The Widening T20 Experience Gap

The Women’s World T20 in the Caribbean next year promises to be the most “professional” yet. Several players will have the benefit of three full years of WBBL & KSL experience under their belts.

This unprecedented concentration of high-quality cricket already seems to have had an impact on the brand of T20 being played. The increasing dominance of boundary hitting, including a dramatic spike in the frequency of six-hitting, has been noticeable in the WBBL and KSL matches played since the 2016 World T20.

comparison major women's T20 batting stats

The major beneficiaries of this extra experience are of course England and Australia, though some nations have been notably more active than others in getting their players involved in the nascent professional leagues.

Pakistan have played the most T20I fixtures (8) since the 2016 tournament, with India 2nd on 7. Once the Ashes are completed on 21st November, England and Australia (currently on 3 and 4 matches played) will have added 3 to their tallies, while Pakistan/New Zealand will have played 4 and West Indies/Sri Lanka 3.

Pakistan then will remain out in front purely in T20I terms but, thanks to the WBBL and KSL, large numbers of English and Australian players are in fact streets ahead in terms of recent high-quality match experience. Heather Knight has played 31 major T20 matches (combined T20I, WBBL & KSL) since the 2016 World T20 and Ellyse Perry has played 25, with the majority of their international teammates not far behind.

On the other hand, Pakistan are the only top eight nation not have a single player feature in a professional T20 league.

New Zealand’s Rachel Priest and Suzie Bates lead the way in terms major T20 experience since the last World T20 (32 matches each). This despite New Zealand not having a professional domestic league of their own. Other key players such as Lea Tahuhu, Amy Satterthwaite (27 each) and Sophie Devine (21) have also been in demand (and importantly, made available by New Zealand Cricket).

West Indies Stafanie Taylor and Hayley Matthews have each played just 3 T20Is since their triumph in 2016 World T20 final but, as key players for their respective WBBL & KSL sides, they sit 4th & 5th in terms of major T20 experience since then. They, along with Deandra Dottin are the exception though. After seeming under-cooked at the 2017 World Cup, the majority of WI players will start the World T20 having played just a handful of major T20 matches since the last tournament.

South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp, Dane van Niekerk and Lizelle Lee haven’t played any international T20 since the 2016 World T20. Their WBBL and KSL stints though mean they’ve still played more games of high-level professional T20 (Lee 12; Van Niekerk 16; Kapp 23) against a variety of international players than any of the Pakistan squad.

The best domestic players in England and Australia are now playing with and against international talent, under the scrutiny and pressure of increasing crowds and media coverage with a greater regularity than the majority of international players from South Africa, West Indies, India, Sri Lanka or Pakistan.

Indian players weren’t made available for WBBL or KSL contracts during the inaugural seasons of those tournaments. With no women’s IPL, the majority of India’s players (with the exception of Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur, who both played in WBBL02)  have no more top-level T20 experience in recent times than those from Pakistan or Sri Lanka.

With WBBL03 almost upon us and an expanded KSL next year, the best English and Australian players (as well as a select few from NZ, SA & WI) could potentially play a further 28 major T20 matches outside the international arena before the World T20 begins in November 2018.

 


Major women’s T20 matches played since the 2016 World T20:

Player Matches T20I WBBL KSL
RH Priest (NZ) 32 4 14 14
SW Bates (NZ) 32 4 16 12
HC Knight (ENG) 31 3 14 14
SR Taylor (WI) 29 3 12 14
DN Wyatt (ENG) 28 3 14 11
HK Matthews (WI) 28 3 14 11
KH Brunt (ENG) 28 2 16 10
AE Satterthwaite (NZ) 27 4 13 10
LMM Tahuhu (NZ) 27 4 13 10
TT Beaumont (ENG) 26 3 12 11
EA Perry (AUS) 25 1 13 11
RM Farrell (AUS) 25 1 13 11
BL Mooney (AUS) 24 4 15 5
EJ Villani (AUS) 24 4 16 4
JL Jonassen (AUS) 24 4 15 5
A Shrubsole (ENG) 24 12 12
NR Sciver (ENG) 23 3 9 11
M Kapp (SA) 23 12 11
AJ Blackwell (AUS) 22 4 13 5
SJ McGlashan (NZ) 22 16 6
MJG Nielsen (NZ) 21 1 14 6
SFM Devine (NZ) 21 1 9 11
H Kaur (IND) 20 7 13
AJ Healy (AUS) 20 4 16
L Winfield (ENG) 20 3 7 10
S Mandhana (IND) 19 7 12
A Gardner (AUS) 19 3 16
D Hazell (ENG) 19 3 6 10
CM Edwards (ENG) 19 8 11
DJS Dottin (WI) 17 3 9 5
M Strano (AUS) 17 3 14
NE Bolton (AUS) 17 1 16
KM Beams (AUS) 16 4 7 5
ML Schutt (AUS) 16 4 12
AE Jones (ENG) 16 3 4 9
MM Lanning (AUS) 16 3 13
FC Wilson (ENG) 16 2 14
AR Reakes (AUS) 16 16
D van Niekerk (SA) 16 10 6
EA Leys (AUS) 16 16
EL King (AUS) 16 16
H Graham (AUS) 16 16
LEM Smith (AUS) 16 16
LK Ebsary (AUS) 16 16
SE Aley (AUS) 16 16
A Wellington (AUS) 15 3 12
DM Kimmince (AUS) 15 15
H Birkett (AUS) 15 15
JL Barsby (AUS) 15 15
KL Short (AUS) 15 15
RL Grundy (ENG) 15 4 11
EA Osborne (AUS) 14 1 13
B Hepburn (AUS) 14 14
C Piparo (AUS) 14 14
CL Hall (AUS) 14 14
E Kearney (AUS) 14 14
EA Burns (AUS) 14 14
EJ Inglis (AUS) 14 14
FR Davies (ENG) 14 14
G Redmayne (AUS) 14 14
G Wareham (AUS) 14 14
GL Triscari (AUS) 14 14
GM Hennessy (ENG) 14 14
JE Cameron (AUS) 14 14
KL Britt (AUS) 14 14
KM Mack (AUS) 14 14
S Molineux (AUS) 14 14
SJ Johnson (AUS) 14 14
SN Luff (ENG) 14 14
V Pyke (AUS) 14 14
NE Farrant (ENG) 13 1 12
E Thompson (AUS) 13 13
M Brown (AUS) 13 13
N Plane (AUS) 13 13
NE Stalenberg (AUS) 13 13
NJ Carey (AUS) 13 13
NM Goodwin (AUS) 13 13
RL Haynes (AUS) 13 13
S Bates (AUS) 13 13
JL Gunn (ENG) 12 3 9
S Ecclestone (ENG) 12 2 10
A Hartley (ENG) 12 1 11
GA Elwiss (ENG) 12 1 11
BE Patterson (AUS) 12 12
CE Rudd (ENG) 12 12
GM Harris (AUS) 12 12
JM Dibble (ENG) 12 12
K Sutherland (AUS) 12 12
L Lee (SA) 12 12
SJ Coyte (AUS) 12 12
TJ McPharlin (AUS) 12 12
TM McGrath (AUS) 12 12
A Brindle (ENG) 11 11
A King (AUS) 11 11
A Price (AUS) 11 11
BA Langston (ENG) 11 11
BF Smith (ENG) 11 11
E Jones (ENG) 11 11
GL Adams (ENG) 11 11
HNK Jensen (AUS) 11 11
LA Marsh (ENG) 11 11
LC Sthalekar (AUS) 11 11
LCN Smith (ENG) 11 11
SB Odedra (ENG) 11 11
TF Brookes (ENG) 11 11
E Threlkeld (ENG) 10 10
EJ Smith (AUS) 10 10
EL Lamb (ENG) 10 10
HJ Armitage (ENG) 10 10
JL Hunter (AUS) 10 10
L Harris (AUS) 10 10
S Nitschke (AUS) 10 10
AC Jayangani (SL) 9 4 5
KJ Garth (IRE) 9 3 6
AN Davidson-Richards (ENG) 9 9
CJ Koski (AUS) 9 9
KA Levick (ENG) 9 9
KL Cross (ENG) 9 9
Bismah Maroof (PAK) 8 8
Javeria Khan (PAK) 8 8
Nida Dar (PAK) 8 8
Sana Mir (PAK) 8 8
Sidra Nawaz (PAK) 8 8
M du Preez (SA) 8 2 6
AJ Macleod (ENG) 8 8
KL George (ENG) 8 8
N Brown (ENG) 8 8
P Cleary (AUS) 8 8
SIR Dunkley-Brown (ENG) 8 8
AA Patil (IND) 7 7
E Bisht (IND) 7 7
J Goswami (IND) 7 7
Nain Abidi (PAK) 7 7
Sadia Yousuf (PAK) 7 7
V Krishnamurthy (IND) 7 7
HR Huddleston (NZ) 7 3 4
S Luus (SA) 7 2 5
C Nicholas (ENG) 7 7
C O’Keefe (ENG) 7 7
K Fryett (AUS) 7 7
L Bardsley (AUS) 7 7
L Cheatle (AUS) 7 7
NT Miles (ENG) 7 7
PJ Scholfield (ENG) 7 7
SK Moloney (AUS) 7 7
Anam Amin (PAK) 6 6
Asmavia Iqbal (PAK) 6 6
S Meghana (IND) 6 6
AL Nicholls (ENG) 6 6
B Vakarewa (AUS) 6 6
GJ Gibbs (ENG) 6 6
J Hicks (AUS) 6 6
KJ Hartshorn (AUS) 6 6
LS Greenway (ENG) 6 6
M Banting (AUS) 6 6
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Priest Storms KSL17 batting stats

KSL batting stats – most runs

Rachel Priest finished KSL17 with the most runs, the highest strike rate, the most 50+ scores, most fours, most sixes and the all important trophy.

During KSL17, batters collectively averaged 6.14 runs per over, with a boundary ball percentage of 13.61%. Western Storm’s players scored 775 runs at a relatively modest 5.98 RPO and hit 13.24% of deliveries to the boundary.

Priest scored 261 (33.68%) of those runs at a strike rate of 164.15. That SR equates to 9.85 RPO. The rest of the Storm squad scored 514 runs at 4.98 RPO. Priest’s runs were scored at 3.71 RPO above the tournament average. Every other Storm player scored at below the tournament average.

Priest hit 28.30% of her balls faced for boundaries, while the remaining Storm players collectively hit boundaries off 9.37% deliveries. Anya Shrubsole, who faced just 14 deliveries, was the only other Storm player to hit boundaries at a rate higher than the tournament average. In other words, Priest averaged a boundary once every 3.53 balls while her teammates averaged one every 10.67 balls. Priest hit 45 of the Storm’s 103 boundaries during KSL17.

Charlotte Edwards’ crowd pleasing cameo of 20* (8) for the Vipers in the final ensured she was the only player to finish KSL17 with a higher boundary ball percentage than Priest (30.77% to Priest’s 28.30%).

By contrast,  in 2016 Priest scored 133 runs at 5.91 RPO (0.22 RPO down on the tournament average of 6.13 RPO) and hit boundaries off 14.81% of deliveries (tournament average 13.39%). The rest of the Storm squad scored 739 runs in 2016 at a collective 6.91 RPO with a boundary ball percentage of 14.61%.

Priest (with 57 in the 2016 final, and 72 this year) and Storm teammate Stafanie Taylor (78* at Taunton last year) are the only KSL players to have made half-centuries against the Southern Vipers.

Priest’s innings strike rate of 200 for her 72 (36) vs the Vipers was the joint highest for a 50+ run score in the KSL. The other instances of a 200 SR for a 50+ score were Natalie Sciver’s 90* (45) vs the Storm at Bristol last year and Priest’s 52 (26) vs the Thunder at Bristol in 2017. Priest’s 26-ball half-century in the final was the 2nd fastest in the KSL, behind the 22 balls she faced to reach fifty vs the Thunder.

The Storm’s total of 151 in the final was the highest a KSL side has made against the Vipers. The previous best was the 140 Storm achieved in both their fixtures (a win chasing in the group stage, and a loss batting 1st in the final) vs the Vipers in 2016.

Western Storm account for four of the five highest successful KSL chases and are the only team to have made more than one 150+ total batting 2nd in the KSL. They reached 150 twice in 2016 and twice again this year. Loughborough Lightning (vs the Thunder in 2016) are the only other side to have made 150 in the 2nd innings of a KSL game.

As well as meaning she pipped Suzie Bates to the KSL17 tournament runs total, Priest’s score in the final also gave her the outright lead for KSL career 50+ scores (5). Her 72 was also the highest score on a KSL finals day, beating Ellyse Perry’s 64* for Loughborough Lightning in their semi-final loss to the Storm last year.

New Zealanders have made 12 of the 29 scores of fifty or more in the KSL to date. English players account for just 4 of those. A stark contrast to the success of local batting talent, not to mention English batsmen as overseas players, in the Women’s Big Bash League.

KSL career 50+ scores by nation:

12 New Zealand (Priest 5; Bates 4; Devine 1; McGlashan 1; Satterthwaite 1)
6 Australia (Perry 3; Blackwell 1; Mooney 1; Villani 1)
4 England (Knight 2; Sciver 1; Winfield 1)
4 South Africa (Lee 2; Du Preez 1; Van Niekerk 1)
2 West Indies (SR Taylor)
1 Sri Lanka (Atapattu)

No non-international players have made a KSL half-century.

WBBL:

54 Australia (Lanning 10; Mooney 9; Villani 7; Healy 5; Perry 4; Gardner 4; Jonassen 3; Britt 2; Coyte 2;  Blackwell 1; Bolton 1; Carey 1; Hall 1; Harris 1; Haynes 1; Inglis 1; Redmayne 1)
13 England (Edwards 4; Beaumont 3; Knight 3; SJ Taylor 2; Wyatt 1)
10 New Zealand (Bates 3; McGlashan 3; Satterthwaite 2; Devine 1; Priest 1)
8 West Indies (SR Taylor 5; Dottin 2; Matthews 1)
2 South Africa (Du Preez 1; Van Niekerk 1)
1 India (Harmanpreet)

Six non-internationals (at the time) have made a WBBL half-century.