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The Impact of Paul Stirling

CricViz analysis features in the Telegraph’s exploration of Ireland’s new ball bully.

CricViz have an agreement in place to provide The Telegraph newspaper in the UK with advanced data analysis and visualisations, delivered to their team of award-winning journalists via our team of analysts.

This week, Tim Wigmore looked at Ireland’s Paul Stirling and how he has quietly become one of the most important ODI players in world cricket.

Wigmore notes how Stirling has traded his natural raw aggression for greater consistency, explaining that, “In 71 ODIs until the end of 2016, Stirling averaged 32.9 with a strike rate of 92. But since the start of 2017 Stirling is averaging 42.7, at a strike rate of 80. Since 2019, the shift has been even more pronounced: Stirling has a brilliant average of 48.4, though his strike rate has fallen to 75. The change has helped him discover newfound consistency: he has nine ODI half-centuries in his past 16 innings, including hitting 130 against Bangladesh last year.”

Wigmore goes on to use CricViz’s Impact model to illustrate just how key Stirling has been to Ireland in recent years: “CricViz have a tool to measure a player’s average match impact, measured in terms of runs they add or take away from their side. Since the start of 2017, Stirling has an average match impact of 10.2 – the third highest of any batsman in the world, below only Virat Kohli and Shakib Al Hasan.”

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