Kiwi Next Gen. Batting’s Challenge


English Summer of Cricket is great part of the year. Weather certainly plays a very big role in nuances of the game. This impacts all formats of the game. This year we have the below Series lined up in the Summer of 2021.

  • NZ’s Tour to England
  • WTC final between India vs. NZ
  • India’s Tour to England
  • England vs. Srilanka ODI series & T20i’s
  • England vs. Pakistan ODI series & T20i’s

New Zealand’s tour will kick-off the international summer of Cricket in 2021 starting 1st week of June. They last toured England for tests in the summer of 2015.

UK Touring Team’s trend in last Decade

Below visual will show that Batting in the English Summer has got comparatively difficult in the recent few years compared to 10 years back in 2011/12. The batting averages are on the decline overall & it has been a difficult place for visiting batting to score runs freely as well.

Declining Batting Averages & Inns per Century

Above visual also shows that Number of Innings taken to score a Century has deteriorated from close to 1.5 inns to almost 6 inns per century. This shows the century conversion or frequency has also decreased over the last decade.

New Zealand’s batting revolves around where the spotlight always focusses on which is Kane Williamson & Ross Taylor as explained below.

As explained always Williamson will get the spotlight

however its also very valid to look the next generation Kiwi Batsmen who will take on this mantle in the years to come.

Tom Latham & Henry Nicholls

Away Batting Averages

In the below Comparison Away tours for NZ are considered ones for England, Australia, South Africa & India.

In these Above countries, lets find out below how have the below Kiwi batsmen fared as a compared to their overall Batting averages.

Huge Gap between Overall & Away Batting Avg.

The above visual shows that there is a vast gap between the batting averages overall vs. in the above-mentioned countries. If we check this against the batting averages in the last 5 years for Away teams in UK, we will find out all these players are averaging within this same range. (around 25 to 29 runs per innings).

Innings Per Century

As we saw in that scoring centuries for away batsmen has become increasingly difficult, the comparison on how these 4 batsmen have fared in these countries in terms scoring big hundreds is depicted in the below visual.

No of Inns per century
Will Williamson & Taylor get big hundreds & support from their next generation

They have had decent conversions overall in their careers, however to open their account & go better than par century conversion will be worth noticing.

Concluding thoughts

One of the biggest takeaways from the above visual is that although Williamson & Taylor have been able to score some hundreds in these testing conditions. The Gen Next of the Kiwi batting Latham & Nichols have opened their account on centuries.

One of the many agendas for Kiwi team would be to see this Generation Next Kiwi batting make an appreciable impression on this trip to UK.

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