Monday, 16 January 2012

Andrew Strauss

We begin with Andrew Strauss, the English captain and left handed opener, who has had success with both bat and captaincy.

Strauss is clearly vulnerable against left arm fast bowlers bowling full and around the off stump line. He has been dismissed by left arm fast bowlers 11 times out of the last 23 innings he has been dismissed in. Out of these 11 times, he has been caught behind by the keeper or in the slips driving 7 times. 

Last 23 Innings 
Dismissal Total %
C. Wk  7 30.434783
C. Slip 5 21.73913
C. Other 3 13.043478
LBW 3 13.043478
Bowled 4 17.391304
Stumped 1 4.3478261
Total 23 100

Last 23 Innings 
Dismissal Bowler Type Total C.Wk C.Slip C.Other LBW Bowled Stumped
Left Arm Fast/Med Fast 11 4 3 1 2 1 0
Right Arm Fast/Med Fast 9 3 2 2 0 2 0
Right Arm Off Break 2 0 0 0 1 0 1
Right Arm Leg Break 1 0 0 0 0 1 0

In Asia, Strauss has played only 14 innings and has been dismissed by spinners 5 times and 8 times by fast bowlers. This shows Strauss's strength against spinners and weakness fast bowlers when they bowl close to the off stump line.

13 Innings in Asia 
Dismissal Total %
C. Wk  5 38.461538
C. Slip 2 15.384615
C. Other 2 15.384615
LBW 2 15.384615
Bowled 2 15.384615

13 Innings in Asia
Dismissal Bowler Type Total C.Wk C.Slip C.Other LBW Bowled
Left Arm Fast/Med Fast 3 2 0 0 1 0
Right Arm Fast/Med Fast 5 1 1 0 1 2
Right Arm Off Break 2 1 0 1 0 0
Right Arm Leg Break 3 1 1 1 0 0


Plan A: Play Junaid Khan or Wahab Riaz - Left arm fast bowlers and bowl full and close to his off stump. Make Strauss drive. Don't pitch the ball too short because Strauss is strong on the back foot and would cut the ball for four through off.

Plan B: Make Gul and Aizaz - Right Arm Fast bowlers - bowl just short of the driving length around the middle and off stump. Gul can try to bring the ball back into Strauss to get LBW (but there is a small margin of error because Strauss can whip him for four through the leg side if he bowls on the pads). Aizaz can pitch around off and move the ball away from Strauss to get him to edge it to slips or keeper who would catch the ball (hopefully/InshaAllah).

Plan C: Ajmal and Rahman bowl full and make Strauss sweep. He fell sweeping the ball twice off Harbhajan and Mishra in England in 2011 summer.  

We will now move onto the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2011, Alistair Cook, in the next blog. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.


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