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Analysis of team performances at the ICC World Twenty20 Cup 2009


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Cricket has evolved in recent years and has resulted in the emergence of Twenty20 cricket. We examined the batting, bowling and fielding variables associated with success in cricket in the recent Twenty20 World Cup. We compared several key batting and bowling variables of winning and non-winning teams by comparing the magnitudes of differences (Cohen's effect size). We established several moderate or large differences between winning and losing teams with respect to batting, bowling and fielding variables. The best indicators of success in the tournament can be broken down into general match, batting and fielding variables. The top 5 indicators for success in the tournament were losing less wickets in the game (ES= −1.66), losing less wickets in the powerplay while batting (ES= −1.22), scoring more runs per over (ES= 1.23), scoring more runs in the middle eight overs (ES= 0.86) and bowling more dot balls (ES= 1.15). Thus it could be concluded that for overall success in Twenty20 cricket, teams should focus on taking wickets and bowling dot balls whilst fielding, and implementing tactics that encourage 50+ partnerships and boundary hitting batsmen whilst batting.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2010

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