Thursday, 9 May 2013

Hogan on cricket

Ignore Jeremy at the beginning, Hogan comes in at about the 3:50 mark.
• What if economics could help cricket teams win matches? And what if teams employed economists alongside their sports psychologists, conditioning coaches and physiotherapists?

• Why is it that New Zealand traditionally punches above its weight in the One Day International (ODI) format of the game?

• Why has the batting powerplay had so little effect on team ODI scores on average?

• And how is economics remotely related to cricket anyway?

Sports teams are increasingly using detailed statistical analysis to help give them an advantage over their opposition. In contrast, the economics of sport mostly focuses on sport as a business rather than on-field strategy. During this session, I am going to discuss how ODI cricket is a natural subject for the application of economics reasoning and how this reasoning can be a useful tool both for helping teams think about strategy and for informing spectators about the state of a game as it's played out.

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