Analysing The Opposition – Grade Cricket

At Grade cricket level, typically teams will only compete against each other once per season apart from finals. The knowledge of the opposition players shared primarily comes from a combination of senior players with experience over past seasons and younger players that may spend additional time in development and representative squads.

All sources of knowledge should be embraced, gathered and considered to assist with the planning for the match ahead by coaches, captains and support staff. Players who have transferred clubs are also a valuable source.

Examination of trends and significant factors include game type (2 Day, 1 Day, T20) and if a 2 Day match whether it be over consecutive Saturday’s or days (Saturday & Sunday).

With all competitions in Australia on MyCricket, the research on performance for current and past seasons is open for public view (a list of online links to each competition at the bottom of post).

In compiling knowledge for relevant communication to players at this level, the following principles are suggested to apply with the purpose for all players being able to absorb.

  1. All information must fit onto one page
  2. Format page into table and text format for ease of reading
  3. Include club logo
  4. Stick to facts and qualified knowledge, avoid large slabs of descriptive text based on emotion
  5. Separate into sections for batsmen, bowlers, team + extra notes
  6. List batsmen in expected order, a summary of stats against each, knowledge notes of strength, weakness, possible tactics to apply
  7. List bowlers in expected order, a summary of stats against each – include Strike Rate (SR) and Economy Rate (ER), knowledge notes of strength, weakness, possible tactics to apply
  8. Season performance trend – win v loss, scores for & against, run rates & runs per wicket
  9. Team notes
  10. Expected weather & ground conditions

An example of a completed document from a 2 Day match in a recent season against Camberwell Magpies Cricket Club can be viewed and downloaded below as a guide.

Opposition Analysis Camberwell Rd 8 13.14

An example of a completed document from a 1 Day match in a recent season against Melbourne University Cricket Club can be viewed and downloaded below as a guide.

Opposition Analysis – Melbourne University Rd 5 13.14

Not all players will require this type of knowledge in their preparation, that is their own choice and accepted. But there is no excuse for any player at a serious level for “not knowing”. From experience observing over many seasons, the players who exude the “least interest” are privately the most attentive to detail and weave this knowledge into activation when they are in the game (Another story for another day!). Other players totally devour every detail available. They view this knowledge as part of their “protective armour”, quite typical in a game obsessed with statistics and analysis.

From a timing perspective, typically this would be distributed personally to each player at training the Thursday before the game to allow enough discussion, consideration, focus and respect to the opposition. Players not in attendance are sent a copy by email.

On game day, key aspects depending upon conditions and changes can be added as needed and communicated to the group during the warm up or individually. Overall, the intent is to not to confuse but provide a sense of clarity for the individual and team that can be activated when appropriate.


Sydney Grade Cricket

http://mycricket.cricket.com.au/home.aspx?entityid=4&save=0&mode=1

Queensland Premier Grade Competition

http://mycricket.cricket.com.au/home.aspx?entityid=12832&save=0&mode=1

SACA Grade Cricket

http://mycricket.cricket.com.au/home.aspx?entityid=25&save=0&mode=1

Cricket Tasmania Premier League

http://mycricket.cricket.com.au/home.aspx?entityid=1904&save=0&mode=1

Premier Cricket Victoria

http://mycricket.cricket.com.au/home.aspx?entityid=3&save=0&mode=1

WACA

http://mycricket.cricket.com.au/home.aspx?entityid=12&save=0&mode=1

About Andrew Walton

Cricket exposure as a player, coach, fan, observer, analyst & tragic! Coach at Melbourne Cricket Club. Academy coach at Karnataka Institute of Cricket, Bangalore.
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