England’s Young Batting Brigade

Introduction

The core of the current English batting Setup has an influx of fresh blood in it. Apart from the captain Joe Root, Johnny Bairstow, Jos Butler etc., the rest of the batting resources have been around the international stage for not more than 3 years.  If we look at how each of the below mentioned young lads have taken to the International Test area, after having impressive County batting records. Since they would be battling against one of the toughest bowling units going around, also to add to the fact that they have an absolutely crucial Winter Ashes coming up this year, this young brigade will go under the scanner this home season.

English Young batsmen analyzed

Below we would compare the start of these young batting careers with 2 benchmarks.

  1. Top Run scoring performers in tests over last 4 Decades (1980’s, 1990’s, 2000’s, 2010’s)
  2. Modern day Batting giants who have made a Debut in last decade (2010s)

Young Batting Brigade vs. Top Test batsmen in last 4 decades.

If we go back in time to how the modern batting numbers compare, it makes for quite an intriguing comparison. Firstly, the quality of bowlers, the pitch conditions & White ball cricket presence would make big impact to call out some of these factors. This is purely to understand how the things have panned out. Please note these numbers consist of Batsmen who were top 10 run scorers for that decades (80’s, 90’s, 2000’s & 2010’s):

Below Visual will show how Batting Averages as well as number of Innings required to get past a 50+ score have changed over time.

Batting Averages between 45 to 55 & 50+ Score consistency is after every 3 Inns
Batting Averages between 45 to 55 & 50+ Score consistency is after every 3 Inns

Largely the Batting averages have fluctuated around 45 to 55 per innings. Also, it takes approximately 3 innings to cross 50 plus score.

Some of the cricketing Pundits have also been sharing some of their opinions on how this English batting brigade needs to do to succeed in Test arena.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/cricket/2021/06/06/englands-young-batsmen-must-cut-elementary-mistakes-want-succeed/

Modern day Batting giants from 2010’s Decade

If we look some of Top Run machines in tests in the last decade. They have also made their Debut during this period. Hence for the Young English batsmen to relate to the similar kind of pitches & quality of bowling would be more relatable.

We would look at Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Kane Williamson & Steve Smith. We would compare their overall careers & compare with how they started their careers.

Below Visuals would show how these demonstrate both Batting averages & No. Of Inns to cross a 50 plus score.

Except Williamson, everyone else had a healthy Batting average in initial 35 inns.
Except Williamson, everyone else had a healthy Batting average in initial 35 inns.
Except Kohli, everyone else used to take approx 4 inns before crossing 50+ Score in the initial phase of their careers.
Except Kohli, everyone else used to take approx. 4 inns before crossing 50+ Score in the initial phase of their careers.
  • Batting Averages: Except Kane Williamson who had a lower batting average comparatively, the remaining had started their careers with a bang.
  • No. of Inns for a 50+ Score: Except Virat Kohli, who has exceptional consistency throughout (3 Inns to go past 50+ score), the rest of the batsmen took more than 4 inns to cross this barrier. Later in their careers they got even more consistent to cross every 3 Inns.

Concluding thoughts on England’s Young Brigade:

The below visual depicts how these young batsmen have started their careers & if we compare them with the above benchmarks.

Except Burns, rest of the guys take approx. 5 Inns. to cross a 50+ score
Except Burns, rest of the guys take approx. 5 Inns. to cross a 50+ score

It Indicates that those batting averages are a function their consistencies. if we compare the current consistencies of these young batsmen, it indicates that they need to step up their frequency in crossing a 50+ score.

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