The T20 series of 2022

Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne – Ultimate Venue Guide

Oct. 10, 2022

Boundary Dimensions

Boundary Dimensions in metres alt sl squad home The MCG is one of the world's largest stadiums, with only a short straight providing relief for batters. Perth is the closest match to what you can expect here of the venue guides we've released so far, but even there, only two square pockets are huge. At the MCG, though, all six are 78m or longer, making it considerably more difficult for batters to hit sixes. Therefore, expect pace bowlers to drag the length back with the old ball, and batters to power through spinners and full length straight down the ground.

Venue Decoded

alt sl squad home Note: All numbers in BBL since 2017 TR - Tournament Rank The MCG is one of the easier grounds for openers to score quickly without risking their wicket. Batters will need to be proactive, starting fast and maintaining pressure throughout the middle overs, because it will be difficult for lower middle order power hitters to clear the square boundaries if the opposition can bowl back of length at speed. It is not surprising that Melbourne is the second best four hitting venue and the worst six hitting venue of all the ones in play here. This is directly related to what was discussed in the boundary dimensions section - the massive square boundaries result not only in batters not aiming for a six as much as they would at, say, Adelaide or Hobart, but also in them getting holed out in the deep more often. As with SCG, the batting conditions have improved over the last three years, as has the win percentage for batting first. With favourable batting conditions, batting units that understand how the venue works find it easier to put up a high score and defend it with the square boundaries. alt sl squad home Key to success for bowling units: Using the size of the square boundaries to their advantage The bowling type that is most likely to be effective: Wrist spin & Express Pace The bowling type that is most likely to be ineffective: Finger spin The batting type that is most likely to be effective: Batters with exceptional back-foot range and openers with the highest BP4 rate The batting type that is most likely to be ineffective: Players who are limited on the back foot and lower middle order full length power hitters alt sl squad home

Batting and Bowling Leaders

Only players part of the World Cup have been considered in this section. Batting T20: Marcus Stoinis 752 (50/147), Glenn Maxwell 713 (44/152), Aaron Finch 193 (32/120) T20I: Aaron Finch 100 (33/154), David Warner 59 (59/106), Glenn Maxwell 58 (29/121) Bowling T20: Adam Zampa 29W (16/6.5), Haris Rauf 13W (16/7.3), Glenn Maxwell 9W (33/7.1) T20I: Kane Richardson 5W (12/7.2), Pat Cummins 3W (17/6.5), Adam Zampa 2W (28/7) Note: All numbers since 2017

Match Split

alt sl squad home Both India and England would welcome a couple of matches at the MCG, as the venue is ideal for their bowling units. In the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and Jofra Archer, these two teams rely far too heavily on variation bowlers rather than raw pace to achieve success. And the nature of the MCG deck, which does not come on as quickly as, say, Brisbane or Perth, as well as the size of the square boundaries allow this to be accomplished with relative ease. Yuzvendra Chahal and Adil Rashid, two of the most successful legspinners in the world, play for these teams and would benefit significantly from the MCG's deep midwicket, deep square leg, and wide long on/off cushions. England and India also have several batters who, thanks to their back foot fluency, won't be intimidated by large square boundaries. Capacity: 90000