5th Dec 2017 by Martyn Hindley

The Ashes Series: Second Test Day 4 Analysis

A good, old-fashioned description of Test Matches is that successful teams let the batsmen do the batting and the bowlers take 20 wickets. Whilst that has been challenged many times in the history of cricket’s longest-form, this series has seen...

4th Dec 2017 by Martyn Hindley

The Ashes Series: Second Test Day 3 Analysis

Internet forums and cricketing pundits have been brimming with debate about Steve Smith’s decision not to enforce the follow-on with England in disarray during the Second Test, but the call was not only in keeping with the stock Australian view of managing leads of over 200...

30th Nov 2017 by Martyn Hindley

The Ashes Series: Second Test Preview

Here at The Stats Zone, we’re sticking to the numbers to assess what comes next. Far away from New Zealand flights and bar-butting-banter, we analyse the top fives in The Ashes to digest who can put runs on the board and change games for the remainder of the series.

26th Nov 2017 by Martyn Hindley

The Ashes Series: Looking Ahead To Adelaide

Some Ashes theories hold more water than others. Australian supremacy in Brisbane has been all but reinforced after their dominant Day 4, but some of the stereotypes about Second Test venue Adelaide being slow and favouring spin bowling have been challenged...

25th Nov 2017 by Martyn Hindley

The Ashes Series: First Test Day 3 Analysis

After two days that have ended finely poised, it is fair to say the hosts hold an advantage going into Day 4 of the First Test Match in Brisbane. However fourth innings chases historically at The Gabba suggest all is not lost for England.

24th Nov 2017 by Martyn Hindley

The Ashes Series: First Test Day 2 Analysis

Test cricket is at its best with a true bat-ball contest, and that’s what we have here. Australia’s attack chipped away at England and reduced promising positions of 127/1 and 246/4 to 302 all out, a total that both sides would deem creditable.

23rd Nov 2017 by Martyn Hindley

The Ashes Series: First Test Day 1 Analysis

After all the hype, the first day of the opening Ashes Test at The Gabba produced an outcome at once in-keeping and simultaneously out of sorts with recent Brisbane five-dayers. The Stats Zone picks through the bones of what happened...

22nd Nov 2017 by TSZ

The Ashes Series: Australia v England Preview

The First Test starts gets underway this evening with both the Aussies and English desperate to start the series well. We identify some of the key stats ahead of the series, and specifically around this Test in Brisbane which could well go a long way to deciding who takes the urn.

17th Sep 2017 by TSZ

Jimmy Anderson's 500 Test Match Wickets

Jimmy Anderson became the first English bowler to take 500 test match wickets against the West Indies on 8th September 2017 at Lords. We pay tribute to Anderson with a breakdown of his historic feat.

23rd Feb 2017 by TSZ

The Struggles Of Australian Spin Bowlers In India

​Arguably the most daunting challenge in modern test cricket, travelling to India is a tough ask for any team, regardless of their bowling line up. We analyse the troubles that Australian spin bowlers have endured when facing India on their own turf.

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