What has become very evident in the first 3 ODI’s of the Women’s Ashes series is that there are very skilful athletes on show who are executing simple but well thought through plans.


Powerful batting is normally not associated with women’s cricket, but even despite the loss of Meg Lanning, there is a healthy dash of boundary finding as well from both teams.


However, there will always be a different power game in women’s cricket due to the ball being smaller and therefore lighter; the bat speed that women can generate will be less; and the pace that the quicker bowlers can deliver limits the pace off the bat.


Nonetheless, all teams adjust to this lack of power and pace with other skills and tactics.


The use of spin or slower bowling forces batters to hit the ball if they want to pierce the field.

Consequently, teams have worked assiduously on their fielding athleticism to back up the bowling strategy.


Wicketkeepers are more likely to spend little time back from the stumps, preferring to be hovering over the stumps, no matter who is bowling. This keeping skill is reminiscent of male keepers from the 30’s through to 70’s who might make as many stumpings in an innings as take catches.


Allthatcricket have examined what the current stats (see tables below) are telling us about the series and the tactics. Unfortunately, the women’s series is not being covered very comprehensively from a broadcast and a statistical viewpoint, but we can draw some conclusions from the first 2 ODI games –

  • When batting the highest scoring shot rate (i.e. number of balls scored from compared to the total number of balls bowled) shows England and Australia similar on this indicator at 48.1% and 46.9% respectively
  • When batting and looking at the ‘dash of power’ where one team finds more boundaries? Australia have set the benchmark so far with 50 x 4’s and 9 x 6’s compared with England 31 x 4’s and 3 x 6’s with 6 times consecutive boundaries, twice as many as England
  • For the bowling teams we are seeking the reverse of these numbers, and Australia has been striking regularly taking a wicket at after 29.2 balls while England have only been striking every 42.6 balls. England were averaging 40.2 in the recent Women’s World Cup!
  • Australia’s dominance in the first 2 ODI games from the bowling crease is evidenced through –
    • Taking 18 wickets – verses 12 by England
    • Bowling 28 times, where consecutive overs were 4 runs or under – verses England 20
    • Bowling 53 overs of 4 or less runs in the 2 games – verses England 46
    • Delivering 30 overs that had 6 or more taken from them of which there were 6 that went for 10 or more – verses England 38 and 14
  • An interesting insight to the tactics of the first 2 ODI’s is that Australia spinners have bowled 54.33% of the total overs while England have used their spinners for 28.5%
  • Unfortunately, it is not possible to view fielding data (as we cannot see dropped catches, misfields, saved boundaries, etc.), to highlight the athleticism in the field from both teams. A gauge at the end of the series may be the number of runouts per innings achieved by both teams.


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Indian cricket analyst Krishna Tunga, http://allthatcricket.com/ looks at the numbers and believes Australia has lost its way in ODI cricket.

Here are his reasons based on the numbers:

Since winning the World Cup 2015, Australia have lacked any consistency. He points to a slightly better than 50% winning record 50 ODIs 25 wins.

What are some of the reasons behind these results which are lower than the previous periods –

  • post WC2011 to WC 2015 – ODI  wins (59.78%)
  • post WC 2007 to WC 2011 – ODI wins (63.55%)
  • post WC 2003 to WC 2007 – ODI  wins (72.80%)
  • post WC 1999 to WC 2003 – ODI  wins (69.72%)
  1. Player turnover:

Selectors have been relentless in turning over players – some churn can be helpful, but too much can destabilise a team

  • 35 players represented Australia since 2015
  • 15 debuted which is second only to lowly ranked Sri Lanka(21)
  • the playing XI hardly remained same .with the number. of injured and rested players, far less than dropped players.
  1. Batting weakness:
  • Higher % of batters dismissed inside 3 overs compared with any other period of ODI cricket – 26.40%
  1. Bowling weakness:
  • Under Steve Smith’s captaincy bowling has been the worst since WC 2015 compared with other Aussie captains and current ones of other nations
  • A couple of key indicators are, taking 25 games as min qualification for Australian captain since 1998 –



Recent ODI’s in India – some key performance indicators of results.

We will review these numbers and this tournament prior to the ODI series in Australia.



Do the numbers lie?

Or is this trend changing for Australia?

Will such results have some bearing on the upcoming Ashes?

And how does the Australian women’s team compare, given their tussle for the Ashes series begins in October?

These are some of the questions that Krishna Tunga and I will answer over the coming months in our regular blog.

We look forward to your views and thoughts as the summer of cricket unfolds in Australia.


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What are my recent learnings as a business coach, a passionate Queenslander and Australian, a husband, father and grandfather?

  1. Never miss the opportunity to say “I love you” to every member of your family, at least once a day
  2. It is tough times for many businesses in Australia, but keep believing in yourself so that each day, you are as well prepared as you can be, and motivated to have another crack!
  3. Take time to reflect upon what we have; appreciate how good this country is; and then do everything you can do to preserve it

I hope you can use my learnings, especially over the Christmas period where you may have more time with family and the ability to reflect on the year.


Interested in what I have been up to since our last contact?

I have been doing some writing of which recent articles or tips are:

  • Beyond19 blogs with coaching tips for sales team leaders and sales process
  • Governance Institute article looked at the issues that sport face with good governance


Over the past few months there has been quite varied coaching and leadership engagements such as –

    • Boggabri Coal (Idemitsu) – assisting the Senior Leadership team to manage a major organisational, operational,  and technical change to the mine by running in parallel the longterm vision, values and culture that will differentiate Boggabri Coal from its competitors
    • Southern Region Victoria, Deputy Principal Network conference – leadership roles in schools have become quite complex. In order to navigate through the complexity, I provided the conference with my Everest Leader framework through a full day workshop.
    • The Victorian Public Service Commission (VPSC) have tasked the Victorian Leadership Academy (VLA) as the body to develop a new generation of public sector leaders who are high performing, diverse and collaborative leaders, delivering quality services and outcomes for the community. I am a member of the coaching panel, and provide executive coaching to senior members of the VPS
    • AFL Level 4 program involves mentor coaching with the next set of AFL Club head coaches
    • Queensland Public Service Commission (QPSC) conduct a variety of leadership programs for middle managers to senior leaders within the QPS for which I have been involved through the People Matters workshops.
    • Continuing the roles in International Leaders as Advisory Board member to Victorian Leaders and Director SA Leaders
    • Conducting the Everest Team workshop for growing law firm, Batch and Mewing
    • Interview and speaking for the main fundraising breakfast for the Hills and District Chamber of Commerce
    • And on the immediate horizon –
      • Sri Lanka Leaders group are looking to launch a leadership conference in Colombo
      • Western Australia’s HR Leaders Summit
      • Principals conference for SE Qld


Projects that are keeping me out of the garden and away from the beach but exciting and filled with possibilities:

  • Rpm360 – a performance management system and app for business
  • Launch Teespecially designed equipment to help young children gain greater success and enjoyment when involved with activities that require a bat/racquet/paddle and a ball
  • Digital disruption ambassador with REDD
  • Reinvent Australia  – One Vision Many Voices: Building Australia’s resilience and improving the quality of life for its people
  • Video blogs throughout the coming Ashes series


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