Spinners dominating the BBL

After only seven matches, spinners seem to be dominating the Big Bash League 07.

Other than Andrew Tye, spinners such as Michael Beer, Ashton Agar, Fawad Ahmed and import Rashid Khan from Afghanistan are dominating the competition. It seems that rather than what the pundits thought that T20 cricket would spell the death of spinners, it is in fact generating a rebirth of the art.

Across the analysis that I have done it seems that spinners are dominating each section.

All stats in these analysis have a minimum of 20 balls bowled.

Highest Percentage of dot balls bowled:

Sams Sixers 62.50
Faulkner Stars 61.54
Archer Hurricanes 58.33
Rashid Khan Strikers 50.00
Tye Scorchers 47.83
Fawad Ahmed Thunder 45.83
Beer Stars 45.83
Shadab Khan Heat 45.83
Johnson Scorchers 45.83
Laughlin Strikers 45.45

In terms of dot balls bowled as a percentage, spinners have only four of the top ten performances.

Highest Percentage of singles conceded:

Agar Scorchers 72.92
Zampa Stars 56.82
Summers Hurricanes 55.00
Lalor Heat 50.00
Fawad Ahmed Thunder 47.92
Nair Thunder 47.92
Abbott Sixers 46.51
Botha Sixers 45.83
Bravo Renegades 45.83
Hogg Renegades 45.24

When looking at the number of singles conceded as a percentage of balls bowled, spinners take six of the top ten positions including the top two with Ashton Agar having over 72% of his deliveries being singles.

Highest Percentage of dot balls and singles conceded bowled:

Agar Scorchers 95.83
Fawad Ahmed Thunder 93.75
Archer Hurricanes 91.67
Beer Stars 87.50
Rashid Khan Strikers 87.50
Wildermuth Renegades 85.42
Tye Scorchers 84.78
Botha Sixers 83.33
Sams Sixers 83.33
Swepson Heat 81.63

But when combining the dot balls bowled and singles conceded, it is where the spinners are dominating – four out of the top five, six out of the top ten and seven out of the top eleven are all spinners.

With regard to Ashton Agar, all but two of his deliveries bowled so far have been dot balls or gone for a single.

It also becomes more evident when you look at boundaries conceded. Only 2.08% of Michael Beer’s deliveries have gone for a four or a six. Seven of the nine bowlers who have conceded less than ten percent of their deliveries for a boundary are spinners. After Beer it is then Fawad Ahmed (4.17), Mitchell Swepson (6.12), Stephen O’Keefe (8.16), Rashid Khan (8.33), Johan Botha (8.33) and Adam Zampa (9.09) are spinners with less than 10% of their deliveries going for boundaries. Only Jofra Archer (8.33) and Andrew Tye (8.70) are the only pacemen under 10%.

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