Batting Partnerships 2013 Ashes’ Series

Introduction

I am using secondary data from espnCricinfo to monitor batting partnerships in the 2013 Ashes Series in England.

Fifth Test, The Oval

The Fifth and final Test Match of the 2013 Ashes’ Series was played at The Oval.

At the end this Test Match and the Series, the cumulative pattern of the partnerships for England in this series compared to Australia was:

EA 5 Compare

For England compared to the 2010-2011 Series in Australia:

E Compare 1113

For Australia:

A 1113

Fourth Test, Durham

The Fourth Test in the 2013 Ashes’ Series was played at Durham.

At the end this Test Match, the cumulative pattern of the partnerships for England in this series compared to Australia was:

AE Compare 2013 Four Tests

For England compared to the 2010-2011 Series in Australia:

England Compare 1113

For Australia:

Australia Compare 1113

Third Test, Old Trafford

The Third Test in the 2013 Ashes’ Series was played at Old Trafford.

At the end this Test Match, the cumulative pattern of the partnerships for England in this series compared to Australia was:

AE Test 3 End

For England compared to the 2010-2011 Series in Australia:

EB Compare T3

For Australia:

AB Compare T3

Second Test, Lord’s

The Second Test in the 2013 Ashes’ Series was played at Lord’s.

At the end this Test Match, the cumulative pattern of the partnerships for England in this series compared to Australia was:

EA Compare T2 End

For England compared to the 2010-2011 Series in Australia:

E2T2 Day 3 End

For Australia:

A2T2 End

First Test, Trent Bridge

At the end of the First Test at Trent Bridge, England’s partnership trend compared to the whole of the last series was:

ET1 Compare End

Australia’s partnerships compared to their 2010-2011 trend:

AT1 End Compare

The 163 run partnership for the tenth wicket between Phil Hughes and Ashton Agar in Australia’s first innings broke a number of records:

  • Ashton’s 98 is the highest score by a number 11 batsman in Test Cricket.
  • 46 was the previous highest score by a player on debut batting 11.
  • The partnerships was the highest ever for a tenth wicket in Test Cricket.

The comparison between England and Australia in the First Test:

T1 Comaprison End

Partnership data are available here for the First Test.

Partnerships, Performance and Probability

Two Test Matches have been completed in the 2010-2011 Ashes Series. The Series is offering some excellent examples of the importance of batting partnerships as foundations for winning performance.

I have been collecting information about batting partnerships from Cricinfo‘s excellent coverage of the matches.

At present there is a very clear pattern of performance.

Twenty-two of Australia’s partnerships to date have produced less than thirty runs for each partnership. Five partnerships have produced no runs. Five of England’s partnerships have produced more than a hundred runs each.

Performance in the First Test in Brisbane has developed into a trend in the Second Test in Adelaide. Australia’s wrapper of early order partnerships and late order runs that has been characteristic of the team is absent at present. In the Second Test the innings have been wrapped by low personal scores and partnerships.

The next Test Match is in Perth. I wonder if this is where the current issues facing the Australian team started in 2008 against the visiting South African team. A Wikepedia articles observes that:

South Africa achieved the second highest successful run chase in Test cricket history, losing only the wicket of Kallis (57) on their way to 414-4. AB de Villiers (106*) and debutant JP Duminy (50*) put on 111 for the fifth wicket to take the visitors to victory. Australia had a poor day in the field, taking only one wicket.

The Third Test becomes a great opportunity for those interested in performance to monitor the role probability plays in winning outcomes. Both teams are on different tracks at the moment and for the first time in many years in Australia, England hold the destiny of the Ashes.