Cricket Season Roundup October 16, 2019 – Posted in: General
The final match of 2019’s season has now been played, but what a season it has been! The weather of Summer ‘19 hasn’t been much to shout about, but what we have had is some incredible moments in cricket, of which will go down in history and so we wanted to indulge in looking back on them.
The World Cup really was an unpredictable event, it was every man’s game. Out of the total 48 matches, 12 of those had a margin of victory that was less than 25 runs or less than equal to three wickets. To break this into statistics, 29.5% of the matches could have been considered close encounters, this number was only 16.7% in 2015 and 12.5% in 2011. So it’s fair to say that this was quite the tournament we had this year. England had 7 hundreds, which was the same as India, and 17 fifty-plus scores in the tournament – the maximum for any team. They had a batting average of 39.21, second only to India and the combined strike rate of 100.45 was the best in the World Cup. Not to mention, England lifting the cup by a very slim margin, beating New Zealand by boundary comeback to be World Champions for the first time!
Next came The Ashes, the fifth Test closed at The Oval where England had set Australia 399 to win and bowled them out for 263. This meant England ended their memorable summer with a 2-2 draw, this led to Australia retaining the urn due to being the 2018 winners, although they did miss out on a first series win in England since 2001. This year’s Ashes series is the first to be drawn in 47 years.
England’s Ben Stokes has continued to impress us throughout the season and voted ‘player of the summer’ it’s easy to see why. In the World Cup, Stokes was one of the outstanding all-rounders, taking 7 wickets along with 465 runs throughout the tournament. He hit five 75+ scores which are now the joint-most in an edition of ODI world cup alongside that of Sachin Tendulkar in 2003. His heroic innings at Headingley levelled the Ashes series at 1-1 putting England back in the game when it seemed like it was just about over.
Steve Smith, one of Australia’s finest, displayed unparalleled consistency during the Ashes series. He achieved 774 runs from 7 innings at an incredible average of 110.4. By the end of the series, he had 421 more runs than the Australian batsman in second place. Not only that, but he also overtook Virat Kohli as the top-ranked batsman in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings.
2019 has been a very exciting year of cricket and with preparations already in place for 2020, we can’t wait for what’s to follow. If you’ve been inspired to give cricket a go yourself, come and visit us at our store in Sandbach, Cheshire, and see how our team can help you find everything you need to start your journey into cricket, whether you’re a junior with dreams of world cup success, a professional ready to take the next step or a causal cricketer just wanting to get back in the game. Alternatively, you can take a look at our online store to see our wide range of equipment, including our own range of cricket bats.