A Comparison of Seam and Spin Bowling Performance in the 2014 ICC T20 Cricket World Cup
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The study investigated whether there were any differences in performance between seam bowlers and spin bowlers at different stages of a T20 game during the 2014 ICC T20 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh. The data was gathered from the ESPN Cricinfo website and bowling performance variables from all the men’s 35 matches were recorded. The system was deemed reliable following intra-observer and inter-observer reliability tests using Kappa Analysis. Mann-Whitney U tests were used to test for a significant difference (p<0.05) between the performance of seam and spin bowlers. Seam bowlers were used significantly more than spin bowlers in the first and last six overs of both innings but significantly less in the middle eight overs of both innings. Spin bowlers were found to have a significantly lower economy rate (seam 9.57 ± 3.06, spin 7.80 ± 4.68, p=0.031) in the last six overs of the first innings and conceded a significantly lower percentage of runs from boundaries (seam 47.22% ± 24.07, spin 36.61% ± 17.91, p=0.039) in the middle eight overs of the first innings. The greatest difference between the tournament average strike rates was established in the first six overs of the first innings (seam 26.41, spin 16.89). It was suggested that pitch conditions in Asia may favour the performance of spin bowling potentially affecting the above results. Further research is required into different conditions across the world to investigate this.
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