CricViz Analysis | 3rd Test, Day 3
England started day three in a position of strength thanks to Mark Wood's heroics on day two.
Mark Wood's average speed of 143.03 kph (89.12 mph) in the Windies first innings is the third fastest average speed by an England bowler in an innings in our database. 87% of his balls were faster than 140 kph - the highest proportion of any England bowler in an innings. #WIvENG— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) February 11, 2019
England got off to the worst possible start when Rory Burns clipped his first ball straight to square leg.
The ball which Rory Burns got out to had an Expected Strike Rate (xSR) of 135 balls per wicket. The global average for all deliveries in Test cricket is 63. It was clearly a soft dismissal and our expected analysis supports that. #WIvENG— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) February 11, 2019
Burns has struggled to establish himself at the start of his Test career.
Rory Burns is averaging 25.00 across six Tests. Based on the balls he has faced we would expect an average Test batsman to average 25.80 against those deliveries. While you want your opener to perform above average it illustrates that he has faced a lot of good balls. #WIvENG— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) February 11, 2019
The Windies introduced spin - which was to Denly's liking.
In first class cricket Joe Denly averages 65.30 against spin and 34.14 against pace. However, his high average against spin is built largely on the ball turning away (99 v leg spin and 108 v SLA spin) but against off spin it falls to 44. #WIvENG— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) February 11, 2019
Keaton Jennings became the second wicket to fall.
Since 2006 only four opening batsmen in the world have had a higher false shot percentage against pace than Keaton Jennings' 20% and none of them have a lower average runs per wicket against pace than Jennings' 16.65. #WIvENG pic.twitter.com/99AUKWYIxV— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) February 11, 2019
Denly batted with great positivity.
Today Denly has attacked 30% of his deliveries compared to his average across the first three innings of his career of 23%. This positivity has translated into a dot ball percentage of 67% compared to 80% and a run rate of 4.42 compared to 2.69. #WIvENG— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) February 11, 2019
Denly reached his fifty with a beautiful drive. He had played a positive innings.
Denly has punished anything over-pitched from the quicks in his innings, scoring 24 off the 17 balls pitched fuller than six metres from his stumps. Against the 42 balls shorter than that he has scored just 17 runs. #WIvENG— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) February 11, 2019
Denly eventually fell for a good looking fifty.
Denly played eight cut shots against pace in his innings - including five from his last eight balls. The Windies left a gap at backward point, encouraging the shot and it led to his downfall. Intelligent tactics from Gabriel and the Windies and Denly fell into the trap. #WIvENG pic.twitter.com/gbgLiKdCZh— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) February 11, 2019
Joe Root batted brilliantly for his sixteenth Test century. It was hard fought, rather than spectacular.
Root has a superb record in the first three innings of Test matches.
Joe Root Test Average by Innings of Match— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) February 11, 2019
England head into day four in a position of strength.
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