The first 22 Big Bash matches of the 2018/19 tournament have resulted in 22 Big Bash man-of-the-match awards…obviously.
But what do the trends say regarding the type of player picking up the award most often and what can we learn from these trends with a view to betting on the man-of-the-match for the remainder of the tournament? Let’s start with some top-line stats.
Big Bash man-of-the-match top line stats
- Only two players have won the award more than once: D’Arcy Short of the Hobart Hurricanes has won it three times and Marcus Stoinis of the Melbourne Stars won it twice.
- Chris Lynn is the only player to have won it in a losing cause, when his Brisbane Heat lost to the Sydney Sixers. Lynn scored 84 off 55.
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- 5 of the 22 players getting the Big Bash man of the match award were overseas players.
- 12 of the 22 players getting MOM were ‘home’ players. It would have been a perfect 11-11 split had there not been that anomaly where Lynn (a home player) won it despite his side losing.
What type of player is the Big Bash man-of-the-match?
Batting openers – 8 winners
Number 3 batsman – 2 winners
All-Rounder – 4 winners.
Spin Bowler – 4 winners.
Fast Bowler – 4 winners.
A surprisingly even split between the men with the bat and the men with the ball. Furthermore, an interesting spit between spin and pace when it comes to the bowlers who won the Big Bash man-of-the-match gong.
Opening batsmen the ones to go with
If you’re going to back a batsmen, it’s only worth going with openers. Callum Ferguson and Chris Lynn won it batting at three but that’s just 10% of the winners. No proper batsman featuring any lower than three has won it so far.
All that said, the data is a bit skewed by the fact hat D’Arcy Short has won it three times. Were it not for Short’s individual brilliance, (batting) openers wouldn’t be that well represented here.
Go with the specialists.
It’s very tempting to be eyeing up the likes of Dwayne Bravo, Ashton Agar, Matt Short, David Willey or Mohammad Nabi on the grounds of ‘you get two bites of the cherry’ with them and they can win you the award with either bat or ball. But the stats show that’s flawed thinking.
Not only has the award only gone to all-rounders just four times in 22 (18% of the time) but two of those four were picked up by Marcus Stoinis. Not only that but despite being classed as a genuine all-rounder, Stoinis did actually open the batting on both those occasions.
For the record, despite taking four wickets so far, D’Arcy Short shouldn’t be classed as an all-rounder. In five matches he’s bowled just 13 overs so it’s far more appropriate to call him an opening batsman and occasional/part-time bowler.
Don’t dismiss the spinners
Australian pitches are famous for being fast, bouncy, true. The faster you bowl the greater the chances of taking wickets? Right? Maybe not.
Whether it’s the spinners at this year’s Big Bash bowling particularly well, the batters playing them particularly badly or poor-quality pitches, it’s been a 50/50 split among bowlers who won the Big Bash man-of-the-match in terms of pace and spin bowlers.
As the pitches start to wear, it would be no surprise if by the end of the tournament there were a lot more spinners having won the award than fast bowlers.
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