As we all know, our attention is turning towards the most critical part of the T20 World Cup 2022 where the semi-final race has already begun. Now, There will be plenty of competition for a place in the semi-finals, as all the possible contenders will be given the opportunity to show their A1 game. Thus, the majority of the teams will be eliminated from this competition in the next few days. In this article, we’ll take a look at the variety of conditions present at different venues of the ongoing T20 World Cup in Australia so far.
From the above analysis, A comparison between Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane illustrates how much variation exists. Sydney (53%) has the lowest bounce percentage whereas Perth (90%) has the highest one so far in the tournament. Therefore, batters play their shots towards square boundaries while staying deep in the crease. On the other hand, Perth (36%) has the lowest spin percentage while Melbourne (53%) has the highest spin variations. Due to this, batters typically play their shots in the front V direction as they come straight down the track i.e (Long-on & Long-off) in order to eliminate that spin immediately.
Match Results Analysis
In this World Cup, out of 13 games played at the above venues i.e (Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane), there have been only five chases. The Perth ground is the fastest wicket in Australia, it offers huge dimensions thus hitting those maximums were a really difficult task. As a result, in Perth, we have witnessed a total of 4 successful run chases and only a single game was defended. While, in Melbourne, only 2 matches have been played so far in the tournament where one was chased and the other one was defended successfully. As Melbourne is counted as one of the longest boundaries in world cricket which makes the contest between bat and ball even & running between the wickets is a key for teams here.
Regarding Sydney and Brisbane, total of 6 matches have been played here and all of them have been successfully defended by the teams. As Sydney is known for good batting wickets thus teams winning the toss mostly chose to bat first and put a huge total on the board. The sample size for Brisbane is too small as the venue has witnessed only 2 games so far. However, the pitch at Brisbane behaves similarly to that at Sydney, so chasing is not a good option.
Bowling Economy v/s Bowling Average
Now, let’s take a look at different types of bowler performances in the T20 World Cup 2022. The above chart is divided into four quadrants with each quadrant representing its own importance (Anti-clockwise). In Perth, Fast and Medium bowlers fall under the most important (2nd) quadrant i.e Low average & Low economy while Orthodox bowlers fall under the least important quadrant i.e High average & High economy. Regarding Melbourne, it’s exactly similar to that of Perth i.e Fast & Medium in the 2nd quadrant and Orthodox in the 4th quadrant.
Slow-pace bowlers seem to be extremely beneficial in Sydney and Brisbane. Due to huge dimensions, it’s very tough to clear those boundaries thus spinners & medium-pace bowlers take huge advantage of this scenario. Chinaman & Orthodox bowlers fall under the most important (2nd) quadrant in Sydney with all other bowlers in the 3rd & 4th quadrant. Whereas, in Brisbane Leg-break & Medium pace bowlers falls under the 2nd quadrant with Orthodox in 1st and Off-break & Fast in the least important quadrant.
Due to huge dimensions in Australia, batters fail to clear the boundaries on most occasions. However, in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne the square boundaries are shorter than the front V boundaries. As a result, back-of-length and short-pitched deliveries are not the ideal deliveries here. Bowlers, especially spinners have a huge advantage due to its dimensions. They can go for fuller-length deliveries and create an opportunity to pick up a few wickets. Another important department is fielding, where teams can save 10-15 runs or else they can concede the same to the opponents.