Cricket batting placement distribution analyzed by bowling line and length
Fielder positioning is a key task undertaken by cricket captains, and contributes greatly to a team’s success, as bowling maiden overs has been shown to be more important in the later stages of an international tournament (Petersen et al., 2008). We analysed the performance analysis data of hit ball distribution on the cricket playing field at the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy Tournament to determine the particular distribution resulting from specific bowling delivery classifications. Each bowling delivery was assigned one pitch position from a matrix of 18 possible width (line) and length combinations, based on the first bounce location. Hit deliveries were allocated into one of ten regions on the field, based on the directional angle the ball travelled after being hit. Each of these regions corresponds to a specific cricket fielding position. Furthermore, each delivery was further classified by several variables that influence its resultant position, including the handedness of both the bowler and batsmen, the bowlers type classification (fast, medium, off spin, leg spin), and the side of the wicket the bowler delivered from (over or around-the-wicket).