell Charlesworth said | December 8th 2017 @ 11:03pm | ! Report

            Johnson 37 wickets
            Harris 22 wickets
            Lyon 19 wickets
            Siddle 16 wickets
            Watson 4 wickets
            S. Smith 1 wickets

            If each Aussie bowler keeps going at the same rate of wickets this time round they will reach:

            Starc 35 wickets
            Cummins 18 wickets (rounded up from 17.5)
            Lyon 28 (rounded up from 27.5)
            Hazlewood 18 wickets (rounded up from 17.5)
            S. Smith 0 wickets (rounded nowhere from nothing)

        • December 7th 2017 @ 5:13pm
          Pope Paul VII said | December 7th 2017 @ 5:13pm | ! Report

          ‘xactly James

    • December 7th 2017 @ 6:43pm
      DavSA said | December 7th 2017 @ 6:43pm | ! Report

      Did a bit of spadework comparing the Test and First class averages to this series :

      1. Cook
      Test avg 45,84
      F/C avg 47,80
      series avg 15,15

      2. Root
      Test avg 53,05
      F/C avg 51,15
      series avg 33,50

      Test avg 31,75
      F/C avg 35,70
      Series avg 33,00

      4. Bairstow
      Test avg 39,09
      F/C avg 46,64
      Series avg 27,00

      5. Malan
      Test avg 24,75
      F/C avg 37,34
      Series avg 27,00

      6. Ali
      Test avg 34,18
      F/C avg 38,16
      series avg 26,00

      7. Vince
      Test avg 20,93
      F/C avg 38,42
      Series avg 25,50

      8. Woakes
      Test avg 29,32
      F/C avg 35,45
      Series avg 19,00

      9. Overton
      Test avg 48,00
      F/C avg 22,27
      Series avg 48,00

      10. Ball
      Test avg 8,37
      F/C avg 13,00
      Series avg 7,5

      Test avg 10,13
      F/C avg 10,15
      Series avg 5,00

      12. Broad
      Test avg 20,67
      F/C avg 21,68
      Series avg 8,00

      I have used First class stats as well to give balance to those players who have played relatively few tests .
      What is immediately apparent is that every single player excepting Overton has performed under their own career averages . Alarmingly for England is the figures of their most important batsmen Root and Cook who are way off .

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